City Sightseeing’s red bus

Joburg’s red bus – a familiar sight in the city.

Joburg’s red bus – a familiar sight in the city. (Image: City Sightseeing South Africa)

As in many other cities around the world, City Sightseeing’s red hop-on, hop-off buses have become a familiar sight on Johannesburg’s roads.

They’re certainly one of the best ways to explore Joburg – whether you’re a local or not familiar with the city at all.

City Sightseeing’s City Tour takes you to several important attractions around the city, including:

  • Carlton Centre, the highest building in Africa (the 360° view from the 50th floor is a must-see)
  • South Africa’s largest land-transport museum, the James Hall Museum of Transport
  • The Apartheid Museum, which illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid through dramatic photographs, videos, press clips, personal artefacts and moving anecdotes
  • The SAB World of Beer, where you can hop off for a beer tour
  • Constitution Hill, where you’ll see some of Joburg’s most notorious historic prisons next to the Constitutional Court

The Johannesburg Green Tour shows you the city and its suburbs like you've never seen them before and takes you to Jozi's most picturesque spots. With your Johannesburg Green Tour ticket, you'll also be able hop on the City Tour at no additional cost. 

The Green Tour starts from The Zone @ Rosebank (stop 1), but you can hop on at any of the other stops and buy your ticket on the bus. Highlights of this tour include:

  • Zoo Lake, a large park situated around a manmade lake that makes for perfect weekend ambles
  • Johannesburg Zoo, a 55-hectare zoo housing an estimated 2 000 wild animals comprising 320 species 
  • Ditsong National Museum of Military History, which houses militaria from the Anglo-Boer Wars, the Anglo-Zulu War, World War I and II and more, on an 80-hectare site 
  • Constitution Hill, (a must-see), is home to the country's former notorious historic prisons, now museums, and the Constitutional Court

There is also a Green/City Tour and Soweto Combo, which takes you to a rich and vibrant area south of Joburg that is full of history and culture.

If you opt for the Red City Tour and Soweto Combo, you’ll also be able to experience the vibrancy of Soweto, South Africa's largest township.

Visitors to Soweto love stopping at the colourful Orlando Towers.

Visitors to Soweto love stopping at the colourful Orlando Towers. (Image: City Sightseeing South Africa )

In Soweto, you’ll get to see the colourful Orlando Towers, the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Orlando West, and Vilakazi Street, which was once home to former president Nelson Mandela and social rights activist Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Operating hours

The first bus departs from The Zone in Rosebank/Gautrain Station at 9am and from Gold Reef City at 9.45am. On weekends and official South African public holidays and public school holidays, the first bus from Gold Reef City departs at 9am. You can also hop on the bus at any of the bus stops. See the timetable here.

Ticket prices and bookings

To find out prices and book tickets, including combos and City Sightseeing specials, click here. For customer care call +27 861 733 287.