Hermanus, a seaside town famous for whale-watching, is a 76 mile (122 km) drive from Cape Town. While this is a short distance, there are limited public transport options available. The best method of travel is by car or a private transfer. Alternatively, you can travel by bus and private transfer or train and private transfer, though these options are less convenient and more time-consuming.
After arriving, travelers who choose not to drive can walk or make use of private transfers to get around Hermanus. Those who choose to drive may be interested in including this 5-day food and culture itinerary for the Cape Town area in their trip.
By Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 1.5 hours
Traveling by rental car or private transfer is the most convenient way of getting to Hermanus. The best route is via the N2 highway. En route, travelers will enjoy scenic mountain and ocean views at Sir Lowry's Pass after leaving Cape Town. Houw Hoek Padstal is a good place to stop en route for coffee, lunch, or fresh farm produce. At the town Bot River, travelers will take an exit onto the R43 that will take you to Hermanus. Those driving should be aware of traffic on the N2 as you leave Cape Town and as you enter Cape Town. Rush hour peak times are between 8-9 am and 5-6 pm.
Once travelers are in Hermanus, the quiet roads make it easy to get around both by car and foot. Those without a car can explore most of the village and coast on foot. For attractions further away, including the nearby nature reserves, private transfers are available.
By Bus and Private Transfer
Duration: 2 hours
This method is more affordable than a private transfer but less convenient as there are no direct bus routes between Cape Town and Hermanus. Baz Bus, a hop-on and hop-off bus popular with tourists, travels from Cape Town to Bot River once a day with the exception of Wednesdays and Sundays. The bus will drop travelers off at Botrivier Hotel and travelers will need to book a private transfer the rest of the way.
By Train and Private Transfer
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Traveling by train and private transfer is the most time-consuming and least recommended method of travel. While the Cape Town Metrorail offers a unique travel experience, it is known to be inconsistent with timing and arrivals. Those who choose to use this travel method should travel in daylight for safety reasons. You will take the train from Cape Town to Van Der Stel Station in Strand and get a private transfer for the rest of the route.