Joburg now boasts its own red buses

2013-02-04 17:46

Johannesburg -  City Sightseeing, the brand that operates the iconic open top red double-decker buses in over 100 cities across the globe, has begun running tours in Johannesburg.

City Sightseeing Johannesburg follows an exciting route through the Joburg CBD that offers locals and tourist alike the chance to explore this vibrant city, visiting the many attractions on offer and sampling the sights, sounds, colours, cultures and rich heritage that are all synonymous with Jozi.

As with all City Sightseeing tours, Joburg operates on the world renowned and hugely popular Hop-On, Hop-Off basis, which allows sight seers the chance to get off the bus at any of the designated stops along the route and then get back on to a later bus at their leisure - guaranteeing frequent, safe and reliable transport that is cost effective, informative and fun for the entire family.

Buses run on a rotational basis, stopping at all of the designated points along the route every 40 minutes, and City Sightseeing highly recommend starting your tour either at the Gautrain Station @ Park (Bus Stop 1) or at Gold Reef City (Bus Stop 6). Tickets can be purchased from the City Sightseeing Tour Office inside the Gold Reef City Hotel; online at the City Sightseeing website or on the bus using a credit card.

Stops along the route include Gandhi Square, the Roof of Africa at the Carlton Centre, the James Hall Transport Museum, the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, the Mining District, the World of Beer, the Carlton Centre, Santarama Miniland, Newtown Precinct, the Origins Centre, Wits Campus, Braamfontein and Constitution Hill.

"The City Sightseeing tour has opened up a whole new side of Johannesburg and the establishment of this notorious global brand - synonymous with safety and quality - within the city's CBD lends a stamp of credence and quality to the Joburg experience," says Claus Tworeck, CEO of City Sightseeing South Africa. "The tour will change people's perceptions of the city 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 government and business whilst preparing to launch the Johannesburg tour, and in particular to Tsogo Sun and the Gauteng Tourism Authority, who have supported City Sightseeing every step of the way."

Enrique Ybarra, president and CEO of City Sightseeing Worldwide, said: "Operating in nearly a hundred cities on five continents it is our obligation to be present in emerging destinations like Johannesburg. This exciting new operation takes in this exotic, traditional and dynamic city and truly enriches our global offer both to tour operators and travellers."

"The Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus demonstrates a proud example of successful partnership between the public and private sector," says Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Nkosiphendule Kolisile. "The Gauteng Tourism Authority and City Sightseeing South Africa have worked in close co-operation 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."

Mrs Dawn Robertson, CEO of Gauteng Tourism says that Gautengers are now offered fantastic exposure to their own back yard. "The service will begin in Johannesburg but there are already plans afoot to expand the service to other regions in the Province."

Tours will start from 9am until late seven days a week. Tickets for the bus tours will cost R150, discounted to R120 if purchased online.

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