The rail trip from the central business district of Cape Town all the way through to Simon’s Town takes about an hour and a quarter, and takes you through a fascinating, ever-changing landscape.
There are few cities in the world that can boast the splendour of travelling along a rugged coastline where you can spot whales from your train carriage windows, easy accessibility to major tourist attractions and the convenience and affordability of the Southern Line.
Special MetroPlus train tickets or tourist rail passes at R30 for a One Day and R50 for a Two Day Pass, will allow unlimited train trips between Cape Town and Simon’s Town for the day of validity. Tickets are valid between 08h30 – 16h00 and can be purchased at any of the participating stations.
Cape Town Station: Visit the District Six Museum, stroll up the Company’s Garden tofeed 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 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 putt-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 than10 restaurants in this area to feed your hunger.
Kalk Bay Station: Its appeal lies in the wonderfully bohemian cosmopolitan vibe with antique stores, bric-a-brac shops, the Kalk Bay Modern Art Gallery, African curios and food ranging from Cuban, seafood to ‘boerekos’ to add to its old world charm.
Fish Hoek Station: The beach is great for sunbathing and is a very pleasant swimming beach. The waves are fairly moderate and the water is warmer than the Atlantic Ocean beaches. This is a very family orientated beach with plenty of space for beach games, swimming and exploring.
Simon’s Town Station: Offering a glimpse into our rich naval history visitors can explore the SA Naval Museum, Simon’s Town Museum or Heritage Museum to name but a few. On the outdoor front, go swimming with the penguins at Boulder’s Beach, set sail for a boat trip, go sea kayaking or play nine holes of golf. On the food front, experience fresh sea food, French cuisine - indoor, outdoor or on the waterfront.