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There are 5 ways to get from Cape Town to Grahamstown by plane, bus or car

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Fly to Port Elizabeth, bus  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Capetown (CPT) to Port Elizabeth (PLZ) CPT - PLZ
  2. Take the bus from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown

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Bus  •  13 h

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Grahamstown

$28 - $50

3 alternative options

Fly to East London, bus  •  6 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Capetown (CPT) to East London (ELS) CPT - ELS
  2. Take the bus from East London to Grahamstown

$80 - $205

Bus Baz Bus  •  16 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Capetown to Port Elizabeth
  2. Take the bus from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown

Drive  •  10 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Cape Town to Grahamstown 547.4 miles

$80 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Cape Town to Grahamstown is to bus which costs R 400 - R 750 and takes 13 h.

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The quickest way to get from Cape Town to Grahamstown is to fly and bus which costs R 1 100 - R 3 000 and takes 6 h 21 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cape Town and arriving at Grahamstown. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 13 h.

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The distance between Cape Town and Grahamstown is 754 km. The road distance is 875.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Grahamstown without a car is to bus which takes 13 h and costs R 400 - R 750.

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It takes approximately 5 h 1 min to get from Cape Town to Grahamstown, including transfers.

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Cape Town to Grahamstown bus services, operated by TransLux Express, depart from Cape Town station.

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The quickest flight from Capetown Airport to Port Elizabeth Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Cape Town to Grahamstown bus services, operated by TransLux Express, arrive at Grahamstown station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cape Town to Grahamstown is 876 km. It takes approximately 10 h 11 min to drive from Cape Town to Grahamstown.

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Map of how to get from Cape Town to Grahamstown.
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  • Distance: 471.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 1 min

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

TransLux Express operates a bus from Cape Town to Grahamstown twice daily. Tickets cost $39 and the journey takes 13 h. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Safair
Website
flysafair.co.za
Flights from Capetown to Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $380
Flights from Capetown to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $170
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Capetown to Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from Capetown to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $320
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Capetown to Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $370
Bus operators
Eldo Coaches
Phone
086 113 5367
Email
info@eldocoaches.co.za
Website
eldocoaches.co.za
Bus from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
eldocoaches.co.za
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from East London to Grahamstown
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Grahamstown
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Grahamstown
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$39
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
Bus from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Grahamstown
Ave. Duration
14 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Baz Bus
Phone
+27 21 422 5202
Email
info@bazbus.com
Website
bazbus.com
Bus from Capetown to Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
13 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$161
Schedules at
bazbus.com

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British Airways, South African Airways and Safair offer flights from Capetown Airport to Port Elizabeth Airport.

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There are 50+ hotels available in Grahamstown. Prices start at $38 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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