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Cape Town, Cape Point

Purchase your Ticket online! You can then skip the Ticket queue by printing or scan via mobile device upon arrival at 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.


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

The experience was good. Staff were great and friendly. Thanks for the experience and I will recommend it to all my friends and family. - Mohamed Elfilali

It was a fun and unique experience, we truly enjoyed it, it was great that it came every couple of minutes - Kaylyn Daniels

It was our worst experience. We purchased tickets for the funicular online. Upon our arrival, we were informed that the funicular was out of service and the ticket office was off line so we could not receive a refund for our return tickets. Other people had the same issue. Although buses were being used to fetch people from the top we were not allowed to use this service. Subsequently, we walked to the top and back down with great difficulty because it was so windy and such a steep climb. I've requested a refund for our tickets. As yet, I'm still awaiting a response from the company. I would definitely not recommend to anyone to buy tickets for the funicular in advance. - Atiyya Fazluddin

An absolutely awesome ride. The Covid protocols are followed extremely well and it was so beautiful to see the view at the top. Amazing ? - Emily von Berg

We were very impressed with your covid procedures and we felt very safe - Tracey Shaw

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