In major cities around the world, open-top bus tours are often the best way to see the main attractions in a day. Cape Town has so much to offer that the biggest open-top bus tour company, City Sightseeing, has two different tours on offer.

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The City Sightseeing Bus red route in Cape Town takes visitors around the city centre and Atlantic seaboard, while the blue route covers the peninsula and areas beyond the city bowl.

The beauty of the City Sightseeing Bus is that you can hop-on and off at the various stops, using the same ticket, allowing you to choose which attractions you want to explore and how long you wish to spend at each.

The tours depart from the V&A Waterfront, where the ticket office is based. You can also catch the bus at the various stops along the routes.

The red route includes attractions such as District Six, the Bo-Kaap, the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Table Mountain, Camps Bay, Clifton and Sea Point.

The blue route includes Hout Bay, Constantia and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

The tours include commentary in 16 different languages, with options for both adults and children. The commentary is triggered by a GPS system, ensuring that content is delivered precisely on time.

A feel-good aspect of the City Sightseeing Bus tours are that the company offsets its carbon emissions by contributing to tree planting schemes, making the operation carbon neutral.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

City Sightseeing Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 511 6000

What will it cost

Adults R150, children (between five and 15) R70, kids under five free. Valid on day of purchase only. You can buy your ticket at the City Sightseeing Tour Office at the V&A Waterfront or online.

Length of stay

Plan for at least half a day.

What to pack

Sunscreen, hat, water and comfortable walking shoes.

What to eat

You’ll find all sorts of dining options at the different stops.

Best buys

Many of the attractions en route have their own gift shops where you can buy souvenirs and curios.

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