Getting There in Northern suburbsEdit This
Johannesburg's OR Tambo international airport is the main hub of the country, is served by most international airlines and many domestic carriers.
The once formidable national rail service now struggles under the strain of competing with the many low-cost airlines that have arisen recently. The relatively affordable (and unpronounceable) Shosholoza Meyl train service connects Johannesburg with the major cities of Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein, as well as a number of smaller towns. While the sights on offer from the windows of the train are breathtaking, the general safety of the train is questionable for tourists and, if the price difference is negligible, it's advised that air travel be opted for instead.
In addition to the Shosholoza Meyl are the luxury train services that connect Johannesburg with the Cape. These are significantly more expensive than any other means of travel but, if within your budget, are worth every cent.
There is no train station in or around Sandton itself. All trains arrive and depart from Johannesburg Station in downtown Johannesburg. Sandton is then accessible by bus or taxi.
Bus travel in South Africa is affordable, safe and offers an excellent way to see the breathtaking scenery that the country has to offer.
Greyhound is the major operator and offers services to Johannesburg from a number of locations nationwide.
Becoming increasingly popular with backpackers is the Baz Bus. This offers a hop-on-hop-off service for a reasonable price and allows you to be flexible with the movements.
As with trains, Sandton is not served by by national bus routes as these terminate and originate at the Rotunda bus station in downtown Johannesburg.
May 07, 2007 new by sandtonian