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Getting around

There are a number of public and private transport options available in Cape Town. Cape Town is one of the leading cities on the continent, but when it comes to public transport, it is important to remember that South Africa is a developing country, so public transport options are not as extensive or reliable as you may be used to.

 

Jammie SHuttle

UCT Jammie Shuttle

A unique shuttle service, called the Jammie Shuttle, is available free to all UCT students. A fleet of 26 buses, including a special one for disabled passengers, operates between residences, all UCT campuses and some public bus, train and parking facilities in the local vicinity. See routes and timetable here.

Public transport

  • Trains: The southern line is popular among students as it runs from central Cape Town through the southern suburbs and past UCT. For safety reasons, we recommend using the train only at regular commuter times (07h30-18h00) and never after dark.
  • City buses (MyCiti): These buses run regularly on a number of routes around the city. To access the service you need a MyCiti bus card, which you can buy and top up at the central station or at a number of participating retailers. For more information contact the MyCiti website.

Private transport

  • Uber is available and widely used in Cape Town. In order to use it you will need to download the application onto your phone and connect to a valid credit card.
  • Private metered taxi cabs: a range of privately-owned metred taxi cabs are available. You can either catch one on one of Cape Town’s busier streets, like Camps Bay, or the famous Long Street. They tend to be clearly marked as cabs or taxis, often with their per-kilometre rate and contact number displayed on the vehicle. You can also call the cab company and order a cab to fetch you at a particular time.
  • Unmetered shared minibus taxis: these are privately-owned commuter taxis and are commonplace in South Africa. They accommodate roughly 10 people at a time and run a number of set routes. Commonly used routes for UCT students are routes that run into the centre of Cape Town from places like Observatory, Camps Bay, Sea Point, Rondebosch and Claremont. These routes are also generally considered safe. Remember never to be the only passenger in a minibus taxi; in addition to the driver and the fare collector, there should be at least three other people in any minibus you use. If the taxi that stops for you is empty, simply wait for another. The reason for this is that isolated passengers are sometimes targeted for theft. It is best to exercise caution when using shared minibus taxis.