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Elgin - Voucher - 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.

07h45 Depart from platform at Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites (33.9135° S, 18.4260° E), Dockrail Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town
11h15 Arrive in Elgin
14h15 Departure from Elgin
18:15 Arrive back in Cape Town

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.


For information regarding wheelchair access, please email
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

Great experience and thouroghly enjoyed by the entire family, friendly staff and would like to experience this trip again in the future. - Paul fransman

We really enjoyed the trip. Coupe was clean, toilets were clean. Staff friendly We also enjoyed the 2,5hr stop at the railway market. Just enough time to enjoy lunch and take a look around - Zulika van Heerden

We had a superb day out from the moment we arrived to the time we got back. The train was beautifully maintained, the staff on and off the train were super friendly and helpful and the experience of being back on a train was so much fun! Thank you. - Karen Senior

Had a trip for myself and girlfriend. Could not think of any better idea for a date or a family getaway. Certainly won't be our last visit - Tariq Adams

When I was a little girl we often travelled over night by steam train from Jo'burg to Cape Town. I always love the smell of the leather, the xylophone dining cart call and sleeping in the bunk bed with my colouring in book in the elasticated side pocket. Some of my best memories. I wanted to create such unforgettable memories with my own girls. So I booked Ceres Rail Company's steam train from Cape Town to Elgin market. They did not disappoint at all! I loved being pulled back in time as we looked at the steam engine eagerly waiting on the platform. The smells, the wooden doors, the leather couches, and even the steel washbasins reminded me of my happy childhood. With great "modern" additions discretely added for extra comfort. The staff is friendly and helpful and makes the journey a breeze. The journey was filled with spectacular views, especially as we moved over Sir Lowry's pass. Unbelievably beautiful panoramas. The market was delightful with great food and stalls. A play area for kids and an climbing wall for the adventurous was a treat for the kids. Returning at sunset was breathtaking as we came home to golden hues as the city was lighting up for the night. Thank you so much for a Most memorable experience! Highly recommend. - Nadya Brand-Benkenstein

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