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Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Key Highlights

  • The Hop-On, Hop-Off tour allows you to plan your own perfect Cape Town Sightseeing itinerary
  • More than 30 convenient stop insure that you see the best of Cape Town
  • The V & A Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway and Camps Bay Beach are just a few of the exciting stop along the route.
  • The 2-day hop-on, hop-off ticket includes a canal cruise, a wine tour, a night tour and a walking tour
  • Onboard commentary insures that you don’t miss a thing
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    The ticket is valid for 1 and 2 Day after first use.

    Start time

    Red Route: Buses depart between 8:40am to 4:45pm; every 20 minutes
    Blue Route: Buses depart between 9:00am to 3:25pm; every 25-35 minutes
    Purple Route: Buses depart between 9:55am to 4:25pm; every 30 minutes
    Yellow Route: Buses depart between 9:05am to 5:51pm; every 30 minutes
    The Historic City Walk: 11:00am & 4:15pm
    The Bo-Kaap Walk: 2:00pm & 4:15pm
    District 6 Walk: 11:00am & 2:00pm
    Red City Tour: Approximately 120 minutes including Free Yellow Downtown Tour
    District 6 Walk: 90 minutes
    The Historic City Walk: 90 minutes
    The Bo-Kaap Walk: 60 minutes

    Meeting Point

    The Hop-On Hop-Off tour starts from V & A Waterfront, outside Two Oceans Aquarium. You may, however, board the bus from any of the stop points.
    Free Yellow Downtown Tour: Stop 5, Long Street Tour Office.
    Free Purple Wine Bus Tour: Stop 21, Constantia Nek.
    Walking tours: Stop 5, Long Street Tour Office.

    Ending Point

    You can get off the bus at any of the stop points

  • Overview & Itinerary


    The Cape Town hop-on hop-off tour introduces you to the sights and attractions of the city that effortlessly blends spectacular natural beauty with the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban centre. Enjoy this unique sightseeing experience in Cape Town on board a London-style open top double-decker bus. Experience the convenience of hopping on and off at any designated stop and exploring Cape Town at your own pace. Your hop-on, hop-off ticket is valid for 1 day or 2 days, as per your choice.

    See the exotic World of Birds and marvel at the V & A Waterfront ambience. See the museums and gain an insight into the history of the peninsula and the apartheid era.

    With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Cape Town.

    Your 2-day ticket comes with a canal cruise, a wine tour, a night tour and a walking tour.


    On this Hop-On Hop-Off tour, you have the freedom to plan your own sightseeing itinerary. Your hop-on, hop-off ticket has two validity options - 1-day ticket or 2-day ticket.

    The 2-day ticket also includes a canal cruise, a wine bus tour, a night tour and a walking tour.

    Your ticket allows you unlimited use, meaning you can hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like at any of the designated stops.

    The hop-on hop-off tour bus takes four routes.

    Download the tour route map

    Walking Tour:
    You can enjoy 1 of the 2 walking tours for free with a 2 day ticket. These two tours departing from Stop 5, Long Street Tour Office.

    The Historic City Walk: The Historic City Walk takes you to places such as the City Hall, where Mr. Nelson Mandela made his first speech as a free man, as well as a walk down to Tuynhuys to learn about the Dutch era and slavery – with a stop in the garden by the old tree, which is 362 years old. It also includes a stop by the benches in front of Cape High Court where your guide will talk about the Classification Act and the Separation Act before making your way onto the Slave Lodge and the Eastern Food Bazaar. The tour departs at 11am.

    Highlights include:
    • St Georges Cathedral – hear about Desmond Tutu
    • The Parliament and presidents house – the land of many capitals
    • The Old Strand and Old Mutual Building – African style architecture and where the beach used to be
    • City Hall – where Mandela gave his world famous speech
    • Green Market Square
    • The Parade and the Castle of Good Hope
    • The flower Market – meet South Africa’s National flower “in person”
    • The Slave Lodge – where thousands of slaves were kept
    • Company Gardens with probably the world’s oldest pear tree and the begging squirrels

    The Bo-Kaap Walk: The Bo-Kaap walk takes you along the cobbled streets of Bo-Kaap through the beautiful, brightly coloured houses where you will learn about the history of the Muslim population and see Cape Town’s first Mosque. You will hear about the popular Cape Malay food and even be advised on where to soak up some of Cape Town’s enticing nightlife. The tour starts at 3pm.

    The Bo-Kaap is an area formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is quintessentially a Township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town.

    Highlights include:
    • Greenmarket Square - filled with African art, drums, cloths, jewellery, great coffee shops
    • Cape Malay Quarter Hills
    • Auwal Masjid – the first Mosque in Cape Town
    • Colourful Houses
    • Cobbled Streets
    • Cape Malay food
    • Bo-Kaap Museum

    Harbour Cruise (Only available with the 2-day ticket): Departs every 30 minutes from 9:00am to 5:00pm from V & A Waterfront

    You may choose to conclude this tour at any of the stops mentioned above as per your convenience.

    With your 2-day hop-on, hop-off ticket you can also be a part of Cape Town Night Tour. There is nothing quite like Cape Town on a warm summers evening. With the smell of the ocean on the breeze and Table Mountain lit up as a spectacular back drop - the Night Tour allows you to experience a whole new side of the city.

    The Night Tour departs daily from Two Oceans Aquarium at 6pm (1 Nov to 7 March) and 5:30pm (9 March - 3 May).

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 1 or 2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off ticket (Option based)
    • Ticket includes all four routes (Red, Yellow, Blue & Purple Routes)
    • Afrikaans, Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Zulu, Mandarin, Turkish and Special Kids Commentary
    • 3 Walking Tours
    • Free Night Tour (Oct-Apr) - With 2 Day ticket only
    • Canal Cruise (With 2 Day ticket only)


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Entrance fee
    • Food and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Your booking voucher can be exchanged for your Hop-On Hop-Off ticket at any one of the stops. Simply choose the stop which you wish to start from and present your voucher to the driver who will exchange it for a ticket that will be valid for 1 and 2 days from that time.

    The route of the hop-on, hop-off tour is subject to change.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Your voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking.

    The tour bus has a low floor with extendable ramps and wheelchair space. Passengers do not need to walk up steps to board the bus. Wheelchairs can also be can be collapsed down and stored on the bus.

    Cape Town Tour will be operating throughout the festive season. The red and yellow tours will not operate on 2nd January for the Ministral carnival. The sunset bus will not operate from 25th December to 4th January 2016.

  • Reviews
    • Fabulous view of the city! I loved the views from the blue route especially! Such a great deal too! Table Mtn cable tour a MUST on a clear day...

      M L Dobberteen
    • Good value

      Good value and interesting routes,queuing at long st needs to be improved...

      martin k walker
    • Everything you need to see Cape Town

      The two day ticket we had was great value the staff on buses so pleasant and very helpful great experience....

      David Pratt
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