Experience a nostalgic journey on a steam train to Simon’s Town, departing from Cape Town.


Step back in time and embark on an unforgettable adventure aboard the historic “Explorer’s Steam Train” to Simon’s Town with Atlantic Rail.

Departing from Cape Town’s Harbour Bridge Platform, this scenic 2.5-hour journey promises breathtaking views of the Cape Town landscape, all pulled by a majestic steam locomotive. Enjoy onboard amenities including a fully licensed bar and dining car, offering delicious snacks and coffee, while convenient card payment options ensure a hassle-free experience. Upon arrival in Simon’s Town around 11h30, explore the charming seaside town, enjoy a leisurely lunch (for your own account), and discover local museums. The station is a short 600-meter walk from the heart of town, offering you a delightful stroll.

We bid farewell to Simon’s Town at 15h00, bringing you back to Cape Town by approximately 17h30.

Different Seating options available: 
Highlights include:

🗸Steam Train journey from Cape Town to Simon’s Town
🗸Discover the quaint seaside town of Simon’s Town, with ample time to explore
🗸Beautiful scenery from various seating options

Duration: Full Day (approx. 9 hours – subject to railway delays)
Inclusions: The steam train journey from Cape Town to Simon’s Town and back.
Exclusions: Food, Drinks, and all personal purchases are for your own account. There is a card machine on board.


08h00 – 08h45: Passengers Arrive
08h15: Train arrives at the platform
08h15 – 08h55: Passenger boarding
09h00: Departure
11h30: Arrival at Simon’s Town
This time may change due to delays on the rail network with regards to crossing other trains, infrastructure maintenance, and other safety checks. Delays in excess of 30 – 60 minutes are not uncommon and should be planned for.
14h00: Train opens for reboarding (passengers to board at their leisure)
15h00: Departure from Simon’s Town
17h30 – 18h00: Arrival back in Cape Town.

Passengers are advised not to arrange evening events after the train at a time too close to the arrival of the train back in Cape Town due to possible delays in arrival.

  • The ticket is a return ticket and includes the cost of your journey.
  • No personal food and drink items may be brought onboard. There is a full service bar, dining car (for snacks), and coffee onboard. Payment by cash or card.
  • Due to this being an Explorer’s Train, we are not able to accommodate wheelchair guests as we need to ensure that the facilities at the station are suited to be able to accommodate you comfortably.
  • No smoking is permitted on board.
  • Closed shoes are to be worn at all times.
  • A light jersey or jacket is advisable in the case of sudden weather changes.
  • We strive to have a steam locomotive as part of the trip at all times, but there is the rare occasion that we have a breakdown and are forced to use a diesel locomotive.
  • If you are in need of assistance, go to the Coach Controller or Train Manager.
  • Obey the instructions given by our Train Manager (orange visi-vest) and our Coach Controllers (yellow visi-vest).
  • No standing or kneeling on the furniture and tables, and keep dirty feet off too.
  • Please do not hang out of the windows; it is dangerous due to vegetation along the track as well as soot from the steam locomotive.
  • Do not throw litter out of the windows – cleaning staff and bins are available on board.
  • No bare feet – the plates between the coaches shift and passengers are at risk of injuries if their feet are bare.
  • We cannot control the actions of communities alongside the rail line. There have been incidents of stone-throwing in the past; we undertake to do our best to monitor the known hotspots to ensure passengers are aware.
  • Passengers must be well on the day of travel. If any passenger is not feeling well, running a temperature or if any passenger has been in contact with a Covid active person, they must rather postpone their journey with us.
  • The train is a family environment; drunken and rowdy behaviour places others at risk. We reserve the right to limit further sale of alcohol at our discretion.



HOW TO BOOK: the BOOK NOW button for this activity will direct you to our live bookings page. 
– Click the BOOK NOW button
– choose your date and time slot
– add the number of adults and kids for the activity
– BOOK – enter your details and proceed with payment
only once payment has been received, will your booking be confirmed and your Activity Ticket/Voucher be sent to you by e-mail

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