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​Bus Zones, Fares and Hire
Bus Zones and Major Routes

For the purposes of Metrobus's operations, the city has been divided into concentric zones, radiating out from the CBD. There are currently six zones, with most of the routes starting from the inner city points in Zone 1.

The number of zones a commuter crosses determines the fare.

Zone 1: From the city centre to Parktown and to Joe Slovo Drive and Louis Botha Avenue.
Zone 2: From the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Empire Road in Braamfontein to the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Tyrwhitt Road in Rosebank.
Zone 3: From the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Tyrwhitt Road in Rosebank to Craighall Park.
Zone 4: From Craighall Park along Beyers Naude Drive and to the Randburg Mall.
Zone 5: From the Randburg Mall to Beverley Gardens.
Zone 6: From Beverley Gardens to Northgate.


As demand for public transport grows, Metrobus increases the number of routes to different areas. Some major routes do not go through the CBD at all. One such route goes between Soweto, Sandton and Sunninghill.

In addition Metrobus also runs three cross-town routes:
Route 520 between Naturena and Randburg Centre
Route 420 operates between Westgate Shopping Centre
Randburg Centre via Strijdom Park
Route 421, which has four variations:
R421 A: Bellevue to Auckland Park.
R421 F: Bellevue to Fairlands.
R421 N: Yeoville to Northgate
R421 S: Yeoville to Strijdom Park.
These routes and bus stops are clearly marked with a white sign, indicated on the top of the route number and on the bottom of the zone number.


Fares and Pricing
Metrobus has divided its coverage of the city into concentric zones, radiating out from the CBD.

Most of the routes start from the inner city bus terminals in Zone 1, with longer trips traversing a number of different zones. For example, a trip from the CBD to Midrand could cross different zones up to eight times.

Bus fares are controlled by the City council and the fee structure is set out in a council by-law. Metrobus aims to keep the service affordable, with fare increases within the inflation rate.

The number of zones a commuter crosses determines the fare, with ticket prices varying from zone to zone.

Prepaid tags
It is cheaper to use prepaid tags rather than pay cash. The different coloured Metrobus tags are similar to prepaid phone cards and can be bought at Computicket outlets at:

​Outlet​AddressOperating Hours​
​Ghandi Square​Ghandi Square
Main Street JHB CBD
​Monday – Friday 05h30 – 18h30
Saturday 06h00 – 14h00
Sunday and Holidays Closed
​Cresta Mall​Cresta Shopping Centre Beyers Naude Drive
next to Homemark Entrance 1
​Monday – Saturday 08h30 – 18h00
Sunday 09h00 – 15h00
​Park Station​JHB Park Station
Lower Level
Braamfontein
Closed to Nando's
​Monday – Friday 08h30 – 17h00
Saturday 08h30 – 13h00
Sunday and Holidays Closed
​Shoprite Ridgeway​Swartgoud & Rifle Range Rd, Ridgeway, 2091Monday – Saturday 08h00 – 18h00
Sunday and Holidays 08h00 – 14h00
​Roodepoort Metrobus Depot​15 President Street
Princess, Roodepoort
​Monday – Friday 08h30 – 18h00
Saturday 08h30 – 13h00
Sunday and Holidays Closed
​Rosebank Mall​Rosebank Mall opposite Pick & Pay

​Monday – Friday 09h00 – 18h00
Saturday 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday and Holidays 9h00 – 16h00

A once-off fee for the tag is payable and the top-up amount is then recorded on the tag and deducted as bus trips are made. Different tags are available depending on the commuter's particular needs, with special rates for pensioners, learners and disabled people.

Adult commuters who use the buses daily are issued green tags. Green tags are available for: 52 trips monthly, 44 trips monthly, 14 trips weekly, 12 trips weekly and 10 trips weekly.
School children use red tags that can be preloaded with a specific number of bus trips. The children then do not have to carry money for fares. Red tags are available in: a 130-trip term ticket, 44 trips monthly, 10 trips weekly and the stored value.
People with disabilities use a yellow prepaid tag, which is valid for a period of three months.
Pensioners use black tags, which are valid for a year. They receive a 50 percent discount on their bus trips.
Infrequent users can use a stored value tag that works like a debit card. The commuter tells the driver the number of zones to be travelled and the amount is then deducted from the tag. Passengers get a 10 percent discount on their bus fares but these are not transferable. The maximum amount on the stored value tag is R500. The stored value has no expiry date.
Commuters forfeit all unused trips after the expiry date and will forfeit unused trips when changing between the denominations.

Commuters who use the tag system and who need to transfer from one bus route to another must do so within two hours of the tag being scanned. This regulation excludes those commuters using stored value tags or pensioner and physically challenged tags. Commuters must retain their tickets of the initial journey.

To activate the tag, the number of zones to be travelled need to be loaded on to the tag. Passengers can only travel in the zones that have been loaded on the tag. The tag is not restricted to specific calendar weeks or months - it can be used at any time. If a tag is lost, stolen or misplaced, its loss can be reported and it will be barred from further use.

All of the tags are equipped with a 10-minute "pass-back" feature, which means that once the tag is swiped, it cannot be used again for 10 minutes. This feature is intended to prevent fraud. All of the tags also have a transfer option, which allows passengers to transfer to a second bus within two hours to complete a journey.

Bus Hire
Metrobus vehicles are available for hire for special occasions. For more information contact Metrobus via email at busqueries@joburg.org.za, or the Bus Hire Office, Fordsburg Depot, on 011 832 3135/6/7, or fax 011 832 3138.

Bus Routes, Fares and Hire​