Dominated by Table Mountain, Cape Town is the second-largest city in South Africa. As a major economic center, it attracts many business travelers, but it is also a major tourist destination, with visitors coming for the natural beauty of Table Mountain National Park, the city’s fine beaches and its easy access to top wine-growing areas. There are also a number of cultural attractions, popular shopping areas and world-class restaurants that help make Cape Town a popular city destination.
Flying to Cape Town
1. Which airports serve Durban to Cape Town?
King Shaka International Airport is a new airport located 60km north of Durban. There is plenty of car parking for those who drive themselves to the airport. There is bus service from Durban to the airport, or you can use the airport shuttle service.
Cape Town International Airport is located 20km from central Cape Town. The MyCiti bus rapid transit system takes passengers into the city, but if you are planning to explore the wider area, you may opt to hire a car at the airport.
2. Which airlines operate flights from Durban to Cape Town?
There is a choice of several direct flights to Cape Town from Durban each day. Airlines include Mango, Safair, kulula and British Airways. There are also connecting flights available from these airlines and also from South African Airways.
3. How long is the flight?
A flight to Cape Town from Durban takes about 2 hours 15 minutes for a direct flight or over 3 hours for a connecting flight.
4. Climate changes between Durban and Cape Town
Both Durban and Cape Town have hot summers, but in winter (June to August), the temperature tends to be cooler in Cape Town. Winters in Cape Town are also wetter, while in summer, you are more likely to see rain in Durban.
5. Culture differences and need-to-know
Cape Town uses the same South African rand you would use in Durban. You can exchange money at banks or foreign currency exchanges, or you can use your debit or credit card at ATMs across the city.
As Durban and Cape Town are both in South Africa, you do not need to make any special arrangements for travel. If you are not South African, the documents that permitted you to enter Durban will also allow you to enter Cape Town.
Cape Town Information
Both Cape Town and Durban are coastal South African cities. Durban is a more popular seaside destination, but Cape Town’s stunning scenery makes it truly stand out. To really appreciate the picturesque surroundings a visit to Table Mountain is essential. Thanks to the cable car, you do not need to climb it to enjoy the spectacular views before exploring the summit via its hiking trails. A popular excursion is a boat trip to Robben Island, the former prison of Nelson Mandela. One of the most popular Cape Town beaches is Boulder’s Beach, home to some very special Cape Town residents – a colony of African penguins.
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How far in advance should I book tickets from Durban to Cape Town?
The chart below shows up-to-date information regarding how far in advance to book your flight from Durban to Cape Town.
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|< 7 days||R2 493||R3 116|
|7-14 days||R2 095||R2 770|
|14-21 days||R3 255||R4 622|
|21-30 days||R4 986||R5 661|
|30-60 days||R5 038||R5 713|
|60-90 days||R4 726||R5 419|
Cheapest Day To Fly from Durban to Cape Town
We've examined 3 250 itinerary searches that we've seen for departures in the next 90 days and found that the cheapest day to fly from Durban to Cape Town is Monday. See the chart below to compare prices for other days of the week.
Compare Flight Prices from Durban to Cape Town by Month
Low priced flights are most commonly available by purchasing between one and three months in advance. International or holiday flights may need to be purchased even further in advance. The chart below shows the cheapest flight prices by month for Durban to Cape Town flights.
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|August||Durban||Cape Town||Safair||2022/08/23||2022/08/30||0||R3 255|
|August||Durban||Cape Town||Safair||2022/08/07||2022/08/10||0||R2 095|
|September||Durban||Cape Town||Safair||2022/09/30||2022/10/02||0||R4 692|
|December||Durban||Cape Town||Safair||2022/12/22||2023/01/06||0||R2 268|
|January||Durban||Cape Town||Safair||2023/01/09||2023/01/13||0||R1 299|
|February||Durban||Cape Town||Safair||2023/02/17||2023/02/19||0||R2 147|
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Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from Durban to Cape Town
Flights between some cities may be significantly cheaper if you choose a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.
The average price for connecting flights from Durban to Cape Town is R243.
The average price for direct flights from Durban to Cape Town is R191.
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One Way Flights vs Round Trip Flights from Durban to Cape Town
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The average price for one way flights from Durban to Cape Town is R2 787.
The average price for round trip flights from Durban to Cape Town is R191.
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Durban to Cape Town Airports
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