train - safe? - connections
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 9, 2012 9:54 AM Last Post By: zatraveller90
Dec 5, 2012 2:22 PM
train - safe? - connectionshey guys,
how is the safety on the trains? i´d like to go from cape town to joburg and later on from durban to port elizabeth and port elizabeth back to cape town. the homepage itself say its safe and the train managers are very good! and take responsibility about the people.
how is it on the train stations?? i read its not the best idea to be there too long.. i just got this information from another thread, i´m not sure about..
how is the best way to come from the train station to the city center and the airport? (joburg)
how are the connections to the cities i wrote more up?
hope you can give me some good answers ;)
Dec 5, 2012 5:54 PM
1Train stations in Jo'burg/Cape Town Are a lot like other train stations in big cities around the world, they attract a lot of "shady people", it doesn't mean they're more unsafe than any other big city train station, but don't walk around a lot on the outside looking confused and beware of pick pockets.
I can't speak for everyone, but I've been to several times and except from my trip last year we've been only women travelling together (2-4 people)and that may affect people's advice regarding safety. I don't know how to put this, but I've met a lot of locals on safari etc, and most of them seem like people with quite a bit of money. They always tell you to stay safe, drive everywhere-especially in Jo'burg, don't take trains/buses/minibus/taxi and so on. But then you get to your hotel or meet a tour guide and they're so much more relaxed, they Ask you to stay out of certain areas and don't go around flaunting your valuables, but to have a good time. And my first time in SA we took taxis everywhere and we felt really paranoid, because everyone else was. After that I've decided to follow the advice of the "working class"people I've met and just use common sense, it seems to be working so far*knock on wood*. I love South Africa, really love the place.
We usually hire a car or fly, so I've only taken the local train from Cape Town to Muizenberg, but that was a Nice trip and felt safe to us. There wasn't a lot of see through (I'm really, really pale and so Are my friends)people on the train, but there were only a few who stared. So it didn't feel like for example India where you feel like you're sticking out like a sore thumb.
Dec 5, 2012 5:55 PM
Dec 6, 2012 6:53 AM
3No problem at all, I used them several times, and R500 is actually a fantastic bargain for one of the world's great train rides. See http://seat61.com/SouthAfrica.htm for details, photos (some of mine :) and tips.
Check if all your routes are actually serviced by trains. It's always good to check alternative bus routes, just in case of floods or whatever affecting the trains.
Gautrain is the best way from the airport to Park Station.
Dec 9, 2012 2:25 AM
4I agree with the above sentiments. Don't believe everything you hear from well-heeled locals afraid to leave the safety of their air-conditioned 4-wheel drive vehicles. Tens of thousands of South Africans take trains every day without a problem. Just exercise reasonable caution (as you would in any big city) and you'll be fine.
As Jeroen says, The Man in Seat 61 is the best train-travel web site on the planet. Good, honest and accurate advice there.
Enjoy sunny South Africa!
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