Train Cape Town to Simonstown – Southern Line Tourism Route – Local Adventure

August 9, 2012 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Things To Do in Cape Town

Train Cape Town to Simonstown

Taking the train is a lot of fun. I have done it a few times. From Simon’s town to Cape Town and back. From Simon’s Town to Fish Hoek, Muizenberg and back. And every time I surprised my self; it’s such a beautiful coastline. I took a book but I hanged out of the odd windows all the time. Asking, “are there any other train in the world with such a seashore view?”

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Today the Southern Line Tourism Route, a partnership project between the City of Cape Town, Cape Tourism and Metrorail Western Cape, create a lovely one day and two unlimited travel between 8:30 and 16:30. Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating stations:

Here’s what you can do:

  • Cape TownStation: Visit the District Six Museum, stroll up the Company’s Garden to feed the squirrels, grab a gatsby or bunny chow and stop by the Burg Street visitor centre for more information.
  • Observatory Station: Visit the transplant museum at the Groote Schuur Hospital where Prof. Chris Barnard did the first human heart transplant or the SA Astronomical Observatory, walk the Liesbeeck River Trail, go indoor rock climbing at City ROCK or stop for a bite to eat ranging from sushi to Mexican.
  • Newlands Station: Explore the Irma Stern Museum, SA Rugby Museum, Montebello Design Centre or Josephine Mill where you can have a bite at Caveau restaurant. Newlands Rugby, Cricket Stadiums and Newlands Outdoor Swimming Pool are also a walk away.
  • Muizenberg Station: Historical attractions like Het Posthuys and Rhodes Cottage are great for an educational while you can indulge in a variety of outdoor experiences like put-putt, walking along the Muizenberg St. James Walkway or acting like a local by hitting the surf at Surfer’s Corner! Once you’ve worked up an appetite there are more than 10 restaurants in this area to feed your hunger. Image credit. These Muizenberg Huts are very popular with photographers.
  • Kalk Bay Station: Its appeal lies in the wonderfully bohemian cosmopolitan vibe with antique stores, bric-
  1. bridgetw said on August 21, 2012 11:17 am:

    Great post! I am from Joburg and visited Cape Town with a friend last year. We travelled on the train to meet another friend in Simonstown and loved the whole trip. We were so amazed by how great the train was. A beautiful journey along the coastline. The other commuters were all very friendly.

  2. Johan Horak said on August 21, 2012 11:32 am:

    Hi Bridgetw Thanks for the comment. It’s so important to hear this from independent people, like you, who did the trip. And the commuters are friendly. I think the commuters are part of the fun. Travelling with them gave me a new perspective of the trip. As tourists we want to experience the place. The train and the most amazing route give us the view. And the local people give us the feel. Have fun friend. Lot’s of it.

  3. Daphne Kayster said on September 2, 2012 6:26 am:

    I found the article very informative and interesting. The partnership between Metrorail and City of Cape Town with SA Host training for select staff done by Cape Town Tourism, is paying off. The knowlegeable staff at the Tourism Info Kiosk at Cape Town Station also play a key role in sharing #railtourism info with domestic and international tourists.

  4. Johan Horak said on September 2, 2012 6:49 am:

    Great stuff. Thanks for the comment and compliment. It’s appreciated. There more we can do for tourists the better. And getting Cape Town Tourism and Metrorail to work as a team is a great achievement. 😉

    And hopefully more bloggers, Tweeters, Facebookers and others will share this with the world.

    Daphne if you have a story to share on the people at Tourism Info Kiosk at Cape Town Station about rail tourism or other please share and I’ll publish. Contact me johan at capeholidays dot info

  5. Rob said on October 20, 2012 6:25 am:

    I have done that train trip many times in my life, and still love it. I took my little-one a few years ago, and we stopped at Fish Hoek, and enjoyed playing on the beach, retracing paths I played on 30 years ago. So many places to stop, I’m sure the unlimited tickets will be popular.

  6. Johan Horak said on October 20, 2012 6:31 am:

    Great to know that Rob. I am sure other people would love to read your comment. I believe this train route is so important for tourism in Cape Town. And at the moment it can be utilised better.

    And it looks like this is the case.

    See you on the train to Simon’s Town.

  7. Estelle Claassen said on January 18, 2013 5:10 pm:

    Love your article. Would be absolutely wonderful to do the train trip. Was there less than a month ago. (by Road) It is a beautiful coastline. Thanks.

  8. Johan Horak said on January 18, 2013 6:47 pm:

    Thanks Estelle. Glad you enjoyed it. Now for the train trip. Come and tell us about it 😉

  9. Reena kayal said on March 17, 2014 11:50 am:

    It was a fantastic one and I just loved your writing as you have not missed any. Places you have listed out are excellent for a train trip! Nice post Johan.

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