CAPE TOWN, South Africa — One of the world’s most beautiful cities is probably one of the cheapest.

Cape Town, the sparkling jewel in South Africa’s tourist crown, regularly wins international travel awards.

It combines excellent infrastructure and hotels with magnificent beaches, wildlife and winelands, making it a favorite among business conventions and wealthy surf and safari seekers.

But even for those on a budget, the so-called Mother City is as welcoming as its name. Best news is the weakness of the South African rand, which make dollars and euros go further.

Getting there

Only a few airlines fly straight to Cape Town, so direct flights from London are full and discount fares rare. Delta flies from New York via Senegal. Emirates via Dubai often has bargains.

In addition to South African Airways, budget airlines like 1Time and fly from Johannesburg into Cape Town.

The airport tourism information desk arranges bus shuttles to the city at $12 per person and less for subsequent passengers.

The Backpacker bus charges $15 and its website has good tips on travel and accommodation. Or ask your hotel or guesthouse to meet you.

Metered taxis are expensive and there is no regular bus or train service to the city center. If you are renting a car, shop around for deals for foreigners.

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