Are you on a tight budget but want to plan an unforgettable trip to Johannesburg South Africa? We know that you need to save money, but that doesn't mean you have to compromise due to budget constraints. In this article, learn how you can experience the best very best of South Africa while on a shoestring budget.

Planning a Budget Trip to Johannesburg

Start your trip planning off right by searching for and booking the cheapest flights to Johannesburg. Even if you aren't sure of your travel dates yet, Skyscanner's unique cheapest month search can be very helpful. When you search using this tool, you will easily find all available airfare for up to a year in advance. This allows you to identify the least expensive month for travel to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Now, we'll help you learn more about your destination. Below we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions and offer tips to help you find the lowest prices for Johannesburg hotels. We also make it easy to compare and book the best rental car deals in Johannesburg.

Are there any low-priced hotels or resorts in Johannesburg?

Yes. We used Skyscanner's mobile app to find that Johannesburg has hotels and resorts available for every budget. Did you know that you don't have to sacrifice luxury, to stay within your budget when in Johannesburg? We found 5-star accommodations for just $76 each night. Skyscanner's easy and intuitive hotel search allows you to view all available accommodations, read real reviews, find answers to frequently asked questions, and make your reservations --all on the same page!

Where are Johannesburg hotels located?

In Johannesburg, you'll find hotels and resorts located near the city center and within a 20-mile radius. Once you have selected your search criteria, you can view a Google map showing each property in its precise location.

What are my transportation options in Johannesburg?

Most Jo'burgers choose to get around the city in minibusses and taxis. A standard fare to the inner suburbs and the city is around $3, while longer trips outside the city run $10 round trip. Since the World Cup, the city's bus system has been updated. Buses run throughout the week until 10 PM and on the weekends until 2 AM. However, if your dream is tooling around the city in a fancy sports car, you will want to check out Skyscanner's awesome deals on Johannesburg rental cars.

How much do hotels in Johannesburg cost?

In Johannesburg the hotels range from $19 per night in the Gangseo-gu district to $100 per night for a luxury suite in the Geumcheon-gu district. No matter what your budget is, you can be sure you are getting the best deal possible with Skyscanner. The site searches thousands of advertised prices on the interne. When we searched for the cheapest hotel deals in Johannesburg we were able to book the cheapest hotels in June, when you can get a 5-star hotel for just under $75 per night, a 4-star hotel averaged $38, and economy hotels, hostels, and boarding rooms were available for as little as $11 per night.

Are there any unique boutique hotels in Johannesburg?

Yes! If you want to skip the large chains and opt for a quaint or modern boutique hotel, B&B, condo, or apartment in Johannesburg, Skyscanner will help you find those too. Two of the most popular boutique hotels on our site in Johannesburg are:

Touring Johannesburg on a Budget

The dynamic hub of South Africa, Johannesburg, is home to over three million people and is described as the world's largest "manmade urban forest." To see the city and engage with local Jozis you may consider taking a "Hop-On-Hop-Off" Tour. Hitch a ride on the red bus and be carted around town, getting off at any of the most popular tourist stops in the city. The specially priced bus fare allows you to get off and get back on the redline bus as often as you like. There are two main routes - the city only or the city plus Soweto. If you have limited time or are on a strict budget, this is the best way to see the city. Popular stops include:

  • Constitution Hill
  • Gold Reef City
  • Origins Centre

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ClaudioSeMilano, Italia

Outside of Fox Street in Maboneng, and the Northern Suburbs of Melville (my favourite), Sandton and Rosebank, there are not many area in Joburg where you can feel safe just wondering around. But there is enough for keeping yourself entertained while recovering after your arrival or waiting for the flight to leave the country. It's surely not the easiest city, ma it's the biggest in South Africa and a mandatory stop to feel this country.

Phill (lucky) Smith
Phill (lucky) SmithBangkok, Thailand

over night stay saw very little but its big very big and sprawling in all directions .. good luck to all that follow and venture further

Krista Canfield McNish
Krista Canfield McNishSan Francisco, California, USA

Johannesburg doesn't have a ton to see, but it is a great jumping off point. Lion Park (where you can pet baby lions and cheetahs) and you can also see Nelson Mandela's last house in Johannesburg.

HaroldBrooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

Sprawling Johannesburg feels a bit like Los Angeles with barbed wire and armed guards to replace the aspiring actors. The racial segregation and crime problems in this city are palpable and uncomfortable but this city has important lessons to teach regarding racism, gun control, and urbanization. The Apartheid Museum and Braamfontein were highlights -- we loved the Saturday Neighborgoods market. There are also some very luxurious spaces on the other side of the high walls and razor wire. Unfortunately, there were riots in Soweto during our visit so we weren't able to see it. Security is a major concern here and a guide is highly recommended, especially if you plan to visit the city center. We were told that we would be immediately targeted if we walked in downtown Johannesburg. However, we visited many of the neighborhoods with high crime rates without incident in a car using a local guide. This city has incredible potential and the areas that have successfully integrated are vibrant and interesting. Unfortunately, the risk / reward of a visit keeps it off of my recommended list though non-whites can probably travel more freely.


The least expensive month is September, with an average of $56 per night. The most expensive month to stay in Johannesburg is May, with an average price of $65 per night.
The average price of a hotel in May last year was $64 per night. This is 5% more than the average nightly price of $61 seen over the previous 12 months.
In Johannesburg, the expected average temperature in May is 13.1°C/55.5°F. The warmest month is typically January, which averages 26.3°C/79.3°F. The coolest month is July, with temperatures averaging 2.9°C/37.2°F.
The nearest airport to Johannesburg is Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB) (13.49 miles). Other nearby airports include: Lanseria (20.24 miles) Pretoria Wonderboom Apt. (39.58 miles)

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