Whether you choose to drive your own vehicle or make use of South Africa’s public transport system, you will need to be prepared. For those who choose to use their own cars, vehicle insurance give you the peace of mind that your car will be covered in case of an accident. However, if the idea of bumper-to-bumper traffic doesn’t tickle your fancy, South Africa has a couple loads of public transport options as alternatives.
If you’ve decided to give your car (and wallet) a rest, ensure that you park your vehicle in a safe and secure garage or area and be sure to inform your insurer. Not only will this lessen the chance of your car being stolen or vandalised, it could also mean saving on your car insurance premium as you and your car aren’t as a high risk. If you don’t own a vehicle, you’ll be able to travel from point A to point B with no hassle, thanks to South Africa’s public transportation alternatives.
If you’re looking for an alternative to hours spent in traffic, take a look at the following options:
Hailed as Gauteng’s pride and joy, the Gautrain is the ideal public transport option for those who are looking to cut down on the times and expenses of a daily commute. Not only does the Gautrain offer a safe and efficient journey, it also serves as the more affordable option for those who are looking at saving on overall petrol costs. Whether you’re searching for an alternative mode of transport for professional or leisure purposes, the Gautrain will get you there safely and on time!
The South African Metrorail, developed in 1916, is the country’s longest standing form of transport. Ideal for long trips, the Metro is a basic and affordable means of travel. Although hailed for its safety in previous years, the Metrorail’s reputation has come under question over the last 15 odd years of South Africa’s democracy. Ideal for novelty trips to the FNB Stadium for a sports game or music concert, or for a leisurely trip from Cape Town to Simons Town, you should only ever take a trip on the Metrorail during the day. If this is your only alternative form of public transport, be sure to keep an eye on all of your belongings and remain vigilant during your trip.
Whether you catch the Greyhound bus from one city to another, or hop onto a local city bus, the bus network is a quick and affordable means of getting around. You will need to keep an eye on the schedules and always be aware of strike action so as to ensure that you’re not stranded. Inner city bus routes will take you to all of the hotspots, public centres, hospitals, libraries and departmental offices. Be sure to keep your personal items with you at all times, and be vigilant when travelling after sunset.
The most colourful of all of South Africa’s public transport options, Minibus taxis are also the most popular. For a few rands, South Africans are able to catch a taxi from one point to another in a manner that is truly unique. Packed into a taxi like sardines, passengers are subjected to their driver’s habits, music and driving style – a novelty for first time taxi users (or tourists). If you’ve given up on trying to meander your way through traffic in your own vehicle, a taxi is an entertaining alternative.
South Africa boasts a wide selection of privately owned transport entities that are both safe and affordable. Airport shuttles, car rentals and taxis are quick, convenient and safe. If you ever find that you’re just not up for another day of peak-hour traffic, opt for a taxi to transport you to and from work.
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