Cape Town City Pass

What’s the Cape Town City Pass?

The Cape Town City Pass is the official sightseeing pass of the South African capital. It is issued by Cape Town Tourism in cooperation with the company iVenture.

With the Cape Town City Pass you can visit a wide range of attractions free of charge and also use Hop-on Hop-off buses. Among the included attractions are the cable car at Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Two Oceans Aquarium.

However, there is not the one Cape Town City Pass. Rather, there are three versions of this pass, which are very different:

1 Unlimited Pass

The most popular version is the so-called Unlimited Pass. With this pass you can visit as many attractions as you want free of charge within 2, 3 or 5 days. There are more than 50 attractions to choose from. You will receive a discount for about 20 additional offers. You can use the Hop-on Hop-off bus for the entire duration of the pass.

The Unlimited Pass is first choice for most buyers.

2 Premium Pass

This is the luxury version of the Cape Town City Pass. The Premium Pass is valid for 3 or 5 days. It includes all the attractions of the Unlimited Pass. In addition, you can visit one of 11 premium attractions that would be particularly expensive if purchased individually. These include White Shark Cage Diving or Paragliding.

The Premium Pass is suitable if you are interested in one premium attraction.

3 Explorer Pass

The Explorer Pass is a greatly reduced version of the Cape Town City Pass. This version is only valid for one day and you can choose 3 of 12 attractions which you can visit for free. In addition, you can use the Hop-on Hop-off buses for one day.

You can buy the Cape Town City Pass online and then either save it on your smartphone or print it out yourself. Either way, the pass is ready for use immediately after purchase. You simply show your individual barcode at the participating attractions and off you go.

Note: The Cape Town City Pass is also known as iVenture Card Cape Town or iVenture City Pass, as the pass has been developed in cooperation with the company iVenture and the Cape Town Tourism Office. It is the same product.

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How Much Does the Cape Town Pass Cost?

The following table gives an overview of the prices for adults:

Exchange rate: GBP 1.00 corresponds to about 22 South African Rand. That means, the three days valid Unlimited Pass for R1.495 costs about GBP 67.

Children between 4 and 17 years pay a little less for the Cape Town City Pass:

For children under 4 years of age, a city pass is not worthwhile under any circumstances – however, admission fees may still be charged for the participating attractions.

What’s Included in the Cape Town Pass?

The following table contains an overview of the included attractions. The following applies to each version of the Cape Town City Pass:

Unlimited Pass: Choose from 70+ offers, which you can use for free or with a discount. Visit as many attractions as you can manage in 2, 3 or 5 days.

Premium Pass: Choose from 70+ offers that you can use for free or with a discount. Visit as many attractions as you can in 3 or 5 days. Additionally, choose one of 11 premium attractions.

Explorer Pass: Choose 3 out of 12 attractions that you can visit in one day. You can also use the Hop-on Hop-off buses on the same day.

Last updated: 03/2020

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The prices in the table are online prices. Some of them are cheaper than at the box office. A complete and up-to-date list of all attractions included in the Cape Town City Pass can be found on the official website.

When you purchase the city pass, you will receive a travel brochure containing important information about all participating attractions, including contact details for a possible reservation. You can either download the brochure digitally or pick it up in physical form at an iVenture Info Center in Cape Town.

Our Assessment of the Included Attractions

The Cape Town City Pass includes almost all the major sights and attractions of Cape Town. You can take the cable car up Table Mountain, use the Hop-on Hop-off buses, join bike tours, walking tours and wine tastings and visit many museums.

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The city pass includes almost all the top attractions Cape Town has to offer – including the Ferris wheel at the Waterfront.

Only a trip to Robben Island, the prison island, is not included in the Cape Town City Pass. For the ferry crossing and the guided tour on the island you would have to buy a separate ticket.

The Cape Town City Pass also does not allow you to use public transport – although tourists do not use local buses very often anyway.

Please note: On many trips and guided tours, you cannot just turn up whenever it suits you. Instead, you have to reserve a date in advance. Reservations are usually made by telephone or e-mail. You can find information on the official website and in the travel brochure that you receive with your purchase.

Information About the Hop-on Hop-off Bus

You can reach many attractions with the Hop-on Hop-off buses. With the Unlimited Pass, the Premium Pass and the Explorer Pass, you can use them as long as your pass is valid – up to five days.

Four routes are available:

  • City Tour to Table Mountain (red) – 11 stops, every 15 minutes
  • Mini Peninsula Tour (blue) – 14 stops, every 20 minutes
  • Wine Tour (wine red) – 3 stops, every 20 minutes
  • Downtown City Tour (orange) – 7 stops, every 15 minutes

The timetables for all routes can be found here. Audio guides in 15 languages are available on all buses to give you lots of information about the sights of Cape Town.

Tip: If you don’t buy a city pass, but single tickets for the Hop-on Hop-off buses, some attractions are included in the tickets free of charge. This is especially true for the longer valid tickets for two or three days. With these tickets you can join a free walking tour as well as the Harbour Cruise or Canal Cruise.

Validity of the Cape Town City Pass

After purchase you have up to six months to activate the Cape Town City Pass. Activation takes place as soon as you use the pass at the first attraction. After that, the pass is valid for one or more days, depending on the version:

  • Explorer Pass: 1 calendar day
  • Unlimited Pass: 2, 3 or 5 consecutive calendar days
  • Premium Pass: 3 or 5 consecutive calendar days

These are explicitly calendar days, not 24-hour units. This means that if you activate your 3-day pass on a Monday, it is valid up to and including Wednesday. Therefore, you should start your sightseeing on the first day in the morning to make the most of the day.

Is the Unlimited Pass Worth it?

The longer the Unlimited Pass is valid, the more worthwhile it is, because the purchase price per day decreases with increasing duration:

  • 2-day pass: R1,295 = R647 per day
  • 3-day pass: R1,495 = R498 per day
  • 5-day pass: R1,695 = R339 per day

Those who stay longer in Cape Town will therefore find the price-performance ratio of the city pass more attractive. Because with the 5-day pass you only have to visit attractions worth R339 (approx. GBP 15.00) every day to recoup the purchase price.

But also the 3-day Cape Town Unlimited Pass can be worthwhile. We would like to show this with the following example. This is what a 3-day itinerary with the Unlimited Pass could look like:

Day 1

  • Table Mountain cable car (morning): R360
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden: R75
  • Sunset Champaign Cruise: R405

You start the first day at Cape Town’s landmark – Table Mountain. You reach it with the Hop-on Hop-off buses. They take you to the valley station of the cable car, which you can use free of charge with the Cape Town City Pass. After you have strolled around up there, you can go down again.

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With the Unlimited Pass you can take the cable car up Table Mountain.

Later the buses also take you to the other side of Table Mountain, to the Botanical Garden in Kirstenbosch. In the evening you could join a champagne boat trip at sunset.

Day 2

  • Cape Wheel Ferris Wheel: R155
  • Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art: R200
  • Two Oceans Aquarium: R185

The second day is dedicated to the V&A Waterfront. But you don’t just need to go shopping all day, because around the mall there are some of the most popular attractions of the city: The Two Oceans Aquarium, the Zeitz Museum and the Ferris wheel, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view over the harbour. All three attractions are within walking distance of each other.

Day 3

  • LaGuGu Township Tour: R280
  • Groot Constantia Wine Tasting: R115

On the last day you could take part in a township tour, which is carried out by City Sightseeing. This way you will get to know the difficult living conditions in a South African township. In the afternoon you leave Cape Town on the Hop-on Hop-off buses and change to the Wine Route to take part in a tasting at a winery.

In this example, you will visit attractions worth R1,775. You can also use the Hop-on Hop-off buses for three days. These alone would cost R400 when purchased separately. So the total value of your sightseeing is R2,175.

The purchase price of the city pass, on the other hand, is only R1,495. Your savings are R680 or about GPB 31.00.

Cape Town Table Mountain

The Unlimited City Pass is especially worthwhile for 3 or 5 days if you visit two or more attractions a day.

This program should be easy to do within three days. If you are a bit faster on the road and like to stay on your feet longer, you can do more sightseeing. If you want to take it easy, we recommend the five-day city pass, as you have more time for the programme, but only have to pay R200 more.

Conclusion: The Unlimited Pass is worthwhile for three or five days if you visit two to three attractions every day and also use the Hop-on Hop-off buses.

Is the Premium Pass Worth it?

Only if you are interested in the Unlimited Pass, should you consider whether the Premium Pass might be right for you. If the Unlimited Pass is of no use to you, the Premium Pass won’t be either, as it is based on the Unlimited Pass.

The Premium Pass can be worthwhile if you want to visit one of the 11 premium attractions. A single ticket for this attraction should be more expensive than the extra charge for the Premium Pass.

  • 3-day Premium: R1,500 extra charge compared to Unlimited Pass
  • 5-day Premium: R1,500 extra charge compared to Unlimited Pass

Please note: Not all premium attractions are more expensive than R1.500. In this case the Premium Pass is not worthwhile.

Also note that with the Premium Pass you only have 3 or 5 days available. The same amount of time as with the Unlimited Pass – however, you have to visit the additional premium attraction in the same time. Therefore you will probably get less of the other sightseeing done.

Conclusion: The premium version can be worthwhile if the attraction you want to visit is particularly expensive but does not take up much time.

Is the Explorer Pass Worth it?

The Explorer version is a kind of trial pass. It can be worthwhile if you only want to do a little sightseeing or if you only have a day. On this one day you should make extensive use of the Hop-on Hop-off buses and visit three attractions – only then is the Explorer Pass worthwhile.

The attractions you choose should also be rather expensive. For example, the Explorer Pass for R485 is worthwhile for the following itinerary:

  • 1 day Hop-on Hop-off bus: R235
  • Cape Wheel Ferris Wheel: R155
  • Seal Colony boat trip: R90
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden: R75

In this case, you will use services worth R555. Your savings amount to R70 or the equivalent of about GPB 3.00. For other attractions the savings could be a little higher, but will always be less than GBP 8.00.

Conclusion: The Explorer Pass is worthwhile if you only have one day and you choose three of the more expensive attractions.

Where Can You Get the Cape Town Pass?

You can buy the pass on the official Cape Town City Pass website. On this site you can only pay by credit card (VISA or Mastercard).

An alternative website is Get Your Guide. There you will get the Cape Town City Pass for the same price, but you can use additional payment methods. However, the Explorer version is not available at Get Your Guide. You’ll only be able to buy the Unlimited Pass and the Premium Pass.

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You can buy the Cape Town City Pass online and then immediately use it on your smartphone or print it out.

After the purchase you will receive your city pass by e-mail. This e-mail contains a barcode that is scanned at all participating attractions. You have up to six months to use the pass for the first time. You can either save the pass on your smartphone and show it at the box office or print it out on paper. If you print your city pass, you should still save it on your mobile phone to be sure that the barcode can be scanned in any case.

Alternatively, you can buy the Cape Town City Pass at some of Cape Town’s points of sale, for example at the airport, the V&A Waterfront or on Long Street. You can find all sales points here.

What We Like About This Pass

 The Cape Town City Pass includes almost all the major attractions of the city.

You can travel up to 5 days on the Hop-on Hop-off buses.

There are three versions of the Cape Town Pass – so there is something for every visitor.

Starting at around two attractions per day, the Unlimited Pass saves you money compared to single tickets.

The pass can be used on your smartphone or printed out.

What We Don’t Like About This Pass

 The Explorer Pass contains only a small selection of attractions and is valid for one day only.

The Premium Pass is only worthwhile for some premium attractions.

You cannot use public transport with this city pass.

FAQ About the Cape Town City Pass

No, each attraction can only be visited once with the Cape Town City Pass. Your ticket will be validated electronically upon entry. Only the Hop-on Hop-off buses can be used as often and for as long as your city pass is valid.

After activation, the three versions have the following validity:

  • Explorer Pass: 1 calendar day
  • Unlimited Pass: 2, 3 or 5 consecutive calendar days
  • Premium Pass: 3 or 5 consecutive calendar days

As these are calendar days, you should start your sightseeing on the first day in the morning to make the most of the day.

Basically, yes. However, you should take into account the opening hours of the participating attractions. These can be found on the official city pass website or in the travel brochure you receive with your purchase.

Many tours and excursions also require prior registration by e-mail or telephone. This information can also be found in the enclosed travel brochure.

The Cape Town City Pass is also available for children between the ages of 4 and 17. They pay a reduced price. Children under 3 years of age do not need their own city pass. Nevertheless, some attractions may charge admission fees.

As the Cape Town City Pass is issued by the local tourist office, you can contact them. There are locations at the airport and in the city centre. You can find addresses here.

You can also contact the tourist office by phone (+27 (0)87 151 1904) and by e-mail (info@citypass.co.za). Cape Town Tourism is also represented on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

If your question refers to a purchase at Get Your Guide, please contact their customer service.

No, the Cape Town City Pass does not include free use of public transport. However, you are allowed to use the Hop-on Hop-off buses as often and as long as your pass is valid. The buses will take you to many of the participating attractions.

If you purchase through Get Your Guide, you can cancel the order free of charge up to 24 hours before departure.

If you purchase the city pass on the official website, you can cancel the purchase at any time as long as you have not activated the pass. To do so, send an e-mail to info@citypass.co.za. There is a cancellation fee of R40.

Alternatives to the Cape Town City Pass

Currently there is only one alternative to the official Cape Town City Pass, which is also called Cape Town City Pass to make the confusion perfect. This is a pass from the company Ticketbar. Apart from the name, the two passes do not have a lot in common. The Cape Town Pass from Ticketbar includes only three free attractions:

  • Cable car at Table Mountain (up to R360)
  • 1 day Hop-on Hop-off bus (R235)
  • Ferry and Tour on Robben Island (R550)

Individually, these attractions cost a total of R1,145 – the Cape Town Pass from Ticketbar costs about R1,400, which corresponds to about GBP 63.00.

In addition, the pass gives you a 20% discount on some tours available on the Ticketbar website, for example a safari, a wine tour or a township tour. A list of the discounted offers can be found on the page of the Ticketbar Cape Town Pass.

Conclusion: The Cape Town City Pass from Ticketbar can be worthwhile if you want to take advantage of the three top offers: cable car, Robben Island and Hop-on Hop-off bus and in addition book attractions with 20% discount.

If you are not interested in a Cape Town City Pass, you can also buy single tickets for some attractions, tours and day trips on the internet. Here you will find a selection of popular offers: