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Steam Train to Elgin - Family Coupè (2 adults, 2 children OR 3 adults)

Cape Town

Activity Description

Ceres Rail Company offers a magnificent return trip to the Elgin Railway Market aboard our historic passenger train. Our train is usually hauled by a heritage steam locomotive and a diesel, but at times, due to the fire risk and other events beyond our control, the trip may be hauled by two diesel locomotives.

The journey begins at 07h45 from the platform at Harbour Bridge Hotel and Suites, Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town. Once aboard you will enjoy a 3-hour rail experience to Elgin, traveling through the beautiful Cape, up the majestic Sir Lowrys Pass, and then down into the Elgin Valley. We have a fully licensed cash bar on board as well as a dining car providing coffee and other snacks. Various books and memorabilia are also available for purchase onboard. We also have a card machine to make life easier.

Our destination is the fabulous Art Deco & Art Nouveau inspired Elgin Railway Market ( where you will spend a few hours at your leisure. At the market, whilst enjoying the live music, you can wander through the many stalls offering delicious food, a wide selection of local wines, ciders and gin. Various bespoke craft stalls selling a wide range of goods including jewellery, leather goods, wire art, etc are also on site. There is a wonderful play area outside for the children to enjoy too.
We depart from Elgin at 14h15 , arriving back Cape Town at approximately 18h00. PLEASE NOTE: Delays do occur on the railways that are out of our control. Delays of up to 2.5 hours have been known to occur at times. The time at the market will be adjusted, and will thus influence the time that the train arrives back at the departure point.

07h45 Depart from platform at Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites (33.9135° S, 18.4260° E), Dockrail Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town
11h15 Arrive in Elgin (subject to delays en-route)
14h15 Departure from Elgin (adjusted if delays occur en-route)
18:15 Arrive back in Cape Town (subject to delays)

We are so excited to have you on board!


Duration10 hours 15 minutes
WhenThe service is available all year round, generally operating on Saturdays and Sundays.
WhereThe train platform at Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites, Dockrail Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town
WeatherThis service runs in all weather conditions.
What to WearComfortable clothing. Closed footwear is advised.
Things to BringCash or Cards for goods sold on the train and at the market. A jersey or light-jacket should the weather change.
Guests or Spectators


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


The rail journey from Cape Town to Elgin Railway Market (Elgin) and back.
Unforgettable memories

ExclusionsFood, Drinks, all personal purchases are for your own account. We do have a card machine on board.


1. For information regarding wheelchair access, please email
2. We do not permit own food or drinks on board, but we do allow baby foods and items related to health conditions
3. No smoking is permitted.
4. We cannot control the actions of communities alongside the rail line, although we do out best to. We do have sporadic incidents of stones that are thrown at the train through certain areas; we undertake to do our best to monitor the known hotspots to ensure passengers are protected, and communities are engaged. We have patrollers on duty at various points along the railway line.

Customer Reviews

We loved the steam train experience! Please keep up your friendly service. The beautiful train was nicely taken care of. The toilet facilities on board can do with some care and attention or a touch of paint, tough. The upper bunk bed in our family coupe didn't want to open, but we didn't want to force it. Not a train smash. Our kiddo took a nap on the lower bunk while we hung around watching the beautiful scenery go by. We can't wait to book a multi day steam train trip. - Mari

Fantastic experience, I can highly recommend it. Will definitely be back with a bunch of friends. - Eugene

We had the most fabulous time! All of the staff were very professional and so helpful... especially Reggie... he had so many interesting train stories and facts to relate! The scenery was lovely (mostly) and there were lots of smiling faces and waving hands along the way... steam trains seem to mesmerize everyone! The service on board was good, the market at Elgin was awesome! Live music, so many choices food and drink wise, with some very interesting craft stalls in between. Really a very special experience for the whole family, from young to old, highly recommended! The organization of and communication about the trip was top class! - Sue

I loved the entire experience, I would be lying if I said that there was anything wrong. The checkin process was smooth, the coupe was clean, the toilets were clean, and other guest were friendly. The route that the train takes is probably my favorite thing about the experience, I could not see down the entire 3 hours looking out the window. The landscapes were truly incredible. - Jebe

The best day spent with my family. Loved every second of it!!!well organized. Everything went according to then planned timing. Well communicated and friendly staff on the train. Would recommend to anyone and would do it again!! Thank you for a wonderful day Xxx - Jennie

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