Living loud with Liezel: My love affair with public transport

Living loud with Liezel: My love affair with public transport
By Liezel van der Westhuizen

By Liezel van der Westhuizen

The one thing I love about living in Cape Town is the ease of access of getting around the city and surrounds if you don’t own a car. I spent the past month on a mission to see how much public transport I could use, not making use of my bicycle or a car in the process.
So I compiled a list of options to make it easy for you to get around.

Minibus Taxi
This is one of my favorites, as they can be hailed almost anywhere and at anytime. (I even caught one at 5am in the morning to get to work.) This certainly is one of the cheapest options to get around. The one problem I did have was that I wasn’t able to get to Camps Bay, as they don’t regularly run in that direction. I didn’t seem to be the only one with that problem as there were a few people standing on the side of the round in Green Point wanting to get to Camps Bay,

Buses
MyCiTi Bus Service covers an extensive route around the city, including Woodstock, Gardens and to Blouberg as well as to the airport. I love traveling with MyCiTi Bus. The service runs from 6am until 7pm on weekdays and 7am till 9.30pm on weekends. My only complaint is that you need a card before you can travel, and cards can only be purchased at certain points. However, once you have a card, access is easy. (Visit www.capetown.gov.za/en/MyCiti.)
A lot of my friends make use of Golden Arrow, and I often do as well. It’s very easy to use and their website is very up to date. Having provided scheduled passenger services in Cape Town for over 150 years, they serve 1300 routes, covering a total area of approximately 2460 Km² in metropolitan Cape Town. However it doesn’t move within the city. The main bus terminal is on Strand Street opposite Cape Town Railway station. (Visit gabs.co.za.)

Taxi
This is a great option for a night out on the town and you don’t want to drive. My only gripe is that it isn’t the cheapest option, so always get a quote before you book a taxi. (Here are a list of options that I tried out: Rikki’s taxi – 0861745547; Marine cabs – 021 4340434; Intercab – 021 44 777 99‎; Excite Taxis -021 448 4444; Kwikcabs – 021424 2222)

Trains
This is a favorite of mine and I use it when I go surfing in Muizenberg as there’s space to bring your surfboard onboard. It is also bicycle friendly
My only complaint is that it isn’t safe at night, but for daytime use it is fantastic. The main Metrorail (0800 65 64 63) station is at Adderley Street in the CBD, and moves through almost all the suburbs in Cape Town and surrounds.
(Visit www.capemetrorail.co.za.)