There are 4 ways to get from East London to Cape Town by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  2 h 16 min

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

$68 - $188

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound ZA  •  17 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from East London to Belville

$31 - $41

2 alternative options

Bus TransLux Express  •  14 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from East London to Cape Town

$35 - $55

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 bus which costs R 450 - R 650 and takes 17 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from East London to Cape Town is to fly which costs R 1 000 - R 2 800 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 1 000 - R 2 800. 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 3 times a day. Alternatively, TransLux Express operates a bus from East London to Cape Town twice daily. Tickets cost $39 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 45 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
Flights from East London to Capetown via Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $320
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
$39
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
$29 - $40
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za

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