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  •  8 h 14 min

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

$206 - $421

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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

$74 - $124

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Bus  •  43 h 55 min

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

$1,337 - $1,369

Train, bus  •  2 days 3 h

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

$1,519 - $1,537

Bus, train  •  2 days 7 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

Train, drive  •  47 h 36 min

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

$399 - $517

Drive  •  35 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Cape Town to Lilongwe 2030.9 miles

$330 - $480

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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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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 43 h 55 min and costs .

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

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

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Lilongwe is to fly which takes 8 h 14 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 43 h 55 min.

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There is no direct flight from Capetown Airport to Lilongwe Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 20 min 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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Yes, the driving distance between Cape Town to Lilongwe is 3249 km. It takes approximately 35 h 53 min to drive from Cape Town to Lilongwe.

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British Airways and South African Airways offer flights from Capetown Airport to Lilongwe Airport.

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

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

South African Airways, British Airways and Comair fly from Cape Town to Lilongwe 4 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
$210 - $240
Schedules at
premierclasse.co.za
May - October
$220
November - April
$237
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
$5 - $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
$24 - $50
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$24 - $35
1st Class
$40 - $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 - $70
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 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Pretoria
Ave. Duration
18 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $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
$1,300
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za
InterCape
Phone
+27 (0)21 380 4400
Email
info@intercape.co.za
Website
intercape.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Pretoria
Ave. Duration
21 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Schedules at
intercape.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Lilongwe
Ave. Duration
35 h
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 Pretoria
Ave. Duration
18 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
Premier BUS Services
Phone
0999 464 273
Email
premierbusez@gmail.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Johannesburg to Lilongwe
Ave. Duration
34 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
facebook.com

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There are 55+ hotels available in Lilongwe. Prices start at $30 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 .

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