One of the things I love the most about Cape Town International Airport is how functional it is. I’ve been to some great airports but they’re so big, you can be literally walking for hours and this is definitely not the case when it comes to Cape Town International Airport. I am therefore going to be sharing some of my useful airport tips with all of you.
The location of the airport isn’t too far out of the city centre and you have easy access to Uber cabs and taxi’s if you’d like to and are allowed leave the airport during your layover. Cape Town International is pretty close to everything in Cape Town so if you have the opportunity catch some of the sites.
2. Wifi & Charging ports
There is free WIFI at Cape Town International Airport, however, it’s only available for up to 4 hours or 1GB of data. Simply connect to the “Airports@Vast” network. Registration requires an email address and contact number. There are little pop up charging stations on the airport so you wouldn’t ever have to worry about a dead battery. There are also random plugs you can literally just sit by and charge your devices while you wait and many food places often have visible wall ports for you to use too.
One of my favourite things about this airport is the selection of restaurants that are open 24hours. There is something for everyone so I’m sure you’d find it easy to find a place you’d enjoy passing the times. Some of my favourites are Primi, Spur and Mugg & Bean.
If you find yourself parking at Cape Town International, be sure to know that the more convenient the parking area, the more you’ll end up paying. If you’re not planning on staying for more than an hour, Parking area 1 & 2 are most convenient but if you’re planning on staying longer than that I suggest you park at parking area 3 if you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for parking.
5. Checking in
Checking in is made easier by checking in online prior to arrival at the airport. There are self service check in posts all over the airport as well to help your check in go easier as well as to print your boarding passing. Checking in online prior also means that you can cut the check in line and head straight to check in your baggage.
6. Lounges and hotels
Even though Cape Town International Airport has many seating and waiting areas for you to chill in while you wait to board, if your stay is longer, there are lounges and hotels for you to check in to. You might need a nap, shower or a spot to wait out your hours. Regardless of what type of class you’re flying there are lounges you can enter by buying a day pass. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket.
If you’re looking for a hotel, the Road Lodge Hotel is located within the airport grounds. They do not offer day rooms or airport shuttle so it requires some planning. There’s also Hotel Verde Cape Town which is a mere 2 minutes away from the airport and they offer a free shuttle from 4:00am to midnight.