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The Baz Bus is a hop-on hop-off bus service from Johannesburg to Cape Town via Durban, Port Elizabeth and many other towns (more than 40 in total), stopping at many backpacker hostels on the way. Not only is it convenient for anybody wanting to see the South Africa, but you also travel with like-minded crazed backpackers and the middle-aged carefree and get driven right to the door of your youth hostel (in South African that is the safe way to travel).

News & History of Baz Bus

Feb 2006

Baz Bus introduces a 21 day travel pass.

Sep 2005

Baz Bus starts renting cellphones in South Africa.

Nov 2004

Baz Bus introduces 7 day and 21 day travel passes, allowing travellers to start anywhere and travel in any direction (including backtracking).

Feb 1999

A 4 times a week Baz Bus service is introduced from Johannesburg and Pretoria to Bulawayo and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe).


A Baz Bus slowed down outside the President Nelson Mandela's Transkei home to show passengers where he lives. "This time, the president was actually standing there. Nobody could believe it at first. They waved to him, he waved back, and so everyone approached. His guards refused at first to let us through, but then he came over and greeted us. He saw the passengers were all young foreigners and he said warmly, 'Welcome to South Africa', and chatted for a while and everyone took pictures. It was a memorable day for everyone." Barry Zeidel

Dec 1995

Barry Zeidel, a retired backpacker and chartered accountant, founds Baz Bus. Zeidel was inspired by his trips around the UK with a similar company called "Slow Coach".


Advantages and Disadvantages of Baz Bus


Baz Bus

Annual price increase

Baz Bus increases their prices annually on 1 July.

Ticket booking options for Baz Bus

Travel pass ticket

On a time limit? A travel pass ticket is valid for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days (starting on the day of your travel). You can travel in any direction you want as often as you want during the validity period.

Hop on Hop off ticket

You buy one ticket to your final destination, can hop on and hop off the bus at many times as you want on the way to your destination, and there is no time limit.

Cape Peninsula tour tickets

It's all about the fun and the views in this day tour through the Cape Peninsula which includes cycling (some fourty minutes) and hiking (some fourty five minutes).

Flexi tours tickets

Flexi tours provide you with a combination of a hop-on-hop-off Baz Bus ticket, and various cultural tours, including a safari.

Bas Bus routes

From Johannesburg to Cape Town via Drakensberg
From Cape Town to Johannesburg via Drakensberg
From Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
From Durban to Cape Town
From Cape Town to Durban

Places Baz Bus stops at

The Baz Bus stops at over 180 youth hostels in over 40 towns, including Pretoria, Johannesburg, Umkomaas, Umzumbe, Port St Johns, Umtata, Port Alfred, Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay, Storms River, Nature's Valley, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay and Swellendam.

Booking a Baz Bus ticket

You can book your Baz Bus ticket at

The Baz Bus phone number is 021 422 5202 (or +27-21-422-5202 from phones outside South Africa), the Baz Bus fax number is 021 422 4533 (+27 21 422 4533) and the Baz Bus email is

Baz Bus's physical address is:
32 Burg Street
Cape Town
Western Cape Province
South Africa

Baz Bus's busses

Baz Bus's busses have on-board TV & videos in their 22- seater VW Crafters buses.

Is there enough space on a Baz Bus?

Unlike the more staid options like Intercity or Greyhounds busses, the Baz Bus doesn't bat an eyelid at carting along guitars, surfboards and bicycles (they pull a trailer).

Are Baz Bus drivers friendly?

"Apart from being experienced at handling long distances, it is also a requirement that our drivers are extremely friendly. They talk to passengers and give them information about places to go. We also have information files on the buses for travellers, with suggested day trips in different areas and things that can be done, such as hiring bicycles and cycling to certain landmarks," Barry Zeidel (Baz Bus founder).

Why call the bus Baz?

"Why Baz? Apparently, this is what Antipodeans nickname people called Barry and the name stuck after he travelled with Aussies." Barry Zeidel, the Baz Bus founder.

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