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There are 5 ways to get from Pretoria to Bloemfontein by train, plane, bus, car or car train

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Train, fly  •  3h

  1. Take the train from Pretoria to Marlboro
  2. Fly from Johannesburg (JNB) to Bloemfontein (BFN) JNB - BFN

R 1 273 - R 2 433

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Train  •  8h 41m

  1. Take the train from Pretoria to Park North-South Line
  2. Take the train from Johannesburg Park to Bloemfontein

R 178 - R 313

3 alternative options

Bus  •  7h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Pretoria to Bloemfontein

R 220 - R 550

Drive, car train  •  5h 58m

  1. Drive from Pretoria to Virginia
  2. Take the car train from Virginia to Bloemfontein

R 524 - R 763

Drive  •  4h 21m

  1. Drive from Pretoria to Bloemfontein 452.8 km

R 600 - R 950

Pretoria → Bloemfontein
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  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Bloemfontein is 0800 029 999.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Bloemfontein is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Bloemfontein is 2 metres.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Pretoria to Bloemfontein is to train which costs R 170 - R 320 and takes 8h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Pretoria to Bloemfontein is to train and fly which costs R 1 200 - R 2 500 and takes 3h.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Pretoria and arriving at Bloemfontein. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 23m.

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No, there is no direct train from Pretoria to Bloemfontein. However, there are services departing from Pretoria and arriving at Bloemfontein via Johannesburg Park. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 41m.

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The distance between Pretoria and Bloemfontein is 423 km. The road distance is 452.8 km.

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The best way to get from Pretoria to Bloemfontein without a car is to bus which takes 7h 23m and costs R 220 - R 550.

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It takes approximately 3h to get from Pretoria to Bloemfontein, including transfers.

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Pretoria to Bloemfontein bus services, operated by Eldo Coaches, depart from Pretoria station.

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Pretoria to Bloemfontein train services, operated by Gautrain, depart from Pretoria station.

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The best way to get from Pretoria to Bloemfontein is to bus which takes 7h 23m and costs R 220 - R 550. Alternatively, you can train, which costs R 170 - R 320 and takes 8h 41m.

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Map of how to get from Pretoria to Bloemfontein.
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  • Distance: 422.9 km
  • Duration: 3h

What companies run services between Pretoria, South Africa and Bloemfontein, South Africa?

Eldo Coaches operates a bus from Pretoria to Bloemfontein twice daily, and the journey takes 7h 23m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a train from Pretoria to Bloemfontein via Park and Johannesburg Park in around 8h 41m.

Airlines
Airlink
Website
flyairlink.com
Flights from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
R 900 - R 2 400
CemAir
Website
flycemair.co.za
Flights from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
R 1 100 - R 3 700
Train operators
Gautrain
Phone
+27 80 042 8872
Website
join.gautrain.co.za
Train from Pretoria to Marlboro
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
R 133
Schedules at
gautrain.co.za
Train from Pretoria to Park
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
R 65 - R 150
Schedules at
gautrain.co.za
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Train from Johannesburg Park to Bloemfontein
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
R 110 - R 170
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
R 110 - R 170
1st Class
R 200 - R 270
Car train from Virginia to Bloemfontein
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R 55 - R 85
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
R 55 - R 85
1st Class
R 100 - R 140
Bus operators
Eldo Coaches
Phone
086 113 5367
Email
info@eldocoaches.co.za
Website
eldocoaches.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to Bloemfontein
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
eldocoaches.co.za
Book at
ec.bookings.ratality.com
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to Bloemfontein
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R 220 - R 310
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
InterCape
Phone
+27 (0)21 380 4400
Email
info@intercape.co.za
Website
intercape.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to Bloemfontein
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
R 370 - R 550
Schedules at
intercape.co.za

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The quickest flight from Johannesburg Airport to Bloemfontein Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Pretoria to Bloemfontein bus services, operated by Eldo Coaches, arrive at Bloemfontein station.

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Pretoria to Bloemfontein train services, operated by Shosholoza Meyl, arrive at Bloemfontein station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Pretoria to Bloemfontein is 453 km. It takes approximately 4h 21m to drive from Pretoria to Bloemfontein.

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CemAir and Airlink offer flights from Johannesburg Airport to Bloemfontein Airport.

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There are 82+ hotels available in Bloemfontein. Prices start at R 1 500 per night.

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