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April 23, 2014

Your Guide to Travel, Transport and Cash Cards in Cape Town

The nifty UR Card is just one of the cool cards for travellers to make your trip to Cape Town easier and enjoyable! Image courtesy of UR Card

It’s the number one tip we’ve all heard when travelling: don’t carry all your cash on you, use traveller’s cheques or get a card.

In gorgeous Cape Town, the same advice holds true for our visitors from around the world and this is why we went in search of all of the travel, transport and cash cards you’ll need to enjoy your next visit to our sunny, fun-loving shores:

It’s all about the money:

Unique Rand (UR Card)

To paraphrase Cuba Gooding Jr in Jerry Maguire: “Don’t show me the money, baby!”

With the uber slick Unique Rand(UR) Card, a pre-paid debit card supported by MasterCard and ideal tool for visitors who do not have a South African bank account; paying for exciting sightseeing tours, delicious meals and keepsakes is so easy and completely safe.

Best of all, you can apply for it online before your trip and it can be mailed to you for your convenience.

Pin protected, the UR Card allows for free swiping at any establishment that MasterCard is accepted so go ahead, shop until you drop in #lovecapetown!

Good to know: UR Card is supported by the South African Standard Bank, so if you do need to draw a few extra rands, just keep an eye out for your closest ATM.

Cost: R199 (purchase price), R25.00 (activation fee) - R29.00 (monthly charge)
Contact: +27(0) 21 424 6937
Website: www.urcard.co.za

Catch the bus one card tap at a time:

My CiTi

Get your sightseeing adventure started from the minute you land in Cape Town by purchasing a My CiTi connect bus card at the Cape Town International Airport and hop on-board for a ride to the City Centre.

With this nifty card and the daily bus schedule at hand, you can travel cheaply around the Mother City, from Hout Bay to Blaauwberg and Camps Bay.

Fun fact: Did you know the My CiTi bus first made its cost-saving appearance during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and transported thousands of soccer-loving fans to the big matches?

Cost: R 25.00 (myconnect card) fares vary
Contact: +27(0)800 65 64 63
Website: www.myciti.org.za

Take a walk on the wild side with a card swipe:

SANParks Wild Card and My Activity Permit

“In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight…”

So, maybe you won’t see a lion in one of the Fairest Cape’s beautiful South African National Parks but you could see the cute-as-pie African Penguins at Boulders Beach, admire the impressive baboons from afar at Cape Point or go mountain-biking along our wonder of nature,

Table Mountain for less with the thrilling Wild Card and the My Activity Permit.

Top tip: Be sure to select the International All Parks Cluster when completing your Wild Card membership form for your all access pass to our wondrous fauna and flora.

Cost: from R 1670.00
Contact: +27(0)21 487 6800
Website:  www.sanparks.co.za

Keen to make it a one –stop shop for all of your travel card requirements when you’re in the city? Visit one of Cape Town Tourism’s Visitor Information Centres around the Mother City and our friendly team members will gladly assist you.

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