Domestic Transportation in South Africa

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Transport system is comparatively better in major centers but can be unreliable in smaller towns. Hiring a car is advisable to avoid difficulty traveling in those areas. On a general note public system in the country is unreliable and inefficient.

Road signs are in English and Afrikaans. Metros are extensive though low on comfort quotient. Foreigners need to be extra cautious while traveling; do not carry expensive articles and jewellery.

Taxis are generally available in all towns and are relatively more expensive. Taxis do not cruise in South Africa and need to be called from a rank.

Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library online
South African Rail Commuter Corporation
Map of Western Cape Rail Network
Map of South African provinces
Urban Transport Agencies
South African Rail Commuter Corporation
Public Transport
Cape metro rail
Metrobus in Johannesburg
Golden Arrow Bus Services in Cape Town
Find an Itinerary
The Subway navigator website lets you find an itinerary in all the largest urban centers in all the countries in the world.
Taxi Companies
South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO)

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Cape Town (CPT) 22km / 15.5 miles ZAR 200 / 20-40 min - - Available
Durban Intl (DUR) 18km / 11.2 miles south 18km / 11.2 miles south of Durban ZAR 100 / 20-25 min - - Available
Johannesburg Intl (JNB) 21 km / 13 miles ZAR 273-363 / 30 min ZAR 109 / 45 min - Available
Pretoria - Wonderboom National Airport (PRY) 11 km/7 miles N of Pretoria city centre and 64 km/40 miles NNE of Johannesburg. ZAR 200 Available to Pretoria: StarLine Bus #162 - Available
Lanseria Intl (HLA) 30 km/19 Miles NNW of Johannesburg, 35 km/22 miles SW of Pretoria. Available - - Available
Port Elizabeth (PLZ) 5 km / 3 miles ZAR 91 shuttle service available - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Buses and suburban rails operate in all the main towns of South Africa. Fares are not expensive.
In some cities conventional buses face stiff competition from minibuses and combi-taxis (both legal and illegal). Although cheap and very fast, these should be used with care.
Rail Companies
Railroad association of South Africa
Spoornet- South Africa Rail


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
South African Airlines Major Yes Yes
Kulula Low cost Yes Yes
1time Low cost Yes No
Mango Low cost Yes No
South African Express Major Yes Yes
Airlink Major Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

The road infrastructure in South Africa is good, so driving is a viable option. However, South Africa is a huge country and in case you not used to driving long distances, rather break the journey, as fatigue is a major contributing factor in motor vehicle accidents. While most national roads are tarred and in good condition, the more rural the road, the more likely it is to be pot-holed and poorly surfaced. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory. Using hand-held phones while driving is against the law. Visit : Self Drive –Southern Africa
Driver's License
An International Driving Permit is not required, and drivers can use a license from their home country as long as it is in English.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
The minimum age is 21. Rental costs are comparatively high.
Rental Agencies
Budget Car Rental South Africa
Tolls or Taxes
Many of the national roads between the major centres are toll roads, which could be paid either by credit card or cash. Toll fares for a light passenger vehicle vary from R2.50 to R46.00. For more details, visit: Routes Travel Info Portal - Toll Roads
Road Maps
Maps of South Africa
Brabys Road Maps
Find an Itinerary
Via Michelin
Routes Travel Info Portal
Traffic Conditions Online
Automobile Association of South Africa
Parking Facilities
Parking spots are scarce in bigger cities. However often there are parking attendants present who sell parking tickets. Wrongful parking draws heavy fines.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
Side of the Road For Driving
Speed Limits
74 miles/hour on motorways. 62 miles/hour on open roads. Built up area 37miles/hour.
Safety Belts
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
0.05% and 0.02% for professional drivers
National Roads Organizations
South African National Roads Agency Limited
Automobile Association of South Africa
Department of Transport
South Africa 's Road Safety

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