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Steam Train to 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

We took our 2 young boys on 26 February 2023, in the family coupe. Everything was AMAZING. Our eldest son is a train enthusiasts and this was a dream came true for him. The views, the experience, the staff you name it. The staff really is amazing. From Sharon whom i was bothering for weeks per email before the trip. A ray of sunshine! Made us feel like family. And gave my son a treat because it was his birthday trip. Rina also gave him a treat on departure. And Lizelle was such a joy to have around! Oh my goodness these ladies went out of their way to make us feel welcome! And the driver let our son go bonkers with the whistle while at the market. And almost every team members who passed us wished our son a happy birthday. The staff is incredible (sorry i don't know everyone's names) The market was amazing Food was GREAT and the play area for kids just as great. No boredom at all the whole time we were there. While at the market you can also take pictures with the locomotive The family coupe was bigger than we though it would be. My kids had so much fun and took their naps on the top bunk bed. The coupe was still sooo spacious even with it down and can be closed for privacy ( whether you like being alone or just need to change a diaper or breastfeed, no problem at all) just overall an amazing experience. Our pram that we took with for the youngest at the market, fit underneath the seat and we had a bag with toys for the kids which we could put away on the shelf when not being used. Like a tiny house on steroids :) There is also snacks and drinks available on the train itself and yes they have card facilities. We all would LOVE doing a trip again, especially if there is a longer trip or even a sleep over trip. From beginning to end it was a blessing to experience it. As my husband put it. If you are looking for a day without loadshedding in South Africa, take this trip. :) But seriously one of best decisions to do this trip. The type of memories that last a lifetime and is not unaffordable (if something is worth it you can save up if needed and this is worth it) Thank you to everyone that made it possible - Stacey-Lee Kriedemann

Dit was een van die wonderlikste ervarings in ons lewens. Ons albei se ouers het by die destydse Spoorwee gewerk. Ons het as kinders baie trein gery. Die rit was baie nostalgies vir ons gewees. Verder was die diens op die trein van hoog staande gehalte gewees. Ons het dit so geniet. Ons vertel vir al ons vriende en familie om dit ook te gaan doen. - Ansofie Booyens

We had the BEST time! Lovely friendly service and excellent communication from start to finish. - Anel Robinson

Hi We had an amazing time as usual. The staff is top notch and the service is 1st class. We cannot wait to do it again Thank you for the amazing trip - Nyarai Lawrence

Great day out and fantstic experioence. - Frank Ruggiero

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