- Johannesburg has an extensive and cheap public transport network.
Johannesburg's public transport network includes the following.
- Buses - Rea Vaya
- Gautrain bus
- Minibus taxi
Rea Vaya Buses
Rea Vaya is Johhanesburg's bus rapid transit system (BRT). Using Rea Vaya is one of the easiest ways to beat traffic since these buses have their own lanes.
- Payment is by smart card. Smart cards are sold at almost every Rea Vaya station for R30.
- Bus fare is between R11- 15.
- All Rea Vaya routes start at Park station, Johannesburg's main transport hub.
- There are 2 bus fleets: green and blue.
- The green buses operate a circular route (C3 route) within the inner city. This is the bus to catch to get to most tourist attractions within the city center.
- The blue buses serve areas outside the city center including Soweto, Maboneng, and 44 Stanley.
- Once you board the bus let the driver know the station you'll be alighting at. Buses don't automatically stop at every station unless there's a passenger alighting there.
- Gautrain connects central Johannesburg ( Park Station) to Pretoria, Or Tambo airport, and the business districts of Sandton and Rosebank.
- Gautrain operating hours: 5.30 am to 21.00 pm at 10-30 minutes intervals.
- Payment is by contactless bank cards or swift cards that are purchased at any Gautrain ticket office or the vending machines in the Gautrain stations.
- Important to know: Eating is not allowed on the Gautrain or at Gautrain stations. If spotted eating by security you get fined.
- Gautrain buses connect Gautrain stations to nearby neighborhoods.
- Payment: Same as Gautrain- Swift cards and contactless bank cards.
- See Gautrain bus routes here.
- Navigating around on minibusses is complex for tourists unless you're in the company of a local.
- You can easily catch a minibus to the city center by flagging it down on the road.
- Once in the city center alight before the minibus gets to the taxi rank, it's a mugging zone.
- From the city center to various suburbs avoid taking minibusses. There are no defined maps and routes.
- Common taxi-hailing apps in Johannesburg
- Zebra taxis.
- Tuktuks are mostly based in Sandton and Melville.