Cape Town Transport

Getting around Cape Town by car is easy thanks to fast freeways and good roads. Road maps are freely available in all information offices, and your gay friendly hotel, guesthouse or B & B should also be able to assist.

Taxis

The term “taxi” is no less ambiguous in Cape Town than elsewhere in South Africa: it´s used to refer to conventional metered cars, jam-packed minibuses and their more upmarket cousins, Rikki´s.

Conventional taxi´s are metered and you can hail them from the street . You will do better if you go to a taxi rank. Taxi ranks are situated in Cape Town´s CBD at Greenmarket Square and the Tourist Rendezvous Travel Center in Adderley Street, and also at the V & A Waterfront.

The jam-packed mini buses, known as “Black taxis”, which are usually not black, in general follow major bus routes and pick up and set down at bus stops. Buses are somewhat cheaper but also somewhat slower, and run less frequently.

Rikki taxis offer an affordable door-to-door service covering the Cape Town CBD and Atlantic Seaboard areas, with excursions to all the major tourism sites and the airport. You get a slice of Cape Town city life in all its hectic colours, with anecdotes from the drivers and cosmopolitan clientele in transit. The Rikkis are approved by Cape Town´s Tourism Bureau´s.
Phone Rikki´s: +021-4234888
Open: Mon - Fri: 7am-7pm (Closed Sunday) Sat & Public Holidays: 8am-4pm

Exploring Cape Town on foot

Central Cape Town is quite small and you can get around perfectly well on foot. It is hard to get lost since you should always be able to see Table Mountain from which you can take your bearings.

Cape Town Public Transport

Cape Town´s public transport system is generally limited, not always safe and not the best way to see the Cape.

Exploring Cape Town by car

Hiring a vehicle is considered by many to be the best option for exploring Cape Town. Cape Town´s many car rental agencies offer a wide selection of vehicles including 4x4s. Most agencies require the driver to be 23 or 25 years old. The peninsula´s curvaceous scenic roads are ideal for motorbike enthusiasts. Most major rental car companies operate out of Cape Town International Airport.

General Road Rules

All vehicles MUST drive on the LEFT side of a public road in Cape Town and South Africa. It is also expected that vehicles keep to the left or centre lane if possible (when there are 3 lanes one-way) for emergency vehicles to pass on the right. On a 2-lane road (one-way or dual-way), overtaking is always done on the right. The only thing that is on the right hand side is the steering wheel of the vehicle.) In Cape Town you will cause a head-on collision if you drive on the right as done in the USA or Europe. You also have to stop at all red traffic lights - there is no right turn if safe as you have it in the States. BUT, don't expect the 'black' taxis to respect this - they drive according to their own rules? and are not safe most of the times. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa. Using hand-held phones while driving is against the law - use a vehicle phone attachment or hands-free kit, if you want to speak on your mobile phone. The law prohibits the use of hand-held phones while driving but that doesn´t stop most of the Cape Town gay men from using them.

Speed limit

The general speed limit on national highways, urban freeways and other major routes is 120km/h (75mph). On secondary (rural) roads it is 100km/h (60mph). In built-up areas it is usually 60km/h (35mph) unless otherwise indicated. Check the road signs.

Driver´s licenses

Any valid driver´s license is accepted in Cape Town provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is printed in English.

Filling up

A variety of petrol (gas) stations are situated on both main and country roads. Most of them are open 24 hours a day, although some keep shorter hours. However, distances between towns (and therefore between petrol stations) can be considerable, so it is advisable to fill up your tank before it starts giving warning signals. In Cape Town and the rest of South African petrol stations are not self-help: an attendant will fill the car, check oil and water and tire pressure and, if necessary, clean the windscreen - for which he or she will expect a tip of two or three rand.