Greet The Mother City With The Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus

City Sightseeing Cape Town | Hop On - Hop Off

Many visitors find themselves a bit overwhelmed with the myriad of sights and too little time. The best way to solve this dilemma is to make City Sightseeing Cape Town your first port of call on a visit to the Cape.

The elevated views from the buses give one a wonderful overview of all the different sites and the surrounding areas and communities through which you travel.

City Sightseeing Cape Town offers four main routes with up to 27 stops at the iconic destinations and attractions the Mother City has to offer.

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Why tour with City Sightseeing Cape town?

  • Cape Town, fondly referred to as The Mother City and has many wondrous sights to offer, including one of the New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain. You can buy your cable car tickets from the tour office or your bus driver between stops 1 and 6.
  • Whether young or old, teenager or tot, taking in the sights on a City Sightseeing open-top double-decker bus is one of the best ways to see as much of what the Mother City has to offer
  • All buses depart from and return to stop 1.

City Sightseeing Cape Town Ticket Prices

City Sightseeing Cape Town offers two types of tickets:

  • A 1-day adult ticket is R190, or R170 if bought online. Valid on day of purchase only.
  • A 2-day adult ticket is R290, or R270 if bought online. Valid over two consecutive days only. The 2-day ticket includes a free Waterfront Harbour Cruise and Sunset Bus (this tour only operates during peak season).

Explore the different tours available


Best way to visit Cape Town City

  • Circular route, buses run regularly. See timetable for details
  • 11 bus stops, hop on and hop off as you like
  • Total tour duration (with no hop-offs): approx. 90 minutes
  • Commentary in 15 languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu) and a special channel for kids

Best things to see on the Cape Town Red City Tour

Buy your ticket for Table Mountain Cableway

Skip the ticket queue at the Table Mountain Cableway (stop 7) and buy your Cableway ticket at one of the City Sightseeing tour offices or on the red bus.

Where does the Red City Tour start?

A red bus ticket allows you to hop on and hop off on all the tours so you can start your double-decker experience at any of the stops. Tickets can be bought at the tour offices (stop 1 and stop 5), online at a discounted rate, or from the bus driver.
Download a printable PDF map here.

Best way to visit Cape Town peninsula and surrounds

  • Circular route, buses run regularly. See timetable for details
  • 14 bus stops, hop on and hop off as you like
  • Total tour duration (with no hop-offs): approx. two hours, 15 minutes
  • ​Commentary in 15 languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu) and a special channel for kids

Best things to see on the Cape Town Blue Mini Peninsula Tour

Experience the Imizamo Yethu Township Tour

Meet the locals at Imizamo Yethu Township (stop 23) and visit the Original T-Bag Design company (closed on Saturdays and Sundays). The Imizamo Yethu Township Tour runs seven days a week and will leave you with a sense of ubuntu – a South African term for essential human virtues, compassion and humanity.

Where does the Cape Town Blue Mini Peninsula Tour start?

A red bus ticket allows you to hop on and hop off on all the tours so you can start your double-decker experience at any of the stops. Tickets can be bought at the tour offices (stop 1 and stop 5), online at a discounted rate or from the bus driver.
Download a printable PDF map here.

Best way to explore downtown Cape Town

  • Circular route, buses run regularly. See the timetable for details
  • Seven bus stops, hop on and hop off as you like
  • Total tour duration (with no hop-offs): approx. 30 minutes
  • Commentary in 15 languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu) and a special channel for kids

Best things to see on the Cape Town Yellow Downtown Tour

Visit Table Mountain then explore the inner city

Do the Red City Tour to Table Mountain, and then switch to the Yellow Downtown Tour at stop 5 to check out Cape Town’s variety of museums and cultural hot spots.

Where does the Cape Town Yellow Downtown Tour start?

A red bus ticket allows you to hop on and hop off on all the tours so you can start your double-decker experience at any of the stops. Tickets can be bought at the tour offices (stop 1 and stop 5), online at a discounted rate or from the bus driver.
Download a printable PDF map here.

Best way to visit Constantia Nek wine estates

  • Circular route, buses run regularly. See the timetable for details
  • Three bus stops, hop on and hop off as you like
  • Total tour duration (with no hop-offs): 20 minutes
  • Commentary in 15 languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu) and a special channel for kids

Best things to see on Cape Town Purple Wine Tour

There are three exquisite wine estates on this tour, why not try them all?

Wine and dine at Groot Constantia

Hop off at Groot Constantia (stop 25) where you can walk around South Africa's oldest vineyards at your leisure, visit the historical manor house, do a wine tasting and eat lunch at the estate's Jonkerhuis Restaurant or grab a delicious picnic basket from Simon's Deli to enjoy outdoors. During the busy summer months, booking is advised.

Where does the Cape Town Purple Wine Tour start?

A red bus ticket allows you to hop on and hop off on all the tours so you can start your double-decker experience at any of the stops. To catch the Purple Wine Tour bus, hop off at Constantia Nek (stop 21). Tickets can be bought at the tour offices (stop 1 and stop 5), online at a discounted rate or from the bus driver.
Download a printable PDF map here.

Best way to cruise Cape Town's harbour

  • The Waterfront Harbour Cruise departs from and returns to the jetty outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront, and runs regularly
  • Waterfront Harbour Cruise tickets cost R40 per person (R35 if you book online) and R20 for kids
  • Total tour duration: approx. 25 minutes
  • Commentary in 15 languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu) and a special channel for kids

Spot the Clock Tower and Chavonnes Battery Museum

There's no hopping off but during the trip you’ll see several key attractions, including the SAS Somerset (the only remaining boom defence vessel left in the world) and the southern hemisphere's largest synchrolift and only drawbridge (Bascule Bridge). You'll also pass the Nelson Mandela Gateway, Chavonnes Battery Museum and the Clock Tower.

Hop on a red bus after your Waterfront Harbour Cruise

Enjoy the cruise with family, friends or someone special. And if you're up for a little more adventure, hop on a red bus outside the V&A Waterfront tour office.

Where does the cruise start?

The cruise departs from and returns to the jetty outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront (stop 1). The cruises depart every 20 miutes.

Get a glimpse of a sunset tour...

Best things to see on Cape Town Sunset Bus

The Sunset Bus is not a hop-on, hop-off tour like the other City Sightseeing tours but it does stop at Signal Hill to give passengers the opportunity to watch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.

Where does the Cape Town Sunset Bus start?

It starts at the Two Oceans Aquarium located at the V&A Waterfront and returns here at the end of the three-hour round trip, stopping at Signal Hill for sunset. Due to high traffic volumes during the summer months, please allow for extra travel time. Click here to view the timetable and departure times.

  • Please note this route doesn't operate from 25 December to 3 January and neither on 6 March 2017. Tickets available online and at the tour offices.
  • Please note that the Sunset Tour won't operate from 3 May 2016 to 22 September 2016
  • From 23 September 2016 till 2 May 2017, the tour departs daily from stop 1 outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront between 5.30pm and 6pm (Please note this tour won’t operate from 25 December to 3 January)
  • Please arrive 30min before the departure time at stop 1
  • Use the 5pm shuttle service from stop 5 in Long Street to connect to the Sunset Bus at stop 1
  • Total trip duration (without any hop-offs): approx. 3 hours
​Commentary in 15 languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu)

Best way to visit Langa and Gugulethu

  • The LaGuGu Tour taxis depart from stop 5, the Long Street tour office. The first tour leaves at 9am and the last tour leaves at 3pm. Taxis run regularly
  • Total tour duration (with no hop-offs): approx. 2.5 hours
  • The guided tour is in English
  • The tour costs R290 per adult (or R270 online) and R150 for children up to the age of 17. Children under five can join for free
  • Tour runs every 30 minutes

Best things to see on the Cape Town LaGuGu Township Tour

Langa and Gugulethu both offer incredible experiences – from a visit to the old dompas office (now a Township Heritage Museum) and Brenda Fassie's house to the Gugulethu Seven Monument (an anti-apartheid memorial).

Explore Langa on bike and dine at Mzoli's in Gugulethu

The LaGuGu Township Tour is unique because it allows you to hop off at various stops along the route and spend as much time there as you want to. Your township experience would not be complete without the free hour-long walking tour and bicycle ride in Langa. Once you've worked up an appetite, hop off at Mzoli's in Gugulethu for a meal.

Where does the Cape Town LaGuGu Township Tour start?

The tour starts at stop 5 at the Long Street tour office. Look out for the bright red LaGuGu minibus taxis that will take you to Langa and Gugs, where you can hop on and off as many times as you want to, and bring you back to Long Street at the end of the tour. The tour runs every 30 minutes.

The best way to explore Imizamo Yethu Township on foot

  • The guided Imizamo Yethu Township Walk happens daily and regularly from stop 23 on the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour
  • Tickets to the tour can be bought at the tour office at the V&A Waterfront (stop 1), at the Long Street tour office (stop 5) or online
  • Tickets cost R70 per adult and R35 per child
  • Total tour duration: approx. 40 minutes

Best things to see on the Imizamo Yethu Township Walk

The Imizamo Yethu experience is a unique one as you weave in and around the township homes, learning about the history of Hout Bay's informal settlement and its residents. Explore the Original T-Bag Designs workshop and meet the team of women who turn teabags into curios.

Visit Original T-Bag Designs Workshop

Sit back, relax and enjoy a free cup of tea at Original T-Bag Designs. Who knows what will become of your teabag?

Where does the Imizamo Yethu Township Walk start?

Hop off at stop 23 on the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, where a guide will meet you and walk you to the local office. A guide will also accompany you back to stop 23 at the end of the walking tour.

Best way to explore the city on foot in three different tours

  • All tours are free and operate on a tips-only basis (be nice)
  • Total tour duration: all tours take approximately 90 minutes
  • All tours are guided in English
  • What to wear and bring: You’ll be walking the streets of Cape Town, some cobbled, so wear your comfiest pair of shoes and make sure your camera is fully charged to capture the charm of the city.

The Historic City Walk

You'll hear interesting stories about the city's rich history and heritage – from slavery to the apartheid era and the present day. Tour highlights include Greenmarket Square (where slaves were once sold), City Hall (where Nelson Mandela made his first speech as a free man) and the Company's Garden (home to the Cape's oldest living citizen).
Departure Times:

  • 11am and 4:15pm (depart from the Long Street ticket office)
  • Tour is 90 minutes long.

The Bo-Kaap Walk

The Bo-Kaap is known for its brightly coloured houses – think pink, green, blue and orange. Other tour highlights include Auwal Masjid (the first and oldest mosque in South Africa), the Bo-Kaap Museum and the spicy delights of Cape Malay food.
Departure Times:

  • 2pm and 4.15pm (depart from the Long Street ticket office)
  • Tour is 90 minutes long.

The District Six Walk

Learn about the colourful past of District Six – once a hub for musicians, artists, and "good" and "bad" gangsters. Hear tales of the forced removals and demolision of homes during the apartheid era, as well as the stubborn church and unpopular university campus. See the resettlement of people who once lived in District Six, back in the area – and gain insider knowledge about where to get a bargain breakfast or delicious slice of cake.
Departure Times:

  • 11am and 2pm (depart from the Long Street ticket office)
  • Tour is 90 minutes long.

Best way to visit Cape Point

  • Please note that all sidecar tours are private guided tours and need to be pre-booked
  • Prices for the full-day Cape Point Tour range from R1 550 per person online to R1 725 per person when booking at the tour offices. Daily departures up to 10am with last return time at 6pm
  • Prices for the two-hour Sidecar Experience range from R775 per person online to R860 per person when booking at the tour offices. Daily departures up to 5pm
  • Rates include the sidecar with driver, use of all riding gear (leather jackets, helmets, goggles), complimentary bandanas, fuel and insurance. Toll fees and Cape Point gate entry fees are also included
  • All sidecars can carry up to two passengers, which is also the minimum number of passengers per outing
  • All sidecar passengers are covered by passenger liability insurance of up to R2-million per event
  • All sidecar drivers are fully experienced and qualified tour guides accredited by the South African Department of Tourism

Best things to see on Cape Town Sidecar tours

Both tours offer travellers a wonderfully unique experience with the most incredible views along the way. The full-day Cape Point Tour heads out along the Atlantic Seaboard for a scenic drive along Chapmans Peak Drive to Cape Point, and then back via Simonstown, Boyes Drive and the Constantia Winelands. The two-hour Sidecar Experience explores the nooks and crannies of the city of Cape Town, with a round trip to Signal Hill and a cruise up the West Coast to view Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand.

Cruise the Atlantic Seaboard in a vintage sidecar

The routing is very flexible and can be tailor-made on request, so bring along your must-see and must-do lists. There are plenty of stops along the way to take photos, enjoy the attractions and experience the beauty of the Cape while being the centre of attention in the classic sidecar.

Where do the Cape Town Sidecar tours start?

Our sidecar tours start from either outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at stop 1 or from the Long Street tour office at stop 5. Please book ahead to guarantee your spot and to tell us exactly where you'd like to go so we can customise the tour to your liking.

Best way to visit Cape Town peninsula and surrounds

  • Take advantage of the Bus and Helicopter Combo – buy a one-day red bus ticket and helicopter ride for R2 050 per person or online for R2 020
  • You can also buy your ticket at the tour office at the V&A Waterfront (stop 1) or in Long Street (stop 5). A shuttle will drive you to the helipad at the V&A Waterfront
  • The helicopter experience is a 25-minute flight that takes you 2000ft above sea level

Enjoy a bird eye view of Cape Town

At 2000ft above sea level, there's no hopping off so sit back and enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Mother City and the beautiful Cape Peninsula.

Bring your camera along

Make sure your phone or camera is fully charged to capture the incredible views along the Atlantic Coast and False Bay area.

Where does the Cape Town Bus and Helicopter Combo start?

Go to the tour office at the V&A Waterfront (stop 1) or Long Street (stop 5) and we'll shuttle you to the helipad from there.

All City Sightseeing Cape Town buses are wheelchair-friendly and tour commentary is available in 16 languages, including English, Afrikaans, German, French, Russian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Portuguese, Mandarin, Zulu, Turkish, and Japanese.

There is also a special Kids Club commentary for the younger passengers. For more information, check out their website www.citysightseeing.co.za

There are four bus tours: Red City Tour, Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, Yellow Downtown Tour and Purple Wine Tour.

Children under 5 ride for free (only two kids allowed per paying adult). Children 5-17 pay R90 each.

All tickets bought online are discounted.


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City Sightseeing Cape Town

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.


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