Football fans with valid tickets for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) matches in Johannesburg and Durban will be able to get free train transport from surrounding areas to the stadium and back, thanks to a pioneering agreement between the tournament organisers and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).
The agreement between Prasa, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and the Afcon 2013 local organising committee (LOC) was announced in Johannesburg on Tuesday, ahead of the opening game of the tournament at Johannesburg's National Stadium on Saturday.
In terms of the agreement, holders of tickets for the opening and closing matches of the tournament at National Stadium (FNB Stadium) will be able to travel for free on 20 dedicated Metrorail trains running to nearby Nasrec station and back from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto and Vereeniging.
Afcon train schedules: National Stadium
Fans with tickets for games taking place at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium will be able to catch a free ride on 26 dedicated trains travelling from the surrounding townships of uMlazi and KwaMashu directly to Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Afcon train schedules: Moses Mabhida Stadium
Two dedicated long-distance trains will be made available for fans travelling from Gauteng province to attend games taking place at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, at a fee "to be determined by Prasa", Caf said.
Fans can also catch Translux buses from Johannesburg to Nelspruit, at a cost of R400 return.
Translux buses will also be running between Johannesburg and Rustenburg, at a cost of R300 return, for fans attending the games taking place at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
Afcon bus schedules, prices, booking info
For fans attending games at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, at least 70 buses have been made available for fans from travelling from Mtata, Queenstown, Graaff-Reinet, Cradock, King Williams Town and East London to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Return tickets cost R50 and can be bought through Computicket, www.translux.co.za or any Translux sales office countrywide.
"This milestone agreement with Prasa is a significant step in ensuring that we reach our goal of filling the stadia," Afcon LOC CEO Mvuzo Mbebe said in a statement. "The public transport system provided by Prasa will address the majority of the soccer fans who otherwise would have had challenges reaching the stadiums and getting back home.