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Distance between Cape Town and Pretoria

Driving non-stop from Cape Town to Pretoria

How far is Pretoria from Cape Town? 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: 914 miles or 1471 km

Driving time: 13 hours, 34 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 Cape Town to Pretoria

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Cape Town, South Africa and Pretoria, 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: 816 miles or 1313 km

Flight time: 2 hours, 8 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 98 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.1x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/6th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, 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.

Cape Town to Pretoria road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Pretoria, and you want to stop along the way to rest. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and maybe even 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 more than one day.

Road trip: 2 days of driving

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

Travel time: 17 hours on the road with 1 overnight


Start in Cape Town.

Drive for about 2 hours, then stop in Montagu and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 2.5 hours then stop at Cango Caves and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 1.5 hours then stop at Karoo National Park and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 3 hours then stop in Hanover (South Africa). Stay overnight.

The next day, drive for about 3.5 hours, then stop in Bloemfontein and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 4.5 hours then stop in Johannesburg and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 15 hours and arrive in Pretoria.

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:

Cape Town to Pretoria 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: Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

Arrival airport: Lanseria International Airport (HLA)

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: 34 minutes

Getting to your destination: 74 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from CPT to HLA on Mango and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 2 hours, 8 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Cape Town to Pretoria including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 6 hours

Plan a trip to Pretoria

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Pretoria, South Africa. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Pretoria. Click the button below to explore Pretoria 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 Pretoria to Cape Town, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 914 miles
driving time of 13 hours, 34 minutes
flight distance is 816 miles
flight time of 2 hours, 8 minutes
Pretoria is the same time as Cape Town
114 Cape Town travel answers
2 Pretoria travel answers

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