Johannesburg

Gautrain

  Rosebank & The Parks          0800 4288 7246     17 May 2021

Gauteng’s pride and joy, the shiny-gold Gautrain (pronounced ‘How-train’) links central Johannesburg (Park Station) with the main business districts of the north (Sandton and Rosebank) and beyond to Pretoria and O.R. Tambo International. To use the train, buy a Swift Card at any station and top it up with money at the kiosk or vending machine inside the station. Alternatively, you can also use your contactless bank card to pay for your trip.

Joburg's Gautrain stations are Park Station (next to Braamfontein), Rosebank,  Sandton, Marlboro (close to Alexandra township) and Midrand. In Pretoria there are three stations: Centurion, Pretoria and Hatfield. Widely considered the fastest and the most reliable public transport system in Joburg, check out their website gautrain.co.za to see when the next train is due.

Trains run daily from around 05:30–20:30 at intervals of 12–30 minutes. Timetables are available online or download the Gautrain app. Tel. 0800 428 87246, www.gautrain.co.za. Short local trips (such as Park to Sandton) cost from R26 depending on the time of day. 

Not that you are not allowed to consume any food or drinks on the Gautrain and at Gautrain stations. The security staff are pretty strict about this and have been known to land people with spot fines.

GAUTRAIN BUSES
Connected to every Gautrain station is a network of Gautrain 'feeder' buses linking up nearby suburbs. To use the bus you will need a Swift Card or a contactless bank card. There are route maps and timetables at all Gautrain stations and bus stops. Buses usually arrive every 20 to 40 minutes depending on the time of day (Monday to Friday only, the bus service does not operate on weekends). You can track where the next bus is on Gautrain app or call +27 10 223 1098. 

Useful Gautrain Bus routes
From Park Station: For Constitution Hill take the J1 Parktown bus. For Standard Bank Gallery and the Main Street Mining District take the J2 CBD bus. First Gautrain bus leaves the station at 06:16 and the last at 20:26.

From Rosebank station: Melrose Arch (RB2), Hyde Park (RB4), Killarney (RB5) or Illovo (RB3). The first bus leaves Rosebank at 06:21 and the last at 20:01 (the last bus to Killarney is at 18:59).

From Sandton station: For Liliesleaf take the S3 and get off at Rivonia and 11th. The museum is a 15–20 minute walk. For Montecasino take the S5.

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