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Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?
U.S. consulate staff are forbidden from using local buses, trams or trains due to safety issues. There are two kinds of taxis in Cape Town -- minibus taxis and your standard sedan taxis. The minibus taxis primarily serve working-class locals; they are driven unsafely, frequently on strike, and often involved in violence against rival taxi companies. The standard sedan taxis are safe if you stick with respectable companies -- check with local contacts. When arriving in Cape Town, the registered taxi companies with a presence inside Cape Town airport -- the ones inside the actual building -- are reliable.
Uber is available here and reliable, though be warned that in Johannesburg/Pretoria, taxi drivers sometimes attack Uber drivers and force their passengers out of the car; this has not happened yet (to my knowledge) in Cape Town. - Oct 1, 2017
Consulate staff aren't allowed to take trains, buses, or minibus taxis. Meter taxis are safe. - May 13, 2014
Taxis are OK, if you call for one and are expecting it. Any hotel or business can do this for you. Otherwise--No, No, No. Consulate personnel are not permitted to us local trains or mini-buses. The luxury Roovos Rail is another story, but you have to be prepared to spend big bucks for this 5-star event. - Aug 26, 2013
Very affordable and safe if you know where you are going. Travel with locals for a while before venturing out on minibus taxis or buses alone - the train from Cape Town to Simon's Town is cheap, easy, and a beautiful ride. - Oct 28, 2007