Cape Town Travel Guide

Getting Around

By foot

Unless you are staying within walking distance of the beach in Camps Bay (or some other area where everything you want is close by) then you will find it very frustrating not to have your own transport. Even short distance walks (like from V&A Harbour to the Castle of Good Hope) are problematic by foot, in a city with dividing motorways, and little or no signage or facilities for pedestrians away from the shopping precincts.

By car

There are numerous car rental companies located at the airport and throughout town. Remember that you drive on the left here which may take some getting used to if you've never done it. It may be difficult to come by an automatic transmission at the rental company so reserve your car ahead of time if an automatic is what you prefer. When you are ready to put fuel in your car, it is required to let one of the petrol station attendants fill it up for you. Just stay in your car, he/she will come up to and ask you which fuel type and how much you want to put in. Cape Town also has a number of luxury chauffeur companies available that perform various services such as airport transfers, transport to corporate events as well as VIP bodyguards.

By metered taxi

Metered taxis are controlled by the city council and can be considered safe and reliable. The price per kilometer is around R8-R10 and can often be read at the taxis side door. You can also set a fixed price with the driver, especially when going to a far away destination such as the airport which is about 21 km from city center and the fare can be bargained down to R180.

Please note that there is only one official taxi company at the airport. But you should ask your hotel to pick you up, as pick up service are provided by nearly all hotels, guest houses and so on.

Christo's Car ServicePhone: +27 (0)83 877-2334Small, family run car service based in Cape Town's city center. Very popular with tourists as they are known as an efficient and honest company. Safe for women traveling alone.
By minibus taxi

Minibus taxis are used widely by locals but tourists are usually discouraged from using them, except for the Green Point - Sea Point - Clifton - Camps Bay route that is frequently used by tourists. They cover most of the Cape Town Metropolitan Area and are very cheap, however they can get very crowded and are definitely less safe than metered taxis due to their dangerous driver behavior.

Some minibus taxi operators have seen the value in the tourist market and are starting to provide safe and legal alternatives to the traditional minibus taxis. They are more expensive than the traditional minibus taxis, but still far cheaper than metered taxis. No guarantee you'll get to your destination directly, but it is safe, fun, and all the drivers are characters. You may even meet supermodels going to their photo shoots or artists going to their studios. During busy times of day (or year) you may have to wait a while and unfortunately, they do not take reservations.

By bus

Recently a brand new, international standard rapid transit service has started in Cape Town, known as MyCiti, that runs from Cape Town Airport to the Cape Town CBD (City Bowl) and the Atlantic coastal suburbs.

MyCitiHours: 04:30 to 22:00This is the recommended service for tourists to the City and is comparable with the London Transport system in England.
Golden Arrow Bus ServicesThis is a network of public buses that offers cheap connections (e.g. from the city centre to the Cape Flats). They run mostly during the day. It is better to ask the driver where the bus is going to make sure you dont end up somewhere else.
By scooter or cycle

You can also hire a scooter or a small motorbike. A number of places in the city offer this service and it is a great way to be mobile and save over hiring a car; however, unless you love the pain of cycling up and down mountains while dodging city traffic on narrow streets, cycling for transportation is not recommended.

LDV Biking13D Kloof Nek RoadPhone: +27 (0)83 528-0897Price: From about R100 to R170 per day depending on how many days you are renting for and the time of yearThe recommended place to rent a scooter or motorbike.
Cape Sidecar Adventures2 Glengariff Road, Three Anchor BayPhone: +27 (0)21 434-9855Fax: +27 (0)21 434-9860Hours: Open 9AM-5PM weekdays and 9AM-1PM on SatExplore Cape Town in a vintage World War II side-car.
Harley Davidson Cape TownPhone: +27 (0)21 424-3990Price: From R650 per dayExplore the Cape on the back of a Harley.
By train

There is a system of public train transport, although it is mainly used by locals. Operator Metrorail has done a lot to increase safety and comfort on board the trains, but they still do not live up to European standards. So make sure to buy a first-class ticket. Cape Town station is situated in the city centre on the corner of Adderley Street and Strand Street and there is a reasonable suburban network of lines with more than 80 stations. A nice scenic ride can be done south to Simon's Town, all along the east coast of the Cape Peninsula. Stick to the Simon's Town line and make sure you are not on the train after 6:30PM or when it is dark.

Make sure you do not carry anything expensive on the train as this is an invitation to thieves. If you must carry a camera, make sure it is well out of sight (preferably a small wallet sized camera). Ear rings, necklaces and any form of visible jewellery are not recommended as these can be ripped (rather painfully) from one's person by an enterprising thief. Keep your wits about you and it will make for a pleasant and safe journey.

source: Wikivoyage

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