Getting Around Durban
Durban''s public transport system can be described as ad hoc at
best. The city''s bus network, which services the city centre and
surrounding suburbs, has fallen dramatically in quality in the last
several years, resulting in an erratic schedule that may leave
The mode of transportation used by most working-class Durbanites
is the minibus taxi (or kombie), which are independently-operated
vans that stop anywhere along their routes. These taxis are cheap
and widespread but often cramped, and can be dangerous as the
drivers largely ignore the rules of the road. Minibus taxis should
only be used during the day and on busy routes, and travellers
should not enter an empty minibus.
Durban has several reputable metered taxi companies, but these
can be expensive for long journeys. It is always advisable to use a
branded cab such as Zippy, Mozzie, or Eagle. You can negotiate a
price upfront, or use the meter. Most cabs do not take any form of
credit card, and tipping is customary.
There are many places to hire cars in Durban, however visitors
should avoid driving in the central business district, as traffic
during the day can be very congested and the streets considered
unsafe at night. Doors should always be locked while driving as
hijacking is a serious concern in South Africa, and purses and
other valuables should not be left visible on seats.