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The best way to get to Soweto is to arrive in Johannesburg international airport and go from there. For those who prefer to be lead to the site, there are innumerable tour companies that travel to this must see sight. Various hotels and tourist companies will be able to provide more information or recommend a company in Johannesburg.
In addition, South Africa has an extensive rail network that connects most major towns to each other. However, travelers should note it is required to book one’s ticket at least 24 hours in advance.
Also, there are buses that are available for travel between parts of South Africa. Long distance coach services as well as minibus taxis are available; minibus taxis are much cheaper.
The final option is to drive oneself. Generally speaking, the basics of driving in South Africa is easy for an American or English speaker: all the signs are in English and people drive on the left side of the road here. However, t o hire a car in South Africa you must have held a valid driver’s license for at least five years and be over 23 years of age total. Regardless, Soweto by no means is a safe place to travel alone, especially if one does not know the streets well.
You can stay in guesthouses in Soweto if you so wish, adding to the local economy. A brand new Holiday Inn has been opened, a two storey 46 room hotel with all modern ammenities situated in Walter Sisulu Square/Freedom Square. It has a restaurant with an entertainment area, conference facilities and an Internet hub.