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

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Fly to Blantyre  •  7 h 51 min

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

$115 - $560

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Car train, bus  •  2 days 3 h

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

$84 - $108

5 alternative options

Fly to Lilongwe  •  8 h 14 min

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

$206 - $421

Train, bus  •  2 days 2 h

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

$278 - $295

Bus  •  2 days 4 h

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

$86 - $167

Train, drive  •  45 h 34 min

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

$388 - $495

Drive  •  33 h 51 min

  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 bus which costs R 1 200 - R 2 400 and takes 2 days 4 h.

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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 7 h 51 min.

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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 2 days 4 h.

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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 train and bus which takes 2 days 2 h and costs R 3 900 - R 4 300.

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

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

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Malawi is to fly which takes 7 h 51 min and costs R 1 600 - R 8 000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R 1 200 - R 2 400 and takes 2 days 4 h.

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There is no direct flight from Capetown Airport to Blantyre Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Cape Town to Malawi bus services, operated by InterCape, 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: 7 h 51 min

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 2 days 4 h.

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
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
$218
November - April
$236
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
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
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
18 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
intercape.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Blantyre
Ave. Duration
33 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Schedules at
intercape.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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $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
17 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.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
17 h 55 min
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 33 h 51 min 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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There are one+ hotels available in Malawi. Prices start at $100 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 R 60 - R 100.

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