Transport system in Cape Town

Transport system in Cape Town

Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa after Johannesburg of the Western Cape. It is the legislative capital of the country with a population of 3, 40,026 covering a total area of 2,445km2. Getting around Cape Town is easy with public transport which include;

Minibus taxis

This is a standard form of transport for the majority of the population in the city with fourteen sitters. They are cheap, efficient and plentiful small brightly coloured.

Metro Trains run to all the suburban areas and they go as far as Stellenbosch and Paarl in the Wine lands. The commuter train  out to Simons Town is actually worth taking just for the ride itself. It travels so close to the ocean.


Golden Arrow Bus Services operates scheduled bus services throughout the Cape Town metropolitan area. Several companies run long-distance bus services from Cape Town to the other cities in South Africa. There is also my Citi Bus Service which travels two separate routes within the city covering a wide inner city area.

Metered Taxis

Metered taxis are not allowed to drive around the city to solicit fares and instead must be called to a specific location. Cape Town metered taxi cabs mostly operate in the city bowl, suburbs and Cape Town International Airport areas Taxi’s at a rate of R10 per kilometre.


The Port of Cape Town is the city’s main port with ferries that transport people to and from the city. The port is a hub for ships in the southern Atlantic; it is located along one of the busiest shipping corridors in the world. It is also a busy container port, second in South Africa only to Durban.

Special Hire Taxis

Renting a car in Cape Town is probably the best option in terms of viability allowing you the freedom to explore at your leisure and access areas that trains and buses cannot and they are usually 4 sitters. .

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