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Travel and airport transfer

Cape Town at sunset

Travel dates

The SSA programme runs from the first day of orientation to the last day of the exam period. Students should plan their travel around the start and end date of the semester.

Arrival date

Before being admitted into the SSA programme, students must attend orientation and academic registration. These take place in the week before teaching begins.

We recommend you arrive in South Africa no later than the weekend before the start of Orientation.

Departure date

When booking you return flight, be sure select a date after the end of the semester exam period. UCT rules require all exams to be taken on campus on the date published in the exam timetable. You should only leave campus on the first day of the vacations in June/July (for the 1st Semester) or November (for the 2nd Semester).


Airport transfer

Submit your flight information and we will arrange transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Cape Town.

Cape Town International Airport is approximately 15km/10miles from UCT and the journey takes around 15-20 minutes outside of busy periods.

To make your own way into town, use a metered taxi, pre-arranged ride-share or myCiti bus.

Ask at the airport information desk where you can find these services.

  • Sport Taxis - Phone +27 21 447 4444 or Whatsapp +27 83 254 1455
  • Excite Taxis - Phone +27 21 448 4444
  • CabCo - Phone +27 86 136 7222
  • Uber
  • Bolt (Taxify)

You should only use recognised and registered public transport companies. Do not take rides from private taxi touts.

If you’re arriving in Cape Town for the first time and need help with transfer from the airport or bus terminus, complete this Arrivals form to obtain a free ride through BOLT (Taxify).