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Getting you from - A 2 B - in South Africa
Our transport system and things you should know:

Driving

*South Africans drives on the left hand side of the road, passing on the right. At traffic circles you give way to the right and keep left.

*Your countries drivers licence is generally accepted but it is a good idea to get an international drivers licence if your licence is written in a language other than English and some countries are required to have an international drivers licence for insurance reasons.

*Traffic Lights are called Robots in South Africa so don't expect a moving robot.

*Road markings and road signs are generally similar to other countries.

*Drinking and driving is not allowed, the limit is strictly enforced and a jail sentence can be given. Fines are common and if you are caught you often have your car confiscated and a night in jail is also common.

Car Rental

You will find that car rental is fairly inexpensive and the longer you rent for the better the discount. Check on what mileage you get with your rental as South Africa is a big country with long distances between towns.

If you need more information on travel and how to get around you can check out The Guide to Southern Africa - Click Here

 

Taxis

*Taxis are generally safe to take in the cities but it is a good idea to ask the place you are staying with if they have a regular taxi that they use.
*Don't get into a taxi that does not have a valid taxi registration number stuck on the windscreen.
Prices start at about R8 per km but  you can ask for a fixed price. Taxis often pick up multiple passengers along their route so don't be surprised to find yourself with other passengers.

MiniBus Taxis

*Minibus taxies are used by most of South Africa as the normal means of transport.
*They are normally 16 seater vehicles with a Minibus taxi association sticker on the back.
*They are normally safe to take if you know where they are going, Please ask the place you are staying at about the taxies in your area.

*Minibus taxis travel throughout South Africa but normally between towns so if you have decided to use this means of transport prepare to change at most towns. It often takes allot longer to travel like this and most taxis only leave when they are full.

*Overloading is common so you might find yourself with your backpack on your lap and three people on two seats.

*In rural areas mini bus taxis are often the only way to get to a place unless you have your own car.

 



 

Flights & Air Transport

SAA - is our official air carrier, their rates are normally internationally competitive and they do offer youth fares and discounts.
Check other carriers for better prices

Kulula.com - is a low fare internal air carrier and offers very cheap flights in and around South Africa.


1time.co.za -
is another low fare internal carrier similar to Kulula and also offers cheap flights in South Africa.



Mango - is the newest budget airline and is part of SAA. Their flight are competitive and you can get some good deals.


Bus and Small Bus Transport

Baz Bus - is a small bus pick up and drop off system that is used by most backpackers and travelers in South Africa.
Its called hop off/ hop on and drops you off along the Baz Bus route at various backpackers. This is the safest and most convenient service for backpackers and volunteers within South Africa.
Recommended for backpacker traveling in South Africa but not for long distance or city to city transport. If you would like more information or to book your Baz Bus ticket you can email us at bazbus@visa.org.za.

Intercape, TransLux and Greyhound - are three long distance busses that travel between cities and towns in South Africa. They are comfortable and often have movies on the bus. They stop for a break a fuel stations every few hours. TransLux has a budget service called City to City which is a single decker bus. Please note that Intercape does not operate throughout the Eastern Cape and you will often have to use Translux or Greyhound.
Check the prices on Kulula and 1time before booking on the buses as the costs are very similar.

 


Nationally, Metrorail transports a total of 1.7 million passengers. Daily!

Metrorail is about providing stress-free commuting to and from work without traffic congestion or road rage and in an environmentally-friendly way to travel. With  about 1 800  passengers per train set at intervals of up to five minutes in peak hours, Metrorail is the most cost-effective mass transportation with lowest cost impact on both commuter and government . 

Warning! The South African train system has greatly improved security
but is still unsafe outside of normal working hours. Keep safe, be aware.

 


Ok so that's it from us on getting to South Africa, if you have any questions please feel free to ask. Email: travel@visa.org.za