A steam train to the winelands

A steam train to the winelands

A novel way to experience Stellenbosch and Spier wine farm.

There’s something decidedly romantic about taking a journey by train… It conjures images of an Agatha Christie murder mystery, or of lovers embracing on a platform after a long separation… Which is why we were rather intrigued to hear about Atlantic Rail’s scenic trips to Stellenbosch.

Train trip to Stellenbosch

The train departs from the Train Lodge Hotel at 9.30am (directions to the departure point will accompany all bookings), and begins its steady journey towards the winelands via Bellville, making its first stop in Stellenbosch at around 11.30am. Here, you will be given three hours to explore its many art galleries, restaurants, cafés and boutiques. The historic university town is famed for its excellent restaurants, so grab a spot of lunch before returning to the train station.

Train trip to Spier

After stopping in Stellenbosch to allow some passengers to disembark, the train continues to Spier, where a variety of exciting activities have been planned. First up is a wine-tasting where visitors get to sample some of the estate’s fine wines (grape juice for under-18s, of course).
The next stop is Eagle Encounters, an animal rehabilitation centre, where you will be introduced to the estate’s beautiful birds of prey.
And then it’s lunch at the farm’s Eight Restaurant, where guests can choose between three meals: roast chicken and mushroom pie, an Angus beef and brie burger, or penne with a tomato and feta sauce (beverages not included). At 3pm, guest will hop back on board the train for a relaxing trip back to the city. Please note: booking is essential.

Diarise these dates for upcoming train trips to Stellenbosch and Spier:

12 February 2017 – Stellenbosch or Spier Wine Farm
26 February 2017 – Stellenbosch or Spier Wine Farm
5 March 2017 – Spier Wine Farm or Vredenheim Wine Estate
19 March 2017 – Stellenbosch or Spier Wine Farm
9 April 2017 – Stellenbosch or Spier Wine Farm
23 April 2017 – Spier Wine Farm or Vredenheim Wine Estate

To book your train ride: email Atlantic Rail at info@atlanticrail.co.za with the following information:

  • Name and surname
  • South African cellphone number
  • The date of the trip you would like to to go on
  • How many adults will be in your party
  • How many children and their respective ages
  • Option selected

The ticket collection office opens one hour prior to departure at the Train Lodge.


Until 23 April 2017


9.30am – 4.50pm


Train Lodge Hotel
African Train Lodge, Monument Station, Old Marine Drive Foreshore Cape Town 8001


021 558 5805


R550 (adults to Spier)
R450 (children between 3 and 12 to Spier)
Free (children 0 to 2 years) but must still be booked
R50 (per pram)


The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 09 January 2017

22 Responses to “A steam train to the winelands”

  1. adele

    Oh my.. If I understand correctly, the wine tasting, the lunch, the entry to the bird rehabilitation, the salary of the guide, the running costs of the train…Why would anyone think that there should be a “free trip” GO Jan 12 2017?
    I am over 60…by no means wealthy,) I know some millionaire retirees who still make use of their pensioners discount). Pensioners, young families, save up for a special day if its not easily affordable! Give up those few visits to McDonalds, the coffee on the run, the ciggies (if you partake) and whatever you can, if you really want to go on the train. Then enjoy! It is after all a business and needs to make money..

  2. Steafn Andrzejewski

    We do not have special rates for Pensioners.

  3. S Burt

    A group of us pensioners would love to go on one of these train trips … have they come up with a pensioners price as requested quite a few times.. And had no response to this querie as yet and we would like to book if affordable Thank You

  4. Leanne Long

    We went on this last year and it was fabulous – we booked it from the UK with no problems at all, and the Altlantic Rail folk were very helpful. A very special memory.

  5. Carol Macdonald

    I am a steam train fanatic and have not had the chance to do take this ride. On my Bucket list.



    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Sheila

      You’re through to The Inside Guide. You’d need to contact Atlantic Rail directly for this information (details on the right hand side).
      Good luck.

  7. Veena Singh

    Have u started pensioners trip/ price yet for 2016

  8. Keith Brown

    Please note that trains will run to Stellenbosch on 11, 18 and 31 December 2016

  9. Tempo Travel

    Do you have STO rates for groups?

  10. Ants

    Well I have been to Engeland and there you really pay for these tours because if you do not pay a decent amount of money you get noooo decent trips. Everybody will just hop on and will we be happy with that? It is time we invest in our country.

  11. Helena

    I would love to do such a trip on the 4th or 15th of Oct this year.

    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Helena
      You are through to The Inside Guide – you would need to book with Atlantic Rail. Their contact details are on the righthand side. Enjoy!

  12. Teresa Johnson

    Family package and pension price please. Would like to go in October.

    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Theresa
      We contacted Atlantic Rail and, as yet, they do not offer any family or pension packages but they are working on introducing special prices for pensioners in the future.

  13. Charl

    I have same question of family packages of 10 -30 which will involve kids, students, adults and a great deal of pensioners.

    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Charl
      We contacted Atlantic Rail and, as yet, they do not offer any family or pension packages but they are working on introducing special prices for pensioners in the future.

  14. Franray

    As asked above any family packages available?

  15. Martina Hahn

    Hi there,

    do you have any family packages?
    two adults and two kids?
    would love to do this with the family – but at R1800 for the four of us – it’s a bit steep.
    please advise.

    Thank you

  16. Georgie Apostoli

    Are there any discounts for pensioners and groups of 10 or more?

    • Gazelle Otto

      Ek verstaan daar is sekere dae wat pensionarisse verniet saam op die trein kan ry. Bevestig asb of dit so is. Dankie Mej Otto


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