How to get around Cape Town without a car?

With so much to see and do in Cape Town, you’ll want to dart all over the show, soaking up the sights and sounds, and making the most of your new city.

Probably one of the easiest ways to get around in Cape Town is by Uber. Just download the app on your smartphone, register, and start using it straight away. The best part is that you register yourself with your credit card details, so you don’t need to always have cash on you to be able to catch a ride.

Meter taxi
Various fleets of metered taxis are available in Cape Town and fall under the jurisdiction of the city. All legitimate operators use the taxi-meter, and fares are clearly displayed on the outside of the taxi per metered kilometer.

Minibus taxis
Minibus taxis frequent most areas on dedicated routes and are regularly available and inexpensive. Payment is made onboard but make sure you have change as the driver may not always be able to assist. A minibus taxi’s destination will either be shouted out of the window or be displayed on a sign behind the windscreen. The driver will usually hoot if they have space available, and you simply have to raise your hand to get them to stop. When you’re nearing your destination, you just tell the driver/fare collector where to stop – usually by shouting a local landmark. At the minibus taxi rank, they usually only leave when they are full.

By Bicycle
Travelling through Cape Town by bike is an easy and fast way to move around. There are multiple places where you can rent good quality city bikes. Most bike rental places give you the flexibility to book a bike for a few hours, a full day or a week.

MyCiTi bus
MyCiTi is Cape Town’s modern, scheduled bus service, and it is an easy and cheap way to get around the city. Current routes link the central city with major landmarks, such as the V&A Waterfront, the Table Mountain Cableway, the pristine beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, and the seaside fishing village of Hout Bay. The MyCiTi service also travels north from the city centre to the suburbs around Table View and along the Blouberg coastline. MyCiTi does not accept cash on the buses so each passenger needs their own myconnect card to travel. Get yours from MyCiTi stations or select retailers, and load your card with money for travel.

City Sightseeing double-decker bus
Explore Cape Town at your own pace by buying one ticket for the double-decker red bus then hopping on and off at any of the exciting stops on the way. Your ticket is valid all day, so you can take your time to explore your favourite attractions. The City Sightseeing open-top bus tour runs seven days a week, 365 days a year, and arrives at each stop at regularly scheduled intervals to encourage visitors to hop off the bus throughout the tour and explore the surrounding areas.

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