South Africa

A Comparison of Johannesburg Hop On, Hop Off Tours

by Oliver Stallwood  |  Published December 29, 2023

A hop on, hop off bus tour is the best way to see a city and Johannesburg is no exception. Here is a comparison of Johannesburg hop on, hop off tours:


Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa and it can be a tricky place to navigate. Whether you are on a long holiday or just staying a few days, a hop on, hop off bus is the best way to get to see the sights, whatever you are interested in. In Johannesburg, hop on, hop off buses are not that common but there are a few trips available, from seeing the city by day to getting to grips with its nightlife. Here is a comparison of Johannesburg hop on, hop off tours:

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Optional Soweto Tour

This tour covers everything you need to see in Johannesburg, with the added option of taking a guided tour of Soweto, the urban complex that became one of the global symbols of South Africa’s apartheid. The Johannesburg tour explains the city’s history with an audio commentary, the open top bus stopping at all the iconic Johannesburg attractions like Melrose Arch, the Mandela’s Foundation, Mandela’s Homes, Constitution Hill, downtown Johannesburg, the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City Theme Park, The Zoo, and Military Museum. It’s a well organised trip, with friendly staff and clean, punctual buses – highly recommended. From €14.82.

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Soweto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, City Tour and Apartheid Museum

This is essentially the previous tour, but with the hop on, hop off bit removed – although it is an option if you decide you’d like to see the rest of the city straight after. The two-hour, small group tour of Soweto is an add-on that can be accessed while on the hop on, hop off tour. A Soweto resident guide takes you to Mandela House on Vilakazi Street, providing an indepth background on South Africa’s most prominent figure, and includes visits to the Fnb Stadium, as well as a photo opportunity at the famous “Welcome to Soweto” sign. Then you can complete the day by joining the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Learn the history of Johannesburg from the audio commentary on board the double decker sightseeing bus. From €33.35.

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Hop on Hop Off Johannesburg Pub Crawl

For a slightly different hop hop, hop off experience, this party bus doesn’t show you Johannesburg’s monuments – but you will have a, ahem, monumental good time. The bus basically does a pub crawl between some of the city’s best pubs and in between you won’t go thirsty – there’s a pub complete with beer taps onboard the open top buses too. Oh, and in case you were wondering, there is a loo too.

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