On-Site Registration Location and Hours

The IGARSS Registration desk will be on the Ground Floor, Level 2 of the Leslie Building. See the general shuttle schedule below for transportation options to the registration desk.

Registration Desk Hours
Sunday, July 12: 07:30 – 17:30
Monday, July 13: 07:30 – 17:30
Tuesday, July 14: 07:30 – 17:30
Wednesday, July 15: 07:30 – 17:30
Thursday, July 16: 07:30 – 17:30
Friday, July 17: 07:30 – 17:30

Getting from the Airport to your hotel and IGARSS 2009

Cape Town International Airport is South Africa's second largest airport. Its service ranks among the highest in the world and has earned the World Travel Award for Africa’s leading airport for the last seven years running.

The Airport is approximately a 20 minute drive (22 km) from the city centre, with a range of transport options to get you where you need to go. Besides car rental services, these include metered taxis and shuttle services.

Airport to Hotels Transportation Schedule
Day Notes
Every Day Arrange for shuttle or taxi from one of the designated transport providers or at hotel front desk.

Mobile Phone Hire: Mobile phones are available at the airport arrivals halls. International roaming charges on your international phones are expensive!


Airport Transfer: if you have pre-booked accommodation there is a good chance that your hotel and/or hosts offer an airport collection and drop-off service. Make enquiries when booking your accommodation. There are also shuttle services that run between the airport and popular destinations such as the city centre and the waterfront.

Way 2 Go Transfers offers a 24-hour door-to-door service between the Airport and the entire Cape Town Peninsula area, hotels, and guest houses. Fare to Sea Point or the Waterfront is R190 for one person, and R210 for two. An exclusive transfer is R350 for one or two people.

Mon - Fri (office) 08h30 -16h30
Tel: 0861 929 246
International: +27 21 638 0300
After hours: 072 33 000 22
Fax: +27 21 638 0505

Randy's Tours, located in the international arrivals halls, allows passenger pooling to the same of closely located destinations. Share one shuttle with up to four passengers.

Owner: Faried Fakier
Tel: +27 (0) 21 706 -16
Mobile: 27 (0)82 655 0529,


Metered taxis are located outside the international and domestic arrivals halls. Metered fares from airport to designated hotels range between R250 to R280.

Excite Taxis: 021 448 4444
Marine Taxis: 021 434 0434

Car Hire / Rental

Many major car hire companies have an airport presence: Avis, Budget, Europa, Sixt.

Transportation information (hotels, social events, University of Cape Town)

The transport schedule is built around transporting delegates to and from five designated hotels in the downtown Waterfront precinct of Cape Town city and the conference venue on the University of Cape Town by bus. The designated hotels are: The Cullinan, The City Lodge, The Protea Breakwater Lodge, The Protea Cape Castle and The Protea Victoria Junction.

A supplementary evening service will transport delegates staying at on-campus student dorms (Graca Machel Residence (Lower Campus), off Main Road, Rondebosch) to and from the Waterfront precinct.

N.B. Delegates booked into Fuller Residence have been moved to Graca Machel Residence to accommodate several simultaneous events on campus. We apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause to IGARSS’09 delegates)

There is no additional charge for using the bus service. For persons who have elected to stay at other venues, the cost of transport to one of the designated pick up or drop off points will be for their own account.

Use clearly marked metered taxis or shuttle services with a formal desk. Taxi service and shuttle information is listed below the schedule and will be available from the IGARSS’09 volunteer crew.

Once registered, please display your name tag when in the conference venue, at conference functions and when boarding the buses.

For persons arriving by car or other means, the Campus Information Office and the Campus traffic officials have been briefed on the conference and will guide you to the venue.


Free conference parking is available in parking bays P4, P5 and P17.

General Hotel Shuttle to and from UCT Campus

Transportation to/from Hotels in Downtown to UCT Campus
Day Time of Operation Notes
Thursday, July 9
Friday, July 10
Use metered taxis or official shuttle services outside the airport arrivals halls.
Saturday, July 11 09:00 - 22:00 Look for IGARSS 2009 information desks for assistance and advice on transport.
Sunday, July 12 09:00 - 21:00 Hourly intervals
Monday, July 13
Friday, July 17
08:00 - 09:00 From designated hotels to UCT Upper campus; Arrival on campus by 09:00.
09:30 - 17:30 Hourly on the half-hour from hotels/downtown to UCT; on the hour from UCT to hotels/downtown.
18:00 - 19:00 Last chance for IGARSS transport from UCT to hotels/downtown.

There are two routes, Circuit A and Circuit B; see maps, below.

1. Breakwater Lodge - V&A Waterfront 021 406 1911
2. Cullinan Hotel - 1 Cullinan Street Cape Town 021 418 6920
3. City Lodge Waterfront - Dock Road Waterfront 021 419 9450
1. Cape Castle - 3 Main Road, Green Point 021 439 1016
2. Victoria Junction - Somerset Road, Green Point 021 418 1234

University of Cape Town Graca Machel Residence Hall

Transportation to/from Graca Machel Dormitory to UCT Upper Campus
Day Time of Operation Notes
Every Day All day at 20-minute intervals Routine campus shuttle between lower and upper campus.
Tuesday, July 14 18:30 - 18:45 Residents in UCT Dorm accommodations travel to designated hotels to catch IGARSS buses to IGARSS by Night. All transportation to IGARSS by Night will leave from the 5 designated hotels. You will need to use this shuttle to get yourself to one of these hotels to catch the bus to IGARSS by Night.

Welcome Reception, Sunday July 12, 17:30 - 19:30

Transportation to/from Welcome Reception
Day Time of Operation Notes
Sunday, July 12 16:00 - 17:30 Depart from designated hotels; arrive at Welcome Reception in Leslie Building.
Sunday, July 12 19:30 - 20:00 Depart from Welcome Reception; arrive at designated hotels.

Tutorials, Sunday July 12

Transportation to/from Hotels to Tutorial venue (Menzies Building)
Day Time of Operation Notes
Sunday, July 12 08:00 Early start for tutorial participants. Tutorials begin at 08:30.

Editor's Dinner, Monday, July 13

Transportation from Editor's Dinner (UCT Club) to hotels
Day Time of Operation Notes
Monday, July 13 21:00 UCT Club on Upper Campus, ~500 m from Leslie Building pickup point. Short stroll.

IGARSS by Night, Tuesday July 14

Transportation to/from IGARSS by Night
Day Time of Operation Notes
Tuesday, July 14 18:30 - 18:45 Residents in UCT Dorm accommodations travel to designated hotels to catch IGARSS buses to IGARSS by Night. All transportation to IGARSS by Night will leave from the 5 designated hotels. You will need to use this shuttle to get yourself to one of these hotels to catch the bus to IGARSS by Night.
Tuesday, July 14 19:00 Buses leave from designated hotels to IGARSS by Night venues. Board the bus with the sign corresponding to the restaurant named on your ticket.
Tuesday, July 14 approx. 21:45 Buses leave from IGARSS by Night venues to designated hotels and UCT campus.

IGARSS Soccer Match, Wednesday July 15 (Transportation to hotels at conclusion)

Transportation from IGARSS Soccer Match
Day Time of Operation Notes
Wednesday, July 15 20:00, 20:30, 21:00 Buses leave from soccer venue and UCT club to designated hotels.

Wine Tasting Event, Wednesday, July 15

Transportation to/from Wine Tasting Event
Day Time of Operation Notes
Wednesday, July 15 19:00 Buses depart from designated hotels; arrive at Cape Town Castle.
Wednesday, July 15 21:30 Buses depart from Cape Town Castle; arrive at designated hotels.

Awards Banquet, Thursday, July 16

Transportation to/from Awards Banquet
Day Time of Operation Notes
Thursday, July 16 19:30 Buses depart from designated hotels; arrive at Mount Nelson Hotel.
Thursday, July 16 approx. 22:00 Buses depart from Mount Nelson Hotel; arrive at designated hotels.

Maps and Floor Plans

Click here [PDF, 620 kb] to download high-resolution versions of these maps in PDF format, suitable for printing.

University of Cape Town Campus

University of Cape Town Campus


Menzies Building

Menzies Building

Leslie Building

Leslie Building

Leslie Building

Jameson and Molly Blackburn Buildings

Jameson and Molly Blackburn Buildings

Shuttle Bus Circuits

Bus Circuit A
Bus Circuit A

Bus Circuit B
Bus Circuit B

Security at IGARSS

Access and Registration Badges

IGARSS 2009 is a private event, hosted on the campus of the University of Cape Town. Except for the opening plenary session in the Jameson Hall on Monday 13th July, which is open to the public, the sessions and exhibition are limited to delegates who have completed registration fees and paid the requisite fees, or invited guests who must be made known to the Local Organising Committee. One day registration facilities are provided for incidental visitors to the meetings.

Delegates are requested to wear their name tags at all times while in the conference precinct. Identification may be requested for entrance to the buildings or venues, including the Tuesday evening IGARSS BY NIGHT dinners.

Personal Safety

Cape Town, like any large city, has risks of theft and criminality. Additional security guards will be on patrol in and around the University of Cape Town venues for the duration of the conference. Nevertheless, please take sensible precautions, both on and off campus, such as:

Weather in Cape Town

Cape Town weather is generally mild, making the city a year-round destination.

Cape Town’s winter (June to August) can be cold and wet, but seldom does the mercury drop below 10°C. You will often get perfectly temperate days in between.

Average winter temperature: 18.5°C

Local time

Cape Town is two hours ahead of GMT.