Have a look at our comprehensive visitor guide for information on laws, regulations and local customs in general.

When visiting Johannesburg, as in any other city in the world, be sure to keep safety in mind at all times.
We have collated all the important contact information for financial, medical and law enforcement services in Johannesburg for easy reference.


Johannesburg is the biggest urban conurbation and also the largest transport hub – for local, cross-border and international travel, more international carriers fly here than to any other city in southern Africa, with direct flights to most African cities, as well as to New York, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, the major European cities, the Gulf, Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and three Australian cities and London, which is an 11-hour flight away, and the time zone is close to Central European Time.


When in South Africa it’s worth popping online to compare prices between discount carriers like Kulula and Mango, but regular airlines often offer competitive prices, so don’t forget to check them out too. Remember that peak times are more expensive, so try to plan your flights during the week and during the day.


Buses offer a cheaper way to get to many destinations and the country’s road infrastructure is excellent! The luxury bus liners are comfortable and relaxed even in long distances. With all major highways leading to Johannesburg, car hire is also worth considering, as your journey should be easy to plan.


Gautrain is a rapid transit railway system in Gauteng, built to relieve the traffic congestion between Johannesburg and Pretoria and offer commuters a superb alternative to road transport which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, and OR Tambo International Airport.


British Airways | 011 441 8600 | www.britishairways.co.za
Kulula | 086 158 5852 | www.kulula.co.za
Mango | 086 116 2646 | www.mango.co.za
SAA | 086 135 9722 | www.flysaa.co.za

Intercity Buses

City to City | 086 158 9282 | www.translux.co.za
Greyhound | 011 276 8500 | www.greyhound.co.za
Intercape | 086 128 7287 | www.intercape.co.za
SA Roadlink | 011 333 2223 | www.saroadlink.co.za
Translux | 011 774-3333 | www.translux.co.za


Gautrain | 0800 428 87246 | www.gautrain.co.za
Blue Train | 012 315 4000 | www.bluetrain.co.za
Premier Classe | 011 773 7483 | www.premierclasse.co.za
Rovos Rail | 012 315 8242 | www.rovos.com
Shosholoza Meyl | 011 774 4555 | www.shosholozameyl.co.za