How to get from Cape Town Airport to Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch is mainly a student town about 50 km east of Cape Town. Travelers from Cape Town airport can travel to Stellenbosch via a private Cape Town airport taxi or a bus plus train connection. Due to the long distance, typical minibus taxis will avoid this route, thus private operators are the only direct mean of transportation. Unfortunately, the airport of Cape Town does not offer public transportation to Stellenbosch, which means people on a low budget have to initially travel to Cape Town and then take a train connection to Stellenbosch.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Train || €17|| 180min|| 05:45–20:10|
| Taxi || €40|| 35min|| 24/7|
How to get from Cape Town airport to Stellenbosch by train
Despite the significance of Stellenbosch town as a major student hot spot in South Africa, the public transportation network to and from the region is relatively poor. To travel from Cape Town airport to Stellenbosch by public transit, travelers must first take the MyCity bus to the civic centre of Cape Town and then use the CT northern line train to Stellenbosch. The total cost of the journey comes to €8.50 and the combined travel time including waiting time at the stations is just under 3 hours.
How much is the train from Cape Town airport to city centre?
The MyCity bus from the airport will cost around €6.50, tickets can be purchased using the myconnect card versions (R150 €9.70 is recommended). In addition, the train tickets for the Northern Line will cost €2 with the current prices.
Waiting time for the MyCity bus and train is 20 and 45 minutes respectively.
The MyCity bus line is available 24h 365 days a year. The CT train is available from 05:45 am to 20:10 pm.
Where do I get it from?
MyCity bus station in Cape Town Airport is located on the ground floor in front of the main terminal. It is easily accessible from both arrivals and departures hall. The train station is located 5 minutes on foot to the left of the bus station in the civic centre.
Using the MyCity bus and then the CT northern train line is the cheapest and most convenient mean of public transportation to Stellenbosch. Nevertheless, the 3 hour journey and possibly waiting 45 minutes at the civic centre make this option very depleting especially for long distance travelers.
Make sure to avoid taking the train after 17:00 pm, Petty theft is a very common issue on the evening hours. Additionally, always buy a first class ticket in order to get a seat and luggage compartments.
It is highly recommended to always be alert on any mean of public transportation. Having exposed jewelry is also a common target for thieves.
The tickets for the MyCity bus and the Train must be purchased separately at their respective ticket counters.
How to get from Cape Town airport to Stellenbosch by taxi
As stated above, due to the inconvenience, regular minivan taxi operators usually avoid the airport to Stellenbosch route. Nevertheless, alternative private taxi companies offer transfers at fixed rates. For regular family vehicles the price is around €40, while for larger vehicles prices increases accordingly. The trip to Stellenbosch takes 35 minutes with little to no traffic.
Taxi fare from Cape Town airport to Stellenbosch
Most taxi companies offer transfers at a fixed rate to attract travelers. The journey from Cape Town airport to Stellenbosch is expected to cost anywhere from €35 to €45. The greatest factor affecting the price is the time of the year, since most companies will slightly increase their rates during the summer seasons.
A private taxi connection is usually very comfortable and safe in Cape Town. Due to the large competition most companies offer extra perks such as; discount vouchers to future rides in order to attract travelers.
Always try to prebook your private taxi transfer in advance, in order to avoid waiting at the airport taxi counter. Queue lines are very common especially during peak seasons.
Many unlicensed drivers always try to approach tourists at the airport offering rides at overpriced rates. It is highly advised to avoid any kind of conversation with scammers for safety reasons.
Remember to never enter any taxi vehicle if the final fare has not been agreed upon in advance.