Getting to and around Durban
Perfectly located as the gateway to KwaZulu-Natal, Durban is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city full of cultural diversity and traditions. The fusion of East, West and African culture is reflected in the city’s architectural styles, artistic flair and culinary tastes. Sample radiant golden sands, the unique vibrancy of township life and the finest curries outside India.
KwaZulu-Natal is an enticing destination with spectacular mountain peaks, expansive beaches, exciting wildlife experiences, legendary Zulu kings and reminders of its Colonial past. Local site seeing opportunities include strolling along the Golden Mile and Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens. A mere few hours drive will lead you to two World Heritage sites - the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, game reserves, coral reefs and historic battlefields, all ideal destinations for pre- and post-conference tours.
How to get to Durban
If you're arriving by air, you'll most likely be flying into King Shaka International Airport (KSIA). The airport is located 35km (22 miles) north of central Durban, and provides both international and domestic flights, serving the "Golden Triangle" between Cape Town International Airport, O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, and KSIA itself with 7 airlines.
How to get from Durban airport to the city centre
- Airport shuttle
There are daily transfers from King Shaka International Airport to various destinations in the city.
There are various taxi services from the airport.
Getting around Durban
- Public transport
The useful Durban People Mover, a shuttle-bus service that operates along several routes within the city, links the beachfront to the city centre and runs the length of the beachfront from uShaka Marine World to Suncoast Casino with designated stops (including the Victoria St Market and City Hall) along the way.
The attractive, brightly-coloured buses travel through the city every 15 minutes and are a popular, fun way to travel around the city or along the beachfront. There is wheelchair access, and bus-stop wardens offer help to passengers requiring assistance, route and schedule information and security to all passengers.
A single journey on the People Mover costs R5.50 (ZAR) and a full-day pass costs R16.00 (ZAR).& The Durban People Mover service runs daily from 05:00 to 22:00.
A more extensive network is available through the city's Mynah bus service which covers many of Durban's suburbs. However, these buses aren't as safe and it is recommended that visitors travel around by taxi instead. As in other South African cities, travelling by bus does have its risks, such as pick-pocketing.
For fares, timetables and information on Durban's Muvo smartcard, see www.muvo.co.za.
A network of local trains links the city centre with the outlying suburbs and a number of other towns in the region. These are operated by Metrorail (tel: +27 31 813 0000; www.metrorail.co.za). Again, it is wise to avoid travel after dark.
Within the city, an alternative form of transport is offered by Bangkok-style tuk-tuks, while along the Golden Mile a popular distraction for visitors are the colourful Zulu rickshaws.
Most metered cabs in Durban do not rove and have to be called. Should you be taking one from the street, ensure that the vehicle and driver are licensed. Always use metered cabs. A taxi between the beach and Florida Rd, Morningside, usually costs about R60.
- Minibus Taxi
Some long-distance minibus taxis leave from stops in the streets opposite the Umgeni Rd entrance to the Durban train station. Others running mainly to the South Coast and the Wild Coast region of Eastern Cape leave from around the Berea train station. Check with your cab driver; they usually know the departure points. Be alert in and around the minibus taxi ranks.
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