What is it? Hop on Hop off bus

Hop on Hop off busses are found across 6 continents and operate in over a 100 cities such as San Francisco, Rome, London and Cape Town. It is one of the most cost effective, easy going ways to explore a city. In January 2013 Johannesburg, South Africa will be adding the service to this city with 4 buses running along selected routes.

Cape Town, South Africa has successfully offered a hop on hop off bus service for a number of years now. The bus makes beaches and many attractions more accessible to tourists and locals alike. Taking a cab or private tour can get pricey, and often you are limited to a time period, a specific day or route. Using the hop on hop off bus, however gives you some flexibility and power over your own itinerary. You will not be rushed into leaving an interesting spot, because ‘the tour must go on’.

Bus on the way to Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town

Bus on the way to Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town

There are two routes in Cape Town: the Red City Tour and the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour. Both Tours depart from the vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The waterfront is the old Cape Town harbor which was converted into a lively mall with hundreds of stores, restaurants and other attractions.

Tour commentary is conducted in English, Afrikaans, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Zulu, Mandarin, Turkish and special commentary is given for children.

Cape Town Hop on Hop Off Bus

Cape Town Hop on Hop Off Bus

City Sightseeing is also the first carbon neutral bus company in South Africa.

The Red City Tour

The circular tour stops in 17 different places within the city, including the Table Mountain Cableway. It passes some of Cape Town’s top beaches such as Camps Bay and Clifton and suburbs such as Sea Point and Green Point. Attractions such as the Gold Museum and District Six are definitely worth a hop off.

Bus frequency between stops:

Summer: 15 minutes

Winter: 20 minutes

Starting at 9:00am daily, year round

The Blue Mini Peninsula Tour

This tour ventures further out with 13 stops beyond the city. It is a super way to visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, World of Birds and Monkey Jungle, Imizamo Yethu (a township walking tour – optional), Mariner’s Bay and Camps Bay Beach.

Bus frequency between stops:

Summer: 35 minutes

Winter: 45 minutes

Starting at 9:00am daily, year round

Hints and tips:

  • Look on the back of your ticket for special discounts
  • Keep your ticket, you may be able to use it for a 10% discount on other hop on hop off city tours in any of the 100 cities around the world where the bus service is offered
  • Look out for combo deals such as bus and boat or bus and helicopter. You can purchase these with your bus ticket at a reduced price.
  • Check for seasonal deals when you book such as a free wine tour in Constantia with the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour or a free city walk tour with the Red City Tour.
  • If you think you need more time on one route then book a two day pass, it’s cheaper and you get a free deal such as a free canal tour.
  • Ask about the Go Cape Town card where you can bundle your bus ticket and other attractions such as entrance tickets to Two Oceans Aquarium and Table Mountain Cape Car for extra savings.
  • Children are most welcome and will receive a free activity book.

Purchasing tickets:

You can either purchase them online at http://www.citysightseeing.co.za/;

At the ticket office outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or;

On the bus as you hop on.

Purchasing on line tickets offers the best savings.

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Author: Principle writer – Celeste Wilson

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