APM, full name African People Mover (Pty) Ltd, offers cheap bus tickets between all the major cities in South Africa, as well as to a plethora of smaller ones - they're easy to spot - just keep an eye out for the red buses. The company is relatively new, having started offering intercity coach trips on the 12th December 2014. APM offers a service in the following provinces of South Africa: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and the Western Cape.
Booking an APM Bus ticket
Website bookings can be made via their website (www.apmbus.co.za or www.apmbus.com) - unfortunately their website is sometimes down.
If their website's down, then you can try make a call centre booking,
Head office: 012-001-7777
Fax number: 087-809-5626
Email APM at email@example.com
Or visit at 50 Delfos Road in Pretoria.
Braamfontein Station, Durban Station and Pretoria Station.
Whilst not exactly a special, APM are proud of retaining their fares at the same price, regardless of whether it's a peak travel time or not.
APM sometimes offer accommodation specials - e.g. in June 2016 they offered a special with Zwinoni Lodge.
Phone 021 100 5126
On Twitter : @apmbus
On Facebook: @apmbus
The main routes to Johannesburg are: Cape Town to Johannesburg, Sibasa to Johannesburg, Nelspruit to Johannesburg, Durban to Johannesburg, Umtata to Johannesburg, East London to Johannesburg and PE to Johannesburg.
The main routes to Cape Town are: Polokwane to Cape Town, Pretoria/Tshwane to Cape Town, Nelspruit to Cape Town, Johannesburg to Cape Town, Bloemfontein to Cape Town, East London to Cape Town, Queenstown to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, Knysna to Cape Town, George to Cape Town, Mossel Bay to Cape Town, Paarl to Cape Town.
APM don't sell food on board their buses, but there are plenty of stops along the routes where you can get off and buy food (just be sure to do it quickly, you don't want to be waiting for your burger to be cooked whilst the bus is leaving).
APM's fleet consists of the following size coaches:
NB: Their "semi-luxury coaches" do not have onboard toilets.
Bus models used are:
See their terms and conditions for the latest up to date information.
Departure: Passengers must be at the departure point at least half an hour before the departure time. If you arrive later you may not be able to board.
Identification: To board an APM bus, you need a valid ticket and corresponding identification document. Note that there are additional requirements fo minor children.
Children: Children younger than 3 may travel on the lap of their parent/legal guardian; free of charge. Children younger than 12 may not travel alone - they must have a legal guardian or parent with them. Children older than 12 but younger than 18 may only travel alone, if their parent/legal guardian has signed the correct indemnity form, provided an affidavit proving consent from at least one of his parents/legal guardian if travelling into or out of SA, and in the case of a legal guardian a court order proving they have legal rights.
Ticket cancellation & refunds: APM bus tickets may be cancelled subject to payment of a cancellation fee (25% if cancelling within 3 hours of the departure time, or 10% otherwise) - a refund is not made, but rather a voucher is given which must be used within 3 years; and the passenger can use it when switching to an alternate date. Passengers who arrive within an hour after the departure time receive a 50% penalty, and can transfer to the next departure; whilst pasengers arriving more than an hour late, unfortunately get a 100% penalty. Tickets may be cancelled by phoning 087 820 8111 and faxing the relevant info to 087 809 5626.
Hop on hop off: This is not allowed - the trip must be done in one continuous stretch. If you'd like a hop-on-hop-off option, try the Baz Bus.
Luggage: The luggage allowance on APM buses is two suitcases whose total weight should not exceed 20kg (30kg for international trips) and each suitcase should have the following maximum dimensions: 80cmx60cmx30cm. Any luggage weighing more than the free allowance will be charged at the applicable rate.
APM coaches do not accept any luggage at their own discretion; but in particular inter alia firearms, narcotics, animals, corpses, coffins, ammunition, hazardous/harmful chemicals, explosives or toxic substances.
The following must be properly packaged: electronic equipment, sporting equipment and fluorescent signs.
Alcohol & smoking: Consumption of alcohol as well as smoking is not permitted on all APM coaches.
Pets: No pets are permitted on any of their buses save for trained guide dogs, for which prior notification has to be given before date of departure.
APM's ownership is more than 50% black. Their intercity buses were launched by Tumisang Kgabosele and Johann Ferreira in December 2014.
|30 Nov 2021
|The order for the provisional winding up of APM, is made final.
|28 Sep 2021
|An order is given for the provisional winding up of APM.
|1 Jul 2021
|APM applies to Pretoria's North Gauteng High Court to have its business rescue heard on an urgent basis.
|22 Mar 2020
|Citing the need to slow down the spread of Covid-19, APM announces that it is temporarily suspending services from 25 March 2020.
2 Mar 2020
The Competition Tribunal rules that APM does not have an automatic right to use Johannesburg's Park Station, and should pay the outstanding arrears it owes PRASA.
The matter was between APM, PRASA, Autopax (a subsidiary of PRASA, which runs the "City to City" and "Translux" brands) and the Minister of Transport. Click here to see the full ruling of the Tribunal. APM had requested that PRASA should charge a reasonable fee for its buses to use Johannesburg's Park Station (which is owned by PRASA); and that Translux/City to City should be charged the same fee and have the same conditions of access. APM said that Autopax was in financial trouble and was in arrears with respect to its use of Johannesburg's Park Station.
APM had stopped paying PRASA fees until a fee agreement was reached; as at 31 May 2019 APM's oustanding fees were some R12m. The vast majority of the R12m arrears was from Johannesburg's Park Station, but there were also arrears at the following other stations: Cape Town, Durban, East London, Germiston, King Williams Town, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Queenstown,
APM had posited that the average fare it charged for s was R298 in 2018, and that accounted for 38 percent of its revenue; they further held that the R480 access fee to Park Station reduced their gross margin from 18 percent to 10 percent.
APM suffers at 17% reduction in annual revenue, due to the six week nationwide bus strike in South Africa, which took place during the high demand Easter holiday period. This leads to the company having to negotiate repayment terms with its creditors, and retrench about 45 of their 220 employees.
30 Nov 2016
APM enters into a 1 year agreement with PRASA; to use Park Station in Johannesburg; at a fee of R480 for 1 hour for one bus, with an additional R150 payable for each 15 minutes in excess of an hour spent at Park Station.
9 Jun 2016
Operations to Port Elizabeth, are launched.
17 Nov 2015
Operations to Germiston Station are launched.
2 Oct 2015
Operations to Sibasa, Limpopo, are launched.
7 Jun 2015
Operations are launched in and out of Park Station in Johannesburg.
30 Apr 2015
On the Durban - Pretoria route, 3 full buses were run for the first time.
13 Apr 2015
Operations to Acornhoek begin.
7 Feb 2015
Tickets are now available for sale at Shoprite Checkers outlets.
15 Dec 2014
APM's maiden voyage from Pretoria to Durban.
12 Dec 2014
Founded by by Tumisang Kgaboesele, APM commences operations. They are up against some fierce competition: Intercape, City to City, Citiliner, Translux, Greyhound, Eldo coaches, Eagle Liner and Intercity Xpress.
12 Nov 2014
APM's Facebook page gets going.
APM joins Twitter.