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

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 Pietermaritzburg  •  3 h 29 min

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

$148 - $392

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound ZA  •  27 h 35 min

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

$57 - $77

5 alternative options

Fly to Durban, bus  •  5 h 29 min

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

$99 - $297

Bus TransLux Express  •  26 h 2 min

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

$62 - $111

Car train, drive  •  25 h 44 min

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

$84 - $127

Train, car train  •  38 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Capetown to Johannesburg
  2. Take the car train from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg

$247 - $282

Drive  •  16 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg 975.9 miles

$150 - $220

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg is to bus which costs R 750 - R 1 100 and takes 27 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg is to fly which costs R 1 900 - R 5 500 and takes 3 h 29 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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It takes approximately 3 h 29 min to get from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg, including transfers.

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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 Durban. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26 h 2 min.

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

South African Airways and Mango fly from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg via Durban in around 26 h 2 min.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Capetown to Pietermaritzburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Flights from Capetown to Pietermaritzburg via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $280
Flights from Capetown to Durban
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Flights from Capetown to Durban via Bloemfontein
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $350
Flights from Capetown to Durban via Lanseria
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Flights from Capetown to Durban via Nelspruit
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $350
Mango
Website
flymango.com
Flights from Capetown to Durban
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $280
Flights from Capetown to Durban via Lanseria
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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
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 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $380
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
$18 - $27
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$18 - $27
1st Class
$30 - $45
Car train from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$12 - $17
1st Class
$21 - $28
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
$230 - $260
Schedules at
premierclasse.co.za
May - October
$235
November - April
$254
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
Book at
cbsc.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
5 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Kokstad
Ave. Duration
22 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Kokstad to Pietermartizburg
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $22
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 - $14
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Durban
Ave. Duration
26 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
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 Durban
Ave. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$54
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
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