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Practical info Cape Town, South Africa

Getting around the city

Public transport is poor everywhere but the city centre, so most visitors hire a car, particularly if planning excursions from the city. Driving can be confusing; however, experienced drivers should cope if they have a GPS. For trips within the city or to the Atlantic beaches minibus taxis are cheap and convenient and can be hailed by adventurous travellers anywhere along their route, but the vehicles are often in bad condition and the driving can be appalling. Passengers should expect to pay around ZAR 7 for most journeys within the city, but are cautioned against getting into an empty minibus. The new MyCiti buses are safe and reliable, with increasing reach in the city; however, passengers must purchase a card from a depot before riding. Tourists are advised to avoid the trains, with the exception of the Simon's Town line, which runs past Muizenberg and along the stunning False Bay coast. Pick pocketing is rife and there have been several attacks on passengers. Taxis are expensive but are a good option at night for those without a car. Public transport should not be taken after dark and the outlying township areas should be avoided at all costs unless on an organised tour.


GMT +2


Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round, three-pin plugs and round, two-pin plugs are standard.


South Africa's currency is the Rand (ZAR), which is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change, and the larger hotels. ATMs are widely available and major international credit cards are widely accepted. Visitors should be vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs, as con artists are known to operate there. All commercial banks will exchange foreign currency.


The international access code for South Africa is +27. Mobile phone networks are available across the country, and there are roaming agreements with most international mobile operators. Mobile service providers offer very cheap 'pay-as-you-go' SIM cards, which are a good option for visitors staying for some time. Wifi is easily available, especially in the larger cities.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 10111 (Police), 10177 (Ambulance), 112 (cellphone emergency number).

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Cape Town International Airport


Getting to the city

The MyCiti bus is the quickest and cheapest option for getting into the city, with an express to the city centre costing around ZAR 80 in addition to the once off ZAR 30 for a MyCiti card. Door-to-door minibus services are available for the journey to the city, taking approximately half an hour. Many hotels operate courtesy buses and a 24-hour backpacker bus is available hourly to many hostels. Other options include private services such as Uber and Taxify.

Car rental

Car rental companies include Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Thrifty, and Tempest.

Airport taxi's

A taxi to the centre of Cape Town takes approximately 30 minutes and the cost may vary depending on the time of day and number of passengers, generally amounting to between ZAR 150 and ZAR 250, with fares up to 50 percent more at night. Only Touch Down Taxis, the authorised airport taxi company, is allowed to operate from the airport.


ATMs, bars, restaurants, and currency exchange facilities are available throughout the airport. There are several shops, including duty-free in the International Departures section. A VAT refund service is available by the International check in desk. Hotel reservations and tourist information are also available.


There is short and long-term parking in a multilevel parking garage connected to the terminal. Fees range from around ZAR 20 for the first hour in the cheapest parking area to a minimum charge of ZAR 725 (including five days of parking) in the long-term parking area. There is also a special pick-up area that offers free parking for 30 minutes.


There are four free hours of wifi provided to passengers in the boarding areas of the airport.