Visiting the biggest city in South Africa, Johannesburg, is more affordable than you probably think. It is more than possible to get into town and experience all the city has to offer without going broke in the process.
It can definitely be a bit tricky working out a direct flight to Johannesburg, but there are a few airlines offering service to the city. South African Airways flies New York (JFK) directly to Johannesburg. Delta Air Lines flies directly Atlanta (ATL)–Johannesburg.
You will definitely pay a premium to fly non-stop, but the alternative is lengthy layovers. The direct flights will run close to $1,000.
Getting around Johannesburg on a budget is surprisingly easy. If you are so inclined, you are always welcome to rent a car. This might be a last resort, however. Public transportation is accessible and reliable. There are numerous cheap options for navigating the city. The city even offers discounted passes for rides in a weeklong period.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of cheap places to stay in Johannesburg, especially if you get creative in your choice of lodging.
Urban Backpackers has a property in the city. It is mere minutes from a bus stop, making it an ideal place to catch a bus and see the city on a budget. If you would rather splurge, there are more traditional hotels available as well.
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