Fares and Smart cards

Please note: When loading money onto your Rea Vaya Smartcard, a loading fee is automatically deducted, to cover bank administrative charges.


Rea Vaya is committed to providing Joburg commuters with affordable, accessible, safe and convenient public transport. Rea Vaya’s fares are worked out according to distance travelled, with the amount charged per kilometre decreasing as the length of your trip increases. As of 1 July 2020, the fares are as follows:

Passengers will start paying for the new fares from 1 August 2020 - 30 June 2021

Journey length 2019/20 Fares 2020/21 Fares Fares gone up by
0 - 5km R  8.00 R  8.50 R0.50
5.1 - 10km R  9.60 R10.30 R0.70
10.1 - 15km R11.80 R12.60 R0.80
15.1 - 25km R13.90 R14.90 R1.00
25.1 - 35km R15.00 R16.00 R1.00
More than 35km R16.00 R17.10 R1.00
Single trip card R21.00 R22.00 R1.00
Double Trip Card R42.00 R42.00 R2.00

Journey Fare Charges 2019/20 Fares 2020/21 Fares Charges gone up by
Smartcard R32.00 R34.00 R  2.00
Penalty Fee for fare evasion R16.00 R50.00 R34.00
Inspection fare evasion penalty R33.50 R100.00 R65.00

People travelling during off-peak hours – between 8:31 am and 2:59 pm on Mondays to Fridays, and any time on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays – will be charged 10% less. Single/double trip cards for users who don’t want to buy a smartcard, single trip cards are available at all Rea Vaya stations at a cost of R21.00 (single trip) and double trip cards for R42.00 (return trip).

Rea Vaya Smartcards cost R34 from 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021. Smartcards are available at all Rea Vaya stations. Remember: you must have a minimum of R17.10 on your smartcard to be able to travel.

If you do not tap in and tap out at the station gates or bus validators, the system will not be able to work out your correct fare based on the distance you have travelled.

See Smartcards

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