If you are looking for a Johannesburg City Pass, we have the experience that will give you an insider’s view of Johannesburg and take you to the main tourism locations. Johannesburg is the commercial hub of South Africa, and while not as much a tourist city as Cape Town, you can still get up to a decent amount of activities.
You can experience the city from an open-top bus with views of popular tourist destinations and cultural sites.
The Johannesburg City Pass Experience
There is a hop on hop off tour bus experience in Johannesburg. They it has 3 different packages available, which include 16 stops and covers 20 of Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attractions. The hop on hop off buss runs on a popular route with a designated schedule. You get off at which ever stop you want to and you need only show your ticket to board the next bus.
The booking also includes FREE hotel shuttle from a number of select hotels, all based in Sandton which is Johannesburg’s most popular suburb and where most tourists stay.
There are three packages available, which are the 1-Day Ticket, 2 Day Tickets and the 1 Day + Soweto Combo. The packages cover two routes.
Johannesburg North Tour
The red route is in the city centre of Johannesburg and you will see the following sites.
- Constitution Hill
- The Mining District Walk
- Carlton Centre
- The James Hall Transport Museum
- Apartheid Museum
- Newtown Precinct
- Newtown Junction Mall
- The Origins Centre at Wits
Johannesburg Central Tour
The Green route is in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg and covers the following attractions
- The Zone @ Rosebank
- Zoo Lake
- Johannesburg Zoo
- Ditsong National Museum of Military History
- Constitution Hill
The Soweto Tour can be added to any of the above tours on a 1 day ticket. This will be a 2-hour live guide where you are guided through the famous township by a Soweto resident. You will see the following sites.
- FNB Stadium (known as Soccer City during the 2010 FIFA World
Cup), the biggest stadium in Africa, is built in the form of a calabash
or a Zulu clay pot
- Diepkloof, a prominent neighborhood near many popular hangout spots
- Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, built during the Second World War and the largest hospital in the world
- Bara Taxi Rank, the largest taxi rank in Johannesburg
- Orlando Towers, a colorful landmark popular for bungee and base jumping and abseiling
- Orlando Stadium, the first ever sports facility built for black South Africans in a residential area
- Hector Pietersen Memorial in Orlando West
- Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world in which two Nobel Prize winners have lived
- Kliptown Open Air Museum in Walter Sisulu Square
Johannesburg Attractions Are Affordable
There is no city pass experience that includes discounts on entrance to various attractions in Johannesburg because the entrance fees to the attractions are generally very affordable. For example, the Hector Pieterson museum charges adults R30 (approximately $2) and R10 (less than $1) for pensioners and students.
A city pass will require you to plan your trips in advance and set out a route. In Johannesburg, because entrance is inexpensive at the main tourist attractions, you will value the convenience of visiting places in the order that suits you. There is, therefore, not much of a demand for city passes.
The tours are available everyday and run between 9am and 6pm. There is a bus available approximately every 30 minutes. There is an airport shuttle from the select hotels and City Sightseeing can also be reached by the Gautrain, as they are right near the Gautrain station. Tickets are valid for 14 days after the date of purchase.
And there you have it, a value-filled collection of sights to discover in the City of Gold. While Johannesburg doesn’t have an official city pass as in other places around the world, the packages above provide a good offering that adds convenience into your exploring of the city.