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June 18, 2010

MyCiTi buses open up a whole new world of public transport


Photo by Richard Frank

Anyone who has travelled from Cape Town International Airport into the City of Cape Town has had to pay the price: it can cost anywhere from R200 for a private taxi into town. But a surprisingly small number of people – tourists and locals alike – know that they can travel the roughly 20km stretch into the CBD for only R50, simply by hopping onto a MyCiTi bus.

R50. That’s less than the price of a large pizza or about the price of a movie ticket and a cooldrink. It’s just a bit more than a six-pack of beer will set you back.

Unbelievable, but absolutely true.

The MyCiti buses are part of the City of Cape Town’s new integrated rapid transit system. The buses are clean, fast, efficient and safe, and the staff members on duty are informative, friendly and helpful.

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Scott Orlando from the USA – happy to be saving around R150. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

It really is a world-class service and the fact that it’s available to everyone at this amazing price means that Cape Town’s public transport system has been upgraded to an international level.

You’ll be given a smile and map of the CBD as you start the journey to town, so in a way the service continues to help you out as you make your way around the city.

Once you hop off at the Civic Centre in Cape Town (remember, it only cost you R50 to get here), you are within walking distance of Adderley Street and the Cape Town International Convention Centre, although true Capetonians know that almost everything is within walking distance in the City Bowl.

Don’t believe that it’s such good value? Hop on next time you need a ride.

Seeing’s believing!

See also: Getting around.

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