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 (0) 21 487 6800 or email: info@capetown.travel.

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