Cape Town Prices & Travel Costs

Last Updated: Jan 2024

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.

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Travel Costs to Cape Town

Population 3,500,000
Area 3,500,000
Timezone UTC+2
Currency South Africa rand
Airports Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$41.31
1 USD = 18.4200 ZAR
133 World cities ranked cheapest to most expensive: Backpacker Index for 2024

Accommodation Costs in Cape Town

Cape Town Hotel Seasons

Cape Town Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar31.65 - 48.53
starstarstarstarstar47.83 - 72.48
starstarstarstarstar28.12 - 77.42
starstarstarstarstar64.77 - 114.77
starstarstarstarstar104.89 - 194.30

Cape Town Hostels Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed8.74 - 21.34

Cape Town Attractions Prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Sightseeing bus tourThe 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
5-15
16.02
8.96
Robben Island tourThis 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
32.57
Cable Car up Table MountainA 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 one way
11.94

Cape Town Food and Drink Prices

Food Type Description Price(USD)
Budget breakfastIf your hotel or hostel doesn't include breakfast you can find some good and simple options in most neighborhoods.2.99 - 4.34
Budget lunchGoing for fast food or casual restaurants and pubs can keep your lunches reasonable.3.53 - 6.24
Budget dinnerDepending on your neighborhood it might take some looking to find good sit-down budget dinners.5.43 - 9.23
Beer (pint)Pints of the local lager are reasonably priced at most bars and pubs, but night clubs will charge more.1.09 - 1.63

Cape Town Transport Prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center16.29 - 21.72
MyCiti bus from airport to city center3.53
3km taxi ride in Cape Town1.63 - 3.58
Minibus ride in Cape Town0.33
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When to visit Cape Town

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)
January79600.6
February80600.7
March78580.8
April73531.6
May69492.7
June65463.7
July64453.2
August64463.0
September67481.6
October70511.2
November74560.6
December77590.7

Cape Town Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:50am6:56pm
21 Jun7:51am5:45pm
21 Sep6:37am6:42pm
21 Dec5:32am7:57pm

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