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Get around – without the stress

Dec 15, 2016

If there’s one thing that could ruin your holidays it’s traffic – and parking. Think a little differently this festive season, and you may find that leaving your car at home could become your New Year’s resolution for 2017. There’s so much to see and do around the CBD, the Waterfront and the Atlantic Seaboard, but planning ahead is essential. Here are some of the ways to avoid the chaos.

Get a taxi

App-based taxi services (you know who they are) have taken off in Cape Town and there are other local firms too. The city centre and popular tourist spots are served by a range of metered taxis. The industry isn’t well regulated, so make sure you get an estimate of the fare beforehand, know where you’re going and more-or-less how far it is. TIP: Use only reputable firms – Rikkis, Excite, Elite, Sport and Unicab are some of the larger ones. You can also book one via Cape Town Tourism by calling 086 132 2223.

Catch the bus

The city centre and surrounds is fully served by MyCiTi buses. Once you get a R30 card and top it up with money, you can get around from early in the morning until late at night. There are even special services for revellers enjoying the traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations. Some of the most popular tourism destinations are congested. The Table Mountain Cableway is one. Good news is that MyCiTi buses run between the CBD and Camps Bay and connect at Kloof Nek with a free MyCiTi shuttle along Tafelberg Road to the Lower Cableway Station. You can also park near Kloof Nek or catch a taxi to the lower parking area and then hop onto the MyCiTi shuttle to avoid the queues of cars.

TIP: Load Mover points at a MyCiTi station kiosk and save 30% on fares. For all the info on the bus service and to plan your trip, see www. myciti.org.za or phone their 24-hour call centre on 0800 65 64 63. Note the special, frequent services on beach days and public holidays.

Share rides

Plan ahead and pack the car with friends and family if you are heading to one of the popular beaches. It may take forever to find parking but at least you’ll be together. TIP: Park near the Stadium or the Waterfront and catch the bus along the beachfront to Clifton and Camps Bay.

Rent a bay

If you are a local who’s going to be out on the town a lot, contact one of the big parking garages and see if there are any bays to rent for the holiday season, when many of the people who work in the city are away. This may prove quite cost-effective.

Last modified on Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:21
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