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Cape Town, Cape Point

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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

It was a lovely experience and all Covid protocols were nicely in place. Staff were friendly and professional. Pity about all the graffiti on the lighthouse and a few things that need fixing, like the garden gate for example. All in all, a wonderful little excursion. Thank you for maintaining funicular! - Elna Faasen

Cape Point is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world. I will definitely visit again! - Mia Moller

My trip was cancelled on the day (i was told you would not be operating for the day) i was already on my way i requested a refund and i am still waiting I was very disappointed, to say the least - claudia lewis

I enjoyed the experience very much , I went early in the morning , however i was not able to explore everything due to time constraint , I did not get a chance to the swimming pool , or to the beach , however i will definitely be coming back again during spring or summer month - mpho moeng

We enjoyed our trip on the funicular and our time at Cape Point Nature Reserve. - Dianke Nel

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