South African Transport Options

South African transportation

Navigate South Africa by road, rail or air

Getting around South Africa is easy, with dozens of transport options available.

There are multitudes of ways to see South Africa. Hire a car, catch a bus or a train, or fly to top destinations across the country.

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.

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.

Avis Rent a Car: +27 11 923 3660; reservations@avis.co.za 
Hertz: +27 21 935 4800; res@hertz.co.za
Imperial/Europcar Car Rental: +27 11 574 1000; info@europcar.co.za
Drive South Africa: +27 21 423 1912; info@drivesouthafrica.co.za
Premier Classe: +27 11 774 5247
Blue Train: +27 12 334 8459
1Time Airline: +27 11 928 8000; info@1time.co.za
South African Airways: +27 11 978 1111; help@flysaa.com
British Airways: +27 11 921 0111; badomesticregional@comair.co.za

South African car hire

South African car hire allows for great exploration.

Transport options in South Africa include the Blue Train, one of the world's most luxurious trains.

South Africa transportation – fly, drive or catch a coach in SA

South African transportation offers up many ways to see this lovely country. Fly, drive or catch a train or bus. Find out more about transport options in South Africa