Cape Town is served by Cape Town International Airport, situated approximately 25 minutes or 22km from the city centre. Managed by The Airports Company of South Africa (021 937 1200; www.airports.co.za), the airport has undergone a major upgrade and, though parts are still under construction, it is by and large a world-class facility, with ample parking for some 2000 cars, a large outside taxi rank and a simple in-and-out ring road.
Getting to the city from Cape Town International Airport
From the airport, it’s a quick ride along the N2 highway to the city centre though if you arrive in peak morning traffic (7am-9am) it’ll take an hour or so to get into town. If you’re trying to get to the airport, bear in mind that from 3.30pm traffic outward bound from the city becomes heavy. If you're departing from the airport, you'll find the taxi rank and the MyCii bus station on the upper concourse at international arrivals.
Shuttles: It costs 50 Rand for a one-way ticket on the MyCiTi airport shuttle (http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/MyCiti/Pages/default.aspx) to the city centre. Private services like Way2Go (0861 934 4440; www.way2gotransfers.co.za) charge 200 Rand per person for a transfer to the central business district.
Taxis: Only metered taxis are allowed to operate in the airport taxi ranks. You’ll pay per kilometre (on average 12 Rand) and you shouldn’t pay more than 300 Rand for a transfer.
Buses and trains: There are no public transport facilities (bar the MyCiTi service) operating to and from Cape Town International Airport.
How to get around Cape Town
For information on getting around the city once you're there, check out my How to get around Cape Town page.