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Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Capetown (CPT)

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Visiting from Melbourne to Cape Town

Cape Town travel information

Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa and is influenced by the contours of magnificent Table Mountain and the surrounding peaks of the Cape Peninsula. Also known as the Mother City, it has breath-taking landscapes, stunning beaches, rolling vineyards, delicious South African cuisine, and thriving nightlife. Be sure to visit Chapman's Peak Drive, a narrow road that links Noordhoek with Hout Bay, for the views of the Atlantic Ocean and nearby mountains. There are plenty of things to do in this vibrant city.

When to visit

Best time to visit  Cape Town

Cape Town has mild wet winters and dry, warm summers. The best times to visit Cape Town are from March to May and from September to November, with fewer crowds and pleasant weather. Temperatures range from 20°C - 23°C, making it a perfect time to tour many of the wineries. Summer (December to February) is a popular time to visit the stunning beaches on the Atlantic coastline and enjoy outdoor activities, with temperatures averaging around 26°C.

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Cape Town International Airport (CPT).Opens external site in a new window Is the primary international airport serving the city of Cape Town, South Africa. It is located approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the city centre. The airport serves both domestic and international flights.

Arriving in Cape Town

The helpful staff at Cape Town Airport are on hand and will greet you when you land to assist with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way. 

Getting into Cape Town from Cape Town Airport 

With a range of options from public transportation to app-based ride services, you can easily find a mode of transport to suit your travel needs. There are various car rental agencies available at the airport, located at the Transport Plaza and Central Terminal Building. It’s best to pre-book a rental car before your arrival and takes approximately 20 minutes to get into town. Other transport options at Cape Town Airport include shuttles arranged privately with hotels or agencies, Uber, airport transfers, and the MyCiti mass rapid transport bus system which runs into town. MyCiti is convenient if you are travelling lightly. If not, a pre-arranged transfer, taxi or car hire are your best options.

Getting around Cape Town

The best way to get around Cape Town is by car, with plenty of parking and car hire companies available. Uber is a popular and safe way to get you where you want to go. Other options include the city sightseeing bus to see the major attractions such as District Six Museum, Noordhoek Beach and Table Mountain National Park. Public transport options include the MyCity Buses, Golden Arrow buses, minibus taxis and Metrorail train service. Taxies can be booked in advance or take a shared cab.

Departure information

Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.  

What is the main airport called?

Melbourne Airport. Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic AirportOpens external site in a new window (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.

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Customers on Qantas flights from Melbourne are a allocated checked baggage allowance. If you require extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.

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Customers travelling from Melbourne, ensure you check-in online or via the Qantas App before you arrive at the airport from 24 hours before departure.

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Can I cancel my flight booking due to COVID-19?

If your flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website, please contact them directly to discuss your options.If your plans have changed or you no longer wish to travel, visit Manage Booking to change your travel dates or cancel your flight and request a flight credit to use towards a future flight. Please visit our Booking changes and other options page for more information.If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll be contacting anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.

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