The red open-top City Sightseeing busses are a familiar sight in cities all over the world, offering their popular hop-on, hop-off tours in nearly 100 locations spanning five continents. These popular red double-decker busses can also be seen driving around the streets of Cape Town, giving visitors a voice-guided overview of the city and all its wonderful sights. The voice guides are available in 15 languages with a special channel for kids.
One of the main attractions of the Cape Town Sightseeing tours is the hop-on, hop-off nature of the tours, which means you can hop off at any stop along the route to visit an attraction or simply explore in your own time. When you’re ready to continue the tour, just wait for the next bus to pick you up and continue where you left off. Just be sure you get on the right bus, as they say at every stop: “If it’s not a red double-decker bus, it’s not us.”
City Sightseeing offers a number of interesting routes that take you from Table Mountain all the way to Cape Point, Langa and Gugulethu, and even the opportunity to see Cape Town from the air.
Red City Tour
The City Tour is the most popular tour and a great way to kick off your sightseeing in Cape Town. It takes you all the way up to the Table Mountain Cableway, then makes stops along the Atlantic Seaboard from Camps Bay to Mouille Point and the V&A Waterfront. There are 11 stops and the tour takes about 90 minutes.
Yellow Downtown Tour
This short tour explores downtown Cape Town, as well as the historic District Six and includes stops at some of the city’s most visited cultural and historic landmarks. There are seven stops and the tour takes around 30 minutes.
Blue Mini Peninsula Tour
The Mini Peninsula Tour takes you a bit out of the city towards Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs, past the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, then winding its way to the vineyards of Constantia and sleepy Hout Bay, before making its way back to the V&A Waterfront via the Atlantic Seaboard. It is arguably the most scenic tour of the bunch, and if you’re lucky you might even spot a rare kwagga on the slopes of Table Mountain, or a whale playing just off-shore. There are 14 stops and the tour is about 2 hours and 15 minutes long.
Shorter tours include the Purple Wine Tour which stops at three of Constantia’s most popular wine farms, the Waterfront Harbour Cruise, which explores the Victoria and Alfred basins of the V&A Waterfront, and the Sunset Bus which takes you up to Signal Hill to see the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean (a must!).
The Imizamu Yethu Township Walk lets you experience township life and interact with locals on a fun walk through the township. There are also four walking tours in Cape Town’s CBD which explores Cape Town’s history, vibrant Bo-Kaap, District Six, as well as the V&A Waterfront. All walking tours are free with your bus ticket.
City Sightseeing also offer a number of other tours, which includes the LaGugu Township Tour to Langa and Gugulethu, and the Sidecar Tour, a tailor-made tour of the Peninsula that takes you all the way to Cape Point in a vintage motorcycle with sidecar. For the more adventurous, buy a Bus and Helicopter Combo and get to see Cape Town not only from the ground but also from the sky with a scenic helicopter flight that will take you along the Atlantic Coast all the way to False Bay and back to the CBD.
Tickets are available online or at the ticket offices at the V&A Waterfront and 81 Long Street. Discounts apply if you book online. For more information on ticket prices visit the City Sightseeing website.
For more information on the tours, routes and stops, visit the City Sightseeing website or enquire at the Long Street or V&A Waterfront ticket offices.