There are 6 ways to get from Cape Town to Malawi by plane, bus, 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 to Blantyre  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Capetown (CPT) to Blantyre (BLZ) CPT - BLZ

$116 - $558

Cheapest option

Car train, bus  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the car train from Bellville to Klerksdorp
  2. Take the bus from Klerksdrop to Johannesburg
  3. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Blantyre

$104 - $126

4 alternative options

Fly to Lilongwe  •  8 h 14 min

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

$207 - $419

Bus  •  43 h 35 min

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

$107 - $142

Car train, drive  •  45 h 15 min

  1. Take the car train from Bellville to Klerksdorp
  2. Drive from Klerksdorp to Blantyre

$214 - $316

Drive  •  33 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Cape Town to Blantyre 1942.1 miles

$310 - $460

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

South African Airways, Malawian Airlines and three other airlines fly from Cape Town to Blantyre 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cape Town to Blantyre via Johannesburg in around 43 h 35 min.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Capetown to Blantyre via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $850
Flights from Capetown to Lilongwe via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$450 - $700
Malawian Airlines
Website
malawian-airlines.com
Flights from Capetown to Blantyre via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Train operators
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Car train from Bellville to Klerksdorp
Ave. Duration
21 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$23 - $35
1st Class
$40 - $55
Bus operators
InterCape
Phone
+27 (0)21 380 4400
Email
info@intercape.co.za
Website
intercape.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
18 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
intercape.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
17 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Klerksdrop to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Klerksdorp to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
JR Choeu Express & Coaches
Phone
(011) 026 - 8800/8805
Email
info@jrchoeu.com
Website
instantonline.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Blantyre
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$67
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cape Town and Malawi is 2780 km. The road distance is 3107 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cape Town to Malawi is to car train and bus which costs R 1 300 - R 1 700 and takes 2 days 3 h.

The quickest way to get from Cape Town to Malawi is to fly which takes 7 h 51 min and costs R 1 400 - R 7 500.

No, there is no direct bus from Cape Town to Malawi. However, there are services departing from Cape Town and arriving at Blantyre via Johannesburg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 43 h 35 min.

It takes approximately 7 h 51 min to get from Cape Town to Malawi, including transfers.