Durban in detail

Getting Around


The useful Durban People Mover shuttle bus operates along several routes. Tickets (R16) can be purchased on board and allow you to get on and off as many times as you like within a day. Single-leg tickets cost R5.50. The service runs daily between 5am and 10pm. The bus 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 Street Market and City Hall) along the way.

Durban Transport runs the bus services Mynah and Aqualine. Mynah covers most of the city and local residential areas. Trips cost around R5 and you get a slight discount if you pre-purchase 10 tickets. Stops include North Beach, South Beach, Musgrave Rd/Mitchell Park Circle, Peter Mokaba Ridge/Vause, Botanic Gardens and Kensington Rd. The larger Aqualine buses run through the greater metropolitan area.

The Main Local Bus Terminal is located on Dr AB Xuma St (Commercial Rd).


Always use metered cabs. A taxi between the beach and Florida Rd, Morningside, usually costs about R50. Companies running a reliable 24-hour service include Mozzie Cabs, Zippy Cabs and Eagle. Uber also operates in Durban and is usually cheaper than metered cabs.

Shared 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.

Ride a ‘Ricksha’

Rickshaws – known locally as ‘rickshas’ – ply their trade along OR Tambo Pde (Marine Pde), many sporting exotic Zulu regalia. In 1904 there were about 2000 registered rickshaw-pullers, and it was an important means of transport. A 15-minute ride costs about R60 (plus R10 for a happy snap).