Let Auto Europe provide you with a car hire in Cape Town, that will allow you to explore one of South Africa's most popular tourist destinations. Densely populated and culturally diverse, this landmark city is divided into several regions, including the City Bowl (the business district), as well as many suburbs that are easily explored with a car hire arranged for you by Auto Europe. With more than 50 years of experience in the car rental industry, Auto Europe is perfectly positioned to help you find the ideal car for your travel needs.
As with any densely populated urban area, Cape Town suffers from significant traffic congestion in the morning and evening rush hours. In addition, traffic congestion increases during the holidays and around the beach areas, so please do plan accordingly for delays if travelling during these times. Talking on handheld phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
With regard to the motorway system, there are three national motorways that begin in Cape Town. The N1 connects Cape Town to Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Zimbabwe; the N2 connects Cape Town with Port Elizabeth, East London, and Durban; and the N7 connects Cape Town to the Northern Cape Province. In addition to the national roads, there is also a local system of four-lane roads (sometimes referred to as dual carriageways or M-roads) that connects different parts of the city. Our South Africa driving information page has more information on driving your car hire in Cape Town and the surrounding areas.
Parking is plentiful and reasonably priced in Cape Town. You can choose to leave your vehicle at one of the covered car parks or make use of on-street parking, although street parking may be limited to two hours. Also, in areas not designated as paid parking areas, there are semi-official car guards, who will watch over your car while you are in the area. They will likely be wearing a fluorescent yellow or red vest, and work on a 'tip only' basis. These guards are said to be quite effective at keeping one's car secure.
The second largest city in South Africa, Cape Town has a population of almost 3.5 million citizens. Cape Town serves as the legislative capital of South Africa, so many of the city's functions are related to government operations. The city's harbour is also quite active and contributes greatly to the area's robust economy.
Geographically varied, Cape Town offers mountains and beaches for the tourist to explore, and is well-regarded for its attention to protecting the renowned biodiversity. Mild and wet winters and dry warm summers characterize Cape Town's Mediterranean climate. Winter starts in June and ends in August, with an average high temperature of 18°C and low of 9°C. Summer lasts from early December to March, and is warm and dry with an average high of 26°C and low of 16°C. The annual rainfall in the city is moderate at 515 millimetres. Late spring and early summer may be quite windy as well.
A World Travel Award winner and the second largest airport in South Africa, Cape Town International Airport is a gateway for domestic and international air travellers to the Cape region. Cape Town International Airport offers direct flights to most cities in South Africa, as well as numerous international flights.
In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Cape Town International Airport opened a brand new terminal building to handle the increased air traffic, in addition to several large car parks, a refurbished domestic departures terminal, a new Bus Rapid Transit System station, and a new double-decker road system.
Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Telephone: +27 (021) 937 1200
There are many choices when travelling by train in this area. Cape Town offers two long-distance passenger rail services through the Shosholoza Meyl: a daily service to and from Johannesburg via Kimberley, as well as a weekly service to and from Durban via Kimberley, Bloemfontein, and Pietermaritzburg. The luxurious, tourist-oriented Blue Train runs through Cape Town, as well as the five-star Rovos Rail.
There is a commuter rail service in Cape Town (Metrorail) that offers 96 stations throughout the area.
There are several companies that run long-distance bus services from Cape Town to other cities in South Africa. Within the city proper, Golden Arrow Bus Services operates scheduled city buses.
Integrated Rapid Transit
The Cape Town Integrated Rapid Transit System is a new initiative that is transforming and integrating public transportation in this area. The IRT's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a top-notch bus based transit system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective service to its passengers, and one of the most efficient and effective modes of transportation in the metro area. While not a metrorail, the BRT has many of its virtues, but at a fraction of the cost to build. Many cities such as Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Ottawa, and Beijing have employed a BRT system to transport area residents.
A metered taxi must be summoned by telephone to a specific location, not hailed on the street. There are many large taxi companies you may call (Excite, Cabnet, and Intercab to name a few). The metered taxi cabs operate within the suburbs of Cape Town.
South Africa is full of wonderful surprises and incredible adventures waiting for you! So why not opt for a campervan in Cape Town? This is the perfect way to take a road trip through the beautiful hidden gems of this imense continent and benefit from the mobility and freedom that only a motorhome can offer. Feel at home while on the road!