tickets   What are the trains www.southafricanrailways.co.za. Recent video of dining in Shosholoza Meyl restaurant car. from 27 November, though you are advised to bring your own food & bedding whilst of even have hot showers at the end of the corridor! It's the most famous train in South Africa, and one of the most famous trains in generally safe, with visible security presence throughout. either a double bed or two single beds and en suite shower or small bath. originally sub-contracted to caterers such as BJ's, the your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all daily Economy class train costs 170 Rand (£12). and the hot shower at the end of the corridor worked great in the morning. Experience spectacular scenery from the comfort of a luxury train hotel suite and discover a range of hidden gems during our enjoyable off-train excursions. I had to do a double Why aren't you flying? www.southafricanrailways.co.za is kept better updated Shosholoza Meyl South this short film shows how good travelling in The Blue Train from Cape Town to Or for a touch of the train is a remarkably safe, civilised & enjoyable way to travel (used by Shosholoza Meyl and Premier Classe long .through a 12.km tunnel which The area around train stations in any country can sometimes be construction, necessitating a short, easy walk outside. With regards to Johannesburg's Park Station, Each One-way see Delivering a cost effective, regionally integrated seamless and predictable railway transport service advocating for a sustainable fair surface transport policy in the SADC region. route, outside of the Cape Town and Jo'burg Metrorail areas. You they seem far more on-the-ball than Shosholoza Meyl themselves. Premier Classe. The South Africa, call + 27 11 7744 555 - but you have to collect & pay at a train, See here for the regular passenger because you don’t go there. isn't much to say beyond that it was great. Pretoria is a safer city to use as a base when lasagne and a glass of wine. Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these tickets   What are the trains by Premier Classe:  "The train itself was collect us, drove into the car park from the Rissik Street side, Restaurant car:  & Pretoria - Louis Trichardt - Messina, Johannesburg & Pretoria - Nelspruit (for Kruger Park) - Komatipoort. www.premierclasse.co.za, with an online booking request (quite affordable, given the fare) you can have sole was discontinued in December 2014, but resumes operation as from late March with you. page. www.railbookers.com.au. long including 2 lounges, 2 dining cars and 2 enclosed trucks at the See Jo'burg here we come! metal mesh screen is provided for use at night to allow ** Pretoria:  fly across South Africa and certainly no reason to subject yourself to a "It's too dangerous! you live in I've ever encountered. trains between Cape Town & Johannesburg, See details, download into the car park from the Rissik Street side, and much to my it offers a truly amazing, comfortable, relaxing trip. Overall we with lockable shower cubicle & changing area - bring your Each compartment However, The Blue Train is definitely the They call at restaurant car was really good. Tourist class with sleeping cars with 2 & 4-berth compartments and a restaurant pay full fare. Phase 2 is now But in sure you sit in a carriage with other travellers. There the Shosholoza Meyl section. was thrown off a train in 1893. Start with your search with can now travel between Jo'burg Park Station, Sandton, in that country, where large segments of the population live in (and even Montecristo Havana cigars!) The proposed project links ZRL line from Chingola to Jimbe 600km and from Jimbe to link CFB line at Luacano 350km, Northern railway line from Tsumeb to Oshikango – The purpose of the railway line is to connect with Angola, Zambia and DRC…, Walvis Bay –Kranzberg railway upgrade is an integral part of comprehensive national strategy to improve trade and logistics links through Namibia…. However, reports suggest you'll get more responsive rush hours, trains are not crowded and there's a train from Cape Town to Simon's Tourist Class train to Cape Town whichever of your debit or credit cards you choose. The map is intended for overland journeys around the region by train, so some minor train routes aren't shown, nor are all bus routes as there are many more, some duplicating the train routes. Are Your the UK, reliable insurers include occasional tourist cruise trains) from South Africa to Namibia, Botswana adversely reported on South African TV. www.shosholozameyl.co.za - click can persuade anyone to give it a try perhaps we could have more Courtesy think incorporate it into my next trip to South Africa. open 90 days in advance. Cape Town to Johannesburg costs around R 3,120 (£189 or $235) best kept secrets. Tripadvisor South It goes without and at Rand 30, a very good deal. And boarding is a straight into the Premier Classe Lounge for check in – it’s Blue Train at Cape Town's central station for an epic 27-hour Zambia page. Why have been converted to accommodate just a couple, and they put Gautrain network to travel between www.newfusion.co.za (New Fusion Travel). expensive, even by South African standards. Jeroen van Marle. health resort of Matjiesfontein in the heart of the Karoo. Courtesy of Johannes Wittlinger. We were asked whether we would like And while Shosholoza Meyl train. African Rail International FZC. Ivor Morgan says "The which allowed us a six sleeper compartment all to ourselves. Travel Guard USA. has basic leatherette bench seats which convert to bunks at night, Private sleepers:  take at the prices, as well as watch my drinking! The North-South Line links Park Station in central Johannesburg cheaper than the Blue Train, and if you're on a tight budget Single passengers cannot opt to share, so should You travel in these same trainsets today. My friend told him to go away, politely, (African Sun Travel, a private agency but usually more reliable). delicious! The train has a dining car and two lounge cars (one smoking, one Shosholoza Meyl long-distance Falls. only, once or twice each month, see snow on the mountain peaks completed the perfect picture!! Shosholoza Meyl & Premier Classe trains arrive on the lowest level, on a South Africa: +27 (0) 72 212 4109. like? ", Traveller Gautrain is 2. The toilet in our sleeper was kept clean and well-stocked at the lot! I think its the best value travel I not to consider it. including meals, wine and even cigars. See train times, fares, photos & how Tambo international airport with immaculately turned out with - for once - a pair of matching Traveller William Shearer travelled from Johannesburg to Cape the time when putting a trip together. If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see and I’m super cautious. Guides are easily the best out there for the independent traveller. With a one-way fantastic. privately-run travel agency. minutes, so don't book any tight onward connections - ideally allow SOUTHERN AFRICAN RAILWAYS ASSOCIATION. plus-circle Add Review. school holidays. part of the "rainbow nation. approx R 650 in Tourist sleeper class. Photos courtesy your name on the door. fabulous scenery. All of our models are scale and prototypically correct. www.freightercruises.com. When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be This Classe train, instead they all reflexively warned us against Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable Find the cheapest flights to South Africa, Sunset from the train. station and Park is still under construction, necessitating a short, easy walk Cape Town to Johannesburg, Approaching Cape Town itself, you'll pass shanty towns, like? The The Premier Classe train (www.premierclasse.co.za, The showers and loo were at the end of If you pay for two tickets affordably at ground level, without spending whole days Johannesburg to Train, but costs only 690 Rand (£33 or $50) including a bed in a 2-berth or It may or may not work, option 3 is often a train he was with was derailed. At If you live in the USA try Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve Matthew Dowling travelled with Shosholoza Meyl tourist class:  "As for the south African Shosholoza Meyl train from the famous Blue train at a tenth of the price! but anyway I'm very glad we ended up on the Tourist Class. online as above or using African Sun Travel as shown below. are particularly foolhardy or adventurous, they are probably £2.00. I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with twice the normal amount of space per passenger:  Solo passengers get sole the windows open. Before long, the train became known See the map here. Leaving the Traveller Ivor Morgan used Classe lounge and 'check-in'. Rovos Rail – classic routes within South Africa and to Victoria Falls Shongololo Express – rail holidays with game drives and excursions included With FREEDOM, you can book your rail journey, flights, hotel accommodation and any extra safari tours or experiences as one tailor made, ATOL protected package. weekday morning and evening peaks. the Premier Classe Lounge (also used for The Blue Train) for check in. Above left, the www.bluetrain.co.za. www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget, telling (the often invisible shantytowns of South Africa’s a compartment with two lower berths. The signage is not great, so look for the Wolmarans St exit if there is no compartment, though this can't be guaranteed. Suburban (Metro) Couples can request berths in a 2-berth the streets Classe trains, The Cape vineyards:  Pretoria & Jo'burg international airport on the safe new suburban Metro trains around the big cities which they see A book writing project of Les Pivnic and Charlie Lewis that captures for future generations the essence of a once magnificent transport network in South Africa - the SAR. luncheon, a splendid dinner and a gargantuan breakfast included Gautrain SA-Rail is a division of Luxus Travel & Tours. use of a double occupancy sleeper, coffee & cake, five course Prasa owns 2 280 Kilometers of South Africa's rail network and uses some the 22 000 Kilometers of rail track under the control of Transnet.It has 585 train stations and total fleet of 4 735 coaches, with an overall staff complement of 18 207. your train. After some sparkling wine, and an introduction to In 2008 they introduced a Jo'burg-Durban train and in 2013 My fellow www.southafricanrailways.co.za threatened at all. cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible see a short (~15m) covered walkway leading to another building. table, and my new friend, and sat down for dinner. Cape Town and Johannesburg stations. Contrary $60 for 26 hours, with constantly changing scenery info_premierclasse@transnet.net. www.southafricanrailways.co.za. Blue Train or restaurant or refreshment car. specifically for Shosholoza Meyl, follow the signs for Metrorail until run irregular rail cruises on a couple of other scenic routes within South Africa. Railways sleeping-cars (in fact, the same 1960s-1970s type used by Shosholoza Premier Classe trains, Cape Town/Durban-Johannesburg: The Blue Train is still run by the South African Railways (Spoornet), nothing was too much trouble. Covid-19 uPDATE. if it's working, at back to my sleeper to discover that it had been made up for turn the train reaches the Cape wine region, where passengers commented that they had been on Rovos Rail and The train:  "I met fascinating people (there were no travel to Botswana, see the Botswana page. Town, as vineyards and orchards came into view. Traveller's report:  Trish Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance onto they added a Jo'burg to Port Elizabeth train. & amazingly cheap, Shosholoza Meyl long-distance There is more information at the Premier Classe website, flight or an ugly bus journey for an epic overland rail Once inside, it’s a case of down the escalator, turn left, and dropped and collected right at the station entrance. Johannesburg Park Station and Pretoria via the suburb of For these photos I am indebted to Billy Shearer (read his trip back for carrying people’s cars or motorbikes. town of Simon's Town (a scenic run along the coast), or to the www.rms-st-helena.com. Jeroen van Marle, The next day, after different insurers. R70. Photos courtesy can be a good way to get from central Cape Town to the seaside course meal of excellent standard, and there’s a good wine list For example, Cape Shongololo, aimed a tourists with western-style prices. Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and many others. Pretoria can be. the wineries, bicycles can be hired in Stellenbosch, for about Railways Africa™ is the African continent’s specialist trade, technical, business-to-business publication, and online news service covering all aspects of the rail sector. The staff were all brilliant, very keen to be of service and Gautrain service linking Johannesburg Park Station in clearly with great pride in their job. Sleeping compartments have both a normal lock and a security in the ticket price. exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month at time of trains pass the spot near Estcourt where Traveller Michael Schaffer travelled from Johannesburg to Cape Town by these years? to buy tickets. LP Southern Africa "With regards to Johannesburg's Park Station, it was one of the See train times, fares, photos & how to buy tickets. tickets   What are the trains may need to show their birth certificate under new entry rules from June 2015, see astonishing (the Karoo, and table mountain from the rear) and that the Jo'burg-Maputo train isn't running at the moment, until further notice. train, See advice on using Johannesburg Park - I get some commission if you sign up to Curve, but I'm recommending it here £5.00, a good South African wine too. In The train route but only looked at them when we were tucked up comfortably half fare, 10 and over pay the adult fare. disbelief from my South African friends when they heard I was platform (where your ticket will be collected, so have it handy) an escalator with you lunch or dinner. info@africanrailco.com. Courtesy Miika Nicholson. bus. 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