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Getting around Durban

Public transport

The best bus service is the well-organised Durban People Mover, run by the eThekwini Transport Authority (tel: +27 31 311 1111; www.durban.gov.za), which operates a city loop and a beach line, with an interchange at Dr Pixley KaSeme Street. Day passes are available. Buses run between 0500-2200.

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.


There are two types of taxi in Durban: metered cabs, which you must book by telephone from a specific location, and the ubiquitous minibus taxis, which you hail on the street. These are often badly maintained, over-full, and sometimes dangerous, so tourists should opt for the former, of which there are a number of reputable operators, including Zippy Cabs (tel: +27 31 202 7067) and Mozzie Cabs (tel: +27 31 303 5787).


Hiring a car is a one of the easiest ways to get around Durban, especially if you want to explore the surrounding region. Check if your hotel has a secure car park. In the CBD, there is on-street metered parking.

Car hire

Car hire operators in Durban include Avis (tel: +27 31 310 9700; www.avis.co.za), Hertz (tel: +27 31 335 2570; www.hertz.co.za), and Thrifty (tel: +27 31 368 1946; www.thrifty.co.za).

Bicycle hire

If you fancy a beachside cruise on two pedals, you can hire bikes from The Bike and Bean, 290 Snell Parade (tel: +27 82 773 6870; www.bikebeandurban.com).

As in all South African cities, you should take care when walking around, and use taxis or other arranged transport in the evenings.

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Featured Hotels


The Concierge

The Concierge is a boutique hotel built on the site of eight heritage-listed buildings. Retaining its 1920's façade, the interiors however are modern, luxurious and distinctive. There are 12 guest rooms colour themed with design variations, stunning custom finished furniture and shower areas that are described as "being soaked in warm jungle rain".

eMakhosini on East

The newly refurbished eMakhosini on East offers 45 en-suite guest rooms, including air-conditioning, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi facilities. The hotel's staff are warm and friendly, while the on-site Gibela Restaurant offers buffet and a la carte options.

Hilton Durban

This city landmark offers rooms with gorgeous views of the coastline, easy access to Durban's beaches, a buffet themed restaurant called Rainbow Terrace and an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

Riverside Hotel & Spa

Located in an excellent position high up on the bank of the Umgweni River a short distance from the city centre the Riverside Hotel & Spa offers stunning views of the green belt and nearby coast. All 169 rooms have microwaves and bar fridges while there is a swimming pool and baby sitting facilities available too. Board games can also be hired if the weather turns inclement.

Royal Hotel

With a history almost as long as that of the city itself, this iconic Durban hotel is a luxurious option. It offers four restaurants, a gym, health centre, swimming pool and even offers a dedicated floor for women travelling alone. There are 113 rooms in total, with great views of the city and the harbour.

Suncoast Towers

Located on the legendary Golden Mile, this popular hotel in Durban, with 37 tastefully furnished rooms and suites, plus a classy penthouse suite, attracts those who want to chance their arm at a roulette table. In the casino and an arm's length from golden sands, it has stunning views from its huge, chic spa. It is also conveniently close to the airport.