2010 FIFA World Cup: Match Day Transport Info for Johannesburg and Cape Town

Each South African host city has developed an integrated match day transport plan based on their current public transport infrastructure. During the tournament fans are encouraged to use the various public transport options as well as tournament specific transport such as the park and rides and park and walks in each of the host cities. However we want to encourage fans to not rely solely on the park and rides. They should travel to the transport hubs in each host city and use the array of buses, taxis, shuttles and commuter rail options that will be available. Spectators should be aware of the fact that no private vehicles will be allowed within the stadium precincts and only people with valid, official tickets for the match will be admitted to the immediate surrounding areas. Private vehicles will also not be allowed to park close to the stadiums due to the exclusion zones which will be put in place.

Fans are also encouraged to leave home early and get to the stadium well in advance of the start of the opening and closing ceremonies and kickoff on the other match days. On regular match days gates will open 3 hours before kickoff.

Spectators should also take note that there will be no “drop off” point at the park-and-rides. In order to use the park-and-rides you must park your vehicle at one of the sites.

Johannesburg: There are two integrated transport hubs from where various forms of public will transport fans to the two stadiums. They are the Westgate Transport Hub and the Sandton Metrobus Transport Hub.

The Westgate Transport Hub: Situated at the Westgate Station at the corner of Anderson Street and Pat Mbatha Bus and Taxi Way in the Central Business District. On Match Day the following public transport will converge here:

  • Metrorail
  • Metrobus Services
  • Buses from the Airport on Match Days
  • Rea Vaya – a new Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) is designed to provide a high quality and affordable transport system, which is fast and safe. Rea Vaya BRT comprises a middle lane for large, high tech buses which will transport you comfortably and quickly around Johannesburg using specific designated routes, enclosed bus stations along the routes and a high tech control centre to ensure your Rea Vaya experience is a world class one.
  • InterCity (Bus) Services
  • Bus services from Cities outside of Gauteng

Once fans have arrived at this transport hub they will be able to catch a connection to the stadium with Rea Vaya or with Metrorail. Buy your tickets for the Rea Vaya at the Rea Vaya Station for R12. Match Day ticket holders can take the Metrorail for free.

The Sandton Metrobus Transport Hub: Metrobuses will be running on match days from the Sandton Transport Hub to the Westgate Transport Hub. These buses will be running every 10 minutes. Metrobus will be stopping along the route while still in the Sandton area to pick up fans.

Airport transfers: There will be bus services running from the OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton on a daily basis as well as to Westgate in the city centre on match days. The Gautrain will also run services from OR Tambo to Sandton. There will also be services running from Lanseria Airport to Sandton and back.

Park and Ride Sites: At the Park and Rides spectators will park their vehicles and be shuttled via Rea Vaya, Metrobus and Taxis to the stadium. All the selected facilities are within a 12km radius of the stadium.

The following sites have been identified as Park and Ride sites:

  • Wits Campus, (Soccer City and Ellis Park)
  • Constitution Hill, (Soccer City and Ellis Park)
  • Gold Reef City (Soccer City and Ellis Park)
  • Bez Valley (Ellis Park only)

Park and Walk Sites: Spectators will park their vehicles and walk to the stadium in Johannesburg. The furthest Park and Walk is 2.2 kms away from the stadium.

The following sites have been identified as park and walk sites:

  • Shareworld, Randshow Rd and Aeroton (all for Soccer City)
  • Athlone Boys (for Ellis Park)

The costs for the park and rides and park and walks are as follows:

  • Car R50
  • Minibus taxi or similar (15,18 or 24-seater) R100
  • 35-40 seater bus R500
  • 64-seater bus or more R700

Tickets can be bought at Ticketbreak or Computicket.

Please note that all park and ride and park and walk tickets must be bought prior to the match day as no tickets will be sold at the park and ride and park and walk facilities. Fans without a vehicle parking ticket will not be given access to the park and ride facilities.

Commuter Rail: Metrorail will be transporting fans on both their event service and their ordinary commuter service trains. On Match days extra trains will be provided to run from Westgate Transport Hub to Soccer City and Ellis Park. There will be no charge for taking the trains if you are match day ticket holder. Visit the Metrorail website for info.

Bus Shuttles: Spectators will be able to board a Rea Vaya bus and be transported to within easy walking distance of the stadiums. You can be dropped-off or leave your car in a private parking garage in the vicinity of a Rea Vaya Station and board the bus. All Rea Vaya Stations will be operating during the tournament. A return trip will cost R12 (South Africa Rand). Visit the Rea Vea website for more information.

For more information on Johannesburg’s match day transport visit http://www.joburg.org.za/ and click on Joburg 2010 Transport.

Cape Town:Cape Town will offer visitors and residents safe and easily accessible public transport during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Rail, bus and other existing services i.e. metered taxis and car rental will cater for a wide variety of transport requirements, and will ensure that the Cape Town Stadium, the FIFA Fan Fest™ and the public viewing areas are adequately served. Event-related public transport will be added to the regular public transport system i.e. an airport shuttle to the Cape Town International Airport, a stadium shuttle to the Cape Town Stadium and Bus & Rail Park and Ride services. Travel around the city will be served by an inner city transport service.

Transport Hub: The Cape Town public transport hub will be based in the city centre in Hertzog Boulevard outside the Civic Centre in central Cape Town. This is within easy walking distance of Cape Town Station, the Golden Acre bus terminus, station deck minibus taxi rank, metered-taxi ranks, long-distance bus terminal; FIFA Fan Fest™ and the fan walk to Cape Town Stadium. There will be a transport information kiosk at the transport hub, as well as volunteers to assist visitors.

Airport Shuttle Service: A 24 hour service from the Cape Town Airport to the main transport hub which is next to Cape Town Station in the city centre will operate throughout the event. An airport-to-city service will run from the bus station at the airport, via the N2 and Eastern Boulevard, to the main transport hub. This service will operate 24 hours a day for the duration of the event.

Stadium Match Shuttle: A free shuttle bus service for match ticket holders will run from the main transport hub to Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. This service will operate from six hours before kick-off, until four hours after the final whistle. Buses will d
epart every three to five minutes, depending on demand.

Inner City Service: The inner-city bus service, which will run 24 hours a day, will travel from the main transport hub and around the city’s main streets i.e. Heerengracht, Coen Steytler, Long and Loop Street and back to the main transport hub. This route is supplemented by the Queens Beach and Hout Bay services that serve a wider city area providing convenient access to the Waterfront and the Atlantic Seaboard.

Park and ride sites: A free (match ticket holders only) shuttle service to the Main Transport Hub will run from the University of Cape Town, which is one of the three park and ride sites provided by the city. This service will operate during the same time as the stadium shuttle allowing spectators from UCT to transfer and proceed to the stadium.

The other two park and ride sites are:

  • Camps Bay High School
  • Kronendal Primary School in Hout Bay.

These sites will be served by the Hout Bay Service which is a paid service and will operate from four hours before kick-off until 02:00.

Commuter Rail: Rail forms the backbone of the entire metropole’s transport system consisting of 14 service lines and 119 stations connecting Cape Town to neighbouring district municipalities. Cape Metrorail will extend its existing services to operate until 02:00 daily for the duration of the World Cup event. Major stations have been identified as convenient park and ride locations, giving access to more than 7 000 remote parking bays. These stations will have additional security, and will offer event-related activities. For detailed schedules and the list of park-and-ride stations visit the Cape Metro Rail website.

For more info on Cape Town’s match day transport plans please visit http://www.capetown.gov.za/ or http://www.findyourway.co.za/

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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