Flights from London to Cape Town

London to Cape Town

  • London to Cape Town is 6,023 miles
  • The average flight time from London to Cape Town is 13h 30min
  • 1 airline flies direct from London to Cape Town
  • There are 7 flights a week from London to Cape Town
  • The most popular airline flying from London to Cape Town last month was British Airways
  • £433 was the cheapest return price from London to Cape Town last month

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Flights from London to Cape Town

This information is correct as of September 2015

Airlines that fly from London to Cape Town

British Airways fly daily to Cape Town from London-Heathrow. There are currently no direct flights from London's other airports. It's possible to fly with Virgin Atlantic and South African with a stop on Johannesburg, Emirates with a stop in Dubai, or Ethiopian with two stops (Addis Ababa and Johannesburg).

Terminal Information – Departing

British Airways flights to Cape Town now leave from Heathrow's Terminal 3. The departure lounge is quite large, with a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Browse designer goodies at the likes of Burberry, Tiffany & Co., Hermes, Chanel and Paul Smith or settle in for something to eat. You can choose from a range of cuisines: choose from Italian, French, Japanese, British, and seafood bars or just stop into Pret for a coffee and a sandwich.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminal. If you find it a bit slow you can upgrade to a pay-as-you-go package. There are two luxury lounges in Terminal 3: the No.1 Traveller Lounge and the Servisair Executive Lounge. Both offer free Wi-Fi along with complimentary food and drinks, but the No.1 Lounge has a slight edge as it has showers, a spa, and a few bedrooms.

Terminal Information – Arriving

MyCiti buses run between the airport and the city centre, with 20 minutes between each bus. One way tickets cost ZAR 65* (about £3.10). There is also a taxi rank outside the airport, and car hire is available from eight different companies. You can compare car hire prices with Skyscanner to find out who is offering the best deal.

Practical Information

You need a valid passport to fly to South Africa, and your passport should be valid for a minimum of 30 days after you leave the country. You should also have at least two blank pages inside your passport. British citizens visiting Cape Town on a holiday for less than 90 days don't need a visa. For longer stays, or if you're visiting for a reason other than tourism, you will need to apply for a visa at your local South African embassy. If you're travelling with a child you will need to bring their full unabridged birth certificate and produce it on arrival.

What to expect in Cape Town

The currency in Cape Town is the South African Rand (ZAR). Cape Town is one hour ahead of London. As Cape Town is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to Britain's. January is the warmest month, and June is the coldest. Temperatures are fairly mild throughout the year, with an average summer temperature of 23°C and a winter temperature of 13°C.

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