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Public transport – who needs to travel by car?

Cape Town’s extensive network of public transport allows tourists to explore all the tourist attractions without having to hire a car.

Traveling by public transport in Cape Town

Previously we have listed the benefits of hiring your own car and combining your holiday with your youth volunteering program to discover the beauty of South Africa on the road. But what if you don’t have an international license or if you cannot extend your stay to include a road trip down Route 62? Never fear, Cape Town offers an extensive range of public transportation that will get you where you want to be and make sure you don’t miss out!

Who needs a car in the Mother City?

All tourist attractions in Cape Town is connected through a vast network of varying modes of transport; including busses, trains, taxis and even bicycles. You can visit the South African National Museum, Planetarium, V&A Waterfront and Adderley Street all in one day as they are situated fairly close to each other, some even within walking distance. While best practice and safety precautions should always be adhered to, the Cape Town public transport is safe and easy to use with many friendly South Africans nearby ready to lend a hand.

Day tours in Cape Town

Pre-planned day tours in Cape Town is also a great way of seeing the area and popular tourist attractions without hiring your own vehicle. The Blue and Red bus route for instance provides access to the majority of Cape Town’s sights and has a bus arriving at half an hour intervals at every stop to continue your journey. In addition to the daily bus tours and public transport you can also do bicycle tours in the township areas that gives you a special insight into the daily lives of South Africans living in townships and helps you keep fit at the same time.

Trains and trams outside of Cape Town CBD

The Metrorail network also connects Cape Town with historic towns outside of Cape Town’s business central and allows you to visit Just Nuisance in Simons Town and Hout Bay without having to hire a car.  The Franschhoek Wine Valley also offers a Tram hop-on hop-off tour which is one of the best ways to discover the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands. With all the various methods of transport there is no reason why you cannot explore the Western Cape and all it has to offer while volunteering in Cape Town.

Talking of buses, read about our first trip to Oudshoorn – a Dreams to Reality program that took local kids on their very first school road trip.

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