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Public Transport in Joburg


As the country celebrates Transport Month, Joburg Tourism explores the growing public transport infrastructures and how to get around the City of Gold, with October being declared National Transport Month in 2005 during the Transport Lekgotla, it aims to showcase transport infrastructure services in aviation, maritime, public transport and roads throughout the country. While highlighting various transport options available in the city, stakeholders also take advantage of captive audiences during the month long transport focus to launch renewed road safety initiatives and regulations especially as we approach the coming festive season.

All throughout the month of October, #OTM2019 initiatives are committed to encourage participation from civil society and business in the provision of safe, more affordable, accessible and reliable transport systems throughout the country. Through encouraging efforts in investment in the South African transport sector, organisers hope to stimulate further development of infrastructure as well as job creation as part of the country's Nine-Point Plan while working towards an integrated transport network throughout the city and the country at large.

While the City’s formal public transport system is somewhat restrictive, there are a number of reliable and accessible ways of getting around the City of Joburg depending on where you want to go.


Joburg Roads

Connected by an intricate network of suburban and national road systems, Johannesburg’s roads are consistently maintained and serviced by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA). Where for the most part roads are tarred, traffic controlled and well represented by the City of Joburg Metropolitan Police, this is one of the surest ways of getting around the city if you don’t mind driving. With a number of car rental establishments each offering competitive rates and in some cases offers bundled to flights or accommodation, international travels will need an international driver’s license and take note of right hand driver regulations.

The Gautrain

A rapid transit railway system, the Gautrain offers a safe and fast means to getting around Johannesburg and nearby surrounds connecting Pretoria and Joburg commuters in a feat to address freeway traffic congestion between the city and the capital. The Gautrain also services the travel and tourism sector with a line connecting Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport to the Sandton and Rosebank CBD.

Route one runs between the Johannesburg Park Station and Pretoria’s Hatfield station stopping at Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria stations.

Route 2 runs between Sandton and Rhodesfield with one stop at Rosebank and Route 3 runs between Sandton and O.R Tambo with a stop in Marlboro where each station is serviced by access controlled short term and long term parking where required.

Rea Vaya Bus Services

Although still under development, Rea Vaya bus services currently run along a ring route connecting Joburg’s Inner-City to its most western suburbs and Soweto. While not all stops are fully operational, Rea Vaya bus services are an affordable and predictable public transport service available to locals and visitors akin. Running weekdays from Monday to Friday from 5am to 9pm and weekends 5am - 6pm, busses run at 5 minute intervals between peak hours and 15 minute intervals during off peak hours visit for various routes to be accessed.

OR Tambo

Responsible for more than 50% of South Africa's air travelling passengers and some 21 million passengers a year, O.R Tambo International Airport is the biggest and busiest international airport on the African continent. Offering state of the art facilities and access to almost any destination worldwide and serviced by international airlines from five continents across the globe, local airlines include:

  • South African Airways (SAA)
  • Kulula
  • SA Express
  • Mango Airlines
  • SA Airlink
  • FlySafair
With focussed investment in bolstering rail, roads and public transport infrastructures, stakeholders hope to see a change in the way the Johannesburg based citizens commute between work and home, availing reliable transportation to school and tertiary educational institutes as well as safe and affordable alternatives in attending leisure, recreation and entertainment events throughout the city. In doing so, investments hope to also supplement economic growth and job creation in an effort to address the unemployment and poverty statistics.