Budget train travel: Shosholoza Meyl back on track at last

budget train travel shosholoza meyl back on track at last

Long-distance travelling is made easier when you get to enjoy panoramic views of South Africa’s breathtaking landscapes.

Low-cost rail carrier the Shosholoza Meyl was rendered inactive after a fatal collision with a goods train near Horizon View, west of Johannesburg, on 12 February 2020, after which the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) suspended the Shosholoza Meyl’s operating licence.

But since Friday 27 November, the Shosholoza Meyl is once again transporting South Africans to cities around the country.

Shosholoza Meyl has a long history associated with migrant labour and served as a primary mode of transport to bring workers from the rural hinterland to the mines.  

It continues to play the important role as a mode of choice for many others who cannot afford other modes. pic.twitter.com/GiVW3KfRAr

— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) November 27, 2020
Shosholoza Meyl itinerary and travel routes

The train travels through the big cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London. Musina, Polokwane, Komatipoort and Komani (previously Queenstown) are also included in the national route, along with short stops at several smaller towns along the way.

The Johannesburg routes resumed on 29 November while Cape Town routes will be operational from 4 December.

Shosholoza Meyl Train Fares

The train’s allure is its low-cost travelling, in particular the tourist-class tickets. Tickets for the tourist class can be bought from just R190 (between Johannesburg and Komatipoort). However, the most expensive route, which transports passengers from Cape Town to Johannesburg, will cost R690 for the 26-hour journey.

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