Pretoria’s World Cup transport plans

Travelling to and from Pretoria

Pretoria is particularly accessible as it lies only 48 km from the OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and has three national highways, the N1, N4 and N14, and two provincial highways, the R21 and R80, converging on the city. Two other World Cup operating airports, namely Wonderboom and Lanseria are within 40 minutes drive. Long distance trains and buses stop at the Pretoria Station, which will operate as a regional transport hub during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Distance from other centres:

OR Tambo International Airport 48 km Johannesburg 56 km Rustenburg 118 km
Polokwane 264 km Bloemfontein 438 km Nelspruit 342 km
Durban 692 km Cape Town 1 519 km Port Elizabeth 1 112 km

When travelling to Pretoria to watch a match or attend the Fan Fest from elsewhere in South Africa, you have a number of transport options:

Shuttle from/to Johannesburg and Sandton

A special World Cup shuttle service will operate between Pretoria and Johannesburg/Sandton.  They will operate form Pretoria Station.

Dates: 4 June 2010 – 14 July 2010

Operating times: daily

Cost: to be finalised

Via long distance coach (inland cities)

A special 2010 FIFA World Cup™ long distance transport service will operate to (and from) Tshwane from the other inland host cities, namely Nelspruit, Polokwane, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg.  These coaches will operate from and to the City Hall in Paul Kruger Street in the CBD.

Dates: 10 June – 27 June 2010

Operating times: daily 05h00 – 24h00

Cost: to be finalised

Via long distance coach (all cities)

Regular long distance bus services to and from Pretoria operate from the Pretoria Station. Tickets can be bought from Computicket ( or at Shoprite/Checkers stores which can be found in many malls across South Africa.

Long distance bus services are provided by:

Translux / City to City +27(0)86 158 9282
Cityliner +27(0)915 9000
Greyhound +27(0)915 9000
SA Roadlink +27(0)86 176 2354
Intercape +27(0)86 128 7287

By Rail

Inside Gauteng

If you are travelling to Tshwane from Johannesburg (or elsewhere in Gauteng) via rail, special 2010 Soccer trains will operate to the stadiums on match days.  (see Match Transport)  On non match days, you can use the Metrorail service.  Trains run daily between 04h30 and 20h00 along various routes within Pretoria and between Pretoria and Johannesburg. Information on routes and train schedules can be obtained from +27 (0)800 127070 and +27 (0)12 315 2007/8. There is also an information office at each station where routes, tariffs, tickets and time tables can be obtained. Typically the cost of a single train trip within Pretoria is less than R10.


Outside Gauteng

If you are travelling to Pretoria from outside of the Gauteng Province, you will make use of the Shoshloza Meyl .  Shosholoza Meyl provides long distance rail services direct between Pretoria (Pretoria Station) and Nelspruit and Polokwane; and to other cities via Johannesburg (Park Station). Information on routes and train schedules can be obtained from +27 (0)86 000 8888. There is also an information office at Pretoria Station where routes, tariffs, tickets and time tables can be obtained.


By Air

You will fly into Gauteng via one of three airports, namely OR Tambo International, Lanseria International or Wonderboom.

Airport Shuttle Services

A special 2010 World Cup airport shuttle service will operate from all three airports which will drop fans off at the Pretoria Station, from where they can catch trains to the stadium or taxis to elsewhere in Tshwane.

All shuttles will drop off at the Tshwane Regional Transport Hub at the Pretoria Station in the CBD.

From OR Tambo International Airport

Dates:   4 June 2010 – 14 July 2010

Operating times: daily, 05h00-21h00

Cost: to be finalised

From Wonderboom Airport

Dates: 11 June 2010 – 29 June 2010

Operating times: daily, 06h00-20h00

Cost: R25

From Lanseria  Airport

Dates: 4 June 2010 – 14 July 2010

Operating times: daily, 05h00-21h00

Cost: to be finalised

Metered taxis

Metered taxis are available for conveying people on an ad hoc basis and charge for the distance travelled.  These taxis are available at the main transport hubs, including OR Tambo International Airport, Lanseria International Airport, Wonderboom Airport and Pretoria Station.  The typical cost of a metered taxi between OR Tambo and Pretoria is about R600 (one way).  Metered taxi companies contact details:

Gauteng Metered Taxi +27 (0)861 743 742
OR Tambo International Airport Taxis (ORTIATA) +27 (0)11 390 1502
Rixi Taxi +27 (0)12 362 6262

Transport to Loftus Versfeld on Match Days

Whether you are coming from outside Tshwane and straight to the stadium or from elsewhere in Tshwane, here is how you will get to Loftus Versfeld Stadium on match days.  Remember to leave in good time to be in the stadium at least an hour before kick-off.

Soccer Trains

Due to the large number of fans who need to get to the stadium, this is the preferred mode of transport. Special 2010 FIFA World Cup “soccer trains” will be provided to all Gauteng stadiums on match days.  The soccer trains will stop at selected stops along the way and in Tshwane will drop fans off at Rissik Station, a 5 minute walk form the stadium along a dedicated walkway.

Park and ride by train

A park and ride by train will operate from the Pretoria Station.  Fans can park their vehicles and catch a train to the Loftus Versfeld precinct.

For train schedules check closer to the time on or this Tshwane 2010 website

Shuttle from Pretoria Station

A special 2010 FIFA World Cup™ shuttle service will operate from the Tshwane Regional Transport Hub at the Pretoria Station in the CBD to Loftus Versfeld Stadium and will drop fans off an easy 500m walk form the stadium.

Dates: 10 June 2010 – 30 June 2010

Operating times: daily, 06h00 – 24h00

Cost: R12.50

Parking at Loftus Versfeld Stadium

Those choosing to drive to the stadium or coming by private coach or other road transport will use the park and ride or park and walk facilities.

At the park and rides, shuttles/buses will transport fans to the stadium and back.  At the park and walk fans will walk to the stadium and back along a secured route.

Dates:                  Match days at Loftus Versfeld Stadium only (12, 16, 19, 23, 25, 29 June 2010),

Times:                   All sites open 4hrs before kick off to 2hrs after game ends

Cost:                      Free parking (all) and shuttle (park and rides)

Eastern Park and Ride

Venue:          University of Pretoria Sport Campus (LC de Villiers)

Access:        (preferred) N1/Lynnwood Road/Meiring Naude Road (S25 44.996 E28 16.208) via the Innovation Hub

(alternative) South Street (S25 45.169 E28 14.763)

Southern  Park and Ride

Venue:          Pretoria Sport Union

Access:        Totius Street (S25 46.123 E28 13.118)

(Western) Park and Walk

Venue:           Pretoria Technical High School sport fields

Access:           Wessels Street (S25 45.076 E28 12.880)

Special needs / people with disabilities

The mobility impaired will have access to special parking at Loftus Versfeld Stadium (Pretoria High School for Girls, north of the stadium, access via Park Street). Provision is made for 20 vehicles. Application for this parking site must be done when purchasing match tickets – the applicant indicating his/her needs.

Hospitality and hotel shuttles

Most hotels and bed and breakfasts in the city have dedicated shuttles that can pick you up or drop you off if pre-arranged. Contact your accommodation service provider to confirm the availability of such a service.  Special drop-off and pick-up areas for hotel/B&B shuttles and for MATCH hospitality shuttles have been set up at Loftus Versfeld Stadium for match days.

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