Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
The public transport system in Johannesburg is very limited and in some instances, not particularly safe, so it is essential to have access to a vehicle for day-to-day transportation purposes.
How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
Although an international driver’s license is advisable, it is not essential, as long as the home country driver’s license is valid and in English and a photograph is part of the document. Your driver’s license must be carried with you at all times.
What side of the road do people drive on?
South Africa drives on the left-hand side of the road in right-hand drive vehicles. The speed limit in built-up areas is 60 kilometers per hour and 120 kilometers per hour on the motorways. Speed limits are clearly posted on signs.
Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
An expat would not use public transportation to get around the city, other than maybe a sightseeing coach tour to familiarize themselves with the area.
Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
There are coach services that link the major cities in South Africa and are perfectly safe to use. These include Greyhound, Translux and Intercape, whose contact details are in the telephone directory.
In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
When driving in Johannesburg, take good care to ensure that car doors are locked, windows only slightly open and valuables tucked away out of sight.
Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
Computicket sells inter-city coach tickets.
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