Getting to & Getting Around CAPE TOWN
Most visitors to Cape Town will arrive by air, landing at either Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airports. The airport is a 20 minute drive from the city centre.
Cape Town International Airport is approximately 20km from Cape Town’s city centre. From the airport, there are a number of ways to get to and from the airport. You can hire a car, call an Uber, take a metered taxi, catch a bus, take a bus, or hire a shuttle.
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Metered taxis are widely available at the airport, and a trip to the city centre will cost between R300 and R400, although fees may vary. Some have flat rates, while others charge by the kilometer, but either way you should agree up front what the fee might be.
The MyCiTi bus has a large network of routes, making it safe and easy to get around. You can also take the MyCiTi bus which operates from 5:30 am – 9:30 pm daily, and operates between the airport and the Civic Centre, where you can connect to other routes. You need a myconnect card to ride it, which costs R35 and is available from the airport and other MyCiTi stations. Fares to the city are between R60 and R100 depending on the time you ride.
Cape Town is a city that is fairly spread out in its geography, and you’ll probably need some form of transport other than your legs with which to get around.
Hiring your own car is a good option, as it allows you to discover the city at your own pace. With your own rented car, you’ll be able to explore Cape Town by day or go on a self-drive tour at your own pace.
Transfer companies can shuttle you to and from the airport, as well as driving you to destinations around the city during your stay. This option means less responsibility than hiring a car, and you won’t have to be concerned with navigating your way around the city.
One of the best and most affordable ways to see the best of cape town is to purchase a one or two day pass on the open top bus which will take you to all the major sights across the city as well as the popular gay beach resorts of Clifton. Buy in advance and save time and money!
Public transport in the Mother City is cheap, however, it is unreliable and we would only recommend it for the brave and adventurous. Minibus taxis – seating as many people as can be crammed in the vehicle at about R3 a lift – are the cheapest option. Rail links exist to major Cape Town destinations, although this is not the safest option, especially after dark.
Otherwise, you can catch a regular taxi. ‘Rikki’ taxis are popular, with Asian-style open vans, London-style black cabs and sedan cars providing transport in the City Bowl and nearby areas for a low price.
Most of the gay bars and clubs in Cape Town are located in the DeWaterkant district, which is right in the heart of Cape Town, close to the popular V&A Waterfront.
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This luxury 5-star hotel is located in central Green Point, just a 5-minute from the V&A Waterfront. It offers free Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool, gym and spa.
Close to the gay district
Located in Cape Town’s trendy suburb of Green Point, DysArt is a 5-star guest house offering luxurious and stylish accommodation.
Close to the gay centre.
The Westin is set at the gateway to the V&A Waterfront and located adjacent to the CTICC. Hotel guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, free access to the Arabella Spa
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Offering a rooftop bar and outdoor pool, The Capital Mirage Hotel is conveniently situated between Cape Town’s city centre and trendy De Waterkant
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