Explore 4 ways to travel

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Capetown (CPT) to Bulawayo (BUQ) CPT - BUQ

$223 - $590

Cheapest option

Bus  •  33 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg Greyhound
  2. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Bulawayo

$74 - $122

5 alternative options

Bus, train  •  36 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Pretoria
  2. Take the bus from Pretoria to Gwanda
  3. Take the train from Gwanda to Bulawayo

Train, drive  •  37 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Capetown to Johannesburg
  2. Drive from Johannesburg to Bulawayo

$324 - $364

Train, bus  •  41 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Capetown to Johannesburg
  2. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Bulawayo

$279 - $299

Train, bus via Beitbridge Ultra City  •  2 days 0 h

  1. Take the train from Capetown to Johannesburg
  2. Take the train from Park to Pretoria
  3. Take the bus from Pretoria to Beitbridge Ultra City
  4. Take the train from Beit Bridge to Bulawayo

Drive  •  25 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Cape Town to Bulawayo 1409.1 miles

$210 - $320

What companies run services between Cape Town, South Africa and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe?

South African Airways, flyafrica and three other airlines fly from Cape Town to Bulawayo every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cape Town to Bulawayo via Johannesburg in around 33 h 35 min.

Airlines
Air Zimbabwe
Website
airzimbabwe.aero
Flights from Capetown to Bulawayo via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Capetown to Bulawayo via Victoria Falls
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Capetown to Bulawayo via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,300
flyafrica
Flights from Capetown to Bulawayo via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Train operators
NRZ
Website
nrz.co.zw
Train from Gwanda to Bulawayo
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
nrz.co.zw
Train from Beit Bridge to Bulawayo
Ave. Duration
11 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
nrz.co.zw
Premier Classe
Phone
086 000 8888
Email
HMlangeni@prasa.com
Website
premierclasse.co.za
Train from Capetown to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
26 h 10 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$245
Schedules at
premierclasse.co.za
Gautrain
Phone
+27 80 042 8872
Website
join.gautrain.co.za
Train from Park to Pretoria
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $12
Schedules at
gautrain.co.za
Bus operators
InterCape
Phone
+27 (0)21 380 4400
Email
info@intercape.co.za
Website
intercape.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
18 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
intercape.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Bulawayo
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
intercape.co.za
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Pretoria
Ave. Duration
19 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to Gwanda
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40
Book at
res.prasa.com
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Bulawayo
Ave. Duration
16 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to Beitbridge Ultra City
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cape Town and Bulawayo is 1830 km. The road distance is 2255 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cape Town to Bulawayo is to bus which costs R 900 - R 1 600 and takes 33 h 35 min.

The quickest way to get from Cape Town to Bulawayo is to fly which takes 7 h 6 min and costs R 2 800 - R 8 000.

No, there is no direct bus from Cape Town to Bulawayo. However, there are services departing from Cape Town and arriving at Bulawayo via Johannesburg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 35 min.

It takes approximately 7 h 6 min to get from Cape Town to Bulawayo, including transfers.