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 2021, the fares are as follows:

Passengers will start paying for the new fares from 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022

Journey length 2020/21 Fares 2021/22 Fares Fares gone up by
0 - 5km R  8.50 R  9.00 R0.50
5.1 - 10km R10.30 R11.00 R0.70
10.1 - 15km R12.60 R13.50 R0.90
15.1 - 25km R14.90 R16.00 R1.10
25.1 - 35km R16.00 R17.00 R1.00
More than 35km R17.10 R18.00 R0.90
Single trip card R22.00 R25.00 R3.00
Double Trip Card R44.00 R50.00 R6.00

Journey Fare Charges 2020/21 Fares 2021/22 Fares Charges gone up by
Smartcard R 34.00 R35.00 R   1.00
Penalty Fee for fare evasion R 50.00 R60.00 R 10.00
Inspection fare evasion penalty R100.00 R110.00 R 10.00

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 R25.00 (single trip) and double trip cards for R50.00 (return trip).

Rea Vaya Smartcards cost R35 from 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022. Smartcards are available at all Rea Vaya stations. Remember: you must have a minimum of R18.00 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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