Getting There & Getting About

International Airports

Internal Transport

There are daily internal flights that link Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and other major cities, with connecting flights to provincial towns. There are also a number of intercity rail services, including the weekly Trans-Oranje service that runs between Cape Town and Durban via Kimberley and Bloemfontein; the Blue Train that offers routes between Pretoria and Cape Town; and the daily Trans-Natal Express between Durban and Johannesburg. There are many companies that offer steam safaris around South Africa.

South Africa has a well-maintained network of roads and motorways, with approximately a third of all roads paved (major roads tarred to a high standard). Speed limits are 60 kph (35 mph) in built up areas and 120 kph (75 mph) in non-residential areas. Fines for speeding are very heavy. Self-drive and chauffeur-driven cars are available at most airports and in major city centres.

Companies such as Greyhound, Translux and Intercape run intercity express coach links; visitors may break their journey at any scheduled stop en route, and continue on a subsequent coach at no extra cost. Arrangements must be made at the time of booking however.

There are also buses and rail networks within the main towns. In Pretoria, there are various pre-purchase ticket systems, including a cheap pass for off-peak travel only. Fares in Johannesburg and Cape Town are based on zone, with payment in cash or with 10-ride pre-purchase 'clipcards' available from kiosks. However, visitors should be aware that there have been a number of muggings around the Rotunda Bus Terminal in Johannesburg.

Taxis do not cruise and must be called from a rank; drivers will expect a 10% tip.