Southern Line rail route

On the Southern Line, you'll feel like you're riding on the sea. Photo courtesy Robert Wallace

Take a trip on a slow train – a wonderful way to appreciate the fascinating and ever-changing landscape between the Cape Town city centre and Simon’s Town.

Your trip heads out through the semi-industrial inner-city areas of Woodstock and Salt River, through to the quirky suburbs of Observatory, Mowbray, Rosebank and Rondebosch. Then it’s on to Newlands, the home of Cape cricket and the Newlands cricket stadium as well as the Newlands rugby stadium, Claremont, Harfield, Kenilworth, Wynberg, Plumstead and Diep River.

Next on the Southern Line are Steenberg, Retreat and Lakeside. Once you reach Muizenberg, you’ll smell the ocean and feel like you’re riding on the sea, since the rail line runs along the edge of the ocean, giving travellers a wonderful view of the coves and beaches along this stretch of the Cape coastline.

Metrorail’s Hop-on-Hop-Off Ticket (a daily pass) allows train trippers to visit various attractions along the Southern Rail Route – hop off at Newlands to visit the South African Rugby Museum and hop off again at Muizenberg for a surfing lesson, or at Kalk Bay for an ice-cream as you make your way south to your final destination, Simon’s Town.
   
The Hop-On-Hop-Off Ticket is operational between 10h00 and 16h00 daily and is best enjoyed with a bunch of friends or a chaperone service. It’s not advisable to travel alone, and don’t flash those cameras around too much, but do take advantage of the many photo opportunities along the scenic route.

The Southern Line route is operated by Metrorail.

Contact Cape Town Tourism (+27 (0) 21 487 6800) for a map, great local information, recommended guides and suggested restaurants, beaches and activities.

  • Phone: Cape Metrorail 0800 656463

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Southern Line rail route

Take a trip on a slow train – a wonderful way to appreciate the fascinating and ever-changing landscape between the Cape Town city centre and Simon’s Town.

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