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Cape Town Taxi

Cape Town Taxi General Information and Tips


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Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


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Taxis in Cape Town

Cape Town taxis are easy to get and they offer reliable transfers around the city. Official taxis feature the company logo and they usually print their fares on the taxi doors. Locals and visitors in the South African metropolis can pick up a ride at the designated taxi ranks, mainly located in the city centre. You can also book a taxi in advance via the telephone or a mobile app. Although hailing down taxis in the street is not recommended, you can explore this option too. Apart from the standard Cape Town taxis, locals also use the so-called minibus taxis, which are shared minibuses that operate on semi-regulated routes and pick up passengers on the side of the road. Taxis are also available at Cape Town Airport for a smooth transfer to the city centre.


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
12 €
12 €
12 MIN
35 €
35 €
41 MIN
5 €
5 €
10 MIN
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Cape Town Taxi Prices

Taxi prices in Cape Town are affordable and they differ slightly depending on the company. All taxi services in Cape Town are metered, so the final fare is calculated based on the duration and distance of your ride. The base fare for a taxi transfer in Cape Town is €1 (RAD 20) and the price per km ranges from €0.5-0.6 (RAD 10-12). With most taxi operators, fares are similar during day and night.

Base Fare – €1 (RAD 20)

Minimum Rate / km – €0.5 (RAD 10)

The final fare can be higher when travelling with heavy luggage or during the holidays. Also, note that with Uber Cape Town taxi services, fares can be significantly higher during high demand.

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How to get a Taxi in Cape Town

Getting a taxi in Cape Town is simple particularly if you decide to call one in advance. Since getting a taxi on the road is not recommended, it is always advisable to book with an official taxi company via telephone or mobile app. Official vehicles feature a company logo and they are usually in a better condition than unofficial providers. Rikkis, Marine Taxis and Intercab offer call-out taxi services for your transfer in Cape Town.

Minibus taxis are also quite popular with a number of locals in Cape Town. These shared taxi services are cheaper than standard taxis, but their operation is not fully regulated, and you may find it challenging to get around the city using one. Drivers shout out their route as they pass by busy spots and you can hail one to ask for a ride.

Book your Cape Town Taxi Transfer in Advance

Cape Town is a bustling city offering a plethora of transport options that can, however, be overcrowded and frustrating at times. By prebooking a ride, you make sure the driver picks you up at your selected location, while offering a private and timely service. Welcome Pickups offers fixed fares, enhanced safety regulations and a comfortable journey in Cape Town.

Cape Town Taxi Tips

  1. Make sure you either agree in advance on a fare with your driver or you pay the amount indicated by the taximeter.
  2. Avoid hailing down a cab in the street, as not all taxi drivers work for official transfer companies.
  3. Taxis in Cape Town are usually in very high demand, so you can make sure to get one in time by booking in advance.
  4. You can find a taxi rank at the majority of popular city centre attractions. Cape Town taxi ranks are regulated and you should only pick up a taxi from official locations.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Cape Town

Regular taxis as well as minibus taxis in Cape Town cannot accommodate passengers using a wheelchair on board. As vehicle space is limited, you can only store foldable wheelchairs and mobility trolleys in the trunk during the ride. Some Cape Town taxi companies have a wheelchair-accessible taxi fleet with hydraulic lifts and other accessibility features. You can book with Rikkis, Travel with Rene or Care Transport.

Cape Town Taxi Safety and Complaints

Getting around Cape Town with a taxi is a safe transport option. To make sure you have a pleasant ride, always book in advance with official taxi companies and refrain from hailing down a cab in the street. Agreeing on the fare before the ride and paying the amount shown on the taximeter is a good tip for a smooth ride. If you want to contact the taxi company after your transfer, you can find all necessary details on the receipt.

Frequently asked questions

How much do taxis cost in Cape Town?

Taxi services in Cape Town are quite affordable. You can expect the base fare to be €1 (RAD 20) and the price per km to be a minimum of €0.5 (RAD 10). A city centre ride should cost around €5 (RAD 96).

Are taxis safe in South Africa?

Taxis in South Africa offer a safe and comfortable journey. Choose an official taxi company and book in advance to avoid frustration. Although minibus taxis are popular particularly in Cape Town, it is not recommended to use one as they are shared and their operation is not fully regulated.

Is Uber safe in Cape Town?

Getting around the city of Cape Town with Uber is a safe transport option. Bear in mind that getting a taxi with Uber can be hard at times due to the increased demand, which leads to higher fares.

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