The Gautrain has been up and running for years now, and although there have been the few complaints, the larger portion of comments have been that it is a fantastic change to our severe lack of public transport in South Africa. We can only hope there will be more routes and more trains in future.
Their app has been around for a while too. Both fortunately and unfortunately, there isn’t much to review on it. Unfortunately, because I feel there could be a lot more to this app than simply a route-finder and timetable.
That said, the app works well and I haven’t found it not to work, even when I’m in Cape Town. It finds the locations and finds the timetable correctly. Yes, of course there are sometimes discrepancies in the time the trains arrive. We are not in Germany. A good answer to this would be a system whereby updates are logged continuously and the app receives these updates in real-time. Nevertheless, the timetable provides a reasonable idea of how we can get around, and shows us accurate prices for it.
Some valuable information would be to find out if it actually has made a difference to someone’s trip, and whether or not there are still bugs. This is one app that all travelers in South Africa should have.
About the author: Jess Green is a digital entrepreneur, passionate about tech, web and mobile. Follow him on @jessello.