Travelling by train

Destinations by rail

The view of St James Beach in Muizenberg, from the train. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

While the railway system in Cape Town is mainly focused on commuter transport, The Southern Line Rail Route, which stretches from Cape Town to Simon’s Town, is highly recommended for visitors. The train stops at several beautiful suburbs and coastal villages along the way and is an affordable option.

The Southern Line Rail Route passes through Cape Town's leafy southern suburbs, which is home to the Newlands rugby and cricket stadiums, as well as the acclaimed Cavendish Square shopping centre. 

Train travel does not always run on schedule, so it’s important to bear this in mind when planning a day out. As with train travel in most parts of the world, it is also important to be aware of potential pickpockets.

For more information, phone Cape Town Tourism on +27 21 487 6800 or email info@capetown.travel.

For more information about train travel in Cape Town, visit the Metrorail website.

A train passing through Kalk Bay on the Southern Rail Route. Photo © Rob Wallace

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