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Cape Town, Cape Point

Activity Description

Apart from offering visitors an exciting and novel method of travel, taking the Flying Dutchman funicular saves visitors an uphill walk from the car park to see the old lighthouse and enjoy the panoramic views.

The Flying Dutchman Funicular, also known as the Cape Point Funicular, is a funicular railway located at Cape Point. It is believed to be the only commercial funicular of its type in Africa, and takes its name from the local legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship.

The line runs from a lower station at the Cape Point car park, up an incline through dense fynbos to the upper lighthouse. The funicular leaves from the lower station every three minutes, comfortably accommodates 40 passengers per car, and can transport 450 persons to the upper lighthouse per hour, making it the ideal way to whisk closer to the lighthouse even during peak times.


Duration8 hours
WhenThis service is available all year round.
WhereCape Point Car Park
WeatherThis service is not weather dependent.
What to WearBring something warm with you as the Cape weather is unpredictable. Also wear comfortable walking shoes so that you can go and explore the surrounds.
Things to BringBe sure to bring your camera, sunglasses, a hat and some sunscreen.
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed, only paying guests on the funicular. Non paying guests are welcome to wait in the car park.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsOne way ticket on the Flying Dutchman
ExclusionsFood and drinks


Quick Facts
Length of track: 585 metres
Height: 87 metres
Maximum Steepness: 16%
Cars: 2
Capacity: 40 passengers per car; 450 persons per hour
Configuration: Single track with passing loop
Travel time: 3 minutes each way
Traction: Electricity

Customer Reviews

Cape point + Boulder Beach trip was amazing! My family (3 kids) and I enjoyed the trip. The guide was very knowledgeable and made the long trip enjoyable. I would recommend going to cape point and boulder beach if you're in cape town. The sights on the way was spectacular and cape point is magnificent! - Eisa Abdulkareem

Stays in Cape Town. Did it on 16/12/2018 for the first time and really enjoy it. Absolutely beautiful and everyone very friendly and efficient!! - Suzanne Groenewald

Easy to book and pay online. Could stipulate a bit more clearly that the return ticket includes a ride to the top and back on the product page. Walked right through to cart upon arrival. No queue. Cart was quick to go up. Cart was unfortunately halted on the trip down and we had to take a little bus. Thank you for providing alternative. - Merike Du Plessis

Good day Thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous meal and service at the restaurant. ***** I just feel that when booking customers should be told exactly where the restaurant is as we were under the impression one has to go up to the top so we booked the funicular which was not necessary for people not wanting to go to the lookout. Thank you. - Shelley Van Rensburg

Seamless process, very professional. - Bridget Mokwena-Halala

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