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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.

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Fly  •  8h 14m

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

$206 - $421

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Car train, bus  •  2 days 14h

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

$74 - $123

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Bus JR Choeu Express & Coaches  •  43h 55m

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

$1,356 - $1,384

Train, bus  •  2 days 3h

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

$1,538 - $1,555

Bus Premier BUS Services  •  2 days 5h

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

Train, drive  •  47h 36m

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

$398 - $515

Drive  •  35h 53m

  1. Drive from Cape Town to Lilongwe 2030.9 miles

$330 - $480

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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 14h.

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The quickest way to get from Cape Town to Lilongwe is to fly which costs R 2 900 - R 6 500 and takes 8h 14m.

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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 43h 55m.

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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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The best way to get from Cape Town to Lilongwe without a car is to bus which takes 43h 55m and costs R 19 400 - R 19 900.

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

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Cape Town to Lilongwe bus services, operated by Greyhound ZA, depart from Cape Town station.

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Lilongwe is to fly which takes 8h 14m and costs R 2 900 - R 6 500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R 19 400 - R 19 900 and takes 43h 55m.

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There is no direct flight from Capetown Airport to Lilongwe Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 20m and has one stopover.

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Cape Town to Lilongwe bus services, operated by JR Choeu Express & Coaches, arrive at Lilongwe station.

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Map of how to get from Cape Town to Lilongwe.
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  • Distance: 1691.1 miles
  • Duration: 8h 14m

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

South African Airways, Kenya Airways and three other airlines fly from Cape Town to Lilongwe every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cape Town to Lilongwe via Johannesburg in around 43h 55m.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Capetown to Lilongwe via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$450 - $700
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Capetown to Lilongwe via Nairobi
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$700 - $1,300
Flights from Capetown to Lilongwe via Livingstone, Nairobi
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$700 - $1,300
Train operators
Premier Classe
Phone
086 000 8888
Email
HMlangeni@prasa.com
Website
premierclasse.co.za
Train from Capetown to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
25h 58m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$210 - $240
Schedules at
premierclasse.co.za
May - October
$218
November - April
$236
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Car train from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
26h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$24 - $35
1st Class
$40 - $60
Bus operators
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
17h 55m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
InterCape
Phone
+27 (0)21 380 4400
Email
info@intercape.co.za
Website
intercape.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
intercape.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Lilongwe
Ave. Duration
35h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
intercape.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
17h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$36
Book at
res.prasa.com
JR Choeu Express & Coaches
Phone
(011) 026 - 8800/8805
Email
info@jrchoeu.com
Website
instantonline.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Lilongwe
Ave. Duration
25h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$1,320
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
17h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Premier BUS Services
Phone
0999 464 273
Email
premierbusez@gmail.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Johannesburg to Lilongwe
Ave. Duration
34h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
facebook.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Cape Town to Lilongwe is 3249 km. It takes approximately 35h 53m to drive from Cape Town to Lilongwe.

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British Airways, Malawian Airlines, South African Airways and Kenya Airways offer flights from Capetown Airport to Lilongwe Airport.

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There are 53+ hotels available in Lilongwe. Prices start at $37 USD per night.

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

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