Getting around the city
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.
There is no cause for alarm. This handy “Get There Guide” will help you navigate your way to the magnificent Grand Daddy Hotel – your home away from home for now – and is the ultimate pocket guide to getting around the Mother City, from here to there and everywhere in between.
Our address is 38 Long Street. We’re in the city centre, which is around 20km from the airport. A metered taxi to our premises
will cost you a swift R350, sometimes more, depending on which taxi you use. If you’re feeling rich, or you’re travelling on business and the boss is paying the bill, then hop into a taxi just outside the airport and give the driver the address. 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 with a taxi allocation, or if you don’t plan to travel far. It is an expensive transport option. A good suggestion is to take the name of the person who drove you from the airport and ask if he does private collections. You can choose to use “your guy” throughout your stay in Cape Town – and he’ll no doubt be able to tell you a few lesser-known facts about the city, too.
Please Mr bus driver, don’t drive slow
Getting to the Grand Daddy and commuting around the city centre doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. A trip to the city centre from the airport via the MyCiti shuttle bus
costs R57 for adults and R28.10 for children between the ages of four and 11 (children younger than four travel for free). The bus leaves the airport every 20 minutes between 05h10 and 22h00.
It’s pretty easy to shuttle around the city on the MyCiti. You’ll need to buy a “myconnect” bus card – for R23 – from these retailers and banks
and you simply load it with travel credit via an Absa ATM.
Journeys within the city centre route cost R5.30 and travel between the city centre and Table View is R10.60 each way.
Go the whole hog and rent a Harley
Excellent news for Harley lovers … 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 pay a refundable damage deposit. If you crash it, you’re liable for around R15 000 damage excess.
Show me the sights
One of the best ways to catch sight of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions is via Cape Town’s red open-top bus – the City Sightseeing Bus
. A great idea is to buy a two-day ticket (get it online here
) and spend two afternoons hopping on and hopping off at destinations that interest you in and around the city. While in transit you’ll be able to listen to commentary in six different languages, which will tell you all sorts of interesting things about the landmarks along the way.
The Cape Town Red City tour offers 18 hop off/on points, where a bus passes every 15 minutes.
For just R220 you can get a two-day pass to FOUR City Sightseeing Bus routes … now that’s what we call value for money. Only available online
See the city from a tuk-tuk. Image (c) Grand Daddy
What goes “put-a-put-a-put”? It’s a tuk-tuk
Travel around the city centre in style a board one of Cape Town’s newest (and greener) transport offers – a brand-new tuk-tuk (or Monarch Tukski
The three-wheeler travel pod is fun, funky and fabulous! For just R50 you can get from the Grand Daddy to Camps Bay (which is around 100% cheaper than a metered taxi), but it will take you a little longer (travelling at under 60km/hour). We suggest grabbing a camera and a cold drink, and getting a short ride through the city in one of these novelties.
A transport solution that believes in staying in touch, you call them or send them a Whatsapp on 083 641 5453 to book, email them
, tweet them
or BBM them (pin 2171028A).
Drive it like a rental
You can arrange to hire a car
from Cape Town International Airport before you arrive (many flight deals have built in car rental, too).
The costs of renting a car all depend on your length of stay, the insurance cover you select and the distance you drive. For the lowest of the range cover, car and kilometeres, you’re looking at around R150 a day. For the top-of-the-range vehicle, unlimited kilometres and full cover, the price jumps to R1 500 a day.