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Day Seating - Cape Town to Simonstown (Return)

Cape Town

Activity Description

Embark on a nostalgic journey with Atlantic Rail and Ceres Rail to Simonstown! Departing from the Harbour Bridge Platform (AC Marriot Hotel), Cape Town, this picturesque rail adventure promises a delightful 3-hour trip through the scenic Cape landscape to the charming seaside town of Simon’s Town.

Our historic passenger train, pulled by a steam locomotive, ensures a unique experience. Onboard, discover a fully licensed bar and a dining car offering coffee and delectable snacks. For your convenience, we also provide card payment options.

Upon reaching Simonstown between 11 and 11h30, you’ll have ample time to explore the town, indulge in a leisurely lunch, and peruse the local museums. The station is a short 800 meter walk from the heart of town, offering you a delightful stroll; there are also TukTuks and shuttles available.

As the day unfolds, we bid farewell to Simonstown at 14h30, bringing you back to Cape Town by approximately 17h30. Don’t miss out on this exceptional adventure – book your seat now and join us as we discover the allure of Simon’s Town together!

Should unforeseen circumstances arise, the steam locomotive may be replaced by a diesel locomotive

08h00 Depart from platform at AC Hotel by Marriot (33.9135° S, 18.4260° E), Dockrail Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town
11h00 -11h30 Arrive in Simonstown
14h30 Departure from Simonstown
17h30 Arrive back in Cape Town

We are so excited to have you on board!


Duration10 hours
WhenThe service is available at select times during the year.
WhereAC Hotel by Marriot, Dockrail Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town
WeatherThis service runs during all weather conditions
What to WearComfortable clothing.
Things to BringCash or Cards for goods sold on the train and to purchase lunch in Simonstown. A jersey or light-jacket is a good idea 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 Simonstown and back.
Unforgettable memories

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


Wheelchair access is only available in our LOUNGE seating (not in Bar Lounge, Day Seating, Family Compartment, Family Coupe, or Observation)
We do not permit own food or drinks on board, but we do allow baby foods and items related to health conditions
No smoking is permitted.

Customer Reviews

We had a lovely trip on Ceres Rail to Simon's Town. Comfortable carriages, with a lovely selection in the bar and snack carriages. We were always informed of where we were and what was happening. Lovely conversations with informed, knowledgeable and well skilled staff. - Symantha

Unforgettable family experience. Everything was handled so professionally and easily. All we had to do was book, show up, and enjoy the scenic steam train ride to Simon's Town. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The train carriages and locomotive are so beautifully cared for, it really feels like you're being transported back in time. The actual train journey was also incredibly fun, a good way to slow down and spend time with the family, and take in the beautiful surroundings of the Cape. I highly recommend this for the whole family! - Gerrita

What a fabulous experience. Highly recommended. - Geraldine

The Explorer Series #1 Atlantic Rail steam train trip to Simon's Town is one of the great Cape Town experiences. As a resident of both Cape Town and Simon's Town, the route is not novel. But to do it in the nostalgic comfort of old SAR&H coaches, seated on the familiar green leather, peering through Springbok-engraved windows at the ever-changing mountain and sea vistas, pulled by puffing and tooting Clare, whilst sipping the odd glass of cold white, is indeed novel and delightful. The cheerful and helpful volunteer personnel added to the delight. Thank you. To those who have not yet done this trip, whether you are local or new to Cape Town, go at once. As an afterthought, a shorter option on only the Southern line from say Maitland to Simon's Town and back might suit those pressed for time and averse to early rising! - Billy

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The main reason we booked was to take my 8 year old grandson as he has never been on a train and he had an absolute ball so was worth it for us. - Sandy

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