Botswana by Train

Trains - Tickets - Tours

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Botswana.

Here you will find information for Botswana about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.


Useful Information

Population: 2.25 million

Currency: Pula

Language: Tswana, English

Capital: Gaborone

Country Code: +267

Time Zone: Central Africa Time

Train Companies

The rail network in Botswana is operated by Botswana Railways.


Train Tickets


Buy your train tickets for Botswana online on the official homepage of Botswana Railways.

Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Botswana.


Trains in Botswana

Commuter Train operates between Lobatse and Gaborone.

  • Standard class

International Trains in Botswana

Francistown – Bulawayo Passenger Service operates between Francistown and Bulawayo.

  • Standard class

Night trains in Botswana

Overnight Train operates daily between Lobatse and Francistown.

  • 1st Class sleeper coaches
  • Business class sleeper coaches
  • Standard Class sleeper coaches

Rovos Rail
The Blue Train

Check out the other special trains in Africa:
The Desert Express
African Explorer
Shongololo Express


Frequently Travelled Routes In Botswana


From > To
Duration Stops Transport
Gaborone to Francistown 8:35 Direct Night Train
Gaborone to Lobatse 1:31 Direct Train



From > To
Duration Stops Transport
Gaborone to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 15:05 1 Train
Gaborone to Pretoria, South Africa 5:07-6:42 1 Bus/Shuttle, Train


Main Train Stations

  • Gaborone
  • Francistown

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Botswana

Botswana is best traveled to anytime between May and October, the country’s dry season. This time is great for safaris due to the animals congregating around certain water sources, especially in the Okavango Delta. The dry season is also the busiest season for Botswana where visitors will see a higher price tag and will need to book safaris at least a year in advance.

To see colorful blooming flora and fauna, make a visit in the shoulder season from September to December. During the shoulder season, the birds are arriving from around the world, and then during the rainy season, there is plenty of bird watching to be done.

The rainy season offers discounted prices although you’ll need to be prepared for the extreme heat. Afternoon showers offer a reprieve from the heat and luckily won’t ruin a trip as they are often quick. Enjoy cultural, tribal events such as the Maun Festival or the Tjilenje Cultural Festival or something a bit more adventurous, June’s Toyota 1000 Desert Race.

  • Dry Season: May – October
  • Wet Season: December – March
  • Shoulder Season: September – December
  • Busy Season: July – August

Accommodation In Botswana


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