How it works

Bazbus is all about discovering the REAL South Africa through the eyes of a local. Imagine a tourist came to your city with a Lonely Planet Book. Who can show them your city better… you, the local expert, or a guide book probably written by a foreign tourist? That is exactly what Bazbus does!

Bazbus is all about discovering the REAL South Africa through the eyes of a local South African in a safe, fun and cheap way. There are plenty of things to see and do as well as so much culture, history and food to be discovered.

What makes us different

Comfortable and modern buses

Our buses allow you to get to places (hidden gems) that are impossible to get to on public transport, but also give you the safety and comfort your holiday deserves with local, expert drivers and the best safety standards, as well as offering hotel pickup and drop off at each stop.

Unique hop-on, hop-off system

This means you choose what to do, where to eat, and how long you spend at each destination, putting you in full control of your trip. Love a destination? Hop off and stay there as long as you like! Short on time? Skip through a destination quickly whilst seeing its main attractions.

Perfect pass for everyone

Whether you want a fully planned trip in advance, or just hop on and decide as you go, Bazbus is perfect for every type of traveler. It offers the benefits of being in full control combined with the benefits of a tour (meeting people and discovering places not accessible on public buses)

Local, expert drivers

Our South African drivers know this country much better than any guidebook. For example, the Lonely Planet is released every 2/3 years, and is written by foreign tourists. Our drivers are locals who have lived here all their life and spend every day traveling this incredible country.

How it works

Firstly, let us explain how public buses in South Africa work and then explain how Bazbus works so you can understand a little about the difference. It’s best to always compare your different options to find the best one!

How PUBLIC BUS travel works in South Africa

  • Spend your travel time searching for and booking your ticket for the journey from Destination A to Destination B. Be careful with the public bus company you choose!
  • Arrive at bus terminal B after a direct non-stop journey simply looking at the window and usually driving at excess speed levels (normal for public buses in South Africa)
  • Take a taxi from your hotel/hostel to bus terminal A – note that taxis in South Africa do not have metres… you need to negotiate the price with the driver!
  • Take a taxi from terminal B to your hotel/hostel when you eventually arrive
  • When finished at destination B, spend more of your travel time searching for and booking a new ticket to Destination C and follow above process again and again until you are tired and worn out!


How BAZBUS travel works

  • Book 1 single bus pass that covers ALL bus journeys – no need to research bus tickets and routes!
  • Get picked up at your hotel/hostel in Destination A – no taxi needed!
  • Go from Destination A to B with lots of unique quick stops along the way to see the real South Africa
  • Be dropped off at your hotel/hostel in Destination B – easy and safe!
  • Stay in Destination B as long as you like and simply hop on the next bus to Destination C whenever you are ready (we recommend how long to stay at each destination but it’s your choice!)
  • Have an onboard South Africa assistant fluent in English give you expert tips and advice on where to stay and what to do at each destination
  • Your ticket is valid for 1 year…so take as long as you like traveling with us!


Want more details on how Bazbus works?

Below is our simple guide to help you understand how our service works in 5 simple steps.


Choose a pass

Choose from our variety of passes, depending on where you want to start, where you want to go and how much time you have. Check our passes section for more information.


Plan your itinerary

Our passes are perfect for everyone, whether you want to squeeze it all into a few days or stay somewhere for a longer period of time.


Start your trip

Get picked up from your hotel or hostel and start your trip! At every destination, we will pick you up and drop you off wherever you are staying.


Hop-on & hop-off

You decide how long to stay at each stop. Stay one night or one month, it’s up to you! Your pass will be valid for one whole year. Simply log into your HOP LOGIN account and change your itinerary on the go.


Finish your trip

Finish your trip and leave us feedback and continue enjoying South Africa with exclusive discounts and more!

We understand your needs!

  • It’s not always easy traveling through South Africa due to long delays and poor customer service.
  • What do you do in an emergency? What if your taxi takes you to the wrong place?
  • What if you book a fixed itinerary but then want to stay somewhere longer

And that’s why we created Bazbus!

We offer a safe, comfortable, and stress-free trip!

Meet our local South African drivers (now famous on Tripadvisor!) as well as fellow passengers from across the world. Pay local prices with local South African companies paying local taxes. Lose an ATM card or your passport? Need to call home for an emergency? Bazbus is always there to help, and our onboard assistants are famous for their care and attention, while also leaving travelers enough space and freedom to explore at their own pace.

As we like to say: “Travel independently, but never alone.”

Learn more about Baz Bus