Public transport operators in South Africa
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since 2000
Rea Vaya
since 2009
Gautrain (Johannesburg/Pretoria)
since 2010
Golden Arrow
(Cape Town)
since 1992
(Cape Town)
since 2010
Algoa Bus
(Port Elizabeth)|
since 1991
Go George
since 2014
Regional companies
A special on the Indian buses in Durban
Open top sightseeing buses / partybuses
Joburg+Cape Town
Durban Ricksha Bus
(Cape Town)
Franschhoek Wine
Former operators
up to 2000
until 2000
Port Elizabeth
until 1990

Public (bus) transport in South Africa went through a number of sometimes difficult periodes due to the political and societal changes from the Apartheid period through the problems during the 1990's and the first decade of the new millennium to a process of stabilisation, investment and modernisation. All the major cities (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein) had urban operators with European type services for whites and separate services for blacks, except for Cape Town where buses were not segragated. Smaller municipalities around Johannesburg (Germiston, Alberton, Roodepoort) also had their "white" municipal services with PUTCO transporting "black" people. These municipal services were reorganised in 2000, with the restructuring of the administrative regions. After Apartheid had been abolished a massive change took place, in several cities leading to the abolishment of formal bus services which were replaced by "taxi services" with minibuses, with deteriorating security and violence. The minor cities largely lost their bus services, but in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth the companies kept running. Interestingly the World Soccer Games in 2010 were a boost for investment in public transport and Johannesburg and Cape Town developed Latin American style Bus Rapid Transit systems that became quite successful. Other cities are following and Pretoria is currently building a system. Another investment was in a new standard-gauge electric railway between Johannesburg, Pretoria and O.R.Tambo Airport, catering for middle class commuters and airplane passengers, effectively segregating them from the overcrowded commuter trains to the (former black) townships (and for which the government has been criticized). Gautrain even provides modern parking facilities and connecting bus services in the Johannesburg and Pretoria area. An indication of the developments going on is the new bus service in George, which started in December 2014.

Municipal operators on the Reef. In "Buses Annual 1977" Stewart J.Brown published an article on municipal bus operators on the Reef. Due to the adminitrative changes around 2000 the separate companies dissappeared. There were ten municipalities operating buses: Johannesburg, Alberton, Germiston, Boksburg, Benoni, Brakpan, Springs, Nigel, Kempton Park, Roodepoort.

Long distance train services still exist but are less frequent than they used to be and South African Railways has been split up in different operating companies for commuter trains and long distance services. Long distance bus services are important and several long established operators such as Greyhound and Intercape still exist.


Amogelang 1999 Johannesburg, Pretoria, Rustenburg (JIC), Kimberley, Pampierstad and Vryburg 
Phumatra 1999 part of Amogelang
PUTCO 1945 currently Gauteng area
Eagle Liner ca 1998 long distance services (linked to Intercity Xpress)
Intercape 1979 long distance services
MyCiTi 2010 BRT Cape Town
Gautrain 2010 train OR Tambo-Johannesburg-Pretoria plus connecting bus services
Rea Vaya 2009 BRT Johannesburg
Durban Transport   site of card provider contains timetables and other info
Durban People Mover   site of card provider contains timetables and other info
Durban Mynah   site of card provider contains timetables and other info
Metro Johannesburg 2000 urban services Johannesburg
Golden Arrow 1992 urban and regional services Cape Town
Elwierda 1976 coaches, school buses
Midway 1999 BBBEE company set up by Kruger Bus Service
Bazbus 1995 scheduled long distance services with midibuses
Van Rensburg   tours, shuttle and school services
Mzilibomvu 2006 KwaMhlanga, Tweefontein, local services and private hire
Bojanala   part of Unitrans Passenger, BBBEEE company in North West
Mega Coach   part of Unitrans Passenger, luxury charter
Mega Bus   part of Unitrans Passenger, contract work
Citliner   part of Unitrans Passenger, long distance coaches
Greyhound   part of Unitrans Passenger, long distance coaches
Unitrans Passneger   division of Unitrans, with operating companies (qv)
Grundling Buses 1991 coaches, contract work
Vaal Maseru    
Vilot RCL 2012? joint Venture between Vilot Transport and Rustenburg Coach Links (RCL) 
Citysightseeing   Johannesburg and Cape Town
Go George 2014 public transport in George
Algoa Bus Comapny 1991 public transport in Port Elizabeth
Atamelang 2002  
Translux   long distance scheduled services, part of Autopax, subsidiary of PRASA
City-to-City   regional bus services, part of Autopax, subsidiary of PRASA
Intercity Xpress 200x purchased Luxliner Coaches
Northwest Star/ Star Line 1973 set up by provincial government
Tshwane Bus Services   urban services Pretoria
CK Travel & Tour   coach hire
Protours 2000 coach hire
Coach Charter   coach hire
Imfuyo Bus Service      
Interstate Bus Lines   around Bloemfontein. Registred as Itumele Bus Lines (Pty) Ltd 
Imfuyo Bus Service      
Western Cape Coaches      
Springbok Atlas    
Hanekom's Bus Services 1985ca  
SARPBAC   South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council
Mayibuye Transport Corporation     around Queenstown