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City Sightseeing Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

A City Sightseeing Cape Town Hop-on Hop-off 1-Day tour ticket is the perfect way to get a quick and exciting overview of South Africa's beautiful legislative capital. Hop on or off at over 30 stops spread out across 4 diverse routes. The buses on the Red 'City' Route and the Blue 'Mini Peninsula' Route both depart from the Two Oceans Aquarium before diverging to take in two differing yet equally exciting sightseeing flavours. The Red Route offers a historical journey through the main urban centre and includes a stop at the Table Mountain Cableway, while the Blue Route takes a scenic path to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Hout Bay. Enjoy an additional 7-stop Yellow 'Downtown Route' and 3-stop Purple 'Wine Estate Route' with this ticket.

City Sightseeing Cape Town, Scenic Coast
Cape Town Harbour
City Sightseeing Cape Town, Red Route

Tickets are valid for 1-Day!

Hop-on and off as many times as you like during ticket validity period.

Pricing Conditions

Child tickets aged 5-17 years. Children under 5 years travel free (maximum of 2 children per 1 full-paying adult).

Commentary

All Routes: Pre-recorded English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Zulu and a Kids Channel.

Season

All Year Round

Tour Durations

Red Route: 1hr 30 min

Blue Route: 2hr 15min

Downtown Route: 30 min

Purple Wine Route: 25 min

Frequency

Red Route: Every 15 minutes

Blue Route: Every 20 minutes

Downtown Route: Every 15 minutes

Purple Wine Route: Every 20 minutes

Departure Points

Red & Blue Route: V&A Waterfront City Sightseeing Tour Office outside Two Oceans Aquarium

Downtown Route: Long Street City Sightseeing Tour Office

Purple Wine Route: Constantia Nek (Stop 21)

First Tour

Red Route: 08:20

Blue Route: 09:00

Downtown Route: 08:45

Purple Wine Route: 09:55

Last Tour

Red Route: 17:15

Blue Route: 15:40

Downtown Route: 17:40

Purple Wine Route: 16:45

 

For more detailed tour times please see the timetable download.

 

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Highlights

  • Table Mountain Cableway
  • District Six Museum
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • World of Birds
  • Imizamo Yethu Township
  • Groot Constantia Wine Estate
  • Camps Bay Iconic Beach

Important Information

USAGE INSTRUCTIONS. Please print off the email voucher you receive from this site and take it to the tour's main departure point at: Stop 1 - Aquarium (Main Terminus Point) or Long Street Tour Office stop. Look out for the Red Uniformed Staff. It will be exchanged for bus tickets which you can use at any hop-on hop-off point.

Things To See And Do With City Sightseeing Cape Town:

The bright red City Sightseeing Cape Town buses have been a common sight in the costal capital for over 10 years. This hop-on hop-off open-top tour lets you explore the city at your own pace in your own time.

RED CITY ROUTE.

This route has 12 stops which collectively provide a simple and essential overview of Cape Town. Set out from the Two Oceans Aquarium and visit the 19th century Clock Tower, Cape Town International Convention Centre, the Long Street Tour Office and 'Jewel Africa'. The Clock Tower was completed in 1882 as office space for the Port Captain. Today it stands as a central landmark on the V&A Waterfront alongside a trove of restaurants and African art shops. The Convention Centre is where you want to be for the city's finest international exhibitions and concerts. The Tour Office is an ideal spot from which to access Greenmarket Square as well as link onto the Blue or Yellow Routes. And Jewel Africa sells the finest (though expensive) South African crafts from a retail outlet situated at picturesque base of Lions Head in the Bo-Kaap district.

After these first five stops the Red Route buses leave the city centre and head out to Table Mountain National Park, where at stop 7 in the heart of the hills you'll be able to disembark at the unmissable Cableway. Hop-off your bus and ascend to the summit of Cape Town's most famous peak. The cable cars feature a state-of-the-art revolving cab that provides 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape. Fast track cablecar tickets are available from the driver.

When you've snapped every panoramic shot within view ride back down the green slopes and catch the next bus to Camps Bay. This location south-east of the city centre is one of the best for beach front strolls and is also popular for its trendy shops, restaurants and bars.

The remainder of the Red Route lies along a scenic west coast road behind Signal Hill. The stops on this leg of the sightseeing journey include: the President Hotel, Sea Point, the Winchester Mansions, and Green Point/Urban Park.

BLUE MINI PENINSULA ROUTE.

Though it only has two more stops than its main counterpart the Blue Route is much longer and circles the back of Table Mountain, covering some of the most beautiful locations around Cape Town. Travel out from the city centre via the Foreshore and Long Street Tour Office towards the renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. By hopping-off at this highlight stop you'll encounter what is arguably one of the greatest single showcases of African flora in the world. The 528 hectare estate which the gardens occupy contains around 2,500 plant species native to the Cape Peninsula.

When you're satisfied with your exploration of Kirstenbosch jump on the next bus and visit World of Birds (Africa's largest bird park), Imizamo Yethu Township, and Mariner's Wharf at Hout Bay Harbour. If there's one stop on this leg of the route we'd recommend you disembark at besides Kirstenbosch it'd be the Township. This decades old community beams with authentic Xhosa culture, in fact, the name itself means “our combined effort” in the language. Learn about how the local people transformed their fortunes and turned a former shanty town into a prosperous Cape Town suburb.

After departing Mariner's Wharf the Blue Route bus follows a spectacular coastal route back to Camps Bay, from where it follows the coast through Sea Point back to the Waterfront and CBD.

FREE YELLOW DOWNTOWN ROUTE.

If you want to delve right into the heart of the city centre then exchange onto this secondary route at the Long Street Tour Office stop. It features St George's Cathedral and The Castle of Good Hope, two important city landmarks, as well as two of the city's most visited museums, the South African Jewish Museum and District Six Museum.

FREE PURPLE WINE TOUR.

After departing the Kirstenbosch Gardens on the Blue Route you're next stop doesn't necessarily have to be World of Birds (Stop 22). By getting off at Stop 21 (Constantia Nek) you can link onto a free wine tour of the Constantia Valley. This open-top bus journey through the hillside vineyards has three stops each with their own exciting experiences.

The first wine estate, Beau Constantia, lies within easy walking distance of the initial departure point at stop 21. Take a stroll up to its lush rolling fields and enjoy a wine tasting session in one of its scenic rooms. The views here are particularly great as Beau Constantia looks out across the entire Constantia wine area. Please note that this wine estate is only open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:30.

Groot Constantia (Stop 25) is the Purple Route's highlight location. Founded in 1685 it is the oldest commercial wine estate in South Africa. Upon arrival take a walk through the vineyards and explore the Dutch Manor house that sits at its heart. Sprawling wine cellars beneath this elegant building provide illustrious insights into the estate's wine production, as well as its unique flavours. Wine tasting costs at Groot Constantia are not covered in the price of your City Sightseeing ticket, but you will receive discounts (R5) as a holder of one. Costs are as follows:

Wine tasting: R40 per adult. Cellar tour and wine tasting of 5 wines: R50 (adult).

When you're done at Groot Constantia hop-on the next bus and head for the 'Eagle's Nest'. This boutique wine estate is cradled right in the centre of the valley and offers samples of some of the region’s best varieties, such as Viognier, Shiraz, and Merlot. Wine tasting at the Eagle's Nest costs R30 per person. If you like what you try then your City Sightseeing ticket can get you a 5% discount on tasting room wine purchases.

Itinerary

Cape Town Yellow Route Bus Tour Stops:

  • 5, Long Street City Sightseeing Tour Office (Gateway to Cape Town Central)
  • 13, St. George's Cathedral (Queen Victoria Street)
  • 14, SA Museum (Queen Victoria Street)
  • 15, Mount Nelson (Corner Orange and Hatfield Streets)
  • 16, SA Jewish Museum (Hatfield Road)
  • 17, District Six Museum (Corner Buitenkant & Albertus Streets)
  • 18, Castle of Good Hope (Opposite Grand Parade)
  • 5, Long Street City Sightseeing Tour Office (Gateway to Cape Town Central)

Cape Town Purple Route Bus Tour Stops:

  • 21, Constantia Nek
  • 25, Groot Constantia
  • 26, Eagle's Nest
  • 27, Beau Constantia

Cape Town Red Route Bus Tour Stops:

  • 1, V&A Waterfront City Sightseeing Tour Office (Outside Two Oceans Aquarium)
  • 2, The Clocktower (V&A Waterfront)
  • 3, Cape Town Convention Centre (Foreshore)
  • 5, Long Street City Sightseeing Tour Office (Gateway to Cape Town Central)
  • 6, Jewel Africa (Buitengracht Street)
  • 7, Table Mountain Cableway
  • 8, Camps Bay (Beach Road, opposite Bay Hotel)
  • 9, President Hotel (Sea Point, corner Queens and Alexander Roads)
  • 10, St. John's Road (Sea Point, corner Beach and St. John's Roads)
  • 11, Winchester Mansions Hotel (Sea Point, Beach Road)
  • 12, Green Point (Beach Road)
  • 1, V&A Waterfront City Sightseeing Tour Office (Outside Two Oceans Aquarium)

Cape Town Blue Route Bus Tour Stops:

  • 1, V&A Waterfront City Sightseeing Tour Office (Outside Two Oceans Aquarium)
  • 4, Foreshore (Lower Long Street)
  • 5, Long Street City Sightseeing Tour Office (Gateway to Cape Town Central)
  • 15, Mount Nelson (Corner Orange and Hatfield Streets)
  • 20, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (Rhodes Drive, Gate 2)
  • 21, Constantia Nek
  • 22, World of Birds (Valley Road, Hout Bay)
  • 23, Imizamo Yethu Township
  • 24, Mariner's Wharf (Hout Bay Harbour)
  • 8, Camps Bay (Beach Road, opposite Bay Hotel)
  • 9, President Hotel (Sea Point, corner Queens and Alexander Roads)
  • 10, St. John's Road (Sea Point, corner Beach and St. John's Roads)
  • 11, Winchester Mansions Hotel (Sea Point, Beach Road)
  • 12, Green Point (Beach Road)
  • 1, V&A Waterfront City Sightseeing Tour Office (Outside Two Oceans Aquarium)
Cape Town Cableway Cape Town, Table Mountain Cape Town Harbour A view on Cape Town
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