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Flights to Cape Town

Discover Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City, with its colourful mix of shopping, nature, history and nightlife. Book your flight from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cape Town with Virgin Atlantic today.

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  • We will fly direct to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) from London Heathrow (LHR)

  • Our daily Cape Town flights from London Heathrow will begin from November 2022.

  • The flight time from London is approximately 11.5 hours

Discover Cape Town

Beaches, culture and beautiful people: Cape Town has it all. Fly to direct from the UK and get to know South Africa’s most cosmopolitan city.

Cape Town is not just about the beach, although you’re spoilt for choice between Clifton and Llandudno. Nature-lovers can hike up the Twelve Apostles or swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach. If it’s history you’re after, catch a boat to Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell at Robben Island or uncover the city’s secret past at District Six Museum.

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Rainbow Nation

Explore Cape Town’s most colourful neighbourhood at Bo-Kaap. Established in the 18th century by Cape Malay slaves, it’s lined with rainbow-bright Cape Dutch bungalows. Bo-Kaap Museum is where to stock up on the area’s history, and be sure to tuck into some Cape Malay cooking while you’re there.

Prime wine country

Cape Town is at the heart of South Africa’s beautiful winelands. Venture out to the gorgeous old university town of Stellenbosch to be in the thick of it, or further afield where Franschhoek’s fabulous wineries are framed by clouds pouring over the picture perfect hills.

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Shoppers' paradise

For cute independent boutiques, head to Long Street in the centre of town, and swing by Greenmarket Square to pick up some souvenirs while you’re there. There are hip stalls aplenty at the Old Biscuit Mill, chic indie galleries at Camps Bay and designer stores at the V&A Waterfront.

Wild about the city

Cape Town is a nature-lover’s paradise – and you don’t even need to leave the city. Stretch your legs at Kirstenbosch’s 1,300 acres of botanical gardens in the heart of Cape Town. Keep an eye out for local sculptures among the proteas – there’s always an exhibition on, so no visit is ever the same.

Party all night

When it comes to putting on a great party, Cape Town has mastered the art. Toast the beautiful and damned at Camps Bay, where cocktail bars serve sundowners with a great view. Sea Point has some laid-back spots, while Long, Loop and Bree Streets are a happening hub of bars and clubs.

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Airport guide

Before you set off, take a look at our Cape Town International Airport guide.

Cape Town airport guide

Visa information

Visit our South Africa visa page, where you'll find useful information on the travel documents you'll need.

South Africa visa page

Local currency

The currency in Cape Town is the South African Rand (ZAR).

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Local transport

Pre-booked taxis are the safest and easiest way to get to the airport and around the city.


In Cape Town, the type M plug is used. The power supply is 230V/50Hz.

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