Getting Around

Durban's public transport system is limited. The city's bus network, which services the city centre and surrounding suburbs, has fallen dramatically in quality in the last few years, resulting in an erratic schedule that may leave passengers stranded.

The mode of transportation used by most working-class Durbanites is the minibus taxi (or kombi). They stop anywhere along their routes when they see people to pick up. These are cheap and widespread but often cramped, and can be dangerous as the drivers are aggressive. 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. Prices can be negotiated upfront, or the meter can be used. Most cabs do not take any form of credit card and tipping is customary. Uber is another option and has become increasingly popular in South Africa.

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 are 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. Renting a car is the ideal option if travellers are planning excursions out of the city.


Durban International Airport

The airport is 21 miles (34km) north of Durban.

Durban International Airport (DUR)


The airport is 21 miles (34km) north of Durban.

Getting to the city

The airport can be accessed by car via the N2 from Durban. Taxis are available and there are shuttles to the city centre and major beachfront hotels, which can booked through the airport's information desk.


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Car rental

Numerous car rental companies are represented at the airport including Avis, Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Dollar, National and Hertz.

Airport Taxis

Many taxi companies operate from outside the arrivals terminal. The journey to the city takes from 30 minutes to an hour. Generally, the price is per journey and not per passenger. Private companies such as Uber also operate, providing transport to the city centre.


The newly built airport terminal has a modern and substantial range of facilities, including ATMs, banks, lounges, restaurants and bars, a prayer room, and a large variety of retail outlets. Disabled facilities are excellent, although those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.


Plenty of parking is available within easy walking distance of the terminal. The pick-up zone is free for the first 20 minutes; shaded and long-stay parking options are available.