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5 top transport apps for South Africa

Getting around South Africa’s biggest cities doesn’t have to be a headache. Here are five smartphone apps and services that will make moving around a little easier.

Uber

Uber

Once you’ve joined up with Uber, all you have to do to get a ride is pull out your phone and request one; you can even choose the exact car that will pick you up. That car is then dispatched to your location, and you can watch its progress in real-time on a virtual map. The service is pleasantly affordable plus you don’t need to have cash on you. Easily one of the best transport apps for residents of Jo’burg, Cape Town and Durbs.
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SnappCab

Snappcab

Snappcab is another taxi service that you can order from your phone. It supports BlackBerry, Android, iOS and Windows Phone, and works much like Uber in that you open the app, hail your cab and track its progress on a map in real-time. A picture of your driver is sent to you so that you know who’s coming to get you, and payment options include both cash and credit cards. You can hail Snappcabs in Jozi, Cape Town and Durban.

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Zapacab

Zapacab

This service doesn’t make you use an app; instead, you can order your car via the Zapacab website, so you don’t even need a smartphone to use it (although iOS and Android apps are available). You’ll use the interactive map to set your pickup location, then all Zapacab needs is your phone number to confirm the driver’s arrival by text. For now, Zapacab only operates in the Mother City.

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Gautrain Buddy 2

Gautrain Buddy

Avoiding the highways is best done by using the Gautrain, and this iOS and Android app will let you know when the next Gautrains are arriving or leaving. It’ll also give you the routes and timetables of all the Gautrain buses, in case you’re planning on catching one instead of driving to the station. The app also includes a fare calculator that lets you estimate how much your trip is going to cost.

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Toll Track

Want to track your eToll usage to compare it to the costs SANRAL says you’ve racked up? This is the app to do it with. Toll Track uses your phone’s GPS chip to determine where you are and which gantry you’re travelling through, and tracks the costs of any trip you take on Gauteng’s tolled highways.

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