Traveling by Gautrain between Johannesburg and Pretoria is convenient.
Parking and traffic are not concerns, and you can work or make a phone call while travelling.
Several times this year, Google Maps warned me of massive traffic problems on the N1 or M1 while on my way to a meeting, which saw me heading to the nearest Gautrain station.
Provided you and your destination are near a station or bus route, using the Gautrain can be much quicker than driving – even without traffic.
When it comes to using the Gautrain’s airport service, however, tickets are so expensive that I have to think twice before using the train.
Gautrain ticket prices to OR Tambo international airport
Traveling to OR Tambo with the Gautrain is much more expensive than its regular commuter service.
Rhodesfield is the station just outside the airport, and its fares are included in the table for comparison.
|To/From||Rhodesfield – Off-peak||Rhodesfield – Peak||Rhodesfield – High-peak||OR Tambo|
Another factor to consider is the price of parking at OR Tambo versus a Gautrain station.
The tables below show that parking at Gautrain stations is much cheaper than at the airport.
|Long-term parking fares: OR Tambo|
|ORT P4 long stay carports||R75.00||0-24 hours||R37.00||per 12 hours|
|ORT P5 shaded parking||R85.00||0-24 hours||R42.00||per 12 hours|
|ORT P6 shaded parking||R70.00||0-24 hours||R35.00||per 12 hours|
|PRT P9 Super South gate||R50.00||0-24 hours||R42.00||per 12 hours|
|Parking Period||Rail User||Non-Rail User|
|More than ten days||R420 plus R100 for every extra day, except Marlboro and Sandton – R40 a day for days 11 to 15, R1,000 plus R100 for every extra day||R1,000 plus R100 for every extra day|
How much cheaper it is to drive to the airport than take a Gautrain
Despite parking at the Gautrain being much cheaper than at OR Tambo, the expensive ticket price for the train means that driving remains the cheaper option for me.
Using a Mazda 3 sedan and the AA’s calculations for running costs based on a petrol price of R13.07 per litre (93 reef price), the comparison below details the pricing difference.
If just the petrol price and average fuel efficiency of the Mazda 3 were used, the travel costs would be even cheaper.
Fixed costs for the car such as insurance and licensing were excluded from the comparison.
|To OR Tambo||Gautrain – from Pretoria||Mazda 3 – AA rates|
|Parking (5 days)||R220.00||R371.00|