Travel passes in major cities across the world have become popular with travellers due them providing a comprehensive sightseeing service of the major tourist attractions available in that city. They can save you money, time and stress by offering you a digital or physical card that gives you automatic entry into top tourist attractions without the inconvenience of having to queue at each attraction for entry tickets.
Cape Town is no different and has two travel cards available to make your trip to Cape Town more pleasurable while at the same time saving you money. And who does not want to save money while travelling? We will provide you with all the information you need on how the Cape Town City Pass compares to the Cape Town Pass. Let us get going.
Cape Town City Pass
The Cape Town City Pass is part of the global iVenture Card Group and can be found in numerous cities across the world. They have partnered with Cape Town Tourism which allows them to brand their card as “The Official City Pass for Cape Town.” Once you have purchased the card you will get free access to over 70 attractions across Cape Town. The wide selection of sights and activities on offer ensures that you will find something to match your interest. The nice thing about the Cape Town City Pass is that it includes free transport on the City Sightseeing red bus for the duration of your pass. You will be able to reach most of the attractions on offer using the Hop-On-Hop-Off (HOHO) Red bus which is very convenient and efficient.
They have various options available including a City Explorer Pass which gives you access to 3 attractions, the Unlimited Pass valid for 2, 3 or 5 days and the Unlimited Premium Pass which comes in a 3 or 5 day option.
If you are a first-time visitor to cape Town we do not really recommend the City Explorer card as it does not give you access to Table Mountain Cableway or Cape Point Nature reserve, two of the iconic tourist attractions in the Mother City.
We believe the Unlimited Pass across all three options is great value for money and your choice will depend on the number of days you will be staying in Cape Town. The 3-day Pass is the most popular choice and gives you enough time to cover a good number of the attractions on offer.
The Unlimited Premium Pass is an interesting offering as it gives you access to a premium experience that is sure to be the highlight of your trip. The experiences include amongst others great white shark cage diving, tandem paragliding over Cape Town, scenic helicopter flips and a half day hire of a classic backdraft racing Cobra sports car. So, if you are a racing car enthusiast, a helicopter doyen or an adrenalin junkie you might want to consider this option.
Cape Town Pass
The Cape Town Pass is part of the Leisure Pass Group and can also be found in major cities across the world. Once you have purchased the card you will get access to 34 attractions across Cape Town. This is substantially less than what the CPT City Pass offers.
The pass also gives you discount of between 10% to 60% on another six attractions including shark cage diving, Harley Davidson chauffeur drive, helicopter flips, paragliding over Cape Town and a 5km off-road tour on non-motorised Monster Mountain scooters.
The Cape Town pass does not include the City Sightseeing red bus which means you will need your own transport to get to the attractions. They do have the option of adding on a Travelcard but it is only valid for one day.
Price comparison as at January 2019
Convenience of use
Both cards are available in digital format which means once you pay online you will be emailed a unique barcode which you will use to access the attractions. Please note that the Travelcard that can be purchased with the Cape Town Pass will require you to collect the physical voucher or it needs to be couriered to you. They do not recommend hotel delivery so it will need to be couriered to your home.
We will advise that you order your card of choice online, download the app and make sure its working on your mobile phone before arriving in South Africa. The card is only activated when you visit your first attraction. The other benefit of buying online is that both companies regularly run online specials which is not available if you buy the card in South Africa.
Most of the attractions are child and family friendly. Children between the ages of 4 and 17 years will qualify for a child rate on the Cape Town City Pass programme. Children who are 18 and older will need to buy an adult package.
Children between the ages of 5 and 15 years will qualify for a child rate on the Cape Town Pass programme. Children who are 16 and older will need to buy an adult package. So, this could impact your decision if you have children aged 16 and 17 years. Both passes require children to be accompanied by an adult.
Firstly, we highly recommend a travel card when visiting Cape Town for the first time. Both cards do provide real savings when visiting Cape Town’s top attractions.
If you are not hiring your own vehicle then we definitely recommend the Cape Town City Pass as it gives you free access to the Hop-On-Hop-Off (HOHO) Red bus which is very convenient and efficient.
If you are hiring a vehicle then you might want to consider the cheaper Cape Town Pass as you will be driving yourself to the different attractions.
We also like the CPT City Pass Premium offering as it gives you a choice of 13 premium experiences to choose from. The CPT Pass in comparison gives you a discount at 6 premium experiences.
In conclusion The Cape Town City Pass, in collaboration with Cape Town Tourism, gives you access to many more attractions to choose from and is probably our preferred choice.
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