Hazel Mwaka Mwazonga
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Toured South Africa in August 2019 for 2 weeks



Africa > South Africa > Useful Info
Updated on Feb 16, 2020 Useful Info

How to travel from Johannesburg to Capetown


  • Trains are the cheapest way to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town. I once took the Shosholoza Meyl train, it costed $50. The ride is supposed to take 26 hours but we ended taking 30 hours to get to Cape town due to the delays. My advice: Avoid taking this train, the delay is just so frustrating and inconveniencing.
  • Premier Classe trains are slightly more luxurious than Shoholoza Meyl trains but also face the same issue, delays. Cost $240. Duration: Also take 26 hours to get to Cape Town from Johannesburg.
  • Overally: trains are good in shape and have great onboard services bit the delays and the poor state of train stations is just a major disappointment.
  • Conclusion: Unless you're in no hurry then avoid trains.


  • There are several cheap flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
  • Frequency: There about 40 flights daily running between the two cities but only about 5 airlines offer direct flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Check on Skyscanner
  • Flight time: 2 hours 15 minutes.


  • It's not worth it take buses to Cape Town from Johannesburg since you can find a flight of almost the same price plus flights are faster, buses take 20 hours.