Cape Town prices
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$39.25   
10 ZAR = 0.94 USD
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Cape Town hotel prices

Hotel type
Price(USD)
Hostel bed
6.61 - 12.75
star
18.89 - 42.49
starstar
33.99 - 71.29
starstarstar
39.66 - 132.20
starstarstarstar
46.27 - 254.96
starstarstarstarstar
80.26 - 377.71


hotel seasons

As a Southern Hemisphere beach city, Cape Town hotels operate on a fairly predictable set of seasons. The peak season is generally from mid December through mid January, which is also typically has the best summer weather. High season for Cape Town hotels is usually from October through April, excluding the peak season in the middle.

Low season is generally from May through September, and prices don’t change much near the lower end of the market, but sometimes mid-range hotels can be quite cheap, and deals can be arranged if you are staying more than a few days.


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Cape Town has a fascinating history combined with a normally excellent climate, so it’s popular with both cultural and leisure tourists. The city can be quite expensive though, so some forward planning is a good idea if you are on a budget.

There are plenty of hostels in Cape Town and prices for a bed are quite competitive, especially outside of the peak December/January season. Hotels are spread all over and booking a bit into the suburbs can deliver a higher standard at a lower price.

Attraction prices can be quite steep so it’ll save money if you plan on seeing some of the museums and spending time on the beach instead. Food and drinks are quite affordable on the low end, and beer and wine are particular bargains for those who like to imbibe.

Cape Town attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Sightseeing bus tour The standard double-decker tourist buses offer hop-on/hop-off city tours with two main routes. You can do the other route the following day at a discount. Discount for buying online. adults 14.16
5-15 6.61
Robben Island tour This historic island prison is a popular tour for those interested in the country's Apartheid past. Book in advance online as it sells out early. adults 23.61
under 18 11.33
Cable Car up Table Mountain A fun ride and amazing views, so this is very popular. A steep walking path leads to the top, and one-way rides are about half this price. Save 10% by buying online. adults 20.30
under 18 10.39

Cape Town Transportation prices

  Price range
(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center 18.89 - 22.66
MyCiti bus from airport to city center 5.89 - 6.10
3km taxi ride in Cape Town 3.78 - 5.19
Public bus ride 0.64 - 0.75

Cape Town food and drink prices

Food type   Price
(USD)
Budget breakfast If your hotel or hostel doesn't include breakfast you can find some good and simple options in most neighborhoods. 2.83 - 5.67
Budget lunch Going for fast food or casual restaurants and pubs can keep your lunches reasonable. 3.78 - 7.55
Budget dinner Depending on your neighborhood it might take some looking to find good sit-down budget dinners. 5.67 - 9.44
Beer (pint) Pints of the local lager are reasonably priced at most bars and pubs, but night clubs will charge more. 1.42 - 2.27
McDonalds Big Mac Big Macs are actually quite cheap in Cape Town compared to most of the rest of the world. 1.79

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Cape Town facts

Population 3,500,000
Metro area 3,500,000
Time zone UTC+2
Currency South Africa rand
Airports Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

Avg temps & precip

english
metric
Hi F Lo F Precip Inch
Jan 79 60 0.6
Feb 80 60 0.7
Mar 78 58 0.8
Apr 73 53 1.6
May 69 49 2.7
Jun 65 46 3.7
Jul 64 45 3.2
Aug 64 46 3.0
Sep 67 48 1.6
Oct 70 51 1.2
Nov 74 56 0.6
Dec 77 59 0.7

Weather Advice

Cape Town has a generally pleasant climate all year round, though the winter period from April through August can be cool and wet depending on which part of the city you are in. Summers are typically warm and dry, though extreme heat is rare, as is uncomfortable humidity.

The Cape Town climate is similar to Los Angeles, with seasons reversed, of course. The beach areas can be very pleasant and mild while certain inland areas can be much hotter or much wetter at any given moment.

Sunrise and sunset

  Sunrise Sunset
21 Mar 6:50am 6:56pm
21 Jun 7:51am 5:45pm
21 Sep 6:37am 6:42pm
21 Dec 5:32am 7:57pm

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