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All the Best Ways to Travel to Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100

Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, presented and hosted by the Motsepe Foundation, is nearly here! 

Tens of thousands of people will be gathering at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on 2 December to honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy and take action against extreme poverty. 

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It will mean some of the biggest names in music from around in the world, and it will also mean world leaders making incredible commitments to end extreme poverty — but it will also mean traffic. 

So to make sure that we make your journey to the stadium as easy and safe as possible, here are all the ways that you can get there and everything you need to be aware of. 

First thing’s first...

There will be extensive road closures around the FNB Stadium all day on 2 December — from midnight on 1 December — including all FNB Stadium inner-precinct roads around the stadium. 

This means that you won’t be able to approach the FNB Stadium from the North on Nasrec Road (direction Riverlea) from the N17 offramp off the N1, as this will be closed for accredited vehicles only. The Soweto Highway and the Golden Highway will both also be closed for all vehicle traffic. 

Never fear, though, there are lots of other ways to get to the venue. 

Free travel!

Global Citizen is proud to partner with the City of Johannesburg — and ticket holders are encouraged to use public transport to the FNB Stadium Transport Hub.

As part of this partnership, there will be FREE transport for all ticket-holders travelling to FNB Stadium on 2 December before 12 p.m. Simply produce your Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 ticket upon accessing the below transport options. There will also be return travel for ticket holders from the FNB Transport Hub. 

1. Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT):

  • Ellis Park Tennis Stadium

  • Constitution Hill

  • Thokoza Park

  • Orlando Stadium

2. Metro Bus, Park-and-Ride facilities:

  • Bezuidenhout Valley

  • Marks Park

Pre-booked transport

These transport options can be bought from Computicket

1. Event Park and Ride — R130 to R170 per person for a return ticket: 

  • Carnival City
  • Cedar Square
  • East Rand Mall
  • Emerald Casino
  • Killarney Mall
  • Mall of the South
  • Menlyn Park Shopping Centre
  • Royal Elephant Hotel
  • Silverstar Casino
  • Randburg Area 

2. Parking — R250 outside Johannesburg Expo Centre:

Vehicles won’t be allowed to park without a valid parking ticket, so make sure that if you want to park you book your space. Please don’t try to park near the stadium or outside Johannesburg Expo Centre if you don’t have a parking ticket — you will be turned away, face fines, or possibly have your vehicle towed. 

All parking areas will be clearly marked and staffed, and security staff will be clearly visible. Don’t listen to illegal car guards who might tell you that parking areas are full. If you’ve purchased parking, then a space will be available for you. 

Other transport options

1. Gautrain:

Gautrain will run a late-night service to accommodate guests attending the Global Citizen Festival.

To get to the concert, Gautrain Trains will operate at 30-minute intervals from 06h30 to 21h00.

A dedicated Gautrain Shuttle Bus Service will transport guests from Park Station to the FNB Stadium. The bus service will commence from 10h00. The Shuttle Bus drop off / collection point is at Nasrec Gate 7, road east of Johannesburg Expo Centre.

Please remember to always use your Gautrain card to tag in and out at the stations and on buses to avoid fare penalties.

NOTE: Gautrain services (trains and buses) will not be available between 21h00 and 23h00.

To get home after the festival, a Gautrain Shuttle Bus Service will transport guests from FNB Stadium to Park Station commencing around 22h30.

The Shuttle Buses drop off / collection point is at Nasrec Gate 7, road east of Johannesburg Expo Centre. The last bus will depart FNB Stadium around 01h00.

Gautrain stations on the North-South line will reopen to accommodate the return of guests.

These stations include: Park, Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria and Hatfield Stations.

The airport line, including Rhodesfield and/or Tambo Stations will not be operating the late-night service.

Around 01h30 the last train will depart Park Station for Hatfield Station, stopping at Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria.

Standard Gautrain fares and rules apply. Visit www.gautrain.co.za for more information.

2. Uber — from the app on your mobile phone:

Head to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 with Uber and enjoy an affordable ride at the tap of a button! Standard Uber rates will apply to all trips starting from FNB Stadium, which means that you won't have to worry about dynamic pricing.

*Applicable only to trips starting at FNB Stadium between 10AM on 2 Dec. and 03AM on 3 Dec.

The drop-off and collection area will be on Nasrec 5 Road, which is east of Johannesburg Expo Centre and off Nasrec Road. For your own safety, return to this area after the event and do not take any e-hailing taxis outside of this area. 

3. Disabled Parking 

If you require disabled parking, please send an email to customercare1@bigconcerts.co.za prior to the event to request your vehicle access pass. 

Check out our social media channels for on-the-day updates, and for any queries. You can find us on Twitter @GCMandela100, and on Facebook here


The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 is presented and hosted by The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners House of Mandela, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Coca Cola Africa, Big Concerts, BMGF Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries, and associate partners HP and Microsoft.