Getting Around Johannesburg
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;
and the Gautrain bus service only runs to stops around Sandton.
Alternatively, a City Slicker 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 license. 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.
Be aware that there is a risk of car hijacking so remain alert,
especially when leaving or returning to the car, and seek out