Is Uber Safe in Johannesburg? & More

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Although there have been some safety incidences with Uber rides in Johannesburg in the past, Uber in Johannesburg today is generally safe.

Some precautions you can take to ensure your safety while using Uber Johannesburg are:

  1. share your trip details with trusted contacts so they can track your ride at all times.
  2. use the in-app emergency button in case of trouble, which will immediately alert up to two private security companies.
  3. Use the 24/7 Uber customer support to report any potential problems or concerns you might have about your Uber driver.
  4. Check driver info before getting into your Uber and ascertain that the info matches the car that comes to pick you up.
  5. Use the safety centre to keep abreast of all the safety best-practices when using Uber Johannesburg.

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Uber Johannesburg: Is There Uber in Johannesburg?

Yes, there is Uber in Johannesburg, which serves both Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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Uber in Johannesburg – Prices & What Is Uber Direct Moto?

As I mentioned in this post, Johannesburg and Pretoria are served by several types of Uber services. See a full list of those below.

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Here’s a short description of how these services are different and how many passengers the cars for each service can carry:

  • Comfort – newer cars with extra legroom (max: 3 people)
  • Uber Go – affordable, compact rides for (max: 2 people)
  • UberX – affordable everyday rides (max: 3 people)
  • Uber Direct Moto: affordable delivery every day
  • Uber Direct Car: affordable car deliveries
  • Uber Black – premium rides in luxury cars (max: 3 people)
  • Van – rides for groups of up to 6 people
  • Connect Car: send and receive large packages
  • Assist – special assistance from certified drivers (max: 3 people)
  • Connect Moto: send and receive small packages

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Johannesburg Uber Prices: How Uber Charges

Uber generally has several components to its pricing: a base fare applicable for all rides, a price component based on the distance traveled during the ride, and a component based on how long the ride takes to account for things such as traffic or a passenger making a driver wait at a stop during a ride.

On the rare occasions where there are more riders requesting Ubers than there are drivers, Uber increases its fares to encourage drivers to get onto the platform. This is called dynamic pricing, and you can read all about it here.

African female hands holding a phone with the Uber app

Dynamic pricing is not predictable, so I will not deal with those prices here.

Instead, below, I share what the regular Uber Johannesburg prices are.

If dynamic pricing is applicable, your Uber app will notify you of this before you place your Uber request.

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Uber Johannesburg Prices (Regular)

 UberXAssistUberBlackVan
Base fareR  5R  5R  15R  22
Cost per minR  .80 R  .80R  1.30R  1.60
Cost per kmR  8R  8R  13R  16
Minimum chargeR  25R  25R  50R  75
Cancellation FeeR  25R  25R  70R  100

Whatever the case, Uber Johannesburg prices are much better than regular taxi prices.

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You can schedule an Uber ride in Johannesburg and/or Pretoria up to 30 days before the ride occurs. To do so, go to the Uber Johannesburg website.

Uber service is available to and from both OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Aiport.

Uber Taxis

Both airports offer free Wi-Fi (for up to 4 hours or to a cap of 1 GB), so if you’ve got a smartphone, you can use the same Uber app you use in your city to request a ride with Uber JHB. If you don’t already have the Uber app, you can download it from your regular app store for your phone.

OR Tambo International Airport is located at 1 Jones Road, Kempton Park in Johannesburg, and the airport’s telephone number is +27-11-921-6262.

Because you can schedule your Uber ride up to 30 days in advance on Uber’s website, you can schedule your ride from or to OR Tambo International Airport even before you arrive in Johannesburg or South Africa through the global Uber website.

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Is It Safe in Johannesburg?

Johannesburg, like any major city, has both safe and unsafe areas. While certain neighborhoods and tourist destinations in Johannesburg can be relatively safe for visitors, others may have higher crime rates.

It is important to exercise caution and take appropriate safety measures when visiting or living in Johannesburg.

Here are some general safety tips:

  1. Be aware of your surroundings: Stay vigilant and observant of the people and environment around you, especially in unfamiliar areas.
  2. Avoid displaying wealth: Keep valuable items such as jewelry, expensive cameras, and large amounts of cash out of sight to minimize the risk of theft or attracting unwanted attention.
  3. Use reliable transportation: Utilize reputable taxi services or ride-hailing apps rather than hailing taxis on the street, particularly at night.
  4. Stay in well-populated areas: Stick to busy and well-lit streets, especially during the evening. Avoid walking alone at night, if possible.
  5. Secure your belongings: Keep your bags and personal belongings close to you, and never leave them unattended in public places.
  6. Research accommodations: Prioritize staying in reputable hotels or accommodations in safer neighborhoods.
  7. Seek local advice: Consult with locals or trusted sources to get insights on safe areas and places to avoid.
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Remember that conditions can change over time, so it’s recommended to consult up-to-date travel advisories and information from reliable sources, such as government websites or local authorities, before visiting Johannesburg or any other destination.

Uber Eats Johannesburg

Along with giving passengers rides, Uber Johannesburg also operates an Uber Eats service, which allows you to use Uber to order takeaway from your favorite restaurant in the city.

Uber in Zanzibar

Uber does not operate in Zanzibar. To find out more about how to get around in Zanzibar, click here.

Uber in Tanzania

Uber Tanzania has currently indefinitely suspended its ride-hailing service for cars in response to a recent price regulation order issued by the Tanzanian Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LATRA). The suspension began on April 14, 2022.

You can currently use Uber in Tanzania for bajajis (auto rickshaws) and pikipikis (motorcycle taxis) in Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and Mwanza.

Is Uber Safe in Dar es Salaam?

Yes, Uber is very safe in Dar es Salaam. Personally, I use it very often and have never heard of safety-related incidences reported about Uber in Dar es Salaam.

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