It is a rare convenience in South Africa, good public transport that caters to residents and tourists alike. From getting between the airport and the city – cheaply – and then visiting historical sites and beaches, the MyCiti bus service of Cape Town also tells visitors where to go and things to do. The compact blue midi-buses are pretty cute too.
The fleet of Solo midi-buses come from the Leeds-based Optare company. Here are a few options, but go to the MyCiti website for more about the routes and options.
Cards can be bought at all stations and participating retailers, and are like London’s Oyster, tap in, tap out. There is also an app and online options for topping up.
From Cape Town International to the city’s civic centre, take the A01 right outside the arrivals terminal, which departs every 20 minutes.
From the Civic Centre terminus, there are options to Camps Bay, Sea Point, Woodstock, Lion’s Head, Bloubergstrand, and most areas except the southern suburbs.
To Table Mountain, take the 106 or 107 to the Kloof Nek stop and then transfer to the free MyCiTi Table Mountain 110, which takes you to and from the Lower Cableway. Buses operate every 15-20 minutes daily from 07:30 until 19:00.
Explore the city and its most visited tourist spots with the MyCity map. It tells you which bus to catch and where to get off, whether it’s the Bo-Kaap, Long Street, Mouille Point or the V&A Waterfront.
There is also a map highlighting the most important heritage spots in the city. Now get bussing!