Several Gautrain fares have been revised, with the new prices due on Saturday, June 1 2013. Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi said that the commuter train service fares will increase by an average of about 6%.
Bus fares will remain unchanged. Airport service train fares will increase by R10 but this will be balanced by cheaper long-term parking tariffs. Daily parking tariff will increase from R12 to R15.
However, there will be a 15% discount for off-peak travelers – a significant incentive for many commuters, says Gautrain. The off-peak travel discount will apply to commuter service passengers that use the train service during weekdays before 06h00, between 09h00 and 15h00, or after 18h00.
A passenger who buys a pay-as-you-go ticket for a single trip between Hatfield Station in Tshwane and Park Station in the Johannesburg CBD – the longest possible trip on the Gautrain – will now pay R57. A trip for the same journey during off-peak hours will cost R49, resulting in a saving of R8. The discounted fares will not apply on weekends and will also not be applicable to Airport service or bus users.
Regular commuters will continue to benefit from period products, with tickets for a monthly (44 trips) ticket remaining at a 20% discounted rate, and 10% discount for a weekly ticket (ten trips). A monthly pass from Hatfield to Park Station will now cost R2007, which is an average cost of R45 per single trip.
Vadi said the fare structure aims to promote use of the system and be price attractive to the respective target markets and to sustain a shift from private vehicle users.
Click here for the full new Gautrain fares.