Using public transport
Use the Metro Rail train or the Gautrain to go to Park Station (Johannesburg Station).
- At the ReaVaya Bus Station take the C3 Braamfontein / CBD bus (East bound);
- Get off at the Eendracht and Jorrisen bus stop (the actual stop is before Eendracht and is not marked);
- Walk in the direction of the traffic flow to Senate House (on your left).
A few things you need to know before using public transport
Gautrain - www.gautrain.co.za
- The Gautrain busses do not serve Wits University (they do go past Braamfontein Civic Centre), nor do they run on weekends;
- When you exit the Gautrain "gates" at Park Station, turn right and follow the signs marked "BUSSES", do not use the Smit street exit.
- The last train departs at 8:30pm (according to Gautrain - please check their schedule)
Rea Vaya bus - reavaya.co.za
- You need to purchase a smartcard before getting onto the bus (available at any station for about R25; you will need to have your green ID document with you); the smartcard works like a debit card; each person needs their own smartcard;
- once you have your card, you need to load the bus fare onto it (min R12.50) - currently Park station to WITS is R5.80 per trip (a fee is charged to load money - currently R1.50 for amounts less than R60);
- just like the Gautrain, you will need to "tap" in at the bus station and "tap" out when leaving the bus, if you do not do this you will be penalised with R16;
- there are busses nominally at least every 30 minutes, but please check their current schedule and note also that the time displayed at the bus stations may not be accurate;
- after your visit at the Planetarium, go back to point where the bus dropped you off - now for the tricky part. There are two C3 busses - one to Park Station, the other goes to Hillbrow - they are not marked, so you will need to ask the driver - if he says "park" then it is Park Station, if he says "straight" then it is Hillbrow. If you take the bus going via Hillbrow, get off at the Art Gallery Station and walk via Wolmarans Street to Park Station (860 meters) PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR PETTY CRIMINALS IN THIS AREA.
- The last bus on weekends is currently at 5:30pm.