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The largest airport in South Africa is OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, with Cape Town
International Airport following as the second largest. On a national basis there are many daily flights to and from
the major cities of South Africa to Cape Town.
Internationally, many of the major airlines offer flights from all over the world straight to Cape Town. By the way,
pick up services (from the airport) are provided by nearly all hotels, guest houses and so on.
Almost all the national roads to and around Cape Town are in pretty good shape. So the use of a car a very good
option, if you have the time. The many sightseeing opportunities you will pass along the way and the self-drive
freedom, will make it a fantastic experience. Compared to Europe and many other countries, hiring a car is quite
cheap. The same goes for fuel, which is really cheap, compared to Europe.
South Africa has an excellent inter-city passenger train service, which is operated by PRASA, the Passenger Rail
Agency of South Africa. It has two divisions, Shosholoza meyl operating the inter-city trains and MetroRail operating
the commuter trains in and around the major cities.
The main train station of Cape Town is situated on the corner Strand street and Adderley street in the city centre.
All trains to and from the major cities of South Africa depart and arrive at this station.
The inter-city trains have three classes, the economy class providing seating only (no bunk beds), the tourist class
providing seating and bunk beds for overnight trips (bring or hire bedding) and the luxurious premier class providing
seating, beds and bedding and all meals. Economy and tourist class trains have a buffet car for food.
All major bus companies provide comfortable transport between Cape Town and the major cities of South Africa. You may
find up to 6 buses a day to and from certain cities.
Starting point is the main bus station which is conveniently situated next to the train station at the corner of Strand
street and Adderley street close to the Golden Acre shopping centre.
Sometimes it may be a problem to find the departure point of your bus. So it might be a good idea to first check with a
nearby tourist information centre or with reception at your hotel with regards to departure points, departure times and
Getting around by foot is an option, provided you are staying within reasonable walking distance of your
destination. But keep in mind that on the whole, distances are long here and that public transport facilities in
Cape Town (and in South Africa in general) are not very good. So in the end you will soon find it frustrating not
to have your own transport.
There are plenty of car hire companies to be found at the airport and throughout Cape Town and the Peninsula.
Please be aware that in South Africa you can't pay for fuel with a credit card, it has to be either cash or a
"Garage card" issued by a South African bank.
Cape Town also offers several luxury chauffeur services, providing a variety of services such as airport
transfers, transportation to corporate and business events and also VIP bodyguards.
Minibus taxi driver looking for passengers Cape Town Maps, Cape Town Places and Cape Town Guide photograph by Yahshuah
BY MINIBUS TAXI
One of the most common and popular means of transport in South Africa are Minibus Taxis. They are widely used
by the local South Africans, because they are cheap and will get you everywhere you want. However, there are a
few drawbacks. Because of overcrowding and often dangerous driver behaviour they are less safe than the
For those reasons tourists are often discouraged from using them, except for certain specified touristic routes
and regions such as Green Point, Sea Point, Clifton and the Camps Bay route for instance.
Good news is that a number of minibus taxi operators have recognized the value and also the needs of the tourism
market, providing legal and safe alternatives to the traditional minibus taxis. Somewhat more expensive, but
still far cheaper than the traditional meter taxis.
The traditional meter taxis are quite reliable and safe. The City Council keeps a strong eye on them by means of
safety regulations, pricing and standard of service. The price per kilometre is often displayed near the Taxi’s
You can also negotiate with the driver, especially when you want to travel a longer distance. You can then set a
fixed fare with him. Going to the airport is an example. It is about 21 km from the city center and you can often
bargain down the fare to a very reasonable level.
The hop-on, hop-off Cape Town sightseeing bus Cape Town Maps, Cape Town Places and Cape Town Guide
You will find there's a network of public busses in and around the cape that provide inexpensive transport for
example from the city centre to the Waterfront. You should ask the driver where the bus is going, to make sure
you won’t end up somewhere else.
They run mostly during the day and again, they are often crowded, dirty and not always comfortable. Still, they
are safe and inexpensive and it can be fun if you do not mind a few small drawbacks.
BY SCOOTER OT BICYCLE
You can also hire a scooter or a small motorbike. A number of places in the city offer this service and it is a
great way of being mobile and much cheaper than hiring a car.
As far as a bicycle is concerned, unless of course you enjoy the soreness of biking up and down mountains while
dodging city traffic on narrow streets, it is not the ideal way to get you around the Peninsula if you are not
used to it.