Is it cheaper to travel by bus, train or plane in SA?

2018-09-06 06:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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When travelling through South Africa without a car, there are various plane, bus and train networks that will get you where you need to go - but which is the cheapest option?

While a plane will obviously get you to your destination the fastest, sometimes you just want to take the slow route and see the small places of SA you might never have thought of going through. A train trip is an experience in itself, while a bus would require a bit more resilience when the on-board movie has been blaring gospel music for four hours straight.

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We took a look at the most popular routes you can take on the Shosholoza Meyl - the most cost-effective train service in South Africa - and look at how it compared with a bus and plane route. Sometimes a plane ride would cost the same as the train on well-serviced routes and other times a bus trips takes the cheap crown. Flying to the smaller cities end up being very expensive compared to the big hubs, and other times you have to weigh up how fast you need to travel.

NB: All prices are for a one-way trip and the bus and plane prices are an average taken over a month and will be higher over peak travel periods. Train prices are for the economy Tourist Class on Shosholoza Meyl.

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