Joburg’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, O.R. Tambo International and various suburbs in between. Buy a Gautrain Gold Card at any station and top it up at the kiosk or vending machine. Every station has a dedicated car park with special rates for Gautrain users, payable by Gold Card.
Trains run daily from 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.
Each Gautrain station is linked to a series of Gautrain feeder buses which can be paid for by Gold Card. If you use the train within one hour of the bus, the bus fare is R1–6, otherwise it costs R14–19. On the most popular routes buses leave every 12–20mins, otherwise buses leave every 20–40mins. Buses generally run between 06:00 and 19:30 on weekdays only. Bus route maps and timetables can be found at each Gautrain station and online at www.gautrain.co.za. Buses can also be tracked using the Gautrain app or by calling the Gautrain hotline on 0800 428 87246.
Useful bus routes include:
Sandton–Fourways via Montecasino (this service is also available on weekends), Sandton–Rivonia, Rosebank–Melrose Arch, Rosebank–Hyde Park, Park Station–CBD (via Main Street Mining District and Carlton Centre).