Go George bus service
Go George is the first integrated bus service in South Africa’s non-metro and rural areas. It promises to be a huge success and a testament to the tangible value of partnership, public sector investment, good inter-governmental relations and effective stakeholder management.
Phase 1 of the Go George service began operating in December 2014 and 3 phases are currently in operation. The fourth and largest phase is due to commence operations later this year. The Department of Transport and Public Works, George Municipality and the National Department of Transport will complete the full project by June 2016.
It aims to make travelling easier and affordable for citizens in rural areas and is the largest public investment project in the history of George. Go George runs 7 days a week, 18 hours a day.
Millions have been invested in new infrastructure and upgrades in surrounding areas including Thembalethu and Pacaltsdorp. These include roadway civil works as well as all bus stops and the construction of a fully functional bus depot. Arterial roads have also been upgraded to improve the operation of the network.
Passengers can make use of free transfers between buses within 45 minutes of purchasing their ticket. The large buses were used on the first routes and have been replaced on some routes with smaller buses.
The bus service aims to provide residents with transport services that are safe, reliable and affordable.
In addition, all passengers need to follow these rules when using the bus:
- Co-operate with Go George bus staff.
- Offer your seat to someone who may need it, such as an elderly person, pregnant woman or someone living with a disability, especially if you’re seated on a red priority seat.
- All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Always take care of your baggage or it will be removed.
- Toxic and flammable substances such as paraffin, gas or spirits will not be allowed on the Go George bus service.
- Loud talking or music and swearing will not be tolerated.
- Vandalism and unauthorised advertising is not allowed.
- You are only allowed to travel with a valid ticket.
- Firearms and other dangerous weapons are not allowed.
- No eating, drinking or chewing gum.
- No smoking allowed on the bus.
- All passengers should use the bins provided.
- Informal trading is not allowed.
- No animals are allowed except authorised assistance animals.
How it works
There are 3 steps to planning your journey. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Step 1: Plan your journey. Use the maps and timetable to plan your trip.
Step 2: Look out for Go George bus stop signs which will provide a bus number and indicates other buses using that route.
Step 3: Have your bus fare ready when you get on the bus. Your bus fare is determined by the distance of your trip.
To decrease the security risk of carrying cash, passengers can now also buy single tickets from a vendor, which means that they don’t need to carry cash with them. This in turn saves time when boarding the bus.
Get more information
- Phone the Go George Call Centre on 0800 044 044,
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Study the maps and timetables on the Go George website ,
- Drop in at the Go George Info Kiosk in Cradock Street in the CBD
- Communicate with Go George via Twitter or Facebook.
- Find a Go George bus or learn more about the service here. If you’d like to lay a complaint, you can contact the Go George call centre at 0800 044 044.
Find out more about the Go George logo
- Public transport in the Western Cape (Public Information)