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In Cape Town, riding the rails is one of the best choices you can make to get around and reach all the most important parts of the city. In this lesson we’re going to cover how to use the Mother City’s railway network.

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Along with MyCITI Bus Rapid Transport system, which opened in 2010, Cape Town is also well serviced by the Metrorail train network, connecting the city center to the suburbs. One really beautiful ride will take you down from the main Station along the coast to Simon’s Town on the Cape of Good Hope’s peninsula. Simon’s Town is not far from Boulders Beach, where you can spot penguins the whole year round! You can buy tickets for the Metrorail at the Station. Just look for a sign saying Kaartjie Verkoper, or in English, “Ticket vendor.”
(slow) Kaartjie Verkoper
Kaartjie Verkoper
Now let's see how to get our train ticket. As you remember from the previous lessons about how to buy a bus ticket, we can accomplish this by asking, "A subway ticket, please." In Afrikaans, this is Een Metrospoor kaartjie asseblief.
(slow) Een Metrospoor kaartjie asseblief.
EenMetrospoor kaartjie asseblief.
Een is “one” as in “one ticket.” Then we have Metrospoor meaning “metro” or “subway.” Then we have kaartjie, meaning “ticket.” At the end you can add asseblief meaning “please,” which will make your request sound polite. Let’s hear the expression once again. "A subway ticket, please."
(slow) Een Metrospoor kaartjie asseblief.
Een Metrospoor kaartjie asseblief.
After you say this sentence, the staff will ask you your destination. The question will be..
Waarheen gaan u? It means “Where are you going?”
(slow) Waarheen gaan u?
Waarheen gaan u?
You can answer this question simply using the word na meaning “to” in Afrikaans. Just say na, your destination, and tue at the end. If you are going to “Simon’s Town,” or Simonstad, you can say Na Simonstad toe., meaning “to Simon’s town.”
(slow) Na Simonstad toe.
Na Simonstad toe.