Serving Cape Town, South Africa, the Cape Town International Airport is among the busiest airports in all of Africa and South Africa. In 1954, the Cape Town International Airport, with its domestic and international terminals joined by a common central terminal, was opened to serve the public in replacement of Cape Town’s old airport. Among the airport’s direct flights include several destinations in Africa, Asia, and Europe, along with Johannesburg, Durban, and smaller centres in South Africa.
Within the airport, its terminal building has the departure located at the upper level, and arrival located on the lower level of the building’s split-level design. Although separated, an elevated roadway system was arranged to give access to both the departure and arrival levels. Passenger check-in then takes place in the Central Terminal Building, where they will pass through a consolidated security screening area before being divided to either the international terminal or the domestic terminal; international passengers head towards the north of the building, while domestic passengers head towards the south of the building.
The Cape Town International Airport also houses retail stores which are scattered within the terminal. Retails outlets vary from bookstores, clothing retailers, foreign exchange service counters, as well as restaurants, grocery stores, souvenir outlets, and duty-free for international departures.
Cape Town, South Africa, is second to Johannesburg to being the most populated city in all of South Africa. Within the city, there are various interesting, famous and breath-taking destinations for visitors of all ages. Among the city’s most beloved places include: the Table Mountain, along with its different highlights like Abseiling, where visitors drop 112m down the face of Table Mountain; Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for a 360-degree view of the city, along with its waters and peaks; and Table Mountain Café, an ecologically friendly, self-service restaurant for good food and refreshments. Other Cape Town highlights are the Boulders Beach along with its penguin colonies, where guests can enjoy the beach while getting close to a growing colony of African penguins; Robben Island, a World Heritage Site and among South Africa’s most visited tourist destinations; V&A Waterfront, which is filled with nightspots, and is also a great place for shopping, dining, and partying; and City Sightseeing Bus Tours for the best way to get around on an open-top double-decker bus.
How to get around within Cape Town
There are a lot of options to help guests get around Cape Town. Among the city’s transport options include the Port of Cape Town in Table Bay, Cape Town’s main dock and the central port for ships in the southern Atlantic; the Metrorail network, commuter rail service with 96 stations throughout Cape Town, its surrounding areas, suburbs and outskirts; Golden Arrow Bus Service, for long-distance travel from Cape town to other cities in South Africa; MyCiTi bus rapid transit system, include West Coast Service, Inner City Service and Airport Link; Metered taxis, which are called to a location via phone and Minibus Taxis, which is considered a bit unsafe but still the standard transport for the general populace.
How to get there
When flying into Cape Town, you’ll most likely disembark at the Cape Town International Airport, which serves domestic and international flights. Among the airlines that fly into Cape Town include Air France, British Airways, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, along with South African Airways, and South African Express, to name a few. To get to the airport within driving or shuttle distance, the airport is approximately 20 km or 12 miles from the city centre, accessible from the N2 freeway, and indirectly accessible through the R300 freeway via the M12, M10 and M22, while a shuttle service provided by the MyCiTi bus rapid transit system, departs every 20 minutes, connecting the airport with the city centre Civic Centre bus station. Other options include metered taxis and other shuttle services that are privately owned.
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