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14 November 2006

TRAINS are the cheapest form of public transport in Johannesburg. The downside is that while the city has sprawled to the north, the only lines run south of the centre, from the East Rand through to Soweto and Randfontein in the far west.

The railways are operated by a parastatal, Wits Metrorail, which runs all services in Gauteng province, including lines from Vereeniging in the south, Nigel in the east, Randfontein and Oberholzer in the west and Olifantsfontein in the north. Trains, then, are a useful form of transport to local regions outside Johannesburg, to the south, east and west.

The city's main station is Park Station, just north of the central business district, a destination for both local and mainline trains and the largest railway station in Africa. To the east of Park Station are Doornfontein, Ellis Park and Jeppe stations. To the west are Braamfontein, Mayfair, Grosvenor and Langlaagte stations, whilst the south has Faraday, Westgate, Booysens, Crown and Village Main stations.

Metrorail operations
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All stations have access control points. You can buy your ticket from the ticket sales office at the station. CCTV cameras have been installed at larger stations to monitor activities on the platforms. There are visible security guards on trains and at stations throughout the network, making the trains much safer than they were not so long ago.

Don't expect to find maps indicating train routes and points of exchange at the station. Since the rail line is limited to one route, there is little train exchange to do. Train routes and destinations are marked by the numbers on trains and passengers are expected to memorise these numbers.

Passengers have a choice between two classes of travel; the common Metro class or the more luxurious Metroplus, which has upholstered and more comfortable seats. The latter is generally less congested than the former, but this luxury comes at a price. For example, a Metroplus monthly ticket on the Johannesburg - Naledi route costs R180, whilst the same ticket on the Metro class costs just R79 - making train travel the cheapest mode of transport in the city. Single journeys from Johannesburg to Naledi are R7.50 for Metroplus and R4 for Metro.

Outside most stations, there are ranks with taxis to take commuters through the next leg of their journey.

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Last Updated on 14 October 2010