CAPE TOWN GUIDE
MAPS & TRANSPORT
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Cape Town International Airport and traveling from the airport
Airport: The newly refurbished and renovated Cape Town International Airport is located on the N2 highway about 20 min from the city centre.
Domestic travel within South Africa is also very efficient with various airlines offering flights on the hour to other major cities. For connecting flights, the flying time from Cape Town to Johannesburg is 2 hrs.
For further details on airports, flights and flying in Cape Town visit the following:
Unfortunately, there is not an efficient public transport system that services the airport, so other arrangements need to be made.
Taxis: taxis are available at the airport. They are relatively expensive with the fare’s per km. Confirm with your driver beforehand.
Car rental: all of the major car rental companies have branches at the airport. You can both collect or drop off your vehicle directly at the airport. For car hire booking please visit www.southafricar.com
Airport transfer: There are shuttle services that run between the airport and popular destinations such as the city centre and the waterfront. Shuttle services can often be arranged to drop you off at your booked accommodation.
Taxis: Consider taking a nonshared taxi at night of if you’re in a group. There’s a taxi rank at the Adderley St end of the Grand Parade in the city or call Marine Taxi +27 21-434 0434
SA Cab +27 86-117 2222
Unicab Taxis +27 21-447 4402
Bus: Interstate buses arrive at the bus terminus at Cape Town train station, where you’ll find the booking offices for the following bus companies:
Greyhound +27 21-505 6363 www.greyhound.co.za Intercape Mainliner +27 21-380 4400 www.intercape.co.za SA Roadlink +27 21-425 0203 www.saroadlink.co.za Translux +27 21-449 3333www.translux.co.za Baz bus +27 21-439 2323 www.bazbus.co.za is aimed at backpackers and travellers, offering hop-on, hop-off fares and door to door service between Cape Town and Jo’burg
For local bus services the main station is the Golden Acre terminal (Grand Parade, City Bowl).
From this station Golden Arrow +21 80-065 6463 www.gabs.co.za buses run, with most services stopping early in the evening.
Buses are most useful for getting along the Atlantic coast from the city centre to Hout By (trains service the suburbs to the east of Table Mountain).
When traveling short distances, most people wait at the bus stop and take either a bus or a shared taxis, whichever arrives first. A tourist-friendly alternative is the City Sightseeing Cape Town bus service.
Car Hire: Major local and International car-hire companies include the following:
Avis +27 11-923 3660 www.avis.co.za 123 Strand Street, City Bowl
Budget +27 86-001 6622 www.budget.co.za 120 Strand Street, City Bowl
Hertz +27 21-400 9650 www.hertz.co.za cnr Loop & Strand Street, City Bowl
A friendly local firm is Around About Cars +27 21-422 4022 www.aroundaboutcars.com 20 Bloem Street, City Bowl
Motorcycle and Scooter Hire: The following places hire out motorcycles or Scooters:
Café Vespa +27 83-448 2626 www.cafevespa.com 108 Kloof Street Gardens
Harley-Davidson Cape Town +27 21-424 3990 www.harley-davidson.com 45 Buitengraght Street, City Bowl
Le Cap Motorcycle Hire +27 21-423 0823 www.lecapmotorcyclehire.co.za
Trains: Metro commuter trains are a useful way to get around, although there are a few/no trains after 6pm on weekdays and after noon on Saturday.
For more information contact Cape Metro Rail +27 80-065 6463 www.capemetrorail.co.za
The African Vintage Rail Tours +27 21-419 5222 www.vintagetrains.co.za runs occasional trips to the Spier wine estate using a steam locomotive, as well as 2-hour train trips to Milnerton.
Bicycle: The Cape Peninsula is a terrific place to explore by bicycle.
The following places in Cape Town offer bicycle hire:
Atlantic Tourist Information Centre +27 21-434 2382, 243 Main Rd, Sea Point
Cape Info Africa +27 21-425 6461 www.capeinfoafrica.co.za 32 Napier Street, Waterkant
Downhill Adventures +27 21-422 0388 www.downhilladventures.com