How much it costs to drive between Joburg and Durban vs flying – after new toll fees

The Department of Transport has published new toll tariffs for 2020, outlining the costs of travelling on South Africa’s national routes.

While the new fees are controversial for the continued inclusion of e-tolls, the gazette also highlights how expensive it has become to travel to popular holiday destinations in South Africa.

With petrol prices also expected to rise in 2020, long-distance travellers may now consider other modes of transport such as air travel or bus.

This article is for comparison purposes only and does not include petrol and maintenance prices. All prices taken at 09h30 on 11 February 2020. 


Johannesburg/Pretoria to Durban

Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4
De Hoek  R51.00 R80.00 R121.00 R175.00
Wilge R71.00 R122.00 R163.00 R231.00
Tugela R76.00 R125.00 R197.00 R273.00
Mooi R53.00 R130.00 R182.00 R247.00
Marianhill R12.50 R23.00 R28.00 R43.00
One-way Cost R263.50 R480.00 R691.00 R969.00
Return Cost R527.00 R960.00 R1 382.00 R1 938.00

Johannesburg/Pretoria to Cape Town

Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4
Huguenot R41.50 R115.00 R179.00 R290.00
Verkeerdevlei R59.50 R119.00 R179.00 R251.00
Vaal  R69.50 R130.00 R157.00 R209.00
Grasmere R21.00 R62.00 R73.00 R96.00
One-way Cost R191.50 R426.00 R588.00 R846.00
Return Cost R383.00 R852.00 R1 176.00 R1 692.00

Johannesburg/Pretoria to Port Elizabeth

Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4
Verkeerdevlei R59.50 R119.00 R179.00 R251.00
Vaal R69.50 R130.00 R157.00 R209.00
Grasmere R21.00 R62.00 R73.00 R96.00
One-way Cost R150.00 R311.00 R409.00 R556.00
Return Cost R300.00 R622.00 R818.00 R1 112.00

Plane 

Flysafair plane

SAA Mango  Flysafair Kulula
OR Tambo – Durban  R825.00 R399.00 R348.00 R409.11
OR Tambo – Capetown  R911.00 R599.00 R699.00 R858.11
OR Tambo – Port Elizabeth R882.61 R599.00 R799.00 R890.61
OR Tambo – Durban (return) R1 650.00 R1 258.00 R647.00 R1 129.22
OR Tambo – Capetown (return) R1 822.00 R1 458.00 R1 598.00 R2 103.22
OR Tambo – Port Elizabeth (return) R1 765.22 R1 198.00 R1 498.00 R1 714.22

Bus

Using a bus remains one of the cheapest ways to travel in South Africa, with a number of companies offering one-way and return services to both larger and small towns.

Prices sourced from Greyhound show that a one-way trip between Johannesburg and Durban will cost you around R145.00, while a return trip will cost R310.00.

A return trip between Johannesburg and Cape Town via Kimberley will cost around R650.


Read: Here’s where petrol prices could go in South Africa in 2020

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