All aboard! The Shosholoza Meyl is finally back

All aboard! The Shosholoza Meyl is finally back

Durban-Joburg-Cape Town routes are now available!

Shosholoza Meyl train
Shosholoza Meyl train/ Twitter

We’re back on track! Finally, you can swop out those pricey plane tickets to travel via the South African railway system. 

The Shosholoza Meyl is set to resume its service between Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. 

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In a much anticipated return, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) confirmed the return of the Shosholoza Meyl train service on Friday. This comes after a two-year long-distance train service pause.

Just in time for the holiday season, you can hop on a train ride to the next province and on top of that, you can take your car along with you for an additional fee.

While many residents are advocating for routes to open in the Eastern Cape, PRASA has confirmed that affordable, long-distance travel is in the works for SA.

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Loadshedding will not affect this mode of transport as the trains use diesel locomotives. 

Safety concerns have been raised, however, so PRANSA have responded to X (Twitter) users ensuring safety is a top priority and they wish not to compromise security details by sharing the exclusive scoop. 

How long does it take to travel from Durban to Joburg via train? 

On average, a trip from Johannesburg to Durban takes 18 hours and a Johannesburg to Cape Town trip takes 30-34 hours. 

For more information, check out PRASA Group on Twitter, @PRASA_Group

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