The Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport System

One of the most frustrating things about living in Johannesburg is the lack of public transport in this city. The residents are forced to have their own private vehicles because there are so few alternatives to getting around and about.

The safer cab companies are expensive while the train network is very limited. There’s an impressive bus network which only extends between the inner city and the Southern parts of Johannesburg. It’s called the Rea Vaya and we see the bus stops scattered all over the inner city when we walk about or drive through it.

I went on a short ride in the inner city to experience the local transportation and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was.

The bus stops looked mighty impressive in the middle of the roads. They were clean and well looked after.

People at the bus stops and ticket counters were helpful. And the network was easy to understand.

Here’s me boarding the bus. My first public bus ride in Johannesburg. Woohoo!

Photo credit: David Lok

My ride was within the inner city route and only cost R4.50 (~SGD0.70). Super cheap!

The quality of the buses was way better than I had expected. It reminded me of the buses I used to take in Auckland, New Zealand.

I wish they would extend the bus network into the central and northern parts of Johannesburg. I miss long bus rides, where I can just sit in the bus for hours, listen to my iPod and look out to the streets and see a little more of the city.

For more information on the Rea Vaya BRT System in Johannesburg, click here. For a guided experience on the local bus system, try a tour with Past Experiences.



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