What’s the best way to get to Soccer City?

By Kim Garner in Johannesburg
Posted on Sunday, 27 June 2010 09:30

Getting around during the World Cup is as easy as one, two, three.

Read Kim Garner’s handy guide, with tips on what you’ll need to bring

with you on each of Johannesburg’s transport options.

By now, the Johannesburg population is firmly in the World Cup spirit. They’ve worked out exactly how many layers of clothing are needed to fight off the bitter cold and, they’ve practically mastered the art of transportation to the games. But, if you’re still a little confused about which wheels are right for you, read on.

Park and Ride?

The Park and Ride means spectators can park their cars and get shuttled to the stadium in jam-packed but efficient taxis and buses that have more access to roads around the stadium than regular vehicles do. All Park and Rides are within a 12km radius of the stadium, meaning you’ll never be in a taxi for more than 20 minutes. It sure beats waiting in traffic in your own car for the entire first half.

Park and Rides sites are usually filled with vuvuzela-blowing locals who have obviously tried to get as much beer into their bellies as possible before the game. Don’t make eye contact, unless you want talk about Bafana’s midfield for the entire ride.

Park and Ride sites are at Wits Campus, Constitution Hill, Gold Reef City and Bez Valley. It’ll set you back R50 ($6.50) and you must buy for tickets beforehand.

Hint: We noticed that buses from Constitution Hill got very close to Soccer City, resulting in a shorter walk to the stadium on arrival. Of course, it might just have been a lucky buss.??

Metrorail?

Who doesn’t love a good train ride? Most Joburg-dwellers don’t spend much time on trains, but this World Cup has awakened a European-like love of the rail in South Africa. Joburgers especially are flocking in their hundred to the Metrorail to see games in Pretoria. It’s much quicker than driving oneself all the way there, and it means soccer fans can drink – I mean celebrate – as much as they like.

There are also extra Metrorail commuter trains going to Soccer City and Ellis Park on match days, leaving from the Westgate Station in the CBD. The Metrorail is also filled with tourists, so make sure that’s where you head if you’re looking for some foreign friends.

The Metrorail is free if you have a match ticket. Go to www.metrorail.co.za for more information.

Hint: As fun as the Metrorail is, it occasionally stops mid-journey for few icy minutes. Take a blanket to avoid freezing to the seat.

Rea Vaya Busses

The Rea Vaya bus had a bit of a rough start, with late departure times and taxi-driver riots. But, it’s definitely redeeming itself, and this super-fast bus system is a great way to get to the games. Spectators will be dropped off just a hop, skip and jump (and a little walk) away from the stadiums, after a 10 to 20 minute ride, depending on whether you catch the bus form the Sandton or the CBD transport hub.

Expect to sit next to over-excited football hooligans from all over the world. They sound scarier than they are, so grab a whistle and join in the celebrations.

A return trip will cost R12 ($1.50). Visit www.reavaya.org.za

Hint: These buses go very fast down roads that are occasionally unfamiliar. I suggest you take along a good sense of humour and some Rescue Remedy.

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