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7 BEST Trips to Robben Island Ticket Prices 2020

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Robben Island is at the core of South Africa’s rich history and culture. The tiny island located just off of the coast of Cape Town is home to a large amount of history and tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s captivity – and subsequent freedom – which became iconic for the democracy of South Africa.

Today, the island is a popular tourist attraction for those with a passion or interest in history and human justice. The only way to reach the island is by boat or air. Here we will discuss a variety of ways to visit the island by ferry – and even by helicopter.

Know before you book:

  • The ferry is subject to weather and trips may be canceled
  • There is a two-tier price system and Non-South Africans need to make sure that they select the correct option for the ticket to be valid
  • The tour ends at the Robben Island Ferry gateway


  • Learn about life on Robben Island
  • Discover aspects of South Africa’s intricate history
  • Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned

Robben Island Prices 2020

  • Total tours cost R550 ($32 / €29) for non-SA adults and R300 ($17 / €16) for non-SA children that are between 2 -18.
  • SA adults and pay R380 ($22 / €20) and SA children pay R200 for 2 – 18 years.
  • Robben Island tour with hotel pickup costs up to $160 USD per person for the more exclusive helicopter ride.

Ferry to Robben Island Times

Boats depart for Robben Island from the V&A Waterfront at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm daily. Note that these trips are weather permitting. The gates close 10 minutes prior departure, so make sure that you arrive early. The trip duration is approximately three-and-a-half hours – including your tour around the island.

Robben Island Museum

Ferry To Robben Island Times

There are several ferries leaving for Robben Island throughout the day. Ferries typically depart at 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm so pre-booking is essential to secure your spot. It is important to arrive 30 minutes before departure.

Best time to go

The tour – including the two ferry trips – is normally around three and a half hours. In order to make the most out of your day, it’s suggested that you go earlier rather than later. When booking your trip, try to check the weather forecast. The experience is best when the sun is out and the winds are soft. If the weather is really bad, the tour may be canceled for the day and you will need to reschedule it.

How Much To Go To Robben Island

General tour prices cost R380 per adult and R200 per child for South Africans. Prices for non-South African visitors cost R550 per adult, and R300 per child. As mentioned above, hotel pick-ups are available at a small additional fee.

Robben Island Tours 2020

Depending on the time and budget you have available, you may want to simply tick off the island, or expand on its learnings and visit the surrounding townships in Cape Town. Alternatively, if you are really pressed for time, you can take a scenic helicopter ride over the island.

Robben Island Boat Trip and Hotel Pick-Up

This is the standard Robben Island ferry and tour of the museum, with the luxury of a hotel pick-up included. Enjoy a sea-breezing trip to the island on one of the dedicated ferries before exploring the history that is dictated on the island.

Listen to stories of South Africa’s apartheid past as told by an ex-prisoner on the island, and visit the infamous cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years in jail.

Get picked up in comfort from your hotel in the city center and nearby surrounds and be transported to the ferry boarding where your pre-booked ticket has secured your spot for the journey.

What we liked: Great option for a convenient hotel pick-up and secure spot on the ferry.
  • Pick-up from central Cape Town accommodation
  • Return Robben Island ferry ticket
  • Tour of the island and prison

  • Drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

An incredible experience for those interested in the underlying history and culture of South Africa. Robben Island is an iconic landmark in Cape Town and a must-see for anyone wanting to truly experience the city.

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Robben Island

Township and Robben Island Tour Combination

Visit different townships around Cape Town and witness the after-effects of the struggles of apartheid before hopping on a ferry to Robben Island and discovering the story of one of the men who played a vital role in overcoming the social injustice.

The eight-hour tour includes a guided visit to the most important townships in Cape Town, a ferry ride to Robben Island and an unparalleled historical and cultural experience.

  • Vehicle and driver guide
  • Petrol
  • Robben Island ferry ticket
  • Tour of the island and prison
  • Passenger liability insurance

  • Return transfer to hotel
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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township experience

Helicopter Ride – Robben Island by Air

Jump on board a helicopter and enjoy a 20-minute helicopter ride over Robben Island for an unparalleled view and alternative experience. Experience post-card views of the island first-hand from the air as the helicopter circumnavigates one of the most significant landmarks in South African history.

  • Shared helicopter flight
  • In-flight commentary
  • Free pick-up and drop-off from accommodation

  • In-flight video package (available for purchase)

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Helicopter ride

7.7Expert Score
A visit to Robben Island gives travelers the opportunity to delve deep into South African history. This enriching experience may be affected by the weather, so be sure to check the forecast before booking.
Value for Money
  • Secure a ticket on the ferry to Robben Island
  • Discover the rich history of the island from a former prisoner
  • Learn about South Africa’s dramatic past
  • The tour may be canceled due to bad weather conditions

Specification: 7 BEST Trips to Robben Island Ticket Prices 2020




5 hours


Admission tickets, Hotel pick-up, Return ferry tickets


Food and drinks, Gratuities, Hotel drop-off

Meals & Drinks

Not included


Pick-up only

Suitable For

Everyone, History enthusiasts

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  1. Anonymous

    Great customer service. My tour of Cape Town was great! The tour guide was very detailed, pleasant and professional. What I respected the most about this tour was this tour company kept an eye on the waiting time to get on the cable cars to the top of Table Mountain. On this day, the wait was almost 2-3 hours. It would not have been enough time to get the 3:00 pm ferry to Robben Island. They offered me a very flexible 'Plan B' for the next morning (which worked out perfect). They dropped me back to my hotel and after lunch, I was transported to the ferry (Abdul/great job/thank you!) to Robbens Island in the afternoon, on-time. The next morning, they hired the hotel shuttle to transport me to/from Table Mountain and everything was made PERFECT (except for the morning fog). Otherwise, a fantastic tour. Thank you!

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  2. Anonymous

    Loved it but we could have spent two hours on table mountain instead of 30 mins. Large crowds meant we had to queue and we had a ferry booked for 11am to Robben island. Excellent tour of the prison with an ex prisoner that was originally sentenced to 25 years for treason but was released after 7 years. Peter our guide for the day was also excellent

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  3. Anonymous

    Started with Robben island. An ok experience because of its history. Couldn’t go to table Mountain because of weather. So our guide took us around CT, Signal hill and told a lot of history. We got the tickets for Table Mountain and did it on our own a couple of days later. Amazing up there.

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  4. Anonymous

    Both Table Mountain and Robben Island were closed due to weather and this was not the fault of the driver. He was fine but we were disappointed in the fact that what we signed up for was not available.

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