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How to Get to South Africa

How to get to South Africa by Air

South Africa’s main airport, the Johannesburg International Airport, is 30 km from Johannesburg and 60 km from Pretoria. It is reasonably well connected to many parts of the world.

Airport buses to the SAA terminal run every 30 minutes and there are also services to and from Pretoria. Several hotels provide courtesy buses. Otherwise, taxis are a ready and relatively inexpensive option. There are also international airports at Cape Town (about 20 km from the city) and Durban (16 km).

How to get to South Africa by Rail

The main train services to South Africa are from Zimbabwe (there were till recently two services from Zimbabwe – the Bulawayo Express from Bulawayo via Gaborone in Botswana to Jo’burg and the Trans-Limpopo Express from Harare - but they may have been stopped, please check) and from Mozambique (from Komatipoort).

The Blue Train which is one of world’s best luxury train runs on a 27 hour long scenic journey between Cape Town and Pretoria – book well in advance as the train is almost always sold out!

How to get to South Africa by Road

Bus companies offer services from neighbouring countries to South African cities, for example, from Harare (Zimbabwe) Windhoek (Namibia), Maputo (Mozambique) and Lusaka (Zambia). Motorists traveling from South Africa to neighboring countries should contact the Department of Home Affairs for details of the opening and closing times of the relevant border posts.


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