The Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport System (BRT) boasts traffic-beating bus lanes and special enclosed bus stops with raised platforms and security staff. Modelled on similar systems in Latin America, the Rea Vaya is part of Joburg’s Corridors of Freedom project and is gradually being expanded, with future routes planned to link the City Centre with Sandton Central and Alexandra township. Currently the Rea Vaya runs between the City Centre and surrounds (including the main university campuses) to destinations in Soweto.
To use the bus you will need to register for a smartcard which can be done at the Park Station and Carlton Centres stops. Note that you will need to show your passport to register. Swipe your smartcard at the turnstiles to enter the bus stop and swipe out again when you leave and the fare will automatically be debited. Single journey tickets are also available. Buses arrive every 10-20 minutes and most buses run between 05:30–18:30 (on some routes buses run until 20:30). For more information on routes and fares visit www.reavaya.org.za.
USEFUL ROUTES C-3 The circular City Centre C–3 route passes many major tourist sights as well as Park Station and can be considered as an alternative sightseeing bus. Stops include Constitution Hill, Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Fashion District, the Carlton Centre (visit the 50th floor viewing deck for amazing city views), Library Gardens, Chancellor House, Newtown Junction (Mary Fitzgerald Square), Wits Art Museum and central Braamfontein.
C-1 For Maboneng catch the C-1 at Chancellor House, Library Gardens or Carlton Centre and get off at the Jeppe SAPS stop (corner Albertina Sisulu Rd and Betty St). The centre of Maboneng is a two minute walk away via Betty Street.
C-4 For Melville and 44 Stanley catch the C-4 from Park Station. For 44 Stanley get out at Milpark and for Melville at Main Rd and 1st Ave (7th Street is a 10 minute walk away via 1st Ave).
T-2 and F-4 For Vilakazi Street in Soweto take the T-2 from Park Station and change to the F-4 bus at the Boomtown Station in Soweto.