There are 7 ways to get from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg 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.

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Fly to Pietermaritzburg  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Capetown (CPT) to Pietermaritzburg (PZB) CPT - PZB

$147 - $392

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Bus Greyhound ZA  •  27 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Kokstad
  2. Take the bus from Kokstad to Pietermartizburg

$53 - $72

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Fly to Durban, bus  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Capetown (CPT) to Durban (DUR) CPT - DUR
  2. Take the bus from Durban to Pietermaritzburg

$97 - $290

Bus TransLux Express  •  24 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Kokstad
  2. Take the bus from Kokstad to Pietermaritzburg

$62 - $68

Car train, drive  •  25 h 44 min

  1. Take the car train from Cape Town to Springfontein
  2. Drive from Springfontein to Pietermaritzburg

$82 - $125

Bus  •  27 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Durban
  2. Take the bus from Durban to Pietermaritzburg

$69 - $101

Drive  •  16 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg 975.9 miles

$150 - $220

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No, there is no direct bus from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg. However, there are services departing from Cape Town and arriving at Pietermaritzburg via Kokstad. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24 h 20 min.

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The distance between Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg is 1228 km. The road distance is 1561.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg without a car is to bus which takes 24 h 20 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 29 min to get from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg, including transfers.

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Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg bus services, operated by TransLux Express, depart from Cape Town station.

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg is to fly which takes 5 h 29 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 24 h 20 min.

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There is no direct flight from Capetown Airport to Pietermaritzburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg bus services, operated by Citiliner, arrive at Pietermaritzburg station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg is 1561 km. It takes approximately 16 h 48 min to drive from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg.

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South African Airways offers flights from Capetown Airport to Pietermaritzburg Airport.

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Map of how to get from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg.
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  • Distance: 767.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 29 min

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

South African Airways, Mango and four other airlines fly from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg via Kokstad in around 24 h 20 min.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Capetown to Pietermaritzburg via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Flights from Capetown to Pietermaritzburg via Skukuza, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Flights from Capetown to Pietermaritzburg via Upington, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Flights from Capetown to Pietermaritzburg via Nelspruit, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Flights from Capetown to Pietermaritzburg via Sun City, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Flights from Capetown to Pietermaritzburg via Maun, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Flights from Capetown to Pietermaritzburg via Walvis Bay, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Flights from Capetown to Durban
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Comair
Website
comair.co.za
Flights from Capetown to Durban
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Flights from Capetown to Durban via Lanseria
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Mango
Website
flymango.com
Flights from Capetown to Durban
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $280
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Capetown to Durban
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flights from Capetown to Durban via Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Safair
Website
flysafair.co.za
Flights from Capetown to Durban
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $230
Train operators
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Car train from Cape Town to Springfontein
Ave. Duration
18 h 5 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$17 - $25
1st Class
$30 - $40
Bus operators
Eldo Coaches
Phone
086 113 5367
Email
info@eldocoaches.co.za
Website
eldocoaches.co.za
Bus from Durban to Pietermaritzburg
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
eldocoaches.co.za
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Durban to Pietermaritzburg
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Kokstad
Ave. Duration
22 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Kokstad to Pietermartizburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Durban to Pietermaritzburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Kokstad to Pietermaritzburg
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Durban
Ave. Duration
26 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Durban to Pietermaritzburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
Bus from Cape Town to Kokstad
Ave. Duration
21 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50
Schedules at
res.prasa.com

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There are 91+ hotels available in Pietermaritzburg. 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 30 min and costs .

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