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There are 5 ways to get from East London to Cape Town by plane, bus, car train or car

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Fly  •  2 h 16 min

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

$69 - $188

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Cartrain  •  28 h 10 min

  1. Take the cartrain from East London to Cape Town

$24 - $35

3 alternative options

Bus TransLux Express  •  14 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from East London to Cape Town

$35 - $55

Bus Greyhound ZA  •  17 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from East London to Belville

$32 - $42

Drive  •  12 h 39 min

  1. Drive from East London to Cape Town 662 miles

$100 - $150

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The cheapest way to get from East London to Cape Town is to cartrain which costs R 340 - R 500 and takes 28 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from East London to Cape Town is to fly which costs R 950 - R 2 700 and takes 2 h 16 min.

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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.

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The distance between East London and Cape Town is 886 km. The road distance is 1059.1 km.

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The best way to get from East London to Cape Town without a car is to bus which takes 14 h 50 min and costs R 550 - R 800.

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It takes approximately 2 h 16 min to get from East London to Cape Town, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from East London to Cape Town is to fly which takes 2 h 16 min and costs R 950 - R 2 700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R 550 - R 800 and takes 14 h 50 min.

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The quickest flight from East London Airport to Capetown Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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East London to Cape Town bus services, operated by TransLux Express, arrive at Cape Town station.

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Map of how to get from East London to Cape Town.
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  • Distance: 553.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 16 min

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 twice daily. Alternatively, TransLux Express operates a bus from East London to Cape Town twice daily. Tickets cost $41 and the journey takes 14 h 50 min. Citiliner also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Safair
Website
flysafair.co.za
Flights from East London to Capetown
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $170
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from East London to Capetown
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Train operators
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Car train from East London to Cape Town
Ave. Duration
28 h 10 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$24 - $35
1st Class
$40 - $60
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
$41
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
$35 - $55
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
$30 - $45
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za

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Yes, the driving distance between East London to Cape Town is 1059 km. It takes approximately 12 h 39 min to drive from East London to Cape Town.

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South African Airways and Safair offer flights from East London Airport to Capetown Airport.

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There are 3363+ hotels available in Cape Town. Prices start at $50 USD per night.

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The best way to get from East London to East London Airport is to taxi which takes 11 min and costs R 130 - R 170.

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