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Steam Train to Elgin - Bar Lounge Seating (No Passengers under 18)

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.
WhereHarbour 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

A lovely experience! Will definitely recommend to family and friends. - Lydia

Great Day spent on the train , great service from all the staff. Held up in Belville but that was all part of the journey . Would highly recommend the trip to anybody - Deon

It was an amazing experience! Both myself and my partner enjoyed the entire experience very much and want to do it again in future. Everything was super organized from the moment we arrived and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We loved the whatsapp group which kept us up to date from before the trip and then every step of the way on the day. It was a fantastic experience and we can't stop talking about it! - Anne-Marie

Everything was excellent despite the 2 diesel locomotives from Transet not performing. The good old reliable loco eventually pulled us all the way to Elgin.The Cedres rail staff are wonderful and kind and kept us in the picture all the way. The only disappointing thing was the Elgin Food market/concourt where we were supposed to buy lunch. It was completely packed with people and we struggled for ages to get seating. See attched pic. Recommendation. I suggest that Ceres rail provide passengers with a map and list of restaurants (with menus) before arriving in Elgin. That way people can head directly to their chosen food vendor whilst other family or friends can get the seating sorted. - Phillip

For me and my 5 friends it was a wonderful experience. The staff was helpful and informative and the train and facilities were clean. The train kept strictly to the timetable given, without any incidents along the way. It is a beautiful scenic route and with friends who enjoyed a drink from the bar, the bar lounge seating was a bonus and our 6 seats nicely placed to view each other. A nice touch were the complimentary drinks offered very kindly by Rita (she's a gem) to 2 friends whose birthdays we celebrated. Keep up this wonderful way of showcasing our beautiful Province. - Esther

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