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.
UCT Jammie Shuttle
A unique shuttle service, called the Jammie Shuttle, is available free to all UCT students. A fleet of 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. Students living in the neighbourhood surrounding campus can often use the shuttle to travel between home and campus.
The routes and timetable are updated on the Jammie Shuttle website.
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.
MyCiti operatesa number of routes around the city and out into surrounding areas. To access the service you need to buy a MyCiti bus card and pre-load it with travel tokens. You can buy and top up your card at the larger MyCiti bus stations or at a number of participating retailers.
Uber is very popular and widely used in Cape Town. You will need a valid credit or debit card to download the application onto your mobile/cell phone.
Private metered taxi cabs
A range of privately-owned metred taxi cabs are available. 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 catch a taxi on one of Cape Town’s busier streets, like Camps Bay, or the famous Long Street, or you can also call the cab company and order a cab to fetch you at a particular time.
Enter the numbers of local companies into your phone so you have them when you need them.
- Sport Taxis - Phone +27 21 447 4444 or Whatsapp +27 83 254 1455
- Excite Taxis - Phone +27 21 448 4444
- CabCo - Phone +27 86 136 7222
You should only use recognised and registered public transport companies. Do not take rides from private taxi touts driving unmarked cars.
Unmetered shared minibus taxis
These privately-owned commuter taxis 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 those operating between the centre of Cape Town and surrounding areas including 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.