Getting around

You've just landed at Cape Town International Airport. You’re no doubt stunned by the view of Table Mountain, bowled over by the friendly people, and a little disorientated.

No worries! You can use a metered taxi, Uber or the MyCiTi bus to get to the Grand Daddy Hotel. Our address is 38 Long Street. We’re about 20km (a drive of 20 to 60 minutes by car) from the airport.

On foot

The Grand Daddy Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Cape Town’s entertainment hub. From here, you can explore art galleries, street side cafés, pop-up fashion stores, and family restaurants. At night, you’ll find clubs, pubs and bars – all within walking distance of the hotel. There are also plenty of great tourist attractions to check out nearby. Take a walk to the Company’s Garden, visit the South African Museum, or explore the Castle of Good Hope. There are free walking tours that start round the corner in Greenmarket Square or get Cape Town Tourism’s free walking tour app, with a handy built-in audio guide.


Metered taxi companies include Excite Taxis, Rikkis and Marine Cabs. Expect to pay around R350 from the airport, or more if you use one of the taxis that are parked ready and waiting outside the airport.

Be sure to ask for a taxi with a meter – otherwise you may end up paying whatever the driver says it costs (and that can lead to all sorts of sticky situations). Also, ask for a receipt. Depending on the traffic and the day of the week, your trip to the hotel can take up to an hour.

Commuting via metered taxi is a good idea if you have a travel budget, or if you don’t plan to travel far. A good suggestion is to take the name of the person who drove you from the airport and ask if they do private collections. You can choose to use the same driver throughout your stay in Cape Town – and they’ll no doubt be able to tell you a few lesser-known facts about the city too.


Photo © Robert Bellon

MyCiTi is Cape Town’s public bus system. It is very affordable and covers most of the city. The trip from the airport costs R57, and journeys within the city centre around R6 per trip.

You will need to buy a myconnect card to ride on the bus – you can’t buy them onboard, so get one from the airport station, the main Civic Centre Station, or other selected outlets. Visit the MyCiTi website for full details, or the mobisite for on-the-go info. There is a MyCiTi stop on either side of the Grand Daddy Hotel – one on Long Street and one on Loop Street.

Apart from the MyCiTi Bus, check out the City Sightseeing Bus – the big red bus that offers guided tours of Cape Town, and the ability to “hop on, hop off” at various points of interest.

Since you have made the smart decision to stay at the Grand Daddy, you are a one-minute walk away from the City Sightseeing office in Long Street. From there, you can jump on an open-top bus and enjoy any of their tours, from exploring downtown Cape Town to venturing along the beautiful peninsula.

We recommend getting their two-day pass (buy it online). Go explore!


Photo courtesy of Cape Bike Travel

Prefer to live life on the wild side? Enjoy the thrill of riding a Harley Davidson on the open roads of the Mother City. If you have a bike licence or similar equivalent, you can rent a Harley-Davidson (or BMW or Ducati) and explore Cape Town at your leisure. If you don’t have a licence but still want the thrill of the ride, there are chauffeur options on offer too.

Of course there are conditions to renting a Harley – you have to be at least 23 years old and will have to pay a refundable damage deposit. If you crash it, you’re liable for around R15 000 damage excess.

Car rental

There are a number of car rental offices in very close proximity to the Grand Daddy Hotel, including First Car Rental, Budget Car Hire and Tempest Car Hire. Car hire is also available from the airport.

Contact us if you have any other questions about getting around in Cape Town – we are happy to help!