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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.


ProviderCape Point Funicular
DurationOpen Ended
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

Unfortunately, due to the spread of the Covid 19 virus our cruise ship could not make it to Cape Town so, we were unable to take the tram. - Yvonne Mcloughlin

Really good - Keshni Hiramen

Great day for the whole family. Staff was friendly and prompt to assist. - Arinda Pritchard

Had an awesome time at cape point with the funicular making it an easy travel to and down from the lighthouse. Only sticking point were the extremely long queues into cape point. A more efficient system has to be thought of as the entrance queues are way too long and made some guests actually turn around. - Kgopotso Malatji

The queues at the front of the Caoe point national park were very long and we had to wait an hour or so to get into tha park. But thereafter everything went smoothly and the views were amazing. The funicular is clean and modern, booking process is easy and ticket reading was fast and simple. - Erik Harkema

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