Gautrain unveils 'attractive' prices

2011-04-06 11:29

Johannesburg - A single Gautrain trip between Hatfield in Pretoria and Park Station in Johannesburg would cost R39 for a monthly ticket holder, provincial authorities said on Wednesday.

Monthly ticket holders will get a 20% discount and weekly ticket holders a 10% discount.

"They are sufficiently price attractive to create a substantial shift from private car use to public transport in the form of the Gautrain," Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi told reporters.

He was announcing the fares for the Gautrain rapid train which is expected to be fully operational from July.

A single trip between the OR Tambo international airport and Sandton, which is currently R100, will increase to R105 when the train system is fully operational.

A trip from Pretoria to OR Tambo will cost R125 and a trip from Johannesburg Park Station to OR Tambo will cost R115.

A monthly ticket from Hatfield in Pretoria to Park Station in Johannesburg will cost R39 per trip, while a single trip on a weekly ticket between Park Station and Hatfield will cost R43.

Vadi said it was expected that the majority of people would buy monthly tickets.

"Gautrain will be able to transport commuters every day in all directions, providing economic mobility and the convenience of door-to-door commuting," he said.

The first phase of Gautrain was opened in June last year just before the start of the Soccer World Cup.

Vadi said the Gautrain was not only aimed at meeting future transport demands and improving the image of public transport, but also at economic development and employment creation.

  • Carla - 2011-04-06 11:46

    I actually stay in Hatfield and work in Kempton Park so it will cost a wopping R250 daily, but if i worked in near Park station (which is a lot further) it would only cost R80/per day. a rip-off! as if every single person that travels from PTA to Kempton is catching a flight

      christo.krause - 2011-04-06 14:37

      Carla, Hatfield to Rhodesfield will actually be R37 per trip or R74 per day. The fares are available on their website

  • Cui Bono - 2011-04-06 11:51

    The only way that they could make people use the Gautrain and for it to pay for itself was to toll the highway between Jhb and Pta .. THe problem isn't about using the G/Train.. its about what I do once I get to the station ??

      Samw - 2011-04-06 15:48

      Speak to the people who stay in the East Rand and are working in Sandton and are using the train every day (there are 100's of them) - they seem to be making a plan....

  • Danie - 2011-04-06 12:50

    Attractive prices for who.. Maybe the Politicians in parliament that can see the money rolling in.

  • Letona - 2011-04-06 14:26

    @Carla, if u get off at Rhodesfield, it might be much more affordable. Download the full schedule on the Gautrain website. @Cui: they have busses covering a certain radius (?) around stations. Otherwise I think it's up to companies to also arrange shuttles for their employees.

  • JD - 2011-06-21 09:43

    this is good oppurtunity for meter taxis to run between rhodes field and the airport or even normal taxis... it will still save time and money(it will cost you much less) than the straigh trip to the airport

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