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Steam Train to Elgin - Family Compartment (6 persons)

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 08h05 (passengers to arrive between 07h00 and 07h30) 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.

08h00 Depart from platform at Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites (33.9135° S, 18.4260° E), Dockrail Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town
11h15 – 12h15 Arrive in Elgin
14h15 Departure from Elgin
18h15 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

'n Baie genotvolle uitstappie vir die hele familie! Vriendelike diens, 'n nostalgiese ervaring wat ons met graagte aanbeveel. - ELIZABETH M FOURIE

It was pure magic! Stunning views along the route to Elgin. The Elgin Market was a real treat as well. The staff on the train was excellent. Friendly and efficient. Special shout out to Rick, who managed to get a replacement driver for the diesel locomotives - you are our hero! Keep up the good work Ceres Rail - you make us proud to be South African. - Karen Steyn

I had been longing to go on the steam train to Elgin for years so decided to book for the weekend of our 50th wedding anniversary and take the family and grandchildren. The grandchildren aged 9 and 13 were fascinated with the bunk beds and asked what the little stainless boxes were. Ashtrays of course! The table top covering a basin was also unbelievable to them. We found the compartment and the train coaches in general, clean and hygienic. Staff were super friendly and so willing to take our orders for food or beverages. Of course that was one highlight for the grandies to go to the dining car and choose for themselves. Food options were individually packed and great choices - sandwiches, mini quiches etc. Perfect snacks to stop rumbling tummies until we reached the awesome Elgin Station Market. The length of stay to browse the market was perfect and then the exciting journey back to the city. Our daughter took many photographs along the way and my husband and I were offered complimentary drinks to celebrate our special day and we won the bottle of champagne! What a special finale to a perfect day out with the Ceres Rail Company. Highly recommended. - Sandy Tayler

We thoroughly enjoyed our train trip from Cape Town to Elgin. The services on the train were superb and a very friendly staff. Our only complaint would be all the stops that the train made on the journey, both ways. It made the journey very long and tiring. - Russell Adams

Excellent will do it again. - Harry Heyns

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