Getting Around Durban
Getting around Durban is easy. A world-class transport system links different areas of the city and Durban’s main attractions. You can make use of public transport, taxis, hired vehicles or, if you stay nearby, you can use bicycles or walk.
Official Airport Shuttle
The shuttle will run every 20 minutes from 05h00 – 22h00 from King Shaka International Airport to Gateway Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga, Durban beach front and the Central transport Hub (adjacent to the UNFCCC Accreditation site). It will be operational from 17 November 2011 – 14 December 2011.
The Cost of a ticket is ZAR130.00 per one way trip.
Click here for more information on where you can purchase a ticket.
Shuttle buses, exclusive to delegates, will provide transport connecting the hotels in key locations with the central transport hub near the COP17/CMP7 conference venue. A basic coach service will also connect the outer areas in the morning and evening periods with routes following the National routes north, south and west.
Cost: Free (You will need to show your official delegates card)
This map shows the different routes of the shuttle service. You will need to find the bus stop closest to your hotel in order to decide which shuttle to catch.
06:00 - 00:00 every day at 10 - 15 minute intervals between
06:00 - 10:00 and 15:00 - 19:00, otherwise hourly.
|Additional Shuttle Routes:||Enquiries:|
|Route Name||Stop Name||Stop Number||
Public Transport Call Centre (Durban)
|Bluff Shuttle||Bluff Towers||46|
|South Coast Shuttle||Toti||44|
|Airport||Ballito||Berea||City - Central||Gateway|
|Glenwood||Media||Morningside||City - North Beach||Overall Shuttle Map|
|Park 'n Ride||Pavilion||City - South Beach||South Coast||South Bluff|
All existing services will operate their normal services during COP17/CMP7 (apart from where there are traffic restrictions or road closures).
Tel: 0861 000 834
The People Mover bus system links the inner city with the beachfront. It is a special needs friendly, high frequency service, with air-conditioned buses running every 5-15 minutes.
This is available to both Delegates and the public.
This map shows the 3 routes of the people mover.
Blue – Beach Line
Green – City Line
Red – Central Line
This map also indicates the walking and cycling routes within the city.
Metered taxis are common, safe and relatively inexpensive. These taxis will be operating in the key COP17/CMP7 zones, including the airport, beachfront, city centre and other accommodation and entertainment nodes within Durban. Registered metered taxis are clearly marked with an official eThekwini Transport Authority decal, so that you can be assured of the quality and safety of the service that you are getting from your taxi.
The Metered Taxi Pick Up and Drop Off area is on Bram Fischer Ave – between Stalwart Simelane Rd and Florence Nzama Ave, on the northern side of the ICC. Taxis will not be allowed to drop off delegates anywhere else along Bram Fischer (Stanger).
TRANSPORT OPTIONS FOR PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED DELEGATES
Dial a Ride is a safe, accessible service provided through Durban Municipality to assist with transport for wheelchair users and others who find the other transport services inaccessible. Register with the call centre (open every day from 06h00 – 18h30) to arrange bookings and to quote on the applicable transport costs.
Please phone 0860 662 453 or email email@example.com.
Please request reservations well in advance – especially if transport is required to/from the airport.
A vehicle for physically challenged delegates, operated by the City of Durban will run from the Park and Ride to the ICC. The Vehicle will drop the delegate off at the Arena Entrance of the ICC. Please note that this vehicle does need to go through the remote search park prior to arriving at the ICC which may involve extra time. This vehicle will depart from the Park and Ride at 08h00 and depart from the ICC at 17h00 daily.
Mini Bus Taxis
Minibus taxis are hard to miss as they often have music pumping and someone hanging out of a window making the hand gestures that indicate where the taxi is going. This form of Durban transport is very common and less expensive than metered taxis, and stick to set routes, and so are generally not suitable for tourists unfamiliar with the area.
The rail network links residential and accommodation nodes (especially to the south) with the City. Durban station is a short walk from the ICC. The People Mover bus links rail stations with other City attractions, including the ICC, Suncoast Casino and uShaka.
Park & Ride
A remote parking area will be available near the conference area where self-drive delegates and non-delegates can park and then catch a shuttle bus to the Climate Change Response Expo. From there you can make use of other commercial transport options to get around the city.
Delegates can be dropped off, or can park at the Park and Ride at the old Drive-In site at Stalwart Simelane Rd (Stanger) and Sylvester Ntuli Rd (Brickhill). Shuttles run every 15 minutes. Escorted vehicles and VIPs need to enter the Remote Search Park alongside the Park & Ride first, in order to be escorted into the Precinct.
In addition to the main entrance on the Climate Change Response Site, there is an entrance for pedestrians to the ICC on the corner of Bram Fischer Ave and Stalwart Simelane Rd.
Stopping or parking is prohibited on Bram Fischer Rd (Ordnance). It is recommended that delegates who are dropped off are dropped at the Park and Ride site (see below). From there delegates can get the shuttle to the Central Transport Hub and walk across to the ICC.Delegates and members of the public can be dropped off in streets adjacent to the CCR Expo and ICC precinct, e.g. Monty Naiker (Pine), although this method is not preferred due to the congestion it creates.
Walking Around Durban
There are a number of colour-coded and numbered walking routes that link the City to the ICC and beachfront.
Park & Walk
A range of parking facilities are available within a 2 km radius of the ICC and the Climate Change Response Expo. You can park your car or be dropped off by People Mover, shuttle or taxi, and walk to the ICC or Climate Change Response Expo.
Refer back to the map under PEOPLE MOVER for the various walking routes around the city.
COP17/CMP7 Cycling Routes
There are a number of cycling routes that will take you right along the beach front for several kilometres, as well as to Moses Mabhida Stadium, the ICC, the Climate Change Response Expo, Botanic Gardens and Yacht Mole at the bay of the Durban Harbour.
Refer back to the map under PEOPLE MOVER for the various cycling routes around the city.
Bicycle Hire Information
Hiring and Returning of City Bicycles
Temporary Parking Areas
Procedure for the Hiring of a City Bicycle
UNFCCC Delegates need
Official accreditation badges to be presented in order to hire a bicycle.
Your details will be taken and a barcode issued.
Photo Identification and Credit Card needed for rental.
Cost per bicycle is R50 per hour with a R500 refundable deposit payable.
The roads in Durban are in good condition and well sign-posted. Remember, in South Africa, you drive on the left hand side of the road! There are a number of reputable car hire companies operating in Durban
Tour Operators & Tour Guides
If you would like to visit the outlying areas of Durban, or the rest of the province, the city has many options for guided tours. All tour guides have undergone training and are registered with the provincial tourism entity.