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Return Ticket Voucher

Cape Town, Cape Point

Please note: Unfortunately, the funicular service is affected by Loadshedding. Cape Point falls in Zone 8 of COCT Loadshedding Schedule, if you like to plan ahead. Enquires - Contract: (021) 780 9010 or Email:

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

It made the journey up and down the mountain faster. - Siphesihle Biyela

We enjoyed our visit, but due to Load Shedding our return ticket was not honoured and was only a one-way ticket up the hill. We were happy we could take the trip up as the walk down wasn't as taxing as it would have been walking uphill. Stunning views, but the glass of the Fenicular needs a good cleaning. - Madi du Preez

Load shedding affected our visit. We could not use funicular return tickets. - Jameel Mohideen

Hi there, unfortunatelly we couldn't ride on the Funicular as there was loadshedding on that day. We couldn't reschedule for another day as it was far from where we stayed for our Cape Town trip. Regards Liz - Elizabeth Mashaba

This was an absolutely lovely, one-of-a-kind experience. We enjoyed the views, and it was wonderful to be able to take family members right to the top who otherwise would not have been able to walk there. - Alma Diamond

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