South Africa By Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes


A Travel Guide For Train Travel In South Africa.

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


Useful Information

Population: 57.78 million

Currency: South African Rand

Language: Afrikaans, English

Capital: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein

Country Code: +27

Time Zone: South Africa Standard Time

Train Companies

The trains in South Africa are operated by several public rail companies.

Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for South Africa online at southafricanrailways.co.za.

Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for South Africa.


Shosholoza Meyl is a long-distance passenger train that links major cities in South Africa.

Carriages and Classes:

  • Tourist class sleeping carriages with 2 & 4-bed compartment
  • Economy Class with seats
  • Restaurant car
  • Hot showers (only in tourist class)

Premier Classe train is a deluxe train that runs between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Carriages and Classes:

  • Sleeping carriages with 2 & 4-bed compartments
  • Premier Classe Lounge
  • Deluxe restaurant car
  • Hot showers (only in tourist class)

Gautrain is a suburban train that links Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Suburban Metro Trains

  • 1st (Metro Plus) and 3rd class are available

Blue Train
Shongololo Express
Rovos Rail
African Explorer
Umgemi Steam Railway
Atlantic Rail
Ceres Rail Company

African Explorer

African Explorer


Frequently Travelled Routes In South Africa


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Cape Town to Johannesburg 29:50 1 Train
Cape Town to Pretoria 33:25 2 Train
Cape Town to Port Elizabeth 10:50 Direct Bus
Johannesburg to Durban 14:30 Direct Train
Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth 19:55 Direct Train
Johannesburg to Bloemfontein 6:55 Direct Train



From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Cape Town to Windhoek, Namibia 22:25 Direct Bus
Pretoria to Gaborone, Botswana 6:05 1 Train & Bus
Bloemfontein to Maseru, Lesotho 2:19 Direct Bus
Johannesburg to Mbabane, Eswatini 5:00 Direct Bus
Johannesburg to Maputo, Mozambique 7:35 Direct Bus


South Africa travel routes

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Main Train Stations

  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg
  • Pretoria
  • Bloemfontein
  • Durban
  • Port Elizabeth

Train Tours in South Africa

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To South Africa

South Africa is a year-round destination for anyone and everyone and offers a range of landscapes such as snow-covered mountains, deserts, tropical coasts. Depending on what the priority of the trip is, there may be better times to visit than another.

November to February is the summer season for the country and in the south near Cape Town, offers warm temperatures, busy southern game reserves (book in advance), and escalated prices due to school holidays. In the north, it is rainy but offers perfect bird watching. May to September offers great opportunities to go on a big game safari in the north where it is dry, and animals are in search of water sources.

July to November is great for whale watching and June to July is when scuba divers flock to witness the impressive Sardine Run.


  • High Season: November to March
  • Low Season: June to August

Accommodation in South Africa


The best place to find cheap hotels for is to book by www.booking.com. There you will find a large selection of cheap hotels, hostels, and apartments.



If you are looking for a low budget accommodation, then go on www.hostelworld.com. They have the best choice of cheap hostels for backpackers and low budget travelers.

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Guidebooks for South Africa

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