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

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Train, fly  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Pretoria to Marlboro
  2. Fly from Johannesburg (JNB) to East London (ELS) JNB - ELS

$75 - $198

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Train  •  21 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Pretoria to Park North-South
  2. Take the train from Johannesburg Park to East London

$23 - $45

3 alternative options

Bus  •  14 h

  1. Take the bus from Pretoria to East London Greyhound

$28 - $55

Train, bus  •  18 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Pretoria to Park North-South
  2. Take the bus from Johannesburg to East London

$36 - $60

Drive  •  12 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Pretoria to East London 632 miles

$95 - $150

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The cheapest way to get from Pretoria to East London is to bus which costs R 410 - R 750 and takes 14 h.

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The quickest way to get from Pretoria to East London is to train and fly which costs R 1 000 - R 2 900 and takes 3 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Pretoria and arriving at East London. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 14 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Pretoria to East London. However, there are services departing from Pretoria and arriving at East London via Johannesburg Park. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21 h 49 min.

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The distance between Pretoria and East London is 809 km. The road distance is 1011.2 km.

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The best way to get from Pretoria to East London without a car is to bus which takes 14 h and costs R 410 - R 750.

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It takes approximately 3 h 30 min to get from Pretoria to East London, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Pretoria to East London is to bus which takes 14 h and costs R 410 - R 750. Alternatively, you can train, which costs R 320 - R 650 and takes 21 h 49 min.

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Map of how to get from Pretoria to East London.
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  • Distance: 505.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 30 min

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

TransLux Express operates a bus from Pretoria to East London once daily. Tickets cost $29 and the journey takes 14 h. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a train from Pretoria to East London via Park and Johannesburg Park in around 21 h 49 min.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Johannesburg to East London via Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Johannesburg to East London via Durban
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Comair
Website
comair.co.za
Flights from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Safair
Website
flysafair.co.za
Flights from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Train operators
Gautrain
Phone
+27 80 042 8872
Website
join.gautrain.co.za
Train from Pretoria to Marlboro
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
gautrain.co.za
Train from Pretoria to Park
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Schedules at
gautrain.co.za
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Train from Johannesburg Park to East London
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$17 - $25
1st Class
$29 - $40
Bus operators
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to East London
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
translux.co.za
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to East London
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Pretoria to East London
Ave. Duration
17 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
InterCape
Phone
+27 (0)21 380 4400
Email
info@intercape.co.za
Website
intercape.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
16 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
intercape.co.za

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Pretoria to East London is 1011 km. It takes approximately 12 h 16 min to drive from Pretoria to East London.

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Mango, Comair, Safair and South African Airways offer flights from Johannesburg Airport to East London Airport.

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There are 160+ hotels available in East London. Prices start at $41 USD per night.

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