There is a regular MetroRail service from Simon's Town to Cape Town via Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, Wynberg and Claremont. Be sure to buy a first-class (metro plus) ticket ; these are not expensive. Although safety on trains has been an issue in the past, in recent times MetroRail has put a lot of effort into improving the situation and now the Cape Town-Simon's Town line is considered totally safe and reliable. The journey from Cape Town takes just over an hour.
A good option is to buy MetroRail's special "hop on, hop off" tourist ticket. This allows you unlimited travel between Simon's Town and Cape Town for an entire day; you can get off and on at any station. The cost is a very reasonable R25.
The train station is at the north end of Simon's Town, about a 10 minute walk to the centre of Simon's Town. Alternatively you can grab a ride on the back of a Rikki Taxi (see "Getting around" below).
Simon's Town is small enough to get around by foot (it takes less than 30 minutes to walk from one side to the other). From the train station to the centre of town is a 10 or 15 minute walk (turn left as you exit the station).
If you really don't feel like walking you can take a "Rikki" taxi. A "Rikki" is a small minibus which usually runs from the train station to Boulders Beach (and beyond if requested). Unlike other minibus taxies, Rikki's do not hoot their horn constantly so you must keep an eye out for them. Their vehicles are unique in that they are obviously a minibus but much smaller in size and painted white (often with an advertisement on the back) and often flash their lights.
A Rikki taxi meets every train that arrives at Simon's Town station. It costs R3.00 to go from the station to central Simon's Town and R5.50 to go to Boulders Beach.
- The penguin beach of Boulders is just outside Simon's Town.
- Bronze statue of Just Nuisance (a Great Dane and the only dog ever to be enlisted officially in the Royal Navy) in Jubilee Square
- Simon's Town museum
- The South African Naval museum
Stop in Simon's Town and stroll around the harbour and the little shops along the main road. Then have something to eat, before you leave for Boulders, just outside the town (in the south).
- Swim at Seaforth Beach
- SAS Assegaai submarine museum, ☎ +27 21 786-5243, e-mail: email@example.com. SAS Assegaai, formerly the SAS Johanna van der Merwe, was one of three Daphne-class submarines acquired from France during 1970 to 1972, which became the first submarines to serve in the South African Navy. She was renamed SAS Assegaai (Assegaai is the Afrikaans word for 'spear') in 1999 and was the last of the SA Navy’s Daphne class submarines in commission and finally decommissioned in 2003. Currently she is preserved as a floating museum but will be preserved ashore at the Naval Museum by 2013. R40 per person (R20 for children under 12 years old).
- Bertha's, Quayside Centre, Simon's Town Waterfront, ☎ +27 21 786-2138. Right on the water's edge overlooking the harbour.
- Cafe Pescado, 118 St George's Street, ☎ +27 21 786-2272.
- Cape Point Chinese.
- Harbour View, Quayside Centre, Simon's Town Waterfront.
- Just Sushi, Quayside Centre, Simon's Town Waterfront. Best Sushi in Cape Town.
- Quarterdeck, Jubilee Square, off St George's Street, ☎ +27 21 786-3825.
- Salty Sea Dog, Wharf Road, ☎ +27 21 786-1918. Fish and chips fresh from the sea.
- The Captain's Table, 88 St George's Street.
- The Meeting Place, 98 St George's Street, ☎ +27 21 786-1986. Excellent (but expensive) food, with great views north over False Bay. There is a restaurant/cocktail bar upstairs and a deli/coffee shop downstairs.
- The Sweetest Thing, 82 St George's Street, ☎ +27 21 786-4200. Coffee shop with fantastic cakes and pastries.
- Tibetan Tea House, Corner of Harington & St George's Streets, ☎ +27 21 786-1544. Restaurant and art gallery, with Tibetan food.
- Seaforth Restaurant, Seaforth Beach Seaforth Road Simon's Town 7975, ☎ +27 21 786 4810.
- Boulders Beach Lodge, 4 Boulders Place, Bellevue Road, Boulders, ☎ +27 21 786-1758, fax: +27 21 786-1825, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Situated above the world-famous Boulders Beach. Self-catering units also available. From R395 per person.
- British Hotel Apartments, 90 St George's St (Main Road), ☎ +27 21 786-2214. Fully equipped self-catering apartments in the centre of Simon's Town.
- Central Hotel, 96 St George's St (Main Road), ☎ +27 21 786-3775, e-mail: email@example.com. Ideally situated in the centre of Simon's Town.
- Lord Nelson Inn, 58 St George's Street (Main Road), ☎ +27 21 786-3761, e-mail: lordNelsonHotel@yahoo.com. Old-fashioned hospitality in a traditional British inn.
- Simonstown Accommodation, 29 Penguin Drive, Glen Marine, Simons Town, ☎ +27 827845675. Amazing mountain and sea views with secure parking and DSTV.
- Miller's point. Camping
- Quayside Hotel, Simon's Town Waterfront, Jubilee Square, ☎ +27 21 786-3838, fax: +27 21 786-2241, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Luxury hotel overlooking the harbour and False Bay. Part of the Relais Hotels group. From R395 per person.
- Seagetaway, 10 Rocklands Rd, Murdock Valley, ☎ +27 82 855-3180, e-mail: email@example.com. Exclusive Self Catering Cottage. Magnificent sea views. From R800 for the cottage per night sleeps 5.
- Simon's Town Backpackers, 66 St George's St (Main Road), ☎ +27 21 786-1964, e-mail: capePax@kingsley.co.za. An easy 5-minute walk from the train station. double R 360.
- TopSail House, 176 St George's Street (Main Road), ☎ +27 21 786-5537, fax: +27 21 786-5537, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Budget accommodation in an old convent, which has been converted into a delightful guest lodge.
- Whaleview Manor, ☎ +27 21 786-3291. Stunning guest house with overlooking False Bay. Friendly and caring staff. Mentioned in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide.
- Visit Cape Town
- Visit the Cape of Good Hope in the Table Mountain National Park
- Go to the Cape Winelands and taste wine at a local wine farm.