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KLM direct flights from Cape Town to Amsterdam

KLM adds 3 more flights per week + enter to WIN 2 return tickets to Amsterdam

Last updated: 26 October, 2022  

KLM is celebrating 30 years of flights between Cape Town and Amsterdam. They are adding three more direct flights per week in addition to their current daily schedule to Amsterdam to mark this milestone. KLM has also partnered with us, Cape Town’s online magazine, to give you a chance to win a set of return tickets to Amsterdam. 

30 Days. 30 Minutes. 2 Free Return Flights To Amsterdam! Read to find out how to enter and win in the #ActiveGetsYouToAmsterdam Challenge.


30 years of flights between Cape Town and Amsterdam. Get active for just 30 minutes a day and stand a chance to win 2 return flights from Cape Town to Amsterdam. Image: KLM  


“The Netherlands was the Western Cape’s fifth-largest passenger market with over 27 000 two-way passengers in 2021, and the second-largest export market, with over R14 billion worth of goods exported in 2021,” according to aviation news site Airspace Africa.

The additional flights will go a long way in supporting and growing this connection. The new seasonal schedule, which kicks off on 1 November 2022, will take the current seven weekly flights to a total of 10. A perk of this increase is that in addition to the daily “day flight”, customers will now be able to choose “night flights” three times a week from Amsterdam.

The new seasonal schedule will take the current seven weekly flights to a total of 10. Image: KLM 


Flying KLM gives travellers access to 163 destinations, 92 in Europe and 71 intercontinental. Exciting destinations just added for the holidays include Nantes in France, Rovaniemi in Finland, Aarhus in Denmark and Katowice in Poland. 

Flying KLM gives travellers access to 163 destinations, 92 in Europe and 71 intercontinental. Image: KLM  


The new non-stop flights between Amsterdam and Cape Town are 11 hours and 20 minutes. KLM Flight KL595 departs Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 18:25pm to arrive at Cape Town International at 06:45am the following day.  

The return KLM Flight KL596 will depart Cape Town International on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 08:20am and arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 19:15pm the same day. 

The new non-stop flight between Amsterdam and Cape Town is 11 hours and 20 minutes. Image: KLM  

The existing daily flight schedule between Amsterdam and Cape Town operates as follows: 

KLM Flight KL597 departs Amsterdam Airport Schiphol daily at 10:30am to arrive at Cape Town International at 22:50pm the same day. The return KLM Flight KL598 departs Cape Town International daily at 00:40am to arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 11:20am the same day.

KLM’s Cape Town services will operate with a combination of aircraft, including the B777-300, the B777-200, and the B787-900 Dreamliner.   

Scan through KLM’s schedule and current prices for all flights from Amsterdam to Cape Town or Johannesburg

KLM will operate a combination of aircraft on its Cape Town route, including the B777-300, the B777-200, and the B787-900 Dreamliner. Image: KLM 


Amsterdam’s appeal as a vibrant European city is wrapped in its artistic heritage, and elaborate canals lined by narrow houses with gabled facades. A living legend of the 17th-century Golden Age, make a point of exploring sites like the Van Gogh Museum, stop to smell the tulips and get a taste of Heineken with an interactive tour. 

Of course, cycling is key to the city’s character, conveniently dotted with cycle paths and lock-up posts. Renting a bike in Amsterdam is almost a rite of passage for many tourists.  

Must-do Amsterdam attractions:

  1. Rijksmuseum: Admire the astonishing collection of Dutch art dating back to the Middle Ages as well as exemplary exhibits of European and Asian art.

  1. Anne Frank House: This touching tribute to the wartime diarist Anne Frank is a must-visit.

  1. Begijnhof: Relax in this surreal area of tranquility that provides respite from the bustling city centre.

  1. Vondelpark: Enjoy the best of nature and relaxation while exploring this expansive park.

  1. The Heineken Experience: Take an interactive tour through the former brewery. 

Amsterdam is a vibrant European city with a deep cultural heritage, with its elaborate canals. Image: Javier M./Unsplash 


KLM offers convenient flights from Amsterdam to all over the world, including 163 total destinations, in Europe, North America, Africa, South America, Asia and the Caribbean. From the official home of Santa Claus in Finland to the glitz of LA’s Hollywood, get a taste of your end-of-year dream holiday with connectivity from KLM. 

Los Angeles: The home of Hollywood celebrity culture and gorgeous beaches all make LA a famous and sought-after vacation spot. 

London: Shopping, theatre, food or football - the attractions are endless in London. Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye make this one of the world's most famous cities.

Rome: Throw a coin and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, the lavishly decorated and sculptured fountain that pays tribute to the Roman God Oceanus.

Lisbon: Discover the narrow streets of Alfama District, with its vibrant coloured buildings, the beautiful artworks, ancient architecture and the floating sounds of Portuguese folk music. 

New York: See the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree Lighting and the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve. 

Toronto: Take a trip up Toronto's famous landmark, the CN Tower. See fabulous views of the city and Lake Ontario from the Sky Pod 360 Restaurant.

St Maarten: The island of St Maarten boasts beautiful beaches and the bluest waters in the Caribbean, with a vibrant shopping and nightlife scene.



Active gets you to Amsterdam with KLM. The airline and are challenging you to get active for 30 minutes every day for 30 days, and you could win two return flights to Amsterdam.

All kinds of activity counts: Running, walking, swimming, trampolining, walking the beach, roller skating, dancing to salsa or amapiano, hula hooping… You can even send us a video of you getting your steps in during your grocery run.

#activegetsyoutoamsterdam. Run, walk, swim, trampole, walk the beach, roller skate… anything. Image: KLM  

How to enter to stand a chance to win

Tag us @capetownmag daily when posting a picture, video, reel of you being active, doing the activity you like. Make sure you also have #activegetsyoutoamsterdam and #30yearsKLM in your post. 

30 minutes for 30 days. Get active and stand a chance to win. Image: KLM

What judges will be checking for

As part of their CSR initiatives and in line with the 17 UN Sustainable Development goals, KLM is supporting and encouraging healthy living and promoting it with The entries with the most posts (every day for 30 days), tagging #activegetsyoutoamsterdam and #30yearsKLM stand the best chance of winning. is about Moments of Joy, so quality, quirky and authenticity matters to us. We’d love to feel the joy in what you do. Show us the joy that your activity brings: Maybe it’s the landscape where you run or hike, the freedom of surfing, the silliness of rollerblading with your friends, the glee and skill of dancing to amapiano, the stamina and strength of gym, the freedom in kitesurfing…

Lucky for you, Cape Town is the ideal place to get active in nature, with its picturesque landscapes, beaches and mountains. 

Share daily, and share creatively. The most entries (posting and tagging every day for 30 days) get you to Amsterdam. Image: KLM  


When the challenge starts and ends

  • Challenge launches 2 November 2022
  • Challenge ends 2 December 2022
  • Winners announced on 9 December 2022
  • Enter via our Instagram: @capetownmag
  • You can enter the challenge at any point during the 30 days

Who can enter

  • Any fitness level is welcome to enter
  • Any fitness activity is valid
  • Only persons above the age of 12 may enter

Participation in this Competition excludes employees, directors, members, partners, consultants and agents who directly or indirectly controls or is controlled by the Promoter or marketing service providers of this Competition, (and the spouses, life partners, immediate family members or business partners of the people or entities listed above). This means:

  • the Promoter/s;
  • supplier/s of goods and or services in terms of this Competition; and
  • promotional partners, printers, advertising and promotional agencies, professional advisors and point of sale staff employed by or contracted to, or providing goods or services of any kind, to all the people or entities listed above during the Competition period.

Show us the joy that your activity brings, to you and those around you. Image: KLM  

Terms and conditions of KLM prize winner tickets

  1. Entries will be assessed daily and reshared on our social channels by the team
  2. The people with the most quantity and quality entries will go into a top draw
  3. One winner will be chosen
  4. The Prize is two free economy class tickets on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from CapeTown to Amsterdam, including all airport taxes and surcharges.
  5. Operating airline: Valid on KLM operated flights only, network wide.
  6. All flights leave from Cape Town International Airport
  7. Class of travel: Economy class, upgrades are not permitted.
  8. Validity period: The tickets must be issued by 31 March 2023. Travel must be completed by 30 November 2023 and cannot be extended beyond this date for any reason, including force majeure.
  9. Luggage allowance: 1 piece of checked baggage at 23 kg and 12 kg of hand baggage.
  10. Restrictions: Bookings are subject to “”’ class availability
  11. Tickets are non-endorsable, non-re-routable and non-transferable
  12. As above, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is liable for the air travel only. The prize winner/s must cover all other arrangements including but not limited to visas, hotel accommodation, transfers, food, etc
  13. Winners will be announced a week after closing date
  14. The selection process to determine the winners and results of the process are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Connect to 163 cities with KLM from Amsterdam, including Amsterdam, London and New York. Image: KLM 


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