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OR Tambo International Airport
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IATA airport code: JNB
ICAO airport code: FAJS

Phone: +27(0)11 921 6911 of +27(0)11 921 6262 (helpdesk)   
JNB Airport Gautrain
The Gautrain is an eighty kilometers long mass rapid transit railway system in Gauteng province in South Africa. It is Africa’s first high speed train and it links Johannesburg, Pretoria, and the OR Tambo international airport. 

The main reason as to why this railway system was built was to relieve the traffic congestion that was constantly experienced along the Johannesburg-Pretoria corridor. This railway system was also meant to provide commuters with a practical rail transportation service mainly because Johannesburg has limited public transport infrastructure. All of the stations were expected to be operational as from 2nd August 2011 with the exception of the Johannesburg park station that was experiencing problems which needed to be addressed before the station could be opened.

During the installation of the Gautrain concerns for safety and security were given the highest priority, and it is worth noting that the entire train system adheres to the highest international standards. The train is also served by highly trained personnel. The train system is also integrated in such a way that it offers connectivity to the Sandton, Rosebank, Pretoria, Hatfield and Rhodesfield stations, and the car rental facilities at Sandton as well. Further, the train has a reliable timetable and thus making certain that you can never miss your flight from the OR Tambo International Airport. Additionally, the Gautrain only takes twelve minutes to travel from Sandton to the airport.

The rail link from the Johannesburg international airport serves a number of Johannesburg suburbs and Pretoria as well. The train station also offers parking and bus connections. The car park is usually opened as from 5AM to 9PM every day. The station that serves the airport can be found on the upper level between terminals A & B. You can easily find it by following the signs provided in the airport. The airport line, commonly referred to as the East-West commuter line, usually runs OR Tambo Airport - Marlboro - Sandton. However, you have the option of transferring to the North-South Commuter line at Marlboro or Sandton.

All the stations on the East-West commuter line are usually opened fifteen minutes before the first train arrives and are usually closed fifteen minutes after the last train arrives. The first and the last trains arrive at 5:30 AM and 8:30 PM respectively. Service intervals are usually twelve minutes apart during peak periods, 20 minutes during off-peak periods, and 30 minutes over the weekends and public holidays. The morning peak periods and afternoon peak periods both last for three hours as from 5:30 AM and 4:00 PM respectively.

A single trip on the Gautrain will cost you anywhere from R20-R50 for one person and this depends on your destination. However, children under three years old usually travel free of charge.
The next time you are in Johannesburg you can try to forget using the taxis or the minivans as you may take forever to get to your destination; use the Gautrain instead!
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