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Under R1000 you can now travel safely in Shosholoza Meyl during festive season, and you can board with your car

THE tide is turning at Passenger Rail Services Agency.

This week the rail agency made an announcement that the long distance passenger train services would resume operations in time for festive season, making available 27 commuter rail lines.

These are good news for ordinary folks, who are experiencing high cost of air travel, increasing fuel cost, crime on roads and accidents, amongst others.

Joburg to Durban and Cape Town will begin operating this week.

“The resumption of the Johannesburg to Durban and Cape Town services marks another milestone in the revival of long-distance passenger rail services,” Prasa said in a media statement.

The long distance passenger rail was affected by poor railway infrastructure, travellers suffering a cumulative hours of delayed trips, cable theft, vandalism and no visible policing, etc.

“The resumption of the Johannesburg to Durban and Cape Town services marks another milestone in the revival of long-distance passenger rail services,” the agency stated.

It has, however, assured travellers that it has made “significant strides in rebuilding rail infrastructure”, after a two-year hiatus due to Covid.

This means fans can also use this mode of transport to attend the Carling Black Label Cup finale, in Durban on 16 December, at Moses Mabhida Stadium, between TS Galaxy and Stellenbosch FC.

Prasa also announced for added convenience, Shosholoza Meyl will be offering an affordable private car transportation service at an additional cost for passengers travelling to Durban.

This service is also open to the public, providing a convenient option for those who wish to transport their vehicles.

Ticket prices:

  • A single one-way economy ticket (sitter) between Johannesburg and Cape Town is R430, and a sleeper ticket R690.
  • Between Johannesburg and Durban fares range between R170 (one-way economy) and R360 for a sleeper. 

What’s next: Premier Classe for discerning travellers?

Yes, we’re beginning to see a light at the end of Prasa’s tunnel…

For more information go to: www.prasa.com

Image (The popular Shosholoza Meyl makes its return on SA rail).

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