Gautrain Outings: The best stops and spots along the route
Gautengers have a unique benefit of having the Gautrain to take them to main spots in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. Why not make this Saturday a ‘Gautrain Day’, go to your nearest station (or closest Metrorail line), leave your car there and explore the various lekker escapes that there is to offer on this 80km train route.
The Gautrain has routes as per the below map and we will give you some great outing ideas at each of them in this post:
To travel on the Gautrain, you will need The Gautrain Gold Card. For more information on the Gold Card as well as other things to know regarding using the Gautrain, such as parking, operating hours and costs involved, see this helpful Guide to Using the Gautrain.
For some of these excursions you will need to take a bus. To see the bus schedules go to The Gautrain Bus site. You can obviously go with a taxi or other means of transport too, but we will only include activities that can be done by foot or by bus.
Here is a printable guide with the route and most of the below information, courtesy of the Gautrain Tourism Guide.
Stopping at Hatfield Station
Theme – Academic
A range of academic institutions is available along the Hatfield route. The Gautrain Hatfield Station is decorated with tiles that have been designed to represent graduation caps. The station is easily accessible from the N1 and N4 highways, situated within the Hatfield business node.
Attractions at Hatfield Gautrain station:
- Brooklyn Mall office and shopping area
- The campus and sports grounds of the University of Pretoria
- Loftus Versveld stadium
- Diplomatic missions and embassies
Stopping at Pretoria Station
Theme – Rail History
The Gautrain Pretoria Station pays tribute to South African rail history and brass plaques are placed among the tiles throughout the entire building. Tiles inside the station represent rail lines. The station is next to the existing Pretoria Station building, railway lines, platforms and the historic Herbert Baker Station.
Pretoria is contained within the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality as one of several constituent former administrations which also includes Centurion and Soshanguve.
Attractions at Pretoria Gautrain station:
- The Freedom Park, which today stands on 52 hectares on Salvokop in Pretoria is a monument to democracy
- The huge monolith that is the Voortrekker Monument stands as a major landmark on a low hill, just outside Pretoria
- The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa
- Also visit the National Zoological Gardens
- Theatres such as the State Theatre
- City Hall
- Transvaal Museum
- Church Square
- The National Cultural History Museum
For more information on these and other attractions within the Tshwane region please visit www.tshwane.gov.za
Stopping at Centurion Station
Theme – Sports
It is positioned close to Supersport Park. The tiles in the Gautrain Centurion Station are placed and decorated to represent the markings on different sporting fields (soccer, rugby and cricket). The tiles outside the station building are laid in the form of athletic tracks. The station is positioned above ground on the east of Centurion Lake close to Supersport Park, an internationally renowned cricket stadium.
Attractions at Centurion Gautrain station:
- Tshwane International Convention
- Supersport Park
- Centurion City shopping centre
Stopping at Midrand Station
Theme – Gateway to Gauteng
Midrand is the meeting place of the Pan African Government. This station is decorated with tiles in the colours of the South African flag and is arranged to form the shape of Africa. The station is positioned above ground next to the Old Pretoria Main Road.
Midrand’s location is one of its great attributes. It is located halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the two major cities in the Gauteng province. The main artery in Gauteng, the N1 freeway, runs straight through the middle of Midrand.
Attractions at Midrand Gautrain station:
- The Mall of Africa – South Africa’s largest shopping mall ever built in a single phase with 130,000m2 of retail space, is home to over 250 shops with four anchor tenants. In addition to a vast array of both local and international brands, the Centre also boasts uniquely identified court areas made for easy shopping navigation as well as exceptional access, location and visibility.
- The Kyalami Motor Racing Circuit – an internationally renowned racetrack and is the venue for many of South Africa’s premier motor racing events
- Gallagher Estate is capable of hosting from 2 – 12 000 delegates at any one time, in style and comfort
- The South African Lipizzaners perform every Sunday morning at 10h30 in their majestic indoor hall in Kyalami
- The Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary in Midrand is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday – 10am to 4pm
- Grand Central Airport
- Midrand business district and Zonk Izizwe, a 220-ha multibillion rand seven story mixed-use, high-density property development which will include a lake, parks, outdoor shopping, a hotel, museums, an aquarium, themed-adventure experiences, a nightlife village, multiplex cinemas as well as office and retail space.
For more information on the Midrand region of Gauteng visit the Midrand Tourism website.
Stopping at Marlboro Station
Theme – Music, Art and Culture
The station is positioned above ground next to the N3 highway and Marlboro Drive. Alexandra Township represents the diversity in African art and culture. Famous jazz musician and apartheid ambassador Hugh Masekela lived there with his former wife, the singer Miriam Makeba.
Marlboro Station is set in front of the sprawling Alexandra township, try a bicycle tour or visit a local Shisa Nyama. Contact Ekala Tours for more information at www.ekalatours.com.
Stopping at Sandton Station
Theme – Commerce
Architecturally designed to represent two mining shafts, Sandton Station is the station where man meets machine. Lights express the blue skies and golden African sunsets. The station is situated underground on the corner of Rivonia Road and West Street. The City of Johannesburg has everything you’re looking for and more!
Attractions at Sandton Gautrain station:
- Constitution Hill is located along the Gautrain bus route and is most famous for incarcerating the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo. It houses the Constitutional Court
- The Market Theatre is home to the Rembrandt Gallery showcasing local and international art
- Also visit the Joburg Theatre complex as well as the Metropolitan Centre in Braamfontein
- Lilliesleaf Farm is situated in Rivonia and is along the Gautrain bus route
- The Sandton Convention Centre
- Nelson Mandela Square
- Sandton City shopping centre
For more information on the Johannesburg region of Gauteng visit Johannesburg Tourism’s website.
Stopping at Rosebank Station
Theme – Retail
Well known for its shopping, retail and entertainment environment, look out for the entrance to the Rosebank Station along Oxford Road.
Attractions at Rosebank Gautrain station:
- Rosebank Mall
- The Zone shopping centre
- African Market
- Melrose Arch shopping centre
- Wanderers cricket stadium and golf course
- Johannesburg Zoo
- Museum of Military History
Stopping at Park Station
Theme – Mining
With its history of gold and diamond mining, you will find the station under the ground of the existing Johannesburg Park Station precinct, north from the Johannesburg central business district.
Attractions at Park Gautrain station:
- Constitution Hill
- Johannesburg Art Gallery
- Ellis Park Stadium
- FNB stadium in Soweto
Stopping at Rhodesfield Station
Theme – Industry
Ekurhuleni is the international industrial and agricultural gateway to Africa. The station is situated above ground close to the R21 highway in the south of Kempton Park.
Stopping at OR Tambo International Airport Station
Theme – Tribute to the Nation
Changes in the light colour schemes express the diversity of the African nation and the architectural design conveys floating clouds from the view inside an airplane. The station is located at the airport terminal complex. The Gautrain OR Tambo International Airport Station serves as one of the three corner posts of the entire rail network.
The City of Ekurhuleni, South Africa’s Aerotropolis, is home to the OR Tambo International Airport – Africa’s biggest and busiest airport and the manufacturing heartland of Africa.
Attractions at OR Tambo Gautrain station:
- Visit the grave sites of the late Oliver and Adelaide Tambo in Wattville
- OR Tambo Narrative Centre is close by and is well worth a visit
- Madiba Freedom Museum traces the political History of Nelson Mandela. The museum is housed at the Erikson Diamond Centre where one can view a demonstration of diamond cutting
- Visit the Aviation Museum of South Africa too
For more information on the Ekurhuleni region of Gauteng visit Ekurhuleni Tourism’s website.
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