Later this year, the City of Cape Town will introduce the next step in MyCiTi’s automated fare collection system, meaning you will be charged a fare based on the distance you travel, instead of a flat fare regardless of travelling a long or a short distance.
This is how it will work.
Fares will be calculated from where passengers first tap in with their myconnect cards on boarding a bus or entering a station, to where they tap out at their final destination. It is for this reason that we ask all passengers to please use their own myconnect cards when travelling, and also why it is so important to tap in and to tap out.
The City introduced the myconnect card payment system a while back, and asked passengers since March this year to tap in and out when entering or leaving the system. Paper tickets are now no longer used on any of the routes, as the card payment system brings with it functional benefits such as distance-based fares.
But there are also other benefits. For example, you will now be able make multiple transfers between routes, all as part of the same trip. Passengers can also exit at any stop or station for up to 45 minutes before continuing the journey (in the same direction), and only pay a single fare, provided there is less than two hours between the first tap in and the last tap in. So for example you can now leave a station to buy a cup of coffee and re-enter the station without being double charged.
Another benefit is the ability to offer discounted travel fares for people who travel outside of weekday peak hours. This will also include journeys undertaken on weekends and public holidays. This is done through the use of travel packages, which will be available in denominations of R80, R100, R150, R200, R400, R600 and R1000.
If you load these travel packages onto your myconnect card, MyCiTi will be able to offer you discounted travel of 20%. Another advantage to using travel packages is that the 2.5% load fee falls away and these packages remain valid on the card for three years.
These are just some of the ways that the City of Cape Town is striving to bring you a world class public transport system.