Johannesburg is a sprawling city and the lack of convenient and
safe public transport is often an obstacle to visitors. City
transport consists of an unreliable bus network and a series of
minibus taxi routes, neither of which operate much after dark.
The main bus terminus is at Ghandi Square in the city centre
where there are timetables and route maps, but times are rarely
accurate. Gautrain bus services only run to stops around Sandton.
Alternatively, a sightseeing bus provides hop-on hop-off tours
around the city in open-topped buses.
The quickest and cheapest way to get around is on a minibus
taxi, an informal bus service that goes everywhere but has no
schedule or formal stops and can be picked up at taxi ranks or
hailed anywhere along its route. However, dangerous driving,
overcrowding, and high crime rates at taxi ranks have deterred many
from using them as a means of transport. If necessary, use them for
short hops only and never with baggage.
Safer but far more expensive are metered taxis, which need to be
booked in advance. The best way to get around is by private car and
there is an excellent network of highways and well-maintained
roads. There are a number of car rental agencies that require
drivers to be over 23 years old and hold a full driving
A passport and credit card are also necessary. Drivers should
keep their windows up and doors locked at all times, never leave
anything visible in a parked car, and never stop for hitchhikers.
They should also be aware that there is a risk of car hijacking.
Visitors should remain alert, especially when leaving or returning
to their car, and seek out secure parking.