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There are 6 ways to get from Richards Bay to Cape Town by plane, bus, car or car train

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Fly from Richards Bay  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Fly from Richards Bay (RCB) to Capetown (CPT) RCB - CPT

$85 - $180

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Bus TransLux Express  •  27 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Richards Bay to Durban
  2. Take the bus from Durban to Cape Town

$55 - $105

4 alternative options

Bus to Durban, fly  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Richards Bay to Ballito
  2. Fly from Durban (DUR) to Capetown (CPT) DUR - CPT

$91 - $279

Drive, car train  •  27 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Richards Bay to Springfontein
  2. Take the car train from Springfontein to Cape Town

$108 - $156

Bus via Bellville  •  30 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Richards Bay to Durban
  2. Take the bus from Durban to Belville

$56 - $81

Drive  •  19 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Richards Bay to Cape Town 1130.1 miles

$170 - $260

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The cheapest way to get from Richards Bay to Cape Town is to bus which costs R 800 - R 1 200 and takes 30 h 38 min.

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The quickest way to get from Richards Bay to Cape Town is to fly which costs R 1 200 - R 2 600 and takes 5 h 13 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Richards Bay to Cape Town. However, there are services departing from Richards Bay and arriving at Cape Town via Durban. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h 45 min.

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The distance between Richards Bay and Cape Town is 1412 km. The road distance is 1808.2 km.

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The best way to get from Richards Bay to Cape Town without a car is to bus which takes 27 h 45 min and costs R 750 - R 1 600.

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It takes approximately 5 h 13 min to get from Richards Bay to Cape Town, including transfers.

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Richards Bay to Cape Town bus services, operated by Greyhound ZA, depart from Richards Bay station.

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The best way to get from Richards Bay to Cape Town is to fly which takes 5 h 13 min and costs R 1 200 - R 2 600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs R 750 - R 1 600 and takes 27 h 45 min.

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There is no direct flight from Richards Bay Airport to Capetown Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 25 min and has one stopover.

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Richards Bay to Cape Town bus services, operated by TransLux Express, arrive at Cape Town station.

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Map of how to get from Richards Bay to Cape Town.
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  • Distance: 882.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 13 min

What companies run services between Richards Bay, South Africa and Cape Town, South Africa?

South African Airways, Airlink and five other airlines fly from Richards Bay to Cape Town hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Richards Bay to Cape Town via Durban in around 27 h 45 min.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Richards Bay to Capetown via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Richards Bay to Capetown via Johannesburg, East London
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Richards Bay to Capetown via Johannesburg, Upington
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Richards Bay to Capetown via Johannesburg, Nelspruit
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Richards Bay to Capetown via Johannesburg, Maun
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Richards Bay to Capetown via Johannesburg, Sun City
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Durban to Capetown
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $280
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Durban to Capetown
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flights from Durban to Capetown via Port Elizabeth
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Comair
Website
comair.co.za
Flights from Durban to Capetown
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Flights from Durban to Capetown via Lanseria
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Safair
Website
flysafair.co.za
Flights from Durban to Capetown
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $230
Mango
Website
flymango.com
Flights from Durban to Capetown
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $280
CemAir
Website
flycemair.co.za
Flights from Richards Bay to Capetown via Johannesburg, Hoedspruit
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $220
Train operators
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Car train from Springfontein to Cape Town
Ave. Duration
17 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$17 - $25
1st Class
$30 - $40
Bus operators
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Richards Bay to Ballito
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Richards Bay to Durban
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Durban to Cape Town
Ave. Duration
26 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Durban to Belville
Ave. Duration
26 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Durban to Cape Town
Ave. Duration
24 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
InterCape
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Durban to Cape Town
Ave. Duration
26 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za

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Yes, the driving distance between Richards Bay to Cape Town is 1808 km. It takes approximately 19 h 11 min to drive from Richards Bay to Cape Town.

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Airlink, Mango, CemAir and South African Airways offer flights from Richards Bay Airport to Capetown Airport.

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There are 2888+ hotels available in Cape Town. Prices start at $48 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Richards Bay to Richards Bay Airport is to taxi which takes 18 min and costs R 150 - R 190.

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