There are 5 ways to get from Pretoria to East London by train, 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

Train, fly  •  3 h 30 min

  1. JNB - ELS

$79 - $203

Cheapest option

Train, car train  •  21 h 44 min

  1. North-South

$25 - $39

3 alternative options

Bus  •  14 h

  1. Greyhound

$30 - $60

Train, bus  •  18 h 19 min

  1. North-South

$41 - $71

Drive  •  12 h 16 min

  1. 632 miles

$95 - $150

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 $33 and the journey takes 14 h. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Johannesburg to East London
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Johannesburg to East London via Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $330
Flights from Johannesburg to East London via Durban
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
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
$11
Schedules at
gautrain.co.za
Train from Pretoria to Park
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $12
Schedules at
gautrain.co.za
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Car train from Johannesburg Park to East London
Ave. Duration
19 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$19 - $28
1st Class
$30 - $45
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
$33
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 43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
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
$40 - $60
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
$35 - $60
Schedules at
intercape.co.za

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Pretoria and East London is 809 km. The road distance is 1011 km.

The cheapest way to get from Pretoria to East London is to train and car train which costs R 310 - R 500 and takes 21 h 44 min.

The quickest way to get from Pretoria to East London is to train and fly which takes 3 h 30 min and costs R 950 - R 2 600.

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

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