Travelling Around Cape Town

There are many ways to travel around Cape Town. From inexpensive bus rides to scenic coastal train trips, travellers to the Mother City will find something that suits their preferences.

Here are some of the easiest ways to get around Cape Town:

Metered Taxis (Aka Cabs)

Visitors to Cape Town can make use of metered taxi cabs, which are easy to find near the airport or major attractions in and around the city. Excite Taxis is a very popular cab service in Cape Town with a 24-hour service. You can book online or call them. All their vehicles have satellite tracking installed for passenger safety.

Price: From R10 per Kilometre

Payment Methods: Cash or Card

Routes and Times: 24-Hours



If you’re looking for last-minute transportation, then getting an Uber is your best bet. Download the app on your smartphone device and select your destination. It’s that easy!

Price: Price depends on your destination. The trip from the airport to the City Bowl starts at R150

Payment Methods: Cash or Card

Routes and Times: 24-Hours


Minibus Taxis

To travel like a local, hop on a minibus taxi for a memorable ride. They can be found on main roads, railway stations and taxi ranks in the suburbs and communities. Expect local music blaring from the vehicle and the ‘gaatjie’ (pronounced gaa-chi), or door operator, to be ready with clever commentary.

Price: Prices range between R10 – R50, depending on your destination

Payment Methods: Cash Only

Routes and Times: Operational: 5am to 8pm (Summer); 5am to 7:30pm (Winter)


The city’s convenient and affordable Metrorail trains will take you on a journey through the city, with multiple stations located throughout to make it easy to explore all that Cape Town has to offer. Take the Southern Line and experience the breathtaking beauty of Cape Town’s coastal areas that travels to Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town.

Price: From R7.50, depending on your route

Payment Methods: Cash or card

Routes and Times: Timetable can be viewed here. The trains operate from 4am to 7pm


MyCiti Buses

MyCiti is a bus rapid transit service that is affordable, comfortable, and easy to navigate. Simply purchase a myconnect card, load money on the card, tap, and you’ll be on your way. Please note that MyCiti does not operate in the Southern Suburbs.

Price: From R10, depending on your location

Payment Methods: myconnect Cards Only

Routes and Times: These can be viewed on their website


Golden Arrow Buses

The Golden Arrow bus is another bus service that operates all over Cape Town. The 160-year-old road-based public transport is quick, reliable, and accessible to all major Cape Town attractions. The main bus station in the City Bowl is located in Castle Street next to the Parade.

Payment methods: Cash

Routes and times: Operational from 4am to 8pm. Click here to view the timetable


City Sightseeing Buses

The City Sightseeing bus is another way to explore the city with stops at several major attractions, including Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and V&A Waterfront. The red rooftop bus offers provided commentary and history in 15 different languages.

Price: From R150 upwards

Payment Methods: Cash or Card

Routes and Times: The service runs from 9am to 5pm. Click here to view the timetable



Rent A Car

Use local car hire companies to rent a car and explore the city on your schedule. There are many rental companies to choose from, offering a range of vehicle sizes and classes. It is a convenient and flexible option to easily visit different parts of the city and popular tourist destinations. Options to consider: Avis, Bidvest Car Rental, 4 Seasons Car Rental, Active Car Rental, Around About Cars, Carmichael Car Club, Pace Car Rental, CMH Car Hire, Kenings Car Van & Truck Hire and Motion Car Rental & Shuttle Services.

Price: Varies per Company

Payment Methods: Card


Cape Town offers a variety of options for visitors looking to explore the city by bicycle. Several rental companies offer daily, weekly, or monthly rentals, as well as guided tours. The city also has an extensive network of dedicated bike lanes and routes, making for safe easy travel. Options to consider: Up Cycles, East City Cycles, Bikes n Wines, Daytrippers Bicycle and Hiking Tours and Rook Cycles.

Price: Varies rental costs per company 

Payment Methods: Card or Cash

Be TravelWise

Please remember to be vigilant when travelling around Cape Town, especially in the evenings. Here are three important tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep your possessions on you and in sight.
  • Tell someone where you’re going.
  • Use a map to get around.

Click here to visit our TravelWise Portal for all the safety information.

Peace Of Mind In Your Pocket

Download the free Namola app on your smartphone. The app uses GPS to pinpoint your location and allows you to contact emergency services with a simple touch of a button.

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Cape Town Tourism is the city of Cape Town's official Regional Tourism Organisation, responsible for tourism marketing, visitor and industry services.

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