Trip Hack Guide: Cape Town

Trip Hack Guide: Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the most affordable destinations for western tourists due to its relatively weak rand. Travellers leave Cape Town rave about the value of accommodations, eating and activities compared to other major destinations.


Airfare Hacks:

Cheapest time to go:  February, May and early June

Most Expensive:  July and August.

When to fly: Fly out on a Monday, return on a Tuesday.

Best time to buy: On a Sunday 4-6 weeks in advance.

Cheapest Airfare always found using:  SkyScanner

Best Airlines: British Airways, Air Canada, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have the lowest fares.

Am I getting a good deal? Good deals for this route are priced below $1,238.


Accommodation Hacks:

Hostel Prices: Dorm for $10-20 USD/person

Cheapest Hostel Site: Hostel World (no booking fees!)

2-3 star hotel prices:  $50-120 USD/night using

4-5 star hotel prices:  $120 + USD/night using

Hotwire:  If you aren’t too picky with the brand of the hotel and are willing to forfeit  the name of the hotel for up to 50% off. You can access the deals here.

Air B & B: The selection of authentic apartments and other unique accommodations in Cape Town can be found on Air B & B. You can access the best selection of rooms here.


Airport Transportation:

Taxi: A taxi ride into town will cost about $20-30 and should take under half an hour. Please note that there is only one official taxi company at the airport. But you should ask your hotel to pick you up, as pick up service are provided by nearly all hotels, guest houses and so on.

Cape Town Airport Shuttles

Citi Hopper



Cape Town is a beautiful area and it’s recommend to take a road-trip along the coast.

Car Rental: Average prices are $120/ week (taxes included).

Cheapest Car Rental Rates found using:  Priceline OR Expedia

Taxis: Surcharge of $1.00 for the pick-up and an additional $1.00 for each sixth of a mile traveled.

Public Transportation: Not recommended for safety reasons.


Food & Drinks:

Fast Food Meal: $3-4 USD/person

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: $7 USD/person

Mid-range 2 course meal: $25 USD/ person

Beer: $1.50 USD each

Cocktail: $3-5 each

Groceries for the week: $20-30 USD per week

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