Let’s get tourists on the bus this festive season

This festive season, its going to be more convenient for both visitors to Cape Town and locals to get out and about as MyCiTi has extend its operating hours to shopping centres and beaches.

We all know what Cape Town is like in December – it’s the busiest time of the year with tourists and local fun seekers visiting the beaches, shopping centres, Table Mountain, coastal areas and other popular destinations. Places are busy, but so is traffic.

Using the MyCiTi bus service is more convenient that using a private vehicle. It has a number of routes to local beaches and places of interest like Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront. Let’s encourage visitors to opt for the MyCiTi buses which offer a convenient and scheduled service. Also, part of winding down is not having to drive and do the frustrating hunt for parking.

Locals should also give it a try. Why hassle with congested roads when the buses on the inner-city routes, to Hout Bay and Melkbosstrand will drop you off within walking distance of your destination.

Taking a MyCiti to the beach

myciti service has extended service over the festive season
There will be more MyCiti buses on route to beaches on expected busy days this festive season

On 16, 25, 26, 27 and 31 December 2016, as well as on 1 and 2 January 2017. There will be more buses on routes to and from the Civic Centre station and Camps Bay (Route 107), Hout Bay and town via Sea Point (Route 108), and between Table View, the Blouberg beachfront and Melkbosstrand (Route 217).

The main routes along the Atlantic Seaboard are notorious for bumper-to-bumper traffic during and limited on-street parking the festive season. An alternative is for people to park in the vicinity of the Civic Centre station in the CBD and take a MyCiTi bus to Sea Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay.

Using MyCiti on New Years Eve 

The MyCiTi service will operate late into the night to accommodate those who want to celebrate New Year’s Eve at popular spots around the city. It is a safe and hassle-free option with additional buses operating between 21:30 and 02:00 on selected routes and at intervals of 20 to 30 minutes.

The last bus will leave the Waterfront to Table View and Usasaza (T01) at 01:00; from the Civic Centre to Camps Bay (Route 107) at 01:00; from the Table View station to Melkbosstrand (Route 217) at 01:00; and from the Table View station to Parklands (Route 214) at 02:00.

Later morning schedules

The MyCiTi schedules will also be adjusted to cater for quieter morning and afternoon peak-hour periods due to the annual holiday period as from Monday 19 December 2016 to Friday 6 January 2017.

How to use the MyCiTi

‘Those wanting to make use of the MyCiTi service must please remember to buy a myconnect card and load Mover points on their cards as we do not accept cash on the buses,’ said Councillor Herron.

Those with queries can phone the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63, or can visitwww.myciti.org.za for detailed timetables.