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There are 6 ways to get from Cape Town to Polokwane by plane, bus, train, 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  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Capetown (CPT) to Polokwane (PTG) CPT - PTG

$112 - $568

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Car train, bus  •  31 h 50 min

  1. Take the car train from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  2. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Pietersburg Gjh1304 / ...

$41 - $72

4 alternative options

Bus Citiliner  •  23 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Pretoria
  2. Take the bus from Pretoria to Polokwane

$66 - $92

Bus Greyhound ZA  •  24 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Cape Town to Pretoria Greyhound
  2. Take the bus from Pretoria to Pietersburg

$52 - $89

Train, bus  •  31 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Capetown to Johannesburg
  2. Take the train from Park to Pretoria
  3. Take the bus from Pretoria to Polokwane

$237 - $266

Drive  •  17 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Cape Town to Polokwane 1072.8 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Cape Town to Polokwane is to bus which costs R 750 - R 1 300 and takes 24 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cape Town to Polokwane is to fly which costs R 1 600 - R 8 500 and takes 5 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cape Town to Polokwane. However, there are services departing from Cape Town and arriving at Polokwane via Pretoria. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 20 min.

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The distance between Cape Town and Polokwane is 1546 km. The road distance is 1716.5 km.

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Polokwane without a car is to bus which takes 23 h 20 min and costs R 900 - R 1 400.

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It takes approximately 5 h 35 min to get from Cape Town to Polokwane, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Cape Town to Polokwane is to fly which takes 5 h 35 min and costs R 1 600 - R 8 500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R 900 - R 1 400 and takes 23 h 20 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Cape Town to Polokwane.
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  • Distance: 966.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 35 min

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

South African Airways, Mango and five other airlines fly from Cape Town to Polokwane hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cape Town to Polokwane via Pretoria in around 23 h 20 min.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Capetown to Polokwane via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Capetown to Polokwane via Skukuza, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Capetown to Polokwane via Maun, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Flights from Capetown to Polokwane via Nelspruit, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Capetown to Polokwane via Sun City, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Capetown to Polokwane via Kimberley, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $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
Gautrain
Phone
+27 80 042 8872
Website
join.gautrain.co.za
Train from Park to Pretoria
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Schedules at
gautrain.co.za
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
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Pretoria
Ave. Duration
18 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to Polokwane
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Johanessburg to Polokwane
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $24
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 Pretoria
Ave. Duration
18 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to Pietersburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Pietersburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
InterCape
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Cape Town to Pretoria
Ave. Duration
18 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$37
Schedules at
res.prasa.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Cape Town to Polokwane is 1717 km. It takes approximately 17 h 38 min to drive from Cape Town to Polokwane.

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Airlink and South African Airways offer flights from Capetown Airport to Polokwane Airport.

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There are 51+ hotels available in Polokwane. Prices start at $36 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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