South Africa Transport Guide

There are myriad options to travel around the different regions of South Africa including domestic air travel, long-distance coaches and buses, trains and hire cars. Within the cities, buses, informal mini bus taxis, hire cars and taxis as well as trains are your main choices.

How to get around South Africa

Travelling around South Africa is really geared towards the car with such large distances between provinces and major cities and an extensive road infrastructure network. Even within the main cities it is difficult to travel to different areas on foot. Hiring a car is relatively easy with an international passport. The country also has 10 principal airports and 6 major domestic airlines making intercity flights an option for traversing the wide land mass. Several bus companies service the major cities with scheduled routes between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Shosholoza Meyl trains also travel to the major cities as well as many smaller towns or try the luxury Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town and the high-speed Gautrain servicing the Gauteng province.