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The categories in this section covers guidance on flights, accommodation, car rental, restaurants, tours, etc and also highlights some of the wide range of activities available in Cape Town. We have been very careful to only include and promote reputable individuals and companies many of which we have had personal experience of. In most cases we can arrange, secure bookings or refer you to the local Cape Town company.

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    Cape Town Getting Around Description

    The Western Cape, Cape Peninsular and Cape Town itself is best visited by car. If you do not have a car or motorbike, then train, bus and organised tours are your best alternative for travelling outside the city centre. Seeing the city by car,bike or on foot is relatively easy,however good public transport between the main areas of interest is sadly lacking.

    There are a few metered Taxis around and they are usually ordered by the Hotel or Restaurant. It is worth noting they do not just drive around looking for fares as with London and New York. You can also try a Cape Town speciality called a RIKKI taxi which are approved by the Cape Town Tourism Bureau. Mainly used around the City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard they are in some real hectic colours ! Telephone (local ) 021 423 4888

    Whatever you do, DO NOT use a Minibus Taxi. They are for locals and are the main form of transport for the Townships. They are generally overloaded and they drive like lunatics ! If you are driving always be mindful of them on the road.


    WHEN TRAVELLING AROUND PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION WITH YOUR BELONGINGS ---
    ALSO DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING ON VIEW IN THE CAR WHEN PARKED UP.



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    AIRPORT TRANSFERS - If you are not being collected from the airport there is a good Shuttle Service and NOW My Citi bus service ( see below ) to Cape Town Centre / V & A Waterfront.

    Other private airport transfers can be arranged through Cape Splendour Tours. Please click on their category above for further information.

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    MY CITI BUS - IRT (Inter Rapid Transport)
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    The City of Cape Town has unveiled the first network of My CiTi bus routes, which will run between Table View, Parklands, Blaauwberg and Big Bay areas, as well as central Cape Town, Gardens and the V&A Waterfront.

    This reliable, safe and efficient service aims to better serve those already using public transport as well as to attract motorists onto its comfortable buses.

    The Routes
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    The route along the R27 is designed to be permanent, with bus stations in the median (centre) of the road; while the feeder routes north of Blaauwberg Road are designed to test routes and consumer needs. Hence these stops are temporary at present.

    From Monday 09 May 2011, MyCiTi buses will begin running along the red trunk route on the R27 between the Table View and Civic Centre bus stations. They will not stop at any of the stations in between. The service will run between 09:00 and 15:00, from Monday to Friday. Buses will depart on an hourly basis from the Civic Centre and Table View stations.

    On Saturday 14 May 2011, the full trunk service will start operating, with buses stopping at all stations along the trunk route. The interim, inner-city feeder route, called the Gardens-Civic Centre-Waterfront route, will also begin operating. This route will run between the Civic Centre and Green Point, the Waterfront, the Loop and Long Street areas and Gardens.

    Over the weekend of Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May 2011, all of the Table View feeder services will also start operating. These will cover the areas of Big Bay, Table View, Parklands and Blaauwberg also linking up to the trunk service.


    Civic Centre-Airport
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    Catch the convenient Airport bus between Civic Centre station in Hertzog Boulevard and Cape Town International Airport, right outside the terminal building. The Airport service runs every 20 minutes from 04:20 to 21:50. The trip takes about the same time, or slightly less, than in a private car, as follows:
    Morning peak (direction City): about 20-30 minutes
    Afternoon peak (direction Airport): about 45-55 minutes
    Other times of the day or in opposite direction to peak hour congestion: about 15-20 minutes (subject to delays).


    When does it run?
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    MyCiTi bus runs seven days a week in Cape Town and depending on day and time, every 10 or 20 minutes.

    Schedule: Gardens Civic Waterfront service

    Monday - Friday:
    5:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every 20 minutes
    6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every 10 minutes
    9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every 20 minutes
    3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every 10 minutes
    6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every 20 minutes

    Saturday:
    6:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.: every 20 minutes

    Sunday and Public Holidays:
    7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every 20 minutes

    Easy Transfers
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    Suburban rail network: Cape Town Rail Station.
    Long-distance rail network: Cape Town Rail station.
    Suburban buses: Grand Parade
    Long-distance buses: between Rail Station and Civic Centre.
    Metered taxis: ranks in Adderley Street
    Mini-bus taxis: Rail station deck.

    For further deatils from the My Citi web pages please click -- HERE



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    LOCAL BUSES -
    Golden Arrow central bus terminus is in Strand Street,opposite the Railway Station. Please note that these buses do not service Cape Town CBD (city bowl district) They do run along the Atlantic Seaboard to Seapoint, Camps Bay and Hout Bay and also to other suburbs and townships. Surprisingly they often run on time and apart from rush hour they are pretty empty.
    For information -
    TELEPHONE (LOCAL) 080 121 2111

    HOP ON - HOP OFF - Sightseeing Open Top Bus - City Tour on the RED route and Mini Peninsular Tour on the BLUE route. Great value for money !
    R200 each All Routes on a two day ticket or R120 each on a single route ticket.
    Telephone Local 021 511 6000 ---- For full deatils please visit www.citysightseeing.co.za

    COACH SERVICES -
    Intercity coach services run between Cape Town and most other cities. They depart from the coach terminus beside the railway station. Two companies operating these services are -

    GREYHOUND -
    TELEPHONE (LOCAL) 021 505 6363

    INTERCAPE -
    TELEPHONE (LOCAL) 0861 287287


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    TRAINS -
    Cape Town Station is in Adderley Street and services the national and local networks. Spoornet operates all mainline services. Trains run once a day from Cape Town to Johannesburg departing 10.00am and the journey takes 24 hours. Cape Metro Rail runs the suburban services to Stellenbosch and Paarl.

    Spoornet -
    TELEPHONE (LOCAL) - 086 000 8888
    WEBSITE - www.spoornet.co.za

    Cape Metro Rail -
    TELEPHONE (LOCAL) - 0800 656 463

    COAST TRAIN -
    This local train from Cape Town runs right through to Simonstown. As it passes through Muizenberg it hugs the coast giving fabulous views of False Bay and surrounding mountains.

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    THE MOST LUXURIOUS TRAINS IN THE WORLD - A WINDOW TO THE SOUL OF AFRICA
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    For the ultimate experience in rail travel, forget the Orient Express, these are the ones ! Five star luxury and personal service in every aspect. From Cape Town to Pretoria or Pretoria to Cape Town, plus other interesting journeys around South Africa and beyond please visit the websites below that will take your breath away and your money !!!

    THE BLUE TRAIN ---- www.bluetrain.co.za
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    ROVOS RAIL ---- www.rovos.co.za
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    CAR HIRE - Please see and click on the Car Rental category above for further information.

    CAPE SPLENDOUR TOURS - Please see and click on the Cape SplendourTours category above for further information. Alternatively most Hotels and accomodation establishments can offer local tour companies. NEVER use a 'mini bus taxi' for ANY tours.


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    BICYCLES / MOTORBIKES / SCOOTERS -

    Several companies offer BICYCLE tours in the Cape Point Nature Reserve or the Winelands. So much better than cycling around a car crowded city ! For further information please telephone (local) -
    Daytrippers - 021 511 4766
    Adventure Village - 021 424 1580

    SCOOTERS are also very popular and can be hired all over the place. For further information please telephone (local) -
    Adelphi Enduro - 021 439 6144
    South African Motorcycle Tours - 021 794 7887

    Cruise the coast on a BMW or even a HARLEY ! For further information please contact -
    BMW Motorcycles & Scooter Hire - Cell(Local) 083 377 3777 or visit their website - www.motoberlin.com

    Harley Davidson Rentals - Telephone(Local) 021 434 2603 or visit their website - www.harley-davidson-capetown.com