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City Sightseeing – the brand that operates the iconic open red double-decker buses in nearly 100 cities around the world – is now up and running in Johannesburg.
City Sightseeing Johannesburg takes the route that offers locals and tourists alike the opportunity to explore the vibrant city – visiting many attractions on offer, and sampling the sights, sounds, colours, cultures and rich heritage synonymous with Jozi.
Like all City Sightseeing tours around the world, the Johannesburg service operates on the internationally renowned and popular Hop-On; Hop-Off basis. This allows tourists and locals the chance to get off the bus at any of the designated stops along the route and get back on to a later bus at their leisure. Buses run on a rotational basis – stopping at all the designated points along the route at 40-minute intervals.
City Sightseeing recommends that one starts one's tour either at the Gautrain Station at Park Station (Bus Stop 1) or Gold Reef City (Bus Stop 6). Tickets can be purchased from the City Sightseeing Tour office at the Gold Reef City Hotel, online at or on the bus using a credit card.
Stops along the route include Gandhi Square, Roof of Africa at the Carlton Centre, the James Hall Transport Museum, Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, Mining District, World of Beer, Carlton, Santarama Miniland, Newtown Precinct, Origins Centre, Wits Campus in Braamfontein and Constitution Hill.
The chief executive officer of City Sightseeing South Africa, Claus Tworeck said the tour had opened up a whole new side of Johannesburg. He said the establishment of this global brand – synonymous with safety and quality – in Johannesburg lent a stamp of credence and quality to the Joburg experience.
“The tour will change people’s perceptions of Johannesburg and offer both local and foreign visitors a unique way of exploring this fascinating city. We are extremely grateful for all the assistance and buy-in we have received from the government and business while preparing to launch the Johannesburg tour. In particular, we would like to thank Tsogo Sun and the Gauteng Tourism Authority, which have supported City Sightseeing every step of the way,” said Tworeck.
Enrique Ybarra, President and CEO of City Sightseeing Worldwide, said operating in nearly 100 cities on five continents was the company’s obligation to be present in emerging destinations such as Johannesburg.
Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Nkosiphendule Kolisile said the Hop-On; Hop-Off bus was a proud example of successful partnerships between the public and private sectors.
“The Gauteng Tourism Authority and City Sightseeing South Africa have worked in close cooperation to launch the City Sightseeing Johannesburg tour and I am excited about the addition of the Hop-On; Hop-Off bus to the Gauteng tourism landscape. We know this journey will boost tourism and job creation and there are many potential business linkages that will be explored as the service grows,” Kolisile said.
Dawn Robertson, CEO of Gauteng Tourism, said Gauteng citizens were now offered fantastic exposure in their own backyard.
Tours start from 9am and run until late, seven days a week. Tickets cost R150 a person, discounted to R120 if bought online. 
City Sightseeing can be contacted on 0861 733 287.

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Last Updated on 26 January 2013