Pretoria travel guide

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You're Going to Love Pretoria

Pretoria boasts lush gardens, buzzing nightclubs and eateries, and a whole lot of rich South African history. Alongside its natural wildlife sanctuaries, Pretoria's urban life is centered around great eats and entertainment, and it comes alive in the evenings, thanks to its large university student population.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Pretoria

1. Natural Reserves, Parks, and Sanctuaries

Pretoria has a number of natural reserves such as Wonderboom Nature Reserve, with a fig tree that's over 1,000 years old, and Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary.

2. Historical Architecture

Check out the Union Buildings, home to the South African presidential legacy and history, as well as the Voortrekker Monument, right across from the lush Freedom Park.

3. A Fascinating Blend of Influences

Take in Pretoria's Dutch and Germanic roots that are evident in bakeries, breweries, and national museum exhibits.

4. Authentic South African Cuisine

Don't miss out on the best of South African cuisine served at various hidden gems and famous restaurants such as Tings 'n Times, Crawdaddy's, and La Pentola.

5. Outdoor Entertainment and Theater

Sit back and relax at the Monument Amphitheatre with drinks and outdoor music, while the Klitsgras Drumming Circle plays in Tierpoort on Garsfontein Rd.

Where to Eat in Pretoria

Dine at world-renowned La Pentola for R150 per person or Kream Restaurant, for fresh urban eats starting at R300 for two. If Cajun and Creole steaks or seafood chowders are your thing, check out Crawdaddy's; appetizers start at R69.

When to visit Pretoria

Pretoria in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 23
1 night at 3-star hotel
Pretoria in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 23
1 night at 3-star hotel

Summers in Pretoria are wet and muggy, with afternoon thunderstorms and temperatures of 60-86 degrees. Winters are dry and mild with lows of 41 degrees and highs of 68 degrees.

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How to Get to Pretoria

Plane

Travelers to Pretoria land at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. A ticket for the shuttle from the airport to Pretoria costs R90.

Train

Trains from Johannesburg's airport to Pretoria get travelers to the city center for R164 and commuter train tickets cost R16.50.

Car

Pretoria is accessible to all other cities using the National highways N1-4 and N14. Book with Bidvest Car Rental starting at R169 per day.

Bus

Liners such as APM, Intercape, and Citiliner service Pretoria with prices ranging from R220 to R570.

Airports near Pretoria

Airlines serving Pretoria

United Airlines
Good (2,259 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (956 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,718 reviews)
KLM
Good (256 reviews)
Air France
Good (257 reviews)
British Airways
Good (703 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,514 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (269 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (827 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (904 reviews)
Iberia
Good (512 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (422 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (136 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (550 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (68 reviews)
Finnair
Good (320 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (170 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (104 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (81 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (121 reviews)
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Where to stay in Pretoria

When you visit Pretoria, there are multiple options for a pleasurable stay. Check in to the Pumbas Backpackers in Hatfield or the Farm Inn. If you want to splurge, try the Ellensgate Guesthouse, a great B&B.

Popular neighbourhoods in Pretoria

Hatfield - home to trendy and hip university students, Hatfield is full of buzzing pubs, independent eateries, and small one-off boutiques for your perusal pleasure.

Brooklyn - beautiful luxury residences and upmarket shopping spots like Brooklyn Mall characterize this neighborhood in Pretoria.

Menlyn - similar in style and feel to Brooklyn, Menlyn's claim to fame is Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, supposedly South Africa's second-largest mall with a rooftop drive-in movie theater.

Where to stay in popular areas of Pretoria

Most booked hotels in Pretoria

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 137+
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 73+
Morning Star Express Hotel
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
C$ 41+
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How to Get Around Pretoria

Public Transportation

Tshwane operates a network of buses throughout Pretoria. Getting around in Pretoria using public transport is best during rush hour. Tickets cost between R5 to R10 in the city.

Taxi

It's best to book a taxi in advance rather than hail one. Some options include Heinrich's Taxis or Rixi Taxi. Fares start at R50 for the first two miles and R24.8 for each mile thereafter.

Car

If you want to visit spots like Hartbeespoort Dam for hot air balloon rides, rent a car with Tempest Car Hire starting from R171 per day.

The Cost of Living in Pretoria

Shopping Streets

You don't want to miss Menlyn Park Shopping Centre for an unforgettable shopping experience. Check out Wonderpark's skate park and Kolonnade in the north with its ice rink.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk costs around R15 while a dozen eggs is approximately R24.

Cheap meal
C$ 11.39
A pair of jeans
C$ 69.58
Single public transport ticket
C$ 1.90
Cappuccino
C$ 2.10