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Cape Town

(from London Heathrow)

fr £ 414.44

Average airfares for flights to Cape Town in September and October 2019

Travelling From September 2019
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October 2019
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London Heathrow to Cape Town £406 to £902 £425 to £1319  
Glasgow to Cape Town £530 to £1150 £613 to £1248  
Manchester to Cape Town £444 to £936 £586 to £1793  
Birmingham to Cape Town £501 to £1174 £627 to £1401  
London Gatwick to Cape Town £498 to £926 £503 to £1074  

Airlines that operates flights to Cape town

  • KLM
  • British Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Kenya Airways
  • Emirates
  • Qatar Airways
  • Air France
  • Lufthansa
  • Emirates
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Iberia

How long is the flight to Cape Town from UK?

  • The connecting flight from London to Cape Town arrives at the destination in about 15 to 21 hours depending on the airline chosen. The stopover of this flight can either be in Amsterdam, Johannesburg or Dubai.
  • The trip to Cape Town from Manchester is 15 to 19 hours long. The flight may take a stopover at London, Amsterdam, Munich, Doha or Dubai.
  • The flights that begin their journey at Birmingham’s BHX and going to Cape Town take 15 to 19 hours to reach their destination. The flight might stopover at Munich, Doha or Istanbul.
  • The journey from London Gatwick to Cape Town can be a bit longer as the flight duration ranges from 17 to 19 hours. The flights stop over at Doha or Istanbul.

Are there any direct flights to Cape Town from UK?

Yes, there is a direct flight service from London Heathrow Airport to Cape Town International operated by British Airways. The flight is usually only 12 hours long. British Airways has two direct flights flying to Cape Town every day.

What are the major international airports in Cape Town?

Cape Town International Airport has been given the ‘Best Airport in the World’ award by Skytrax and it is the second busiest airport in South Africa. The airport serves the city, bringing many tourists to Cape Town’s beautiful beaches. The airport is only 20 kilometres from the Castle of Good Hope, which is regarded as the city’s centre. It only takes 23 minutes for the whole trip. In 2017, Cape Town International Airport processed 10.3 million passengers, making it the third most active airport in Africa.

What are the entry requirements to Cape Town for British travellers?

There is visa restriction for British citizens visiting South Africa. Tourists with a valid British passport can visit the country without a visa for ninety days. Please make sure that your passport does not expire during your stay in South Africa. The immigration authorities at the airport may inquire about the underage children coming along with you. They might ask for the child’s birth certificate that proves that the age of the child is less than 18 years and that the adults accompanying the child are indeed the parents.

What is the best time to visit Cape Town?

The best time to visit Cape Town is from August to January. It is the summer season in Cape Town and temperatures usually remain 20°C to 30°C during the entire time. There is not a rain cloud in sight throughout this period. It gets unbearably warm in February when the heated katabatic winds from the higher interior of the country blow down on the city. However, the South Easters, a stiff, dry and persistent breeze in the summer that clears up the pollution in the air quickly and the Capetonians call this breeze as the Cape Doctor.

What is the cheapest time of year to fly to Cape Town?

The cheapest time to come to Cape Town is in the middle of June when the temperatures are the coldest in the city, and there are a few tourists in sight. Hotels are looking for visitors to fill up their rooms and keep their businesses running. The lowering demand for flights to Cape Town in June also reduces the price of the ticket. If you are travelling on a budget, coming to Cape Town in June could pay up big time. The temperature is not too cold; the highs are still in the early twenties, and the table mountain is as always spectacular to hike any time of the year.

What are the major landmarks in Cape Town?

Cape Town is a major tourist attraction in not only South Africa but in the entire continent. Tourists come to the township to enjoy the city’s fantastic weather and to experience the natural wonder of the area. Cape Town’s beaches, especially around False Bay are sometimes as warm as 20°C and are dotted with small cafés and restaurants.

  • Table Mountain National Park is a reserve that contains the Table Mountain. The landmark mountain is the most striking natural formation, perhaps in all of Africa. The flattened top of the hill, eroded by wind and ran seems as if the gods used it as an ironing board. A cable cart takes the tourist to the top of the mountain if the hike looks too cumbersome for the sightseer. There are facilities available for rock climbing and mountain biking as well. The views at the top are breathtaking: to the right, you would see the Devil's Peak and to the left is the odd-looking Lion’s Head Mountain. Under the shadow of the Table Mountain lies the Cape Bowl, nestled between the mountains and the sea. The Park also protects the unique flora and fauna of the area.
  • The Castle of Good Hope is often visited by tourists who want to know about the history of Cape Town. The Castle is a fort built in shape of a pentagon, with bastions at each edge. The fort was made by the Dutch East India Company in 1654 and was primarily used to replenish the supplies of ships moving between the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) and the Netherlands. The castle was acknowledged a national monument in 1936 and renovated in the 1980s. Land reclamation has made the castle seem it was built inland but in the 17 century it used to sit right on the waterfront.
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of the many gardens surrounding Cape Town. Kirstenbosch is a preserve primarily for the indigenous plants of the region. The unique plants of Cape Town’s surrounding area are protected and displayed in the botanical garden. These plants including the Quiver Tree that seem like alien vegetation. In 2015, the international Garden Tourism declared this botanical park as the International Garden of the Year. At any given day, tourists and locals head to the park where several trails wind up the slopes of the hills and are much enjoyed by walkers and mountaineers.
Which events and festivals are celebrated in Cape Town?

The Cape Minstrel Carnival is a funfilled month of celebration. During the whole month of January, there are costume parties, parades or food fiestas that celebrate life in District Six of Cape Town. The Sun Met Horse Race is conducted in the Kenilworth Racecourse Park. The race is attended by trendsetters, designers and superstars in Africa in January. March brings the Cape Town Cycle Tour in which thirty thousand cyclists pedal their bikes through the most beautiful African landscapes. March is also the month for jazz lovers to attend the Cape Town International Jazz festival. If you love tasting wines and whiskies, come to the city in April to visit the Cape Town Whisky Live Festival and the Constantia Food and Wine festival. After filling yourself with the tasty delights participate in the Two Ocean Marathon in late April to lose all those calories.

What are the transportation options available to tourists within Cape Town?

The best way around Cape Town is to use a taxi. Taxis are usually used by the affluent locals and tourists visiting the city and are considered quite safe. The average rate of the cab is R10 to R13 per kilometre with thirty Rand charged at the start of the journey. If you are one a long trip, try negotiating the price with the cab driver. The other mode of travel is the minibuses. Usually, the minibus is way too cramped up for a good travelling experience, and the vehicle condition fails European standards, but many expats still use the cheap minibus for an easy commute. There is a public train system in Cape Town, but it is usually discouraged to be used by tourists due to security concerns.

Which five-star hotels and accommodation are available for stay in Cape Town?

Cape Town is the city of immense natural beauty and amazing warm beaches. Your hotel would have a fantastic view, either of the soothing blues of the ocean or the magnificent Table Mountain.

  • Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Taj Cape Town
  • The Cape Royale
  • Hilton Cape Town City Centre
  • Pepperclub Hotel
Handy Tips you should know before your departure!
  • Cape Town International Airport is the main airport catering for flights to and from Cape Town.
  • Every week almost 300 international flight departures are seen from the airport.
  • The flight distance between London and Cape Town is approximately 5987 miles.
  • The flight time between London Heathrow and Cape Town is almost 12 hours and 40 minutes. 
  • Virgin Atlantic and British Airways operate direct flights between London Heathrow and Cape Town.
  • Virgin Atlantic flies to Cape Town twice daily with one direct flight and one flight via Johannesburg. 
  • Cape Town flights with Virgin Atlantic take off London Heathrow in the evening.
  • British Airways offers two direct flights to Cape Town and four flights via Johannesburg every day.
  • All flights with British Airways to Cape Town take off London Heathrow in the evening. 
  • The airlines travellers prefer flying to Cape Town with are Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Virgin Atlantic and BA.
  • The cheapest flight deal you can get to fly to Cape Town starts from £506. 
  • If you are planning on flying to Cape Town from London Gatwick Airport then Emirates and Turkish Airlines are the ones to fly with. 

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