Bus vs Plane: How much can you save on three popular SA holiday routes?

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The festive season is in full swing, and with it comes the great migrations that South Africans undertake at this time of year.

While some have the luxury of flying when heading home to see friends, family or loved ones - others either have to plan the annual road trip down to the letter or opt for the longer experience of bus travel.

TravelStart, one of South Africa's biggest Online Travel Agents (OTA) has just launched a bus booking platform, available at bus.travelstart.co.za

So how does the site work?

Much like its main booking site, the bus booking platform allows customers to compare prices of the leading bus lines in the country from the cheapest to the more pricey fares by choosing the type of ticket they want to purchase, whether return or one-way. 

They've also made it east to book and pay for up to ten passengers in a single booking, as well as filter search results by bus company, coach class and price. Some of the numerous companies you can find on the site include Greyhound, Intercape, Eldo Coaches and Citiliner. 

Even the payment options prove to be simpler than what most travellers are used to. Customers can pay for tickets by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) at the time of booking, or at Pick n Pay stores countrywide.

Bus ticket prices vs flight tickets

The most popular local routes looked at in this price comparison include Johannesburg to Durban, Cape Town to Johannesburg and Johannesburg to Mthatha.

Route between Johannesburg – Durban – Johannesburg (save about R1 083)

  • Departure Date: 16 December 2019
  • Bus Price / Supplier: R230 / Eagle Liner
  • Return Date: 3 January 2020
  • Bus Price / Supplier: R255 / Eldo Coaches 

Total Return Bus Cost: R485

VS 

Total Return Flight Cost / Supplier: R1 568 / Mango & SAA

READ: You will soon be able to ask Google Maps how full your bus or train will be

Route between Cape Town – Johannesburg – Cape Town (save about R1 253)

  • Departure Date: 16 December 2019
  • Bus Price / Supplier: R615 / Eldo Coaches
  • Return Date: 3 January 2019
  • Bus Price / Supplier: R490 / Eldo Coaches

Total Return Bus Cost: R1 105

VS

Total Return Flight Cost / Supplier: R2 358 / FlySafair 

READ: Local online travel agency now sells flights on credit  

Route between Johannesburg – Mthatha – Johannesburg (save about R1 573)

  • Departure Date: 17 December 2019
  • Bus Price / Supplier: R700 / APM
  • Return Date: 3 January 2020
  • Bus Price / Supplier: R605 / APM

Total Return Bus Cost: R1 305

VS 

Total Return Flight Cost / Supplier: R2 878 / SA Express

So there you have - if you have the time and want to save some cash, a bus trip might be the right money-saving option for you. 

*Compiled by Thutolore Tsatsane

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