There are 7 ways to get from Cape Town to Lilongwe by plane, bus, train, car train or car

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  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Capetown (CPT) to Lilongwe (LLW) CPT - LLW

$207 - $421

Cheapest option

Car train, bus  •  2 days 14 h

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

$81 - $132

5 alternative options

Bus  •  43 h 55 min

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

$1,577 - $1,612

Train, bus  •  2 days 3 h

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

$1,772 - $1,791

Bus, train  •  2 days 8 h

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Pretoria
  2. Take the train from Pretoria to Park
  3. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Lilongwe

$101 - $145

Train, drive  •  47 h 36 min

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

$414 - $533

Drive  •  35 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Cape Town to Lilongwe 2030.9 miles

$330 - $480

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cape Town to Lilongwe is to car train and bus which costs R 1 000 - R 1 800 and takes 2 days 14 h.

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The quickest way to get from Cape Town to Lilongwe is to fly which costs R 2 700 - R 6 000 and takes 8 h 14 min.

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The distance between Cape Town and Lilongwe is 2706 km. The road distance is 3249.5 km.

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It takes approximately 8 h 14 min to get from Cape Town to Lilongwe, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cape Town to Lilongwe. However, there are services departing from Cape Town and arriving at Lilongwe via Johannesburg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 43 h 55 min.

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

South African Airways, Malawian Airlines and two other airlines fly from Cape Town to Lilongwe 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cape Town to Lilongwe via Johannesburg in around 43 h 55 min.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Capetown to Lilongwe via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$450 - $700
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
$230 - $260
Schedules at
premierclasse.co.za
May - October
$234
November - April
$253
Gautrain
Phone
+27 80 042 8872
Website
join.gautrain.co.za
Train from Pretoria to Park
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $11
Schedules at
gautrain.co.za
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
$25 - $55
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$25 - $40
1st Class
$45 - $60
Bus operators
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 - $75
Schedules at
citiliner.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
18 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Pretoria
Ave. Duration
19 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
JR Choeu Express & Coaches
Phone
(011) 026 - 8800/8805
Email
info@jrchoeu.com
Website
instantonline.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Lilongwe
Ave. Duration
25 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$1,538
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za
InterCape

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