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Need advice on how to get from the airport to town, and getting around town for Cape Town and Johannesburg?
The biggest legacy of the 2010 World Cup was improvements to public transport in the major cities, and this is now ongoing with extensions to the services established for 2010 visitors. The advice provided here is primarily for travellers and tourists, and does not address commuter travel.
How safe is travel in SA? For the most part, as safe as other first-world destinations if you stay on tourist routes and use tourist-orientated transport. Travelling in groups is safest and, if travelling by car, caution against car-jacking needs to be exercised. For more on security precautions, click here.
In addition to the information under the tabs below, you'll also find more detailed information under Attachments towards the bottom of the page which you can download.
To & from Cape Town International Airport
MyCiti bus - Airport service:
A ticket for adults is R53.00, children 4-11 R26.50 and children under the age of four are free. Get tickets at kiosks at Civic Centre station and Airport station (cash only).
The most convenient way to get from the airport to your destination is by direct, door-to-door transfer.
- First Car Rental also offers a flexible door-to-door service. Click here for prices and to book online.
A standard taxi/cab fare from the airport to the city centre is about R200.
Cape Town has the best developed suburban rail network in South Africa although the rolling stock is old and due for replacement. It is widely used by city commuters daily.
Metrorail's route from the city centre to Simon's Town, where the track is right alongside the ocean between Muizenberg & Simon's Town, is a popular tourist excursion.
Bus - MyCiti -
The following, interconnecting MyCiTi services are now operating:
- The trunk route between Table View and the Civic Centre in the central city
- Feeder services in the areas of Table View, Blaauwberg and Parklands and Big Bay
- The Gardens-Civic-Waterfront feeder service in the central city
Tickets for the Gardens - Civic Centre - Waterfront and Table View area feeder services are R5.00 and the Table View - Civic Centre trunk route with free transfer to feeder services are R10.00. Children under the age of four are free. Click here for the route map.
To make the most of a destination, take advantage of one of the multitude of tours offered by professional guides.
- Rikkis Taxis
This is an experience you should try at least once in a lifetime, if you're not a member of the jetset and glitterat! Few cities offer such a dramatic landscape that needs to be seen from the air. So just going UP may not be going anywhere, but it's a trip you'll remember for a lifetime. A 20-minute flip taking in the Atlantic suburbs -- Waterfront, Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay, Hout Bay -- Table Mountain and City Centre costs R0000 per person.
For travellers though, you can fly between Cape Town International Airport and many landing spots such as V&A Waterfront, Winelands and helipads at some hotels. The Airport-->Waterfront trip costs R1500.
The only toll roads at present in the whole of the Western Cape are at:
- Huguenot Tunnel -- between Paarl & Worcester on the N1. The fee for light vehicles is R25.
- Chapman's Peak Drive -- scenic route between Hout Bay & Noordhoek. The fee for light vehicles is R31.