Getting around Cape Town quicker, easier and safer is one of the key legacies that the 2010 FIFA World Cup will leave behind, and create a paradigm shift in how Capetonians move around town. It’s called … Public Transport.
For every person that comes to Cape Town for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and has a ticket to the stadium, there will be at least one other person without a ticket, who’s just coming for the vibe (or gees – spirit – as we South Africans call it). The City of Cape Town’s stand on this is ‘No ticket? No problem!’ – everyone’s in for a wonderful time, inside or outside the stadium.
Along a similar vein, we’d like to extend that idea to ‘No car? No problem!’ as getting around Cape Town has never been easier than it will be during – and after – the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
So exactly what’s on offer, public transport-wise, during the World Cup and beyond to take you to and from the Cape Town Central City?
Existing regular services: Cape Metrorail forms the backbone of the transport system, serving 119 rail stations. Train tickets may be purchased from the ticket offices at all stations prior to the journey and will be checked at the beginning and end of each trip. Monthly, weekly, or daily return tickets are available.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- Rail services will operate from 4 June until 16 July with normal services supplemented by additional trains, all operational every day until 02h00.
- A match ticket to the Cape Town Stadium provides free rail transport on the relevant day into the Central City before kick-off and on the return trip after the match.
- Of the 119 rail stations throughout the Cape Peninsula, 26 have been selected as special World Cup Rail Stations for the World Cup. Located conveniently close to accommodation nodes and covering the entire metropolitan area, these stations will be clearly signposted. They will also have event information, branding to make them easily identifiable, and additional security to match the extended rail service times.
- Park-and-Ride facilities (please see the large map xxxxxx) have been developed at ten of these stations. (Please also see ‘Park-and-Ride’ further on in this article.)
Existing regular services: Golden Arrow Bus Services provides bus transport within the metropolitan area. Tickets for single trips can be bought upon boarding the bus with cash in local currency. Please ensure you have small change as the driver might not always be able to assist. If you plan multiple bus journeys, a weekly ticket or ‘clip card’ may be purchased at the ticket offices at a discounted rate. Assistants with brightly-coloured bibs will be able to assist you at the terminus as to what bus will be departing to your area.
Throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- An airport-to-city service will run between the newly completed Cape Town International Airport and the Civic Centre Bus Station. This will be operational between 20 and 24 hours a day at a cost of R50 one way. It will depart every six to 30 minutes, depending on demand.
- An Inner-City bus service (please see the map xxxxx) will provide convenient transport to hotels, accommodation nodes, restaurants, entertainment areas, parking areas, and places of interest within the Cape Town Central City. Each journey will cost R8, and buses will depart every 10 to 30 minutes and operate between 20 and 24 hours a day.
- The Queens Beach bus service will travel between the Civic Centre Bus Station and Queens Beach in Sea Point via the Waterfront and will operate until 02h00. The cost of the journey will be based on the distance travelled, and services will operate at regular intervals.
On Match Days at the Cape Town Stadium:
- A free shuttle bus service for match ticket holders will run between the Civic Centre Bus Station and Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. This return service will operate from six hours before kick-off until four hours after the final whistle, with buses departing as often as every three minutes depending on demand.
- A free bus service will also operate from the Park-and-Ride facility on the University of Cape Town’s Upper Campus in Rondebosch to the Civic Centre Bus Station. This will be in operation from four hours before kick-off until four hours after final whistle. (Please also see ‘Park-and-Ride’ further on in this article.)
- The Hout Bay service will run from Hout Bay to the Civic Centre Bus Station along the Atlantic Seaboard via Camps Bay, Sea Point and Cape Town Stadium. This will operate from four hours before kick-off until 02h00. A fare-based service, the cost of the journey will be based on the distance travelled, and buses will depart at regular intervals.
- On match days, Golden Arrow will provide an extended service from the Golden Acre bus terminus in town, next to the Grand Parade (the venue of the Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest).
PARK-AND-RIDE ON MATCH DAYS
There will be no general spectator parking available at the Cape Town Stadium or in its immediate surrounding neighbourhoods (eg De Waterkant, Green Point, and Three Anchor Bay). Parking in the Cape Town Central City is also severely limited. All spectators are advised and indeed encouraged to use the identified park-and-ride facilities outside the Central City, which will take them either to the Cape Town Rail Station or the Civic Centre Bus Station. From here they can then either take the free shuttle bus service to the Cape Town Stadium, or walk the easy 2.5km pedestrian route along the Host City Cape Town Fan Walk (via Waterkant, Somerset and main Road, Green Point to the Stadium).
Ten rail and three bus Park-and-Ride facilities will operate during the World Cup. These venues will be clearly signposted and will have dedicated security measures in place, as well as volunteers ready to assist with queries. (Please see map XXXXXX)
Rail Park-and-Ride Facilities (parking for transfer to rail) are available at:
- Fishhoek – beach parking
- Ottery – parking at Youth Care Centre;
- Retreat – parking at station;
- Claremont – on Palmyra Road, east of the station;
- Goodwood – parking at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World;
- Century City – parking at Ratanga Junction with a shuttle service to the station;
- Oosterzee – parking at Settlers High School;
- Brackenfell – parking at station;
- Kuilsrivier – parking at station;
- Strand – parking at municipal building opposite the station.
The Park-and-Ride facilities at the rail stations listed above will be operational throughout the full duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup month, and security will be in place until after the last train has departed.
Bus Park-and-Ride Facilities (parking for transfer to bus) are available at:
- Hout Bay – parking at Kronendal Primary School sports field off Andrews Rd;
- Camps Bay – parking at Camps Bay High School sports field in Maiden’s Cove off Victoria Rd;
- Rondebosch – University of Cape Town’s Upper Campus.
The three bus-based Park-and Ride facilities listed above will be operational on the eight Cape Town match days only, from six hours before kick-off until about four hours after the final whistle.
Minibus and metered taxis of course make up an important component of our public transport system. Minibus taxis, although unscheduled, run frequently and conveniently with numerous stops. Payment is by cash with local currency when boarding. Reputable metered taxis, clearly display a roof light denoting ‘Taxi’ and fares must be openly displayed on the vehicle and calculated per metered kilometer.
By FOOT OR BICYCLE
Thanks to the infrastructure that forms part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup legacy, new pedestrian-prioritized roads and bicycle tracks have sprung up around the Central City, particularly along Waterkant Street, Somerset Road and around the new Stadium precinct, linking up to the popular long-standing cycle and walking routes along the Atlantic Seaboard. The Host City Cape Town Fan Walk follows part of this route.
INFORMATION ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
This information is available 24/7 on the TRANSPORT INFORMATION CENTRE’S TOLL-FREE NUMBER 0800 65 64 63. The service is foreigner-friendly as well: staff are on hand to deal with queries in all the official FIFA languages. A PUBLIC TRANSPORT ROUTE FINDER is also available on www.capetown.gov.za/transportinfo
Detailed METRORAIL TRAIN TIMETABLES are available either from the Transport Information Centre’s toll-free number (as above) or via www.capemetrorail.co.za
GOLDEN ARROW BUS SERVICES: information on schedules, fares and ticket offices is available on the toll-free number 0800 6465 64 63.