Getting Around Cape Town

There are a few different ways to get around Cape Town, depending on your budget and needs. If you’re traveling on a tight budget, the best option is to use the bus system. Bus tickets are relatively cheap, and you can use them to get around the city quite easily. The MyCiTi bus system is reliable, safe and efficient. There are also Uber or metered taxis which can be hailed from the street. 

If you have a bit more money to spend, you might want to consider hiring a car. This can be a great option if you’re traveling with a group of people, as it will allow you to split the cost of fuel and parking. Car hire companies usually have good rates for weekly or monthly rentals, so it’s definitely worth considering if you’re planning on staying in Cape Town for a while. 

If you’re looking for the cheapest option, bicycle is the way to go. You can easily get around town without having to worry about parking or traffic. Just make sure to bring a map with you so you don’t get lost!




There are a large number of metered taxis available. It’s easy to find one near major attractions or at the airport.

All the major companies operate out of the airport and have city depots.



Cape Town has become a very bike-friendly city, with dedicated bike lanes in most areas and some of the world’s biggest cycle races hosted here. Cycling in Cape Town is not only a fun and healthy sport—it can also be a great way to get around the city.

Trains run basic commuter routes into the city and also stretch out along the scenic Southern line, which stretches as far as Simon’s Town. It is an affordable option to travel around the city.



To travel like a local, hop on a minibus taxi for a memorable ride. They can be found on main roads and hubs like Cape Town Railway Stations roof and at taxi ranks in the suburbs and townships. Fares are affordable and you get on or off where you want. Expect local kwaito to be blaring and the ‘gaatjie’ (pronounced gaa-chi), or door operator, to be ready with clever commentary.

Cape Town has a number of private bus companies and commuter bus services, as well as the City Sightseeing bus. The City Sightseeing bus is an awesome way to see the city at your own pace as you jump on and off at your leisure. The MyCiti bus is another quick and easy way to get around the city and surrounds.


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