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Sunday, 25 June 2017 - Stellenbosch or Vredenheim (return)
Departs Cape Town:09h30
Arrive Stellenbosch:11h20 (approx)
Departs Stellenbosch:15h00
Arrive Cape Town:16h50 (approx)

Atlantic Rail will be running a trip from Cape Town to Vredenheim and Stellenbosch (return).

In order to suit everyone's budgets, we are offering the trip to the town of Stellenbosch at the normal trip rate (R300 per adult and R200 per child) and also offering a slightly more expensive option of visiting the Vredenheim Wine Estate for those who wish to do so. This is a package deal (including animal encounter, wine tasting and lunch) so please read the options below carefully.

Fare:Adult - R550
Child - R450 (age 3 to 12 yrs)
Pram - R50 per pram

Ticket fare for the trip with the enhanced additional package includes the following:

  • Return steam train journey
  • Wine tasting (grape juice for children)
  • Experience at the Big Cat Park
  • Lunch at Vredenheim (3 meals to choose from)


STELLENBOSCH OPTION 1 (Train trip only):
Fare: Adult - R300
Child - R200 (age 3 to 12 yrs)
Infant - no charge (age 0 to 2 yrs) these children must still be booked
Pram - R50 per pram

Passengers are free to explore the town of Stellenbosch with its quaint shops and historic buildings. You could have lunch at one of the many restaurants before returning to the train station. Time in the town of Stellenbosch is approx. 3.5 hours.
There is a shuttle service available for a minimal fee from the train station for those who do not wish to walk into town.

Passengers are welcome to bring along their own snacks or picnics and we have a cash bar on board the train for beverages. Ticket fare includes only the return steam train between Cape Town to Stellenbosch Station.


STELLENBOSCH OPTION 2 (Train with cellar tour and wine tasting):
Fare: Adult - R360
Child - R260 (age 3 to 12 yrs)
Infant - no charge (age 0 to 2 yrs) these children must still be booked
Pram - R50 per pram

Ticket fare for this option includes the following:

  • Return steam train journey to Stellenbosch
  • A tour of the Berg Kelder (Distell) wine museum and shop
  • A tour of the Berg Kelder (Distell) cellars
  • A 5 wine tasting

Passengers then have approximately 2 hours available to visit restaurants or shops in Stellenbosch after the wine tour.
Atlantic Rail does not recommend this wine tour for children as there is very little to entertain them.


For more information on the destinations, have a look at the following:

If you are traveling with us all the way through to Stellenbosch, consider joining us on a tour of the Bergkelder Cellar.



Day Trips

If you are looking for something different to do with family, friends or even on your own, why not take a steam train ride on one of the day trips run by Atlantic Rail?

Our train consists of wooden bodied vintage coaches dating from 1922 to 1938. One of the coaches is a lounge car with a full cash bar service. The steam locomotive we use is a Class 16DA steam loco built in 1929.

Class 16DA #879 near Spier Halt - 19 July 2015 - Photo by Peter Rogers

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as the train departs Cape Town, progressing through to Bellville, passing Century City, the Parow Golf Club and sports fields on the Northern line. After Bellville we branch off to Eerste River and run through the most breath taking scenery of farm lands stretching through to the Hottentots Holland mountains passing the Spier Wine farm and the Vredenheim wine Estate.

The train then continue to Stellenbosch station. The Station is just 700m from Dorp Street, which leads into the heart of the old town, with attractions such as 'Oom Samie se Winkel' and some of the finest examples of surviving Georgian architecture in the Cape. There is everything from family restaurants to boutiques, galleries and bistros in Stellenbosch. A shuttle service is also available, and for a nominal fee you can be whisked off to the town square if you do not want to walk into town.

Stellenbosch Station is also extremely interesting for anyone interested in railways as it is one of the last places in South Africa to use semaphore signals. You can watch the Stationmaster working the switches from the lever frame at the main platform just as it was done more than 50 years ago. All signals are controlled by wires and pulleys along the sides of the tracks and driver instructions are given by hand as the train passes through.


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