Transport & Car Rental

Getting around Joburg
Joburg is very spread out with no single city centre but rather a number of different areas and neighbourhoods. However Craighall Park is very centrally located for easy access to the central suburbs and areas of Rosebank, Sandton, Randburg and Joburg Central. Read more

Guest comment on Tripadvisor
  • Located in the middle of a lovely street in a suburb of Johannesburg, we were 20 mins from anywhere we wanted to go.
    Stay June 2011

On-site transport
Zac Gumbo who works at Liz at Lancaster is a registered transport provider and is available for on-site transport and airport transfers.

Guest reviews on Tripadvisor speak for Zac’s services
  • Zac provides transportation to and from almost any venue you desire and his caring reliability is outstanding!
    Stay June 2011

  • Zac was an awesome driver, picking and dropping us in Joburg, always with a smile.
    Stay Sept 2010
(subject to change due to fluctuating rising petrol prices and the introduction of toll road costs)
  • Airport transfer (one-way) : From R420 for up to 2 people; R50 per extra person.
  • Sandton, Wits, Braamfontein & Newtown: R80
  • Rosebank including the Gautrain Station: R60
  • Dunkeld and the Colony Centre: R25
  • Hacklebrook Conference Centre & Hyde Park: R30
  • Parkhurst & Parktown North: R40
  • Johannesburg Central Business District: R90
  • Arts on Main: R100
  • Apartheid Museum & Midrand: R170
  • Sunninghill, Woodmead and Monte Casino: R130
  • Minimal surcharge of R35 for after-hours restaurant collection (After 9).
Rates might vary dependant on traffic conditions.

For any trips of over 30 km Zac charges an hourly rate of R100 as well as R4.50 per km. So for example a half day excursion to Lesedi (10.30 to 2.30) would be R400 plus R4.50 X 84 kms= R378; a total of R778. And the Cradle of Humankind for a full day trip of 6 hours and approx 100km would be R1050.

High speed train to and from the airport.
The Gautrain is fast, (under 15 minutes from Rosebank to O.R Tambo), safe, clean and efficient and a wonderful timesaver for transport to and from the airport.
Running times:
  • Weekdays Peak periods 05h30 to 08h30 | 16h00 to 19h00 Every 12 mins
  • Weekdays off peak 08h30 to 16h00 | 19h00 to 20h30 every 20 mins
  • Weekends: every 30 mins
  • Cost: R125 per person to Sandton and R135 per person to Rosebank plus a non-refundable R12 to buy the Gautrain card. Collection (by Zac from Liz at Lancaster) from the Gautrain Station is R80 from Sandton and R60 from Rosebank. It will cost from R100 with a commercial cab/taxi.
  • Car Parking: Open from 05h00 to 21h00, seven days a week
Transfer: from the Gautrain station (Rosebank or Sandton) to Liz at Lancaster. Phone (by prior arrangement)
Gaubuses operate between Sandton and Rosebank weekdays only
For general information on the Gautrain see

Johannesburg taxi services
There are NO roaming taxis that can be 'hailed' from the roadside. Although locals use mini-bus taxis, these are largely unregulated and require too much local knowledge to be used by visitors. So you will need to phone for a taxi or cab. There are many reliable and safe taxi companies who operate 24 hours a day. Probably the best for local transfers is Roses Taxis at a charge of R11 per km with a minimum charge of R50:Probably the best for local transfers is Rainbow Cabs 08 6060 6161 Their minimum charge is R60 for 6km and then R10 per km after that. Roses Taxis charge R12 per km with a minimum charge of R50 (but this charge only applies to a trip within the same suburb – so always check the rate before): 011 403-9625; 0861 8294 222. Others such as PWV and Maxi Taxi charge a set fee of R80 plus for local trips. Some of the drivers do not carry maps and might not know the location of your destination, so try to get directions beforehand to give the driver. There is little other effective and usable public transport for visitors to Joburg.

Tuk Tuk Services
The latest addition to the Johannesburg transport scene is the introduction of tuk tuk services for short distances. The local company operates out of Parkhurst 0860 885 885 They charge R35 for the 1st 5 km and then R8 per km after that. So for short distances this is a really viable and cost-effective option. Currently however they are very busy on Friday and Saturday evenings so don’t count on immediate availability during these times.

Air travel
There are 2 international airports serving Johannesburg. O.R. Tambo on the east of Johannesburg (39km from Liz at Lancaster) and Lanseria Airport to the north (24km from Liz at Lancaster) . If you are travelling internally you need to be at the airport an hour before take-off time and if travelling internationally then you are required to be there 2 hours before take-off.
The restrictions for cabin baggage are as follows:
  • 1 bag + laptop for economy class passengers
  • 2 bags + laptop for business/ first class passengers
  • Weight of each bag may not exceed 7kg Total dimensions of each bag may not exceed 115cm (56cm + 36cm + 23cm).

For car rentals click on link below:
Many visitors rent a car, although driving in Johannesburg is a challenge with bad traffic delays, poor road signage and traffic lights frequently out of order! However for local trips and long stays, self-drive is a good option. Many of the big car rental companies like Avis Car Hire have branches in Rosebank, Sandton and of course at the airport. Avis Car Rental 011 923 3660 or 086 102 1111

For motor bike rentals
South Africa is a wonderful country to travel by motorbike. Motoberlin provide BMW bikes for rental and offer an excellent service. For more info go to Motoberlin

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