There are 5 ways to get from East London to Cape Town 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.

Recommended option

Fly  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Fly from East London (ELS) to Capetown (CPT) ELS - CPT

$72 - $189

Cheapest option

Car train, cartrain  •  30 h 7 min

  1. Take the car train from East London to Queenstown
  2. Take the car train from Queenstown to Worcester
  3. Take the cartrain from Worcester to Cape Town

$32 - $52

3 alternative options

Bus TransLux Express  •  14 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from East London to Cape Town

$40 - $65

Bus Greyhound ZA  •  17 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from East London to Belville

$37 - $49

Drive  •  12 h 39 min

  1. Drive from East London to Cape Town 662 miles

$100 - $150

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

South African Airways and Safair fly from East London to Cape Town 5 times a day. Alternatively, TransLux Express operates a bus from East London to Cape Town twice daily. Tickets cost $47 and the journey takes 14 h 50 min. Citiliner also services this route once daily.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from East London to Capetown
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from East London to Capetown via Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Safair
Website
flysafair.co.za
Flights from East London to Capetown
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $170
Train operators
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Car train from East London to Queenstown
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$6 - $9
1st Class
$10 - $14
Car train from Queenstown to Worcester
Ave. Duration
20 h 15 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$21 - $35
1st Class
$35 - $50
Car train from Worcester to Cape Town
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$5 - $8
1st Class
$9 - $13
Bus operators
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from East London to Cape Town
Ave. Duration
14 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$47
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from East London to Cape Town
Ave. Duration
16 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from East London to Belville
Ave. Duration
16 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za

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Questions & Answers

The distance between East London and Cape Town is 886 km. The road distance is 1059 km.

The cheapest way to get from East London to Cape Town is to car train and cartrain which costs R 390 - R 650 and takes 30 h 7 min.

The quickest way to get from East London to Cape Town is to fly which takes 2 h 36 min and costs R 850 - R 2 400.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from East London and arriving at Cape Town. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 14 h 50 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 36 min to get from East London to Cape Town, including transfers.