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South African Transport Options – Articles – South African Tourism

South African Transport Options

Navigate South Africa by road, rail or air
South Africa transportation options are varied, providing distinctly different ways to experience the country and its bountiful offerings. Scheduled transport options include rail, flight and bus services, while car rental affords self-drive visitors great flexibility. So pick a ride and get out there and explore beautiful South Africa.

South Africa transportation services are efficient and reliable, allowing you to effectively plan your South African holiday. Transport options in South Africa include car hire; bus, rail and taxi services; and a range of domestic flights. 

If travelling through South Africa on a self-drive journey, hire a car, 4x4, campervan or motorhome for your trip. There are car rental agencies at all airports and in major centres across the country, offering a complete range of vehicles. If you plan to go offroading, hire a 4x4 through a specialist agency.

Be aware that you need to carry your driver's licence on you at all times, the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory and national roads are tolled.

South African transportation services include numerous rail operators. Book a 2-bed coupe or 4-bed compartment on the passenger train, the Shosholoza Meyl, or a luxury compartment with private bathroom on its sister line, the Premier Classe.

For an ultra-luxurious ride, secure a compartment on the renowned Blue Train, with its opulent décor and exquisite cuisine. Steam enthusiasts can also enjoy day and overnight trips on restored steam trains.

South Africa boasts several coach operators that cover routes across the country. You can book a seat on the luxury coaches provided by Intercape, Greyhound and Autopax (Translux). These operators also travel into surrounding African countries, making cross-country adventures easy.

Taxi services are restricted to private, metered taxis that have to be specifically called for service. Ask your hotel to assist with any necessary bookings.

South African taxis also include minibus taxis, but use these services with caution as vehicles are often unroadworthy and drivers a little careless. For an authentic South African taxi experience, take a short minibus ride with an experienced guide or local.

Domestic flights are provided by 7 airlines, covering the entire country. Seats range from business class to budget-friendly. Airport transfers to hotels and other destinations are readily available.

Travel tips & PlanningĀ info

Who to contact

Avis Rent a Car:

Tel: +27 11 923 3660
Email: reservations@avis.co.za

Hertz:

Tel: +27 21 935 4800
Email: res@hertz.co.za

Imperial/Europcar Car Rental:

Tel: +27 11 574 1000
Email: info@europcar.co.za

Drive South Africa:

Tel: +27 21 423 1912
Email: info@drivesouthafrica.co.za

Premier Classe:

Tel: +27 11 774 5247

Blue Train:

Tel: +27 12 334 8459

South African Airways:

Tel: +27 11 978 1111
Email: help@flysaa.com

British Airways:

Tel: +27 11 921 0111
Email: badomesticregional@comair.co.za

What will it cost

Car hire begins at around R200 per vehicle per day. Budget domestic flights begin at around R500 per person return, while premium return tickets start at around R1 000 per person. Blue Train rates begin at R9 200 per preson sharing a double compartment. Bus tickets begin at around R180 per person.