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A Bus Roof View Of Joburg

Posted on November 13, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment


There are a number of modes of transport in Johannesburg and to destinations around it. While the obstacles of a busy city life like traffic congestion and expensive private tours to mention a few are present in Johannesburg, the Capital City of Guateng as well, it is an overall tourist friendly city.

Flights to Joburg

Tambo International AirportNamed after the anti-apartheid activists Oliver Reginald Tambo, the Tambo International Airport of Johannesburg is 19 kilometers away to the east of the city centre.

This South African city of Johannesburg is about 11 hours away from London by flight. From New York, the flight to Johannesburg is via London and takes close to 18 hours. Flight from Los Angeles, once again via London takes a little more than 21 hours or shall we say a little less than an entire day. From Toronto, via London, the flight takes about 18 hours to reach the city and from Sydney, via Perth, the distance is covered in 17 hours by flight.

Tambo International Airport of Johannesburg is one of Africa’s busiest airports and has world class facilities for passengers such as a medical clinic; Wi-Fi enabled areas, centers to hire mobile phones as well as local SIM cards, exchange bureau, tourist information centre, a transit hotel and eating joints as well as a bar among other facilities.

The domestic terminal here has conference rooms as well for business meetings.

Closer to the city, to its northwest is Lanseria airport, catering mainly to the commercial flights.

There are a number of buses connecting the airport to major destinations in the city. Minibuses too ply on this route and you could get in one of them to get to any destination, including the hotels in the suburban areas north of the city. You either book for a shuttle service in advance or contact one of the many desk services right outside the domestic terminal.

Most of the hotels can arrange for a transport if they are requested to do the same well in advance.

Alternatively, you could opt for taxis to take you to the city, which are quicker though expensive mode of transport. Taxis are metered here.

Railways to Joburg

Johannesburg has a railway station in Braamfontein, from where most of the long distance trains run. Information on travelling and other facilities are available here.

About 8 rains run daily between South African countries that mostly make an overnight journey linking this Capital of johannesburg taxi servicesGuateng to Musina on the border of Zimbabwe, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.For instance, a train journey between Johannesburg and Cape Town is completed in 26 hours. The trains are cheap though slow ways of commuting.

If you wish to go further to say Maputo, you could get catch the Komati Express, get down at Komatipoort on the border of Mozambique and from there, get on to one of the minibuses to Maputo.

Some of the luxury trains that do not run daily are The Premier Classe train, running between Cape Town and Johannesburg twice a week, The Blue Train and the Pride of Africa that run between Pretoria, which is 60 kilometers away from this city and Cape Town via Johannesburg. These trains have dining cars, serve wine and have lavish cabins.

To get to the city from the station, you should prefer hiring the metered taxis or hop on to one of those shuttle bus services from the transit centre.

Joburg by Road

The National Roads of South Africa link major South African cities to Johannesburg such as Cape Town in the South, Pretoria, Zimbabwe, Musina, Makhado and Polokwane in the north. The National roads also connect Johannes burg to the cities in the west like Sun City and to the east like Maputo.

By road, Sun City is about 3 hours away from Johannesburg. The road journey between Durban and this city can be completed in approximately 6 hours and that between Cape Town and Johannesburg can be covered by road in about 17 hours.

There are inert-city coach services as well which make for a comfortable journey between this Sub-Saharan city and other major South African cities. All the buses depart from the city’s station in Braamfontein.

All major malls have centers of the service providers of these coaches and tickets too can be purchased from these centers.

For the tourists, a good option would be The Baz Bus which have pick-up and drop-off pints at the hostels meant for backpackers. They run on two routes between Johannesburg and Durban, via Drakensberg and via Swaziland. From Durban, the route extends to Cape Town.

Means of Public Transport

johannesburg metro busFor the public, there are metro buses linking the various corners of the city. Starting and finishing point of most of these buses is the Gandhi square.

Metrorail links Johannesburg to its suburban areas.

The minibus taxis or the shared taxis are another way to get around the city. You could also shell out a little more of your money and opt for metered taxis which are comfortable and convenient mode of touring the city, especially for the tourists. However, you should be prepared for rush hour traffics.

For excursions around Johannesburg, you could hire a care either through your hotels or through the car rental booths at the airport.

Even when renting a car, having a map of the city would be worthwhile.  There aren’t many signboards on the roads to tell you where you are heading to.

To view the city as it passes by when you are on a ride, you could get into one of City Slickers buses, which have seats at the roof of the bus which are open. They are meant for specially conducting tours of the city.

A good amount of money is being invested Johannesburg and other cities of South Africa, after it has been selected as the venue to host the FIFA World Cup 2010. A major investment is being seen for creating the Bus Rapid Transit or BRT between cities for an easier and comfortable conveyance.

Adapted to tourism, this city offers overall convenient modes of transport for you to tour the city. While some are little expensive, like the metered taxis, they are still comfortable ways to get around here.

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