There are 8 ways to get from Cape Town to Bulawayo by plane, bus, train, car or car train

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Fly  •  7 h 6 min

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

$222 - $592

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Car train, bus  •  43 h 35 min

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

$54 - $93

6 alternative options

Bus Greyhound ZA  •  32 h 32 min

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

$76 - $106

Bus Citiliner  •  32 h 55 min

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

$67 - $119

Train, drive  •  36 h 57 min

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

$299 - $356

Train, bus  •  40 h 58 min

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

$249 - $286

Train, bus via Musina  •  46 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Capetown to Johannesburg
  2. Take the train from Park to Pretoria
  3. Take the bus from Pretoria to Mokopane
  4. Take the bus from Mokopane to Musina
  5. 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

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The cheapest way to get from Cape Town to Bulawayo is to car train and bus which costs R 750 - R 1 400 and takes 43 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cape Town to Bulawayo is to fly which costs R 3 100 - R 8 500 and takes 7 h 6 min.

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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 32 h 55 min.

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The distance between Cape Town and Bulawayo is 1830 km. The road distance is 2254.5 km.

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Bulawayo without a car is to bus which takes 32 h 32 min and costs R 1 000 - R 1 600.

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

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Cape Town to Bulawayo bus services, operated by Citiliner, depart from Cape Town station.

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Bulawayo is to fly which takes 7 h 6 min and costs R 3 100 - R 8 500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R 1 000 - R 1 600 and takes 32 h 32 min.

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There is no direct flight from Capetown Airport to Bulawayo Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 35 min and has one stopover.

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Cape Town to Bulawayo bus services, operated by InterCape, arrive at Bulawayo station.

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Map of how to get from Cape Town to Bulawayo.
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  • Distance: 1143.9 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 6 min

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

South African Airways, Comair and four other airlines fly from Cape Town to Bulawayo every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cape Town to Bulawayo via Pretoria and Bulawayo in around 32 h 32 min.

Airlines
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
Flights from Capetown to Bulawayo via Kimberley, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
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
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
Premier Classe
Phone
086 000 8888
Email
HMlangeni@prasa.com
Website
premierclasse.co.za
Train from Capetown to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
25 h 58 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$210 - $240
Schedules at
premierclasse.co.za
May - October
$219
November - April
$237
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Car train from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
26 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$24 - $35
1st Class
$40 - $60
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
$5 - $10
Schedules at
gautrain.co.za
NRZ
Website
nrz.co.zw
Train from Beit Bridge to Bulawayo
Ave. Duration
11 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
nrz.co.zw
Bus operators
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Pretoria
Ave. Duration
19 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to Bulawayo
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
18 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Bulawayo
Ave. Duration
16 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to Mokopane
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Mokopane to Musina
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
InterCape

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Yes, the driving distance between Cape Town to Bulawayo is 2255 km. It takes approximately 25 h 13 min to drive from Cape Town to Bulawayo.

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Comair, flyafrica, British Airways and two other airlines offer flights from Capetown Airport to Bulawayo Airport.

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There are 30+ hotels available in Bulawayo. Prices start at $35 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Capetown Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs R 60 - R 100.

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