Getting from A to B
With nine host cities and ten different stadiums, South Africa’s land surface is twice the size of the state of Texas or France. This makes The Rainbow Nation the fourth largest country in Africa. Football fans who wish to see their team play, will have to be ready to travel. But that is not a problem, as there are quite a few ways to get from A to B. To make it easier for you, the government will set up a travel information call centre.This centre will open in March or April 2010.
This page is dedicated to travel in South Africa, how to get from A to B, the distances between to different host cities (see chart below, etc).
Traveling by plane: The most time efficient way to travel form A to B in South Africa is by plane. There are various air carriers that offer flights between the various host cities. These are:
It is said that various international carriers will offer local flights in South Africa. I will update this section when I get this information.
Traveling by bus: Apart from traveling by plane, you can opt to travel from one 2010 world cup host city to the next by bus. Although the prices are much lower, traveling by bus might take you a while. South Africa’s long distance bus companies (of which all tickets can be booked through Computicket, tourist offices and travel agencies in South Africa) include:
Traveling by train: If you do not want to fly or sit in a bus, you can opt to travel to and from host cities by train. The Shosholoza Meyl for instance, runs two types of trains: Tourist Class trains with comfortable sleeping-cars and a restaurant car and Economy Class trains just have basic seats and a refreshment car. Traveling with the Shosholza Meyl is safe and comfortable. An added bonus: you will see a variety of landscape fly by. For Shosholoza Meyl train routes, click here.
Far more upmarket are the famous Blue Train and the steam drawn Rovos Rail, some of the most luxurious trains in the world. A trip form for instance cape Town to Johannesburg will cost you a small fortune, but in return you will get pure lure luxury handed over to you on a silver platter.
Travel by car: You can of course hire your own car at one of the many car hire companies across South Africa. From Avis, Budget, and Europcar to Hertz, Car Hire South Africa, National Car Rental,and ResQ Rent A Car.
One of the best information websites for road users can be found here. From traffic rules, road maps, and road information, to toll roads, and other important information: You will find it there.
Public transport within host cities:
As part of the 2010 world cup preparations, South Africa is investi8ng millions of rands in puboic transport, such as Bus Rapid Transit systems. More to follow about that topic soon!