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Cape Town Airport Transfers and Taxis

Unbeatable prices for your Cape Town airport taxi


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

Book your Cape Town Transfer

Quick and reliable Cape Town airport transfer

When you land in a new country, excited to start exploring and enjoying the sights, the last thing you want to do is waste time queuing for bus tickets or having to carry your luggage through complicated train stations. Instead, why not hop into a private, air-conditioned car and make your way to your hotel in style and comfort with a Cape Town airport taxi?

The moment you arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT), your English-speaking taxi driver will be waiting for you right outside of the arrival terminal holding a sign with your name written on it. Even if your flight schedule changes unexpectedly, our drivers will be instantly updated with the new arrival time, so he’ll always be there when you are to begin your Cape Town airport transfer. After your warm reception, your driver will give you a hand with your luggage and guide you to your selected vehicle. 

During your transfer from Cape Town airport, Your driver will share with you useful information about places worth visiting, along with guidelines for a truly enjoyable stay. Welcome Pickups offer only the finest of taxi drivers and all of our employees are qualified English speakers. So, let us take care of your transfer, so you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the beginning of your vacation in Cape Town. 


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
25 €
25 €
20 MIN
25 €
25 €
20 MIN
40 €
40 €
35 MIN

Our Welcome Cape Town taxi fleet

At Welcome Pickups, we know the importance of keeping your group together when in a new and foreign country. That’s why we have a Cape Town airport taxi fleet of different sized vehicles to cater to every group size. If you’re travelling with a standard size group of 4, one of our stylish sedans will be your best choice. Or, if your group is a little larger (up to 8 people), then you’ll all fit comfortably inside one of our spacious minivans. 

What our customers say about Welcome

"Anabelia, our tour guide was wonderful. She guided us through history and food and made great suggestions and enabled us to understand Greek culture and the food. I would highly recommend this tour.”

Directions for your transfer from Cape Town airport

Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the second-busiest airport in South Africa, hosting both low fare and large international airlines. The distance from Cape Town Airport (CPT) to the city centre of Cape Town is 20 km, so your Cape Town airport transfer should take approximately 20 minutes in light traffic. After exiting the airport compound your taxi driver will take Settlers Way avenue and head west until merging onto the Nelson Mandela highway which heads directly to the heart of Cape Town. From here, he will take the local roads to reach your hotel. 

Why choose a Cape Town taxi?

After a long and exhausting flight, all you want to do is check-in to your hotel as soon as possible, so you can begin your exciting trip. At Welcome Pickups, we understand this need and do everything we can to accommodate you by providing reliable, direct and fast transfers from Cape Town airport. There’s no need to start navigating complicated public transport networks or waiting in long lines at the information or ticket desks when you choose a Cape Town airport taxi. 

Once you’re in the city of Cape Town, there are many different taxis to choose from. The first thing to note is that there are two types of vehicles, a shared taxi, which is like a minivan and a regular metered Cape Town taxi. The shared taxis operate on set routes with set stops and function much like a small bus, whereas the metered taxis can be hailed from the street and will take you to any destination you desire. If you’d prefer to walk to a taxi rank rather than hailing a taxi from the street, you can find them at all the main tourist spots around the city, at the upper deck Cape Town Train Station, Golden Acre Centre, Strand St and Long Street. 

Cost of a Cape Town airport taxi

Average Cape Town taxi price in city – 4€

Although there are many unlicensed and private taxi groups in Cape Town, most of the regular cabs operate using a metered system. This means that you will be charged based on the distance you travel during your journey. If you’d prefer a set rate fee, we suggest booking your Cape Town taxi in advance. 

Under normal traffic conditions, taking a Cape Town airport taxi into the city would cost around 25€, depending on the exact location of your hotel. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that there may also be additional charges for excess luggage, vehicle type, the time of year and travelling during holidays.

Once in Cape Town, if you choose to hail a taxi from the street, you can expect to pay a base fare of 1.23€ and a further 0.62€ per km travelled. There’s also an additional charge for keeping your taxi driver waiting of 2.96€.

The benefits of booking a Welcome Airport Taxi

The main advantage of choosing Welcome Pickups over other similar companies is the broad selection of travel packages that allow travellers to fully personalise their experience in Cape Town. Not only do we handle your transportation, your personal belongings and share with you local knowledge about the area, but we also offer exciting travel extras. Enjoy our skip-the-line tickets for the most well-known attractions of Cape Town, such as the impressive Castle of Good Hope, the exciting Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and the fascinating District Six Museum. Your tickets will be handed to you by your driver on the day of your Cape Town airport transfer, so you can save time by skipping the big lineups at the ticket counters. Welcome Pickups also offer both private and shared experiences throughout Cape Town at very competitive prices. All of our 5-star providers have been hand-picked based on real customer reviews, so we can guarantee an unforgettable experience every time. 

Cape Town Taxi Tips

  1. It’s very rare for Cape Town taxi drivers to carry change for large bills, so be sure to keep small change with you.
  2. Most drivers don't speak fluent English, so we recommend writing down your destination on a piece of paper and hanging it to your driver if needed.
  3. You can bring your wheelchair, stroller or baby seat at no extra cost.
  4. Cape Town taxi drivers don’t have the POS system needed to pay by credit card, you will need to have cash.
  5. To ensure your driver is taking the correct route, you can check on a GPS app such as GoogleMaps.
  6. Tipping your taxi driver in Cape Town isn't expected but is always appreciated. As a good rule of thumb, you can round up to the nearest 10 Rand.
  7. Be sure to ask your driver for a receipt at the end of your journey. This is the only way to make a complaint or contact him should you leave anything behind in the cab.
  8. Make sure the taximeter is set to the base fare of 1.23€ before you begin your journey.

Frequently asked questions

How much is taxi from Cape Town airport to city?

Cape Town airport taxi drivers don't offer a set-rate fee for the journey into the city. Instead, they use a taximeter based on distance travelled to calculate your fee. The total price of this journey will be around 25€ in light traffic.

How much is a taxi in Cape Town?

While in Cape Town, you will be charged using a taximeter based on distance for any journey you take. Expect to pay 1.23€ as a base fare and then 0.62€ for every subsequent kilometre after that. Additional costs for the time of day, waiting, vehicle type and number of people may also apply.

Are taxis in Cape Town safe?

On the most part, yes. It’s important to make sure you’re taking an official and fully listened Cape Town taxi and not one of the rogue cabs. The best way to ensure this is to look for the unique taxi number on the side of the taxi and the company logo which is usually on the side door or bonnet of the car. If any problems do occur during your journey, take down your driver’s ID number and taxi number, ask for a receipt and then report this to the local authorities.

Where do I meet my driver?

After collecting your luggage at baggage claim, you will walk through the arrival terminal exit doors and see your driver waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it. To make sure everything runs according to plan, one day before you’re due to take your Cape Town airport transfer, you will receive an email containing your driver’s name, photo and phone number.

What do I do if my flight is delayed?

Even if there’s a last-minute flight time change, your driver will be there right on time. At Welcome, we supply our drivers with live updates on your plane’s arrival time, so there’s no need to worry if you’re delayed or even getting in early.

How do I take a Cape Town taxi?

Taking a taxi in Cape Town city centre is extremely easy. You can choose to hail one down from the street by sticking out your arm, or you can walk to a taxi rank. You will find these lines of taxis outside all major hotels, tourist attractions, transportation hubs and main streets, such as Strand St and Long Street.