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Distance between Cairo and Cape Town

Driving non-stop from Cairo to Cape Town

How far is Cape Town from Cairo? Here's the quick answer if you have friends taking shifts as driver so that you can make the entire trip by car without stopping.

Nonstop drive: 6,491 miles or 10446 km

Driving time: 205 hours, 3 minutes

This is a really long drive, so it's not very realistic to drive nonstop. To get a better idea of how long this road trip would actually take, scroll down to calculate how many hours it would be if you drive with stops.

Flying non-stop from Cairo to Cape Town

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Cairo, Egypt and Cape Town, South Africa. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

Flight distance: 4,479 miles or 7208 km

Flight time: 9 hours, 27 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 2,012 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.4x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/22th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a fairly long flight, so unless you have a Gulfstream G650 or your own Boeing or Airbus, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Cairo to Cape Town road trip

Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Cairo to Cape Town, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Cape Town, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over a number of days.

Road trip: 5 days of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 109.5 hours on the road with 4 overnights


Start in Cairo.

Drive for about 35.5 hours, then stop in Teguidda n'Tessoumt and stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 11 hours, then stop at Jos Plateau and stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 8 hours, then stop in Douala and stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 13.5 hours, then stop in Kinshasa and stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 18.5 hours, then stop in Ondangwa and stay overnight.

The next day,

Finally, drive for about 22.5 hours and arrive in Cape Town.

To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:

Cairo to Cape Town airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Cairo International Airport (CAI)

Arrival airport: Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 32 minutes

Getting to your destination: 34 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from CAI connecting through JNB and arriving at CPT flying on South African Airways. We can figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, time to taxi on the runways, and an average layover time of about 2 hours.

Initial flight time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Connecting airport: OR Tambo International Airport (JNB)

Connection flight time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Cairo to Cape Town including time spent getting to and from the airports, roughly 2 hours at the departure airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, plus the connecting flight with a 2-hour layover.

Total travel time: 15 hours

Plan a trip to Cape Town

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Cape Town, South Africa. A great place to eat might be El Burro. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Cape Town like Cape Town. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Cape Town like How to spent 2.5 days if first time in Cape Town. Click the button below to explore Cape Town in detail.

How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Cape Town to Cairo, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Cairo, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Cairo!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 6,491 miles
driving time of 205 hours, 3 minutes
flight distance is 4,479 miles
flight time of 9 hours, 27 minutes
Cape Town is the same time as Cairo
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109 Cape Town travel answers

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