Accessibility in the Mother City

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 08:00 AM

Getting there

Getting to Cape Town from Johannesburg is usually a two-hour flight and Durbanites can expect the same. It’s so quick, that you can arrive in the morning and still have an entire day left to explore. Easy, peasy.

Getting around

You can rent a car, easily hail a metred taxi, or order an Uber. There’s also the world-class MyCiti bus, for which you can purchase various points packages, depending on how long your stay is and how much you intend to use the bus. Hit the waters for City Sightseeing Canal Cruise if you’re looking to beat the traffic between some of the Foreshore’s top attractions, including the V&A Waterfront and the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Or, choose a City Sightseeing Red Bus tour to explore the city the same way hundreds of travellers do every day.

Airport transfers

Your airport transfer options are hotel shuttle, car hire, taxi, or the MyCiti bus. Cape Town International Airport is about 20 km from the city centre, making your journey relatively short and sweet.

Public Transport

The MyCiti bus will get you to most areas in the Mother City. There are 42 stations and 760 stops that cover the Atlantic Seaboard, CBD, Southern Suburbs, and Northern Suburbs. Busses run from 6.30 am to around 10 pm, depending on the route. Everywhere the bus doesn’t go, you can hail a minibus taxi to complete the rest of your journey once you reach your final bus stop. The Metrorail train service is also available but it commonly experiences delays, so be prepared to wait. While the MyCiti is very affordable, minibus taxis are even cheaper and offer a live-like-a-local experience you won’t forget. As with anywhere in the world, travel safely, keep valuable goods and money concealed, and make sure you plan your trip and know where you’re going so as not to attract unsolicited ‘help’.


Taxis are easily available across Cape Town. You can call them via the numbers on their respective websites, or download the Uber or Taxify apps to request a taxi via your phone. Taxis are available at the airport, hotels and bus stations and come as budget and luxury vehicles, as well as minivans, the choice is yours. You can also book a shuttle that drives you around to each sightseeing spot, if you’re looking for a more exclusive experience.

Car, Bicycle and Scooter Rental

Several companies and local tour operators offer car, bicycle, and scooter rental services at reasonable prices. Make sure to check out Sea Point Promenade if you’re keen to rent a bicycle and do some epic seaside exploration.

A few more ways to get around

Take to the waters on a fishing trip, an ocean cruise, a kayak tour, or even Stand-Up-Paddle-Board your way around the bays. If you’re not a water baby, you can get a bird’s eye view via a scenic helicopter flip that takes you across the Cape and back.

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