Cape Town Transport Guide

Like other South African cities, Cape Town is really designed to get around by car. The public transport system consists of trains, IRT and suburban buses, metered taxis and minibus taxis.

How to get around Cape Town

Walking around between the V&A Waterfront, beachside promenades and the city centre is an easy, efficient and safe way to get around the City Bowl, but to travel further afield, it's best to hire a car to get from A to B. Cape Town's public transport is not known for its reliability but the train and bus services do extend from the city centre to the suburbs. The hop-on, hop-off City Sightseeing Bus will also take you down the Southern Peninsula on the Blue Route and around the City Bowl on the Red Route, and the new IRT buses are fast, safe and inexpensive. A ubiquitous sight in South Africa, minicabs are cheaper than metered taxis, but pack 'em in for a crazier ride!