The trip from the ORTambo airport took just 15 minutes. Modern, fast and very safe, the Gautrain is a welcome service from the airport to major centres like Sandton, where most of the tourists hotels are now situated away from the old downtown Johannesburg city. It also connects to Rosebank (more hotels) and Pretoria, which you change lines at Marlboro. It only costs around 10 Euro for the trip, but you buy a card (another 10 Euro) which you can load with more money for more trips.
Once in Sandton, the station is well situated a few metres from the Nelson Mandela Square, with shopping centres, Hotels (all within walking distance and very safe). Hours of operation starts at 05h30 for the first train and stop at 20h30 for the last train. So if you have a late arrival flight, you will have to take an airport transfer service.
I highly recommend this service for all travellers, most of all its safe, clean and very efficient.
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