- Busses, minibuses (known as taxis) and trains for short and long distances travelling mostly used by the poorer working class are not always safe to use and not completely reliable.
- "Luxury" buses for long distance such as Intercape, Greyhound and Translux should be booked in advance. These are safe, reliable and follows scheduled stops and time tables. SA Roadlink has been involved in several severe accidents due to drivers and vehicles not being roadworthy.
- "Luxury" trains such as the Blue Train (very expensive) is more for the experience than transport from one place to another.
- Taxis are usually available at typical tourist places, quite expensive. The cost is approximately R10 per kilometre.
- Shuttles to and from airports and hotels are usually safe, reliable and not too expensive.
- Hop-on hop-off busses such as BazBus is an option if you do not want to drive yourself but still want to experience a variety of places in your own time.
- In Cape Town there is a "topless sight-seeing bus" taking you around the city and out of it. You can hop on and off at the different sights. You can buy different tickets valid for different areas and amount of days.
- When attending an organized tour (from half day to several days) arranged some tour operator offer to pick you up at your accommodation whilst others require you to meet up at a specific place.