There aren’t any direct flights to Cape Town from Dublin but during the summer (October to March) there are plenty of flights to choose from although you need to make at least a stop along the way. Don’t forget to use websites which list the European low-cost carriers. And make sure to book your ticket as far in advance as possible.

Airport choices

Cape Town is served by the second largest airport in South Africa, Cape Town International Airport . The airport is hub for South African Airways and a major gateway for the international travelers.

Dublin Airport serves the city of Dublin and is the busiest airport in Ireland. It’s located just 10 km outside the city center. The airport is a hub for Aer Lingus and Ryanair ,the famous low-cost carrier, uses the airport as its headquarter. A variety of airlines fly to/from Dublin but none connect directly to Cape Town. To get from the airport to the city center you can take the bus – there are both express and regular lines- or a taxi (which should cost about €20-30, depending on the traffic).

Best airline choices

During summer – October to March – there are a lot of charter airlines flying from Europe. Outside the high season, there are airlines flying to Cape Town from Dublin but you need to make two stops on the way.

British Airways , bmi and South African Airways offer flights which require only one connection. Other airlines you can choose from include: KLM , Aer Lingus, Air France and Turkish Airlines.

Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights to Cape Town from Dublin are seasonable. The summer season – which also represents the peak travel season – lasts between October and March and the prices are at their highest. But if you book your flight in advance – at least a month in advance – the prices aren’t that high.

Needless to say, events such as the Soccer World Cup also trigger high prices so if you have some matches on your mind make sure to book the flight well in advance.

As mentioned, there aren’t direct flights to Cape Town from Dublin so finding the best airfare requires a bit of research. If you plan to fly in early October plant to pay at least €1.108 for a round trip flight (2 stops on the way to Cape Town, 1 stop on the way back).

On the other hand, if you book your flight for early November (so at least a month in advance) a round trip flight would start at €853 per person (1 stop on each way).

Money saving tips

Make sure to check different discount websites such as Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline. Skyscanner also offers some good options and they way the website lists the flights is excellent to figure out the cheapest connections since they also list the low-cost European carriers.

Be flexible and open-minded. Since there aren’t any direct flights to Cape Town from Dublin, you need to take into account the possibility to change planes more than one. Sure, it’s easier to change the plane in London only but the ticket price will make you think twice about that.

If you fly during the summer (October to March) check the charter airlines but remember that those cannot be booked via the discounted websites. And if you fly on commercial airlines, book your flight as far in advance as possible (at least 4-6 weeks in advance, especially during the high season).