Steam Train to Elgin Railway Market | La Vacanza Travel

Steam Train to Elgin Railway Market

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town

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  • 10 hours
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Trains have a certain inextricable mystique about them – no wonder they’re often the setting for romantic rendezvous, murder mysteries and elaborate heists. Perhaps it’s the unstoppable forward momentum; the intimacy of the enclosed space or the sense of adventure and anticipation they evoke.

Situated in a an already beautiful country, the overpowering allure of the country draws one in when sitting in this steam-hauled train as you overlook the ever-changing scenery.

Our guests spend their time on the train doing what they enjoy best, whether mingling in the bar, reading a book, taking in the sights, catching up with family, or closing their eyes to enjoy the soothing sounds of the rail.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Table Mountain National Park 8001 South Africa

Travelers will glide by Table Mountain as they depart Cape Town by steam train, able to see the massive mountain in all its glory in the morning, and evening light. Train ride will take 7 hours going to Elgin railwamarket and going back.

Pass By: Sir Lowry's Pass, N 2 Vicino a Cape Town, 7130 South Africa

The majestic Sir Lowry's Pass stretches to 417 m above sea level; no easy climb by train. Arriving at the peak, guests are treated to incredible scenery and panoramic views of False Bay, Cape Town and Table Mountain in the distance.

Stop At: Elgin Railway Market, Oak Road Elgin Railway Station, Elgin South Africa

The Steampunk, Art-Deco "Elgin Railway Market" boasts a variety of local food, beverage and craft offerings immersed in a truly one-of-a-kind setting. Kept warm by roaring fires in winter, and cooled by gigantic fans in summer.

Duration: 2 hours

  • Rail Ticket (return trip)
  • Restroom on board
  • All Fees and Taxes

  • Food, Drinks, and Coffee (available onboard at extra cost)
  • Transfers to/from Departure Point
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 340 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Ceres Rail Company, Dockrail Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

Departure Time

07:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


10 hours

User's Reviews


04 Feb, 2024

Great trip with superb views especially when climbing the mountain pass. Lovely market at the far end with an excellent choice of food and other items. Staff on the train were courteous, knowledgeable and helpful throughout.


03 Feb, 2024

From all the helpful (if a little overwhelming) tips and other WhatsApp comms, to getting on board and being made welcome by 78yr old Reggie, ex train driver, now volunteer we started the journey on time and very excited. The train and overall experience exceeded expectations. Scenery is spectacular, Cider and food at Elgin market also good. Well done!


03 Feb, 2024

Such an exciting day. It was well organised, everyone was very friendly, it was a real treat. To top it off we had a dramatic storm as we were coming down Sir Lowry's pass.


03 Feb, 2024

What a nostalgic trip, the golden age of steam rail travel revisited! Well managed, safe, secure and wonderful engaged staff who you can see have a passion for what they do! I will be back again! Well done to the management and crew of the Cape Rail Company! Oh and don’t forget Clare the steam locomotive who worked her guts out to get us there and back!


03 Feb, 2024

This trip far exceeded my expectations. From the reception to the final exit, a serious 10 or 5 stars. The staff was friendly and professional, the onboard catering had something for everyone and the views give a great insight into the contrasts which are South Africa. 🇿🇦

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Must do experience with top organization!




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A trip to remember forever, was an amazing experience. Thank you to the Elgin train team!


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Awesome experience on the Ceres Railway Train.


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