22 October 2010

South Africa: reduced Shosholoza Meyl passenger train service

Due to a ongoing financial dispute between the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Transnet, the Shosholoza Meyl passenger train service in South Africa is currently running at only about 50% of their "normal" service" supplemented by City to City and Translux bus services.

Shosholoza Meyl is currently running the following routes:
  • Johannesburg to Durban (Sun - Fri)
  • Johannesburg to East London (Sun - Fri)
  • Johannesburg to Komatipoort (Sun - Fri)
  • East London to Cape Town (4 trips per week on alternate days)
  • Johannesburg to Cape Town (weekly economy service on alternative days & premier class service running twice a week)
The website of the Shosholoza Meyl passenger train service does not seem to very updated at the momnet, so the best way to get any info about trains, timetables etc is probably to
  • call them - General Enquiries, Reservations & Fares, Central Reservations: 086 000 888 / +27 11 774 4555, or 
  • email them - info_shosholozameyl@prasa.com


  1. Tourist Class route Johannesburg - Cape Town will start operating again on Sunday the 05 December 2010 @ R 670.00 p/adult one way.
    (via @SouthAfricaRail)

  2. Tourist Class Jo'burg - Cape Town is already fully booked in December! Only three coaches were added to the existing Economy Class trains. (via @SouthAfricaRail)

  3. Contrary to recent Media reports, full Tourist Class and/or Premier Classe services were NOT re-instated on 01 December 2010. (via @SouthAfricaRail)