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Touring Cape Town

The magical Mother City (Cape Town) is the most beautiful city worldwide and with any and everything a South African holiday maker or traveler could ask for, the question left is how to get around when touring Cape Town when you haven't chosen an all-inclusive holiday package to Cape Town

Drive South Africa has you covered with a great guide to the best options to travel when you are on a Cape Town holiday, from rental car options to Rikkis we have you covered.

Cape Town Car Hire

South Afric Cape Town Car Hire

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If you are an independent traveler looking to explore the countryside on your own terms and at your own pace you will want the freedom and flexibility of hiring a car.  It’s the perfect way to get the most out of your Cape Town trip without having to stick to someone else’s schedule or be punted on a packaged tour.

Not only are Cape Town Car Hire operators cheap and reliable but with most car rental companies having depots at the Cape Town Airport as well as in Cape Town itself picking up and dropping off your car is hassle-free. You can read more about car hire in Cape Town.

Cape Town Buses

South Africa Cape Town City Sightseeing Buses

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Clean, safe and not too packed the Cape Town bus services are an excellent way to travel between the City Bowl and the outlying suburbs and areas.

The bus trips around Cape Town cost between R14 to R20 depending on your destination. If you are going to be in Cape Town for a week or more you can buy ten trip tickets for half-price. Golden Arrow Bus Services are especially good and there is usually only a slight delay in their arrival times.

If you are looking to do a trip to Cape Town tourists attractions, the open tour buses of City Sight Seeing are the best chance to enjoy a guided drive through the vibrant streets.

Cape Town Trains

South Africa Cape Town Train Services

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For the more adventurous and courageous of Cape Town holiday travelers, there are always the Metrorail trains. The commuter trains have an extensive route through Cape Town and the outlying areas.

Train tickets are pretty cheap but you have to be vigilant. Pick-pocketing and handbag grabs are a huge problem on the Cape Town trains so keep an eye out, never travel after dark and don’t stand alone in a carriage.

Cape Town Minibus Taxi’s

South Africa Cape Town Minibus Taxi Services

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Minibus taxis were the black sheep of Cape Towns tourism and travel industry, with a safety reputation that would put the KGB to shame. But with the recent upgrading of the Cape Minibus services, taxis are now a fantastic locally flavored way to experience Cape Town.

The trips are exciting and cheap, costing around R5 a trip around the City Bowl. Be careful which operator and taxi driver you choose as some minibusses are still unroadworthy and the skills of Cape Town taxi drivers are sometimes hair-raising.

Cape Town Rikki’s

South Africa Cape Town Rikki's

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The unique cabs are available around the City Bowl (The Cape Town CBD) and nearby areas. They are not only a cheap transport option but get you to where you are going quickly and in comfort.

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If you need to hire a specific vehicle during your trip to Cape Town then here are some options below;

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