South African bus travel provides a great way to see the country. South African buses are comfortable and feature normal coach creature comforts. Some even have specially designed sleeper chairs to make your ride more pleasant.
Tourism buses in South Africa are predominantly operated by Greyhound, Autopax and Intercape. South African bus travel can also include trips to neighbouring African countries, as many local service providers operate routes across Southern Africa.
Autopax is such an operator, featuring the brands Translux and City-to-City, which cover more than 100 domestic destinations and a number of African routes.
Translux is a luxury, inter-city operator. It offers double and single decker luxury coaches which feature audio and visual entertainment, reclining seats, air-conditioning, reading lights, heaters and onboard toilet facilities.
City-to-City is a semi-luxury service, operating between all the major centres in Southern Africa, including Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Intercape has one of the largest regional inter-city infrastructures, offering 38 daily departures across South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana. Its fleet includes 49 luxury double-decker and 15 single-decker coaches.
Its two brands are Sleepliner and Mainliner. The luxury Sleepliner service boasts top-of-the-range, imported coaches with the only specially designed sleeper chairs in the country. Coaches are air-conditioned, have audio and visual entertainment, onboard toilets and are serviced by cabin attendants.
Mainliner coaches offer standard seating and have similar features to the Sleepliner service. This service operates between all major South African cities and Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Greyhound operates a vast national network between major cities and towns. Its luxury coaches feature air-conditioning, reclining seats, audio and visual entertainment, onboard toilets and cabin attendants on certain routes.
Budget travellers should consider the Baz Bus. Specifically designed for backpackers, this service covers South Africa's coastline from Cape Town to Sodwana. It offers a hop-on, hop-off service on semi-luxury, 19-seater coaches and includes the country's top backpacker destinations.
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