The majority of people don’t think twice when flying through the sky on domestic flights, but for those with a fear of heights, travelling long distances can be problematic within our vast land. Fear not! You can book your seat on a luxury Greyhound coach, extremely cost effective and easier on your nerves! Travelling with Greyhound buses allow you to enjoy a relaxing journey as you travel safely through places you’ve never seen while taking in breathtaking scenery along the way.
With more than 140 departure and arrival locations countrywide, these buses transport thousands of locals and tourists annually, reaching every corner of South Africa, safely, with affordable fares and in first-class comfort. All coaches are equipped with air-conditioning, on-board toilet facilities, fully trained experienced drivers and to ensure your absolute enjoyment, individual reading lights, reclining seats, audio and visual entertainment and on certain routes, hostesses.
Greyhound Bus Routes
To see exactly what roads, towns or cities you’ll be travelling through simply go online and click ‘routes’. After choosing your departure and destination points, you’ll see how many route variations are available.Click on your preferred route or on all of them to see precisely which route you would rather travel.After your selection, you’ll be provided with a table listing every location en-route including times of departure from each one and with GPS co-ordinates.
Once you’ve decided your route you’re almost ready to book your bus ticket. After entering your necessary travel information click fare schedules’,where you’ll have a table detailing prices in ‘Business’ and Luxury, various departure and arrival times, seat availability and the route to be taken. Make your choice and click book. You now get to choose your favorite seat,how many bus tickets you require and in which category (applicable discounts) you wish to book. Click Get Offer, check the information is correct, complete your personal details, press submit and lastly indicate your method of payment and press ‘process’.
Greyhound Bus Tickets
Most long distance routes give passengers the option of travelling in Business or Luxury class.
Passengers travelling from Durban to Cape Town via Bloemfontein will pay for R650 for luxury class or R800 for business class. Travelling from Durban to Cape Town via Port Elizabeth costs R770 for luxury while business is R920.
Travelling in luxury class from Cape Town to Johannesburg costs R650 with ‘business’ class at R800 and a choice of travelling via Bloemfontein or Kimberley.
A booking from Johannesburg to Nelspruit costing R335 can be taken from three different departure points at three different timeson the Pretoria/Johannesburg/Maputo, via Nelspruit route.
Methods of Payment/Discounts:
Travellers have numerous ways to book their Greyhound bus ticket/s!
- Credit Cards: All Greyhound outlets, via the Greyhound website, travel agencies, Computicket, Shoprite and cell phone bookings;
- Debit Cards: All outlets, via the Greyhound website, travel agencies, Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers;
- Cash: All outlets, Shoprite, travel agencies and Computicket;
- Loyalty Cards: All outlets and Computicket agents;
- ‘Edcon’ Cards: Only at Greyhound outlets and via the Greyhound website.
Electronic fund transfers are not acceptable but arrangements for payment can be made by contacting the Reservation office at +27 0 839 159000.
Children under the age of two years travel for free when not occupying a seat, while those aged between two and 11 years receive a discount of 15% off an adult fare but those older than 12 years pay an adult fare. Should you be travelling with one or more children under the age of two, all children, except for one child will pay child fares.No child may travel unaccompanied unless prior arrangements have been made with Greyhound management.
In effect since 1st June 2015 are the new child travel regulations. Youngsters under the age of 18 crossing a border are required to produce an abridged birth certificate. See further information on the Greyhound bus website.
Unitrans/Steinhoff staff members, when booking at a Greyhound terminal in person and paying cash, receive a 10% discount with proof of their ID and a copy of their staff card or pay slip being applicable and valid only for the member, their spouse and children.
Senior Citizens 60 years and older receive a 15% discount when travelling from Monday to Wednesday, on Saturdays and not during peak periods. To obtain this discount, bookings can be done at a Greyhound terminal, online or via the bus call centre. An ID book or valid pensioner’s card must be produced when booking and boarding the coach.
You can save 5% on your ticket when using your Absa Mega U card by purchasing your ticket from a Greyhound bus outlet.
Group Bookings for 10 or more passengers, travelling on the same route will also receive a 5% saving on their Greyhound ticket.
When utilising your South African credit card and travelling outside holiday periods, book via the Greyhound website and gain a 5% discount on your fare.
Students receive a 5% discount when making a pre or stand-by booking and need to produce their valid student card when booking and boarding.
SANDF and SAPS members are entitled to a 10% savings on pre and stand-by bookings, providing their valid Force Cards and ID books when booking and boarding.
Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits followers save 10% when organising their trips in advance. These bookings can be made at any countryside Greyhound bus office with their valid membership card which they must also produce when boarding.
McDonalds staff members are entitled to a 10% saving but must present their valid McDonalds employee card and number when booking and boarding.
Discovery Vitality programme members gain a 20% discount when booking at a Greyhound bus outlet and must produce their valid membership card for booking and boarding the coach, noting the discount is not transferable.
Regular Passengers/Travel Holidays
Travellers utilising Greyhound coaches on a regular basis benefit enormously by joining the Greyhound Loyalty Programme/Get-a-round Club that operates with a point system where points are allocated according to the cost of the Greyhound ticket purchased, affording travellers free tickets with the accumulation of their points. For every R500 spent on your ticket, you’ll receive 110 points or 50 points for between R200 and R249. The value of 250 points is R199 while 1600 points is valued at R999. Read more online about this great programme Greyhound has for its loyal passengers including T&Cs.
With its superb reputation of personalised customer care, Greyhound bussesgo the extra mile in looking after their passengers. Obtaining a Greyhound bus ‘Travel Pass’ affords you assistance from Greyhound with pertinent information and a time-table to plan your excursion with super flexibility enabling you to stop over when, where, and as many times as you like, to see popular attractions or visit family and friends. Go online for further information on this great product.
Passengers are permitted, free of charge two suitcases not exceeding 30kg in weight or 80x60x30cm in size and reserve the right to refuse luggage not incompliance with these stipulations. Large items will be transported in the luggage ‘hold’ and loaded by a company agent. When boarding, passengers must obtain a Greyhound bus luggage sticker to avoid leaving without their luggage and shouldn’t pack valuables into luggage for the hold as Greyhound bussesdo not take responsibility for loss or damage to baggage or personal items.
Any luggage in excess of 30kgs per passenger may incur a charge at an applicable rate per kilogram which will be payable before to being loaded by the company agent.
By prior arrangement, bicycles and surfboards may be considered for carriage.
Greyhound busses do not permit carriage of firearms, harmful chemicals, explosives or toxic substances.