About The City Sightseeing Johannesburg Tour:
Discover South Africa's largest and most diverse city comfortably and safely when you book the City Sightseeing Johannesburg bus tour. The red 'City Tour' route has 9 stops while the green route has 5; both link together at Constitution Hill (stop 5). Taken together, both routes encompass all of the capital's most popular landmarks and attractions.
Tickets are valid for either 1 or 2 days, pick the one that suits you and plan a flexible hop-on hop-off itinerary. If a particular stop piques your interest simply disembark for some on-foot exploration. When you're ready to continue all you have to do is wait for the arrival of the next bus.
- All Year Round.
- Digital Audio: English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu.
- An English-language kids channel is also available.
Tour Times / Frequencies:
- See Downloads.
- Red Route: The Zone @ Rosebank Station
- Green Route: Constitution Hill.
- Hotel Shuttle Service: See Downloads.
*You can start the tour at any its 13 stops.
- Red Route: 1 Hour 30 Minutes.
- Green Route: 55 Minutes.
- Soweto Tour: 2 Hours.
- Walking Tours: See bottom of page.
- Audio Guide (Headphones Included).
- Printed Tour Map & Leaflet.
- Wheelchair Accessible Buses.
Tour Itinerary | Green Route:
With 2 interlinked north-south routes, the Johannesburg City Sightseeing tour places you within easy reach of all the capital's famous districts and attractions. If you happen to begin the tour at Stop 1 (Rosebank Gautrain Station), consider making your first visit Johannesburg Zoo Lake (Stop 2), or hop-off right outside the zoo's main entrance (Stop 3).
If history's more your thing then the Ditsong Military Museum is just a short ride away at Stop 4. Whether you pause to enjoy any of these three attractions or continue aboard the buses, Stop 5 (Constitution Hill) will place you at the red route interchange point.
Constitution Hill represents the pinnacle of South Africa's struggle for civil equality and its transition to democracy in the early 1990s. Hop-off here to see the country's Constitutional Court up close. The building was opened by the late former president Nelson Mandela on February 14th 1995. While here you can also take a guided tour of the Hill and learn more about South Africa’s political history at the Constitution Hill Museum.
| 5 Stops:
- 1) The Zone @ Rosebank (Depart).
- 2) Zoo Lake.
- 3) Johannesburg Zoo.
- 4) Military Museum.
- 5) Constitution Hill.
- 1) The Zone @ Rosebank (Return).
Tour Itinerary | Red Route:
When you're ready to continue your tour of Joburg, hop aboard the next available bus and explore the red route. Stop 10 gives you a chance to see the city's old Mining District up close. Stroll through the corporate mining district, a large outdoor museum that provides insights into Johannesburg’s platinum mining boom. You'll see everything from old mining equipment to buildings such as the Chamber of Mines and the corporate offices of mining companies such as BHP Billiton and Anglo American.
The Carlton Centre (Stop 11) is a skyscraper that sits right at the heart of downtown Johannesburg. At 223 meters it has officially been Africa's highest building for the last 39 years, though this title is now under threat from a number of new contenders elsewhere in the continent. Hop-off the bus for a trip to the top and enjoy 360° views of the entire city.
Before departing the Carlton Centre why not visit a testament to one of the city's most iconic historical figures. Gandhi Square is only a few minutes walk away, and it's where you'll come face-to-face with a statue in his honour. Mahatma Gandhi was a prominent resident of Johannesburg from 1893 until 1914, a period during which he championed non-violent civil disobedience to protest racial discrimination in South Africa.
Next stop is the James Hall Transport Museum, an institution showcasing over 400 years worth of vehicular travel. Artefacts on show range from horse-drawn carriages to Model-T Fords. The museum also explores the evolution of Johannesburg's transport infrastructure.
Stop 13 is where you'll encounter the Apartheid Museum. Uncover every aspect of South Africa's darkest period by tracing the history of the era from its conception in 1948 to its collapse in 1994. It's also the location of the city's main theme park, Gold Reef City. Hop off here and spend some time enjoying the rides, and be sure to take the Gold Reef City underground tour. This exciting 2 hour descent into Johannesburg's oldest gold mine is only R100 per person when you present your bus tour ticket at the main entrance. During the tour you'll even witness a live gold pour!
If your ticket includes the Soweto tour combo you can begin this tour at Stop 13 before continuing with the red city route. Explore Johannesburg's most iconic township on a fully guided, 2 hour sightseeing trip. The tour departs every hour from 11:15 to 15:15, simply disembark at the Apartheid Museum and look out for the red 'So-WE-To' mini buses.
City Sightseeing staff can advise on the next available departure. Key highlights you'll visit in Soweto include: Diepkloof neighbourhood, Bara Taxi Rank, Vilakazi Street and the famous Orlando Towers.
Stop 14 takes you into the middle of one of Joburg's most prominent cultural centres. The Newtown Precinct is where you'll find a dizzying collection of treasures including: The Market Theatre, Workers’ Museum, Museum Africa, the Sci-Bono Museum, and SAB World of Beer.
After a brief stop at the Newtown Junction (Stop 15), you'll arrive at the Origin's Centre (Stop 16). Using state-of-the-art technology, the Origin’s Centre examines humanity's African genesis in an informative and entertaining manner. Immerse yourself into the San trance dance in a 120 degree room.
Finally, Stop 17 is where you can hop-off at the 'The Grove' in Braamfontein. This is an ideal place to chill out in a comfortable and cultured atmosphere. Grab a specialist pizza from the ‘86 on Public’, browse the Saturday 'Neighbourgoods Market', relish that much needed coffee/tea at Doubleshot Coffee & Tea, or kick back with a cold beer at Kitchener’s Carvery Bar, a 100 year old pub a few metres from the Grove.
| 9 Stops:
- 5) Constitution Hill (Depart).
- 10) Mining District.
- 11) Carlton Centre.
- 12) James Hall Transport Museum.
- 13) Apartheid Museum & Golf Reef City.
- 14) SAB WOB.
- 15) Newtown Junction.
- 16) Origins Centre.
- 17) Braamfontein.
- 5) Constitution Hill (Return).
Free Johannesburg Walking Tours:
In partnership with Nielsen Tours, City Sightseeing Joburg run two free walking tours 365 days a year. These provide travellers with deeper cultural insights into South Africa's largest city. Both begin and end at Park Station (just south of Stop 5), and are as follows:
1) Historical City Centre Tour:
- Departure Times: 10:30 and 13:00 - tours last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.
2) Braamfontein Culture Tour:
- Departure Time: 15:30 - tour lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.