Cape Town is one of the largest cities in South Africa. It is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and this is doubtless due to the fact that it offers opportunities for almost every kind of activity, from hiking to shopping to dining. Many visitors also stop in Cape Town on their way to or back from other South African destinations. Getting to Cape Town is a fairly easy process.
By air - Cape Town International Airport is one of the most established airports in South Africa, and it is here that international visitors land when they choose to fly to Cape Town. Visitors who are simply using Cape Town as a transit point to get to other parts of South Africa will find it fairly easy to hop onto a domestic flight from the Cape Town International Airport to their intended destination. There are numerous flights to other South African locations such as Johannesburg, Windhoek, Swakopmund and Nairobi. Prices of tickets vary, depending on whether you take the more premium local airlines, such as South African Airways, or the budget airlines, such as 1Time or Kulula.
The major international airlines that fly to Cape Town International Airport would be Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, British Airways and South African Airways. You should be able to get a direct flight to Cape Town from places such as Doha, Frankfurt, London, Atlanta and Singapore.
By bus - If you are coming from the major South African cities or from Windhoek in Namibia, you have the option of taking a bus to get to Cape Town. While the frequency is quite irregular, there are about five buses running per day. If you are travelling from the eastern parts of Africa, such as Tanzania or Kenya, you can also consider taking a bus. There are even buses catering to the Nairobi - Cape Town route. However, the journey takes about three days.
The main bus services are Greyhound, Intercape Mainliner, Baz Bus, Translux and SA Roadlink. In general, you may want to purchase your bus tickets in advance. Most buses will drop their passengers near the Golden Acre building, which is fairly nearly the train station. It is quite hectic there, so if you are travelling out of Cape Town from that point, do be sure to board the right bus.
By train - If you are thinking of heading to Cape Town from cities such as Johannesburg, East London, Muizenberg or Stellenbosch, you may want to consider hopping onto a train. There are daily trains, weekly trains and MetroRail commuter trains, so do take note of the train timings before planning your journey. Some of the train services travel along exceptionally scenic routes, for example, along the ocean such that you even have the opportunity to see whales.
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