The open-top, hop-on hop-off red bus is a great way to zoom around many of the city's biggest sights in one day. You'll be accompanied by an insightful audio guide on the two-hour journey (the route without stops).
The Red Route takes a circular route around downtown Johannesburg and the south of the city starting at Constitution Hill and stopping at Gold Reef City theme park and Apartheid Museum in south Joburg. Helpful information and self-guided walking tour maps are available to help you make the most of your time at the different stops and many museums also offer discounted entry to City Sightseeing bus riders.
The Green Route which starts near The Zone@Rosebank winds its way through Joburg's historic leafy suburbs finishing at Constitution Hill (from where you can join the Red Route).
The Green Route stops along the way include the Joburg Zoo and Zoo Lake, and one at the extensive Ditsong Museum of Military History. Have your cameras ready for when the bus makes its way to the top of the ridge on Houghton's Munro Drive – the bus makes a brief stop at the most scenic viewpoint from where on a clear day you can see all the way out to the Magaliesberg mountains.
Guides will lead you to the Green Route bus stop from the City Sightseeing ticket office in Rosebank at The Zone@Rosebank and in peak seasons there are shuttle buses that connect with the major hotels in Sandton and Melrose Arch from the Rosebank stop.
Tickets are valid for both the routes and you can hop on and off as many times as you like. Make sure to bring sunscreen with you, and water to keep hydrated along the way.
On Mondays and Tuesdays the bus operates a limited service with a non-stop 'Scenic Tour' that takes in all the main sights combining the red and green routes (the tour last approximately two and a half hours starting and ending in Rosebank). From Wednesday to Sunday the full hop-on hop-off service operates.