Getting around in Cape Town

getting around cape town

Cape Town is such a big and beautiful city that you want to be able to explore as much of it as possible in the most convenient ways. There are many ways to get in and around Cape Town from hiring a car to taking public transportation. Here is a guide on the various options available.

City Sightseeing Bus

These brightly coloured red buses can be seen all over Cape Town and there are several places where you can hop on and hop off. The best place to start would be at the Waterfront or in the Cape Town City Centre. The buses are double decker with a rooftop allowing visitors a grand view of all the spectacular landmarks in Cape Town. There are even earphones which you can use to listen to a recorded talking tour that provides insight into the areas that you pass. You can choose from city tours, a mini-peninsula tour, or a wine tour. Here is a link to their website.

The Southern Rail Route

This is a fantastic route to take if you are looking for ocean views and the smell of fresh sea air. The route stretches from Cape Town to Simon’s Town and stops at various suburbs along the way. You can choose to get off at any station and find out the times of the next train from the station master. You will pass through the lush suburb of Newlands where the main attraction is the Newlands Cricket Stadium, or stop off for some retail therapy at Cavendish Square. Try to plan your route so that you can have lunch at one of the seaside villages such as Fish Hoek or Simon’s Town where you can enjoy the fresh catch of the day. Visit their Website

MyCiti Bus

The MyCiti bus service is a huge undertaking by the Transportation Board. It is one of the most reliable forms of public transportation and very modern as well. It is an inexpensive and quality way of travelling and has become a fast favourite to the public. You can catch one of these buses from various places around the city after purchasing a ‘myconnect’ ticket bus card from the main station at the Civic Centre in Hertzog Boulevard or MyCiti Bus station kiosks. Once you have purchased one of these you have the freedom to move around the city at your own whim. Visit their website for more details.

Uber Taxis

This is a phenomenal innovation as far as getting people mobile as quickly as possible is concerned. Uber was founded back in 2008 by two friends who spend hours pondering about the fact that you can never get a taxi when you need one. It is convenient, reasonable and reliable. You simply download the app, or sign up online here. Then you choose your ride and set your location. Then you will be sent your driver’s photograph, vehicle and can track their arrival on the map. Once the driver finds you they will immediately charge your credit card they have on record and there is no need to tip. Quick, convenient and right up your street!

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