Getting around Durban is easier than ever, just take your
pick from a variety of options
Once you have arrived in Durban, there are various
options available to you for getting around. There is a world class transport system that is
designed to efficiently link up all the main attractions, making it easy for tourists to navigate
For fitness oriented travelers, Durban is a beautiful city to explore on foot. There are many
colour-coded and numbered walking paths around the city centre, leading to the beachfront and along
As with any destination you need to take cognizance of your personal safety and be vigilant when
walking around the city. It is also advisable to arrange other transport for night time
For the more energetic visitor, you are able to hire bicycles to go sightseeing. Cycle routes
are well-demarcated to provide a scenic tour of Durban.
If you venture off these more central routes, be warned, it is very hilly terrain and could become
quite a strenuous workout! For those less keen on breaking a sweat, scooters and quad bikes can
also be hired for sightseeing purposes.
Bicycles waiting to be hired to go sightseeing
One of the easiest ways to explore the city is by car. There are many reputable car hire
companies all over town and your accommodation provider will be able to assist you with this. The
roads in Durban are in good condition and petrol is reasonably priced.
Try to hire a car with an updated GPS system as many of the road names have changed recently. This
makes travel so much easier especially if you are unfamiliar with the city.
The Ricksha bus offers two Durban city tours a day, seven days a week
Metered taxis are another excellent way of sightseeing the City. There are a number of reliable
companies that offer a reasonable and affordable service in Durban. Metered taxis are not allowed
to solicit fares, so you will need to phone them to arrange a pick up. Your hotel concierge will be
able to assist you with this.
Metered taxis are a comfortable and safe way of getting around Durban
For a true and more authentic African way of getting around Durban, there are the infamous
minibus taxis. These are cheap, fast and operate all over the city and surrounding areas at regular
They cannot be missed driving around the city with their music pumping. However, hailing
them does require some basic knowledge of the hand signals used to indicate their destination. The
locals are very friendly and can help you with this, so do ask.
For a more authentic African way of getting around Durban, hop onto a minibus taxi
With the explosion of minibus taxis in recent years, the municipal public bus transport system
is no longer utilized as often and as a result runs a fairly infrequent service. However, there is
The Durban People Mover.
The People Mover, a tourist oriented regular bus service in Durban
This tourist oriented bus service operates regularly along 3 routes in the CBD and the beachfront
and connects all the major tourist attractions. This bus runs every 15 minutes from 6:30am to 11pm
and costs R4!
Rickshaw carriages at the Durban golden mile, waiting to be hired out for a ride
Lastly, if you are looking for a unique tourist experience, you can always try out the iconic
Zulu Rickshaw pullers that work the golden mile on the beachfront. They are easy to spot with their
colourful outfits and friendly demeanor.
In this video clip you are taken on a guided tour of the city of
Durban, visiting some great attractions such as uShaka, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Victoria
Street Market and others.
Glorious sunshine, warm water, great waves and lots of fun, an
impression of Durban's awesome beaches in the video clip below.
The best and most convenient way of getting around Durban is to rent a car. That makes you
independent in terms of what you want to do and where you want to go. Visitors from overseas will
find Durban's car rental rates very reasonable compared to those in Europe and the USA.
In the post-apartheid era most street names have changed in South Africa, so make sure that you
have the latest updated map, or better still, get a GPS navigation device. Visitors from abroad should
acquaint themselves with South Africa's traffic rules and signs. Also remember that we drive on the
left side of the road in South Africa.