"Rates for Gautrain high speed rail link confirmed" Top 5 Page for this destination Johannesburg Transportation Tip by CatherineReichardt
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Today the rates for the Gautrain high speed rail link from OR Tambo International airport were finally confirmed.
The cost will be R100 one way - if you are parking at the Sandton rail station, this rate is pegged at a maximum of R9.50 for the first 24 hours. This is much cheaper than a cost of a taxi + parking for a single person, although once you get up to a family of four, the costs begin to even out.
The journey will take about 15 minutes (currently about 45 minutes by road, even in light traffic, and much longer given the current roadworks and possible delays due to peak hour traffic and accidents).
The train service will operate from Monday to Sunday between 05:30 to 20:30 - note the early closing time. Trains will be available every 12 minutes during peak times (05:30 to 08:30 and 16:00 to 19:00), and every 20 minutes during off-peak times. On weekends the train service will be available every 30 minutes.
As is fitting for a city known as Egoli (the place of gold), the rolling stock will be decked out in gold and blue livery.
Service commences 8 June, which seems very optimistic - given that kickoff is only three days later, we'd better hope that they get their teething problems sorted out pretty quick!
Update (April 2011): As of 1 July 2011 - when then complete Gautrain network opens - the cost of a one way ticket from Sandton to the airport will increase to R105, with no discount for a return fare. Parking at Sandton station will increase to R10 per day (if Gautrain is used) and R80 per day if it is not. See my travel tip below for more detail on fares between the new stations that will open.
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