I’m not afraid to admit that I can be a bit of a cheapskate when I travel. I mean, who doesn’t like a good bargain? I’m always on the hunt for a good deal and value for money travel offerings.
South Africans often think that Johannesburg is expensive city to visit but really it needn’t be. You just need an insider’s guide to visiting Joburg on the cheap. Of course if you’re travelling with US dollars or Euro, you’ll be smiling all the way to the bank!
So the folks at Cheapflights asked me to do a guide for them on visiting Jozi on the cheap, I was happy to oblige!
A cheapskates guide to Johannesburg
Travel needn’t break the bank. Budget for your stay, look out for free and cheap activities and before you know it you’ll be saving for your next trip. The article covers free and cheap ways to explore Joburg, from art galleries and museums, to markets, Happy Hour deals and cheap sleeps.
I’ve included a few excerpts from the guide below.
To read the rest of my guide on visiting Johannesburg on the cheap click HERE!
Getting around Joburg on the cheap
The one thing I neglected to mention in the article is hot to get around Joburg as a tourist (actually this desreves a blog post on it’s own).
I have to admit Joburg’s public transport is not ideal. Of course we have the Gautrain rapid train service and Rea Vaya buses, but their services are limited to certain areas. On the whole Joburg can be a maze to navigate as a newbie relying on public transport alone. Hiring a car is generally your best option – Aroundabout Cars has some great deals!
As a tourist, new to the city I highly recommend the Citysightseeing Joburg Hop-on Hop-off Bus to orientate yourself. It’s only R150 for a day pass, and you can get to most of Jozi’s key attractions including Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, CBD, Newtown and Braamfontein.
The next best thing in Joburg, when it comes to getting around Jozi is Uber. It’s super easy to use, cheap and convenient. If you’re not on Uber already, here’s an Uber code for you – 6bs8f – Use it to get R150 off your first ride 🙂
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try the local minibus taxis. Check out this great blog post about travelling by minibus in South Africa for some tips.