Not only London has them, Cape Town too. Except Cape Town’s are topless. These iconic double-decker red busses have been whisking guests and locals to attractions in an around the city for over five years. But Cape Town’s Red bus is now better than ever. Well, the busses are as good as always, but the route is better.
The new route the City Sightseeing Red City Tour will take visitors directly to Table Mountain and stop at the lower cable station. No parking needed, no long walks to reach the cable car. This will be the first stop for the day. In a windy city such as Cape Town this makes sense as the summer’s strong south-easterly wind can be very strong in the afternoons.
This new stop at the cable station provides a direct and comfortable connection to the mountain. After seeing the mountain, visitors can hop on the new free Yellow Downtown bus to explore the city. The Long Street Tour office is the interchange point where they then get onto the Yellow Downtown Tour.
The Yellow Tour stops include St. Georges Cathedral at the entrance to Company Gardens, the Iziko Museum at the Planetarium and the Mount Nelson Hotel – perfect for high tea. Historians and anthropologists will enjoy the SA Jewish Museum, District Six Museum and the Castle of Good Hope.
Passing behind Table Mountain is the blue route. These blue route busses stop at a selection of highlights including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, wineries and Hout Bay. The blue route busses return via the Atlantic coastline to connect again at the V&A Waterfront.
Busses operate from 09:00 to late afternoon and offer commentary in 16 languages.
– Wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
– Take a whole day. The routes take only 75 – 90 minutes, but you will hop-on and off to explore.