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There are 8 ways to get from Cape Town to Malawi by plane, bus, train, car train or car

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Fly to Blantyre  •  7h 41m

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

$115 - $560

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Car train, bus  •  2 days 3h

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

$84 - $108

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Fly to Lilongwe  •  8h 14m

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

$206 - $421

Bus JR Choeu Express & Coaches  •  42h 55m

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

$96 - $129

Train, bus  •  2 days 2h

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

$278 - $295

Bus InterCape  •  2 days 3h

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

$86 - $164

Train, drive  •  45h 34m

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

$388 - $495

Drive  •  33h 51m

  1. Drive from Cape Town to Blantyre 1942.1 miles

$310 - $460

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The cheapest way to get from Cape Town to Malawi is to car train and bus which costs R 1 200 - R 1 600 and takes 2 days 3h.

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The quickest way to get from Cape Town to Malawi is to fly which costs R 1 600 - R 8 000 and takes 7h 41m.

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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 42h 55m.

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The distance between Cape Town and Malawi is 2780 km. The road distance is 3107.3 km.

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Malawi without a car is to bus which takes 42h 55m and costs R 1 300 - R 1 900.

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It takes approximately 7h 41m to get from Cape Town to Malawi, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Malawi is to fly which takes 7h 41m and costs R 1 600 - R 8 000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R 1 300 - R 1 900 and takes 42h 55m.

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There is no direct flight from Capetown Airport to Blantyre Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 55m and has one stopover.

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

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Map of how to get from Cape Town to Malawi.
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  • Distance: 1737.4 miles
  • Duration: 7h 41m

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 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cape Town to Blantyre via Johannesburg in around 42h 55m.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Capetown to Blantyre via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $850
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
Malawian Airlines
Website
malawian-airlines.com
Flights from Capetown to Blantyre via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
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
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
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
18h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
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 Blantyre
Ave. Duration
24h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60
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 Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
intercape.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Blantyre
Ave. Duration
33h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $100
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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cape Town to Malawi is 3107 km. It takes approximately 33h 51m to drive from Cape Town to Malawi.

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

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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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