Johannesburg is South Africa’s most diverse, progressive and energetic city, the country’s best showcase for activism and optimism. There’s really nowhere better if you want to see the face of modern South Africa and get a sense of how far the nation’s come and where it’s going next.

Getting to Johannesburg

By plane

As sub-Saharan Africa’s economic and tourism hub, South Africa is well served with flights from London and the rest of Europe. The majority of these touchdown at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. From North America there are a relatively small number of nonstop flights into Johannesburg, you’ll have to change planes or stop for refuelling. Upon arrival, there is a Johannesburg tourist information booth at the airport.

The fastest and easiest way to get to the city from the airport – especially during the dreaded morning and afternoon rush hours – is on the Gautrain rail link. Shuttle buses, taxis and car rentals are also available.

By road

Johannesburg is accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Driving is on the left and drivers must be aged 18 years or over.Foreign licences are valid if they are in English with a photograph of the holder.


Johannesburg is linked by deluxe and standard bus service from all major cities in South Africa and many other southern African cities including Bulawayo, Harare, Maputo and Windhoek. The Park City Transit Centre on Risk Street is the terminus.

Is it safe to visit Johannesburg?
The short answer is: yes, it’s safe to visit.

The slightly longer answer is that when you explore Johannesburg, some areas are safer than others. The northern suburbs are fine to wander around freely, and downtown areas like Maboneng – a no-go area barely a decade ago – have become safe and exciting models of urban regeneration.

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