The average price of a 7-day trip to Cape Town is $2,327 for a solo traveler, $4,179 for a couple, and $7,835 for a family of 4. Cape Town hotels range from $39 to $192 per night with an average of $97, while most vacation rentals will cost $150 to $1060 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) are between $1,311 and $2,519 per person for economy flights and $4,114 to $7,905 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $37 to $87 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

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The Cheapest Times to Visit Cape Town, ZA

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to CPT and stay in a Cape Town hotel:

  • January 8th to March 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 16th to May 20th (except the week of May 7th)
  • August 27th to October 7th
  • October 29th to December 9th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Cape Town is usually late November to early December.

 

Average Cape Town Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Cape Town for a week is $1,253-$3,605($179-$515 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $37 to $87 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $712 to $2,192 for economy

Lodging: $47 to $70 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $109 to $134 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Cape Town for a week is $3,422-$7,060($489-$1,009 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $74 to $174 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,424 to $4,384 for economy

Lodging: $47 to $70 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $109 to $134 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Cape Town for a week is $4,448-$12,410($635-$1,773 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $148 to $348 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,848 to $8,768 for economy

Lodging: $94 to $140 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $153 to $201 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Cape Town

How cheap can you make a vacation to Cape Town? The cheapest trip to Cape Town is about $150 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $42 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $35.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit Cape Town for a week is $1,048-$2,936($150-$419 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $18 to $36 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $712 to $2,192 for economy

Lodging: $35 to $39 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $42 to $82 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Cape Town for a week is $1,886-$5,380($269-$769 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $36 to $72 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,424 to $4,384 for economy

Lodging: $35 to $39 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $42 to $82 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Cape Town for a week is $3,754-$10,514($536-$1,502 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $72 to $144 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,848 to $8,768 for economy

Lodging: $70 to $78 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $67 to $123 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very possible to travel to Cape Town cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Cape Town Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in Cape Town.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Cape Town for a week is $2,576-$18,826($368-$2,689 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $74 to $174 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,452 to $6,160 for first class

Lodging: $101 to $192 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,060 to $1,908 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Cape Town for a week is $4,546-$26,204($649-$3,743 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $148 to $348 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,904 to $12,320 for first class

Lodging: $101 to $192 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,060 to $1,908 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Cape Town for a week is $9,092-$46,684($1,299-$6,669 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $296 to $696 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $5,808 to $24,640 for first class

Lodging: $202 to $384 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $1,484 to $2,862 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Cape Town Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Cape Town is slightly lower than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in Cape Town due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Cape Town Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on Cape Town hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in Cape Town.

 

Flight Costs to Cape Town

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $2,519 average in late December to a low of $1,311 in late November to early December. Median flight price is $1,488. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Cape Town our data includes 194 originating airports, and 107 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Cape Town from an airport like Savoonga (SVA) in Savoonga, AK (the United States) for an average $10,354 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like King Shaka International (DUR) in Durban (South Africa) at an average of just $112.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In Cape Town, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $1,207, so you can easily save about 92% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Cape Town can easily cost $270 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $18 per person. Private tours can cost $538 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

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