Getting Around

Getting Around


Public Transport

Much of the city’s new public-transport infrastructure, such as the Gautrain rapid-rail and Rea Vaya bus service, is safe, efficient and relatively easy to navigate. The Gautrain is most useful for getting between Sandton, Rosebank and Park Station and its network of feeder buses puts some of the suburbs, and particularly Monetcasino, within easier reach for non-motorists. The other great selling point of the Gautrain is its quick link to O.R.Tambo airport - just 15 minutes flat from Sandton station. The Rea Vaya bus is a steadily developing network of buses which links the inner-city with Soweto and western suburbs such as Aukland Park. With a circular route through the city it is a particularly useful mode of transport for those who want to explore the City Centre without a car.

More adventurous visitors will find they can get almost anywhere if they are willing to brave the infamous minibus taxi network, although it helps to swot up on the confusing taxi hand signals beforehand. Metered taxis and tuk tuks provide additional transport options for those without their own wheels.

Transfers, sightseeing bus and tour services

If you don't want to go it alone book a chauffeur or personalised tour and transfer service. Tour services can be arranged with cars, mini-buses or even tuk tuks and customised to suite your needs with interpreters, concierge and shopping and delivery services.

Metered Taxis

Metered taxis in Johannesburg are expensive but essential if you plan a wild night out. Except for outside hotels, there are very few places where you can hail a taxi in the street. It is best to call and book in advance. Many taxis do not use meters, so arrange a price at the start of your trip. From Sandton City to Parkhurst or Greenside, expect to pay around R150.
For metered taxis try:
ORANGE CABS tel. 0861 700 222,
QUICK CAB tel. 0861 665 566,
ZEBRA CABS tel. 0861 105 105,


Since its launch in late 2014 the smart phone taxi app Uber has revolutionised the local taxi industry by providing a safe, quick and reliable system that is much more competitively priced than most taxi companies in Johannesburg. If you have not already signed up to the app, use our discount count JHBINYOURPOCKET to get R200 off your first ride.

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