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Family travel from Cape Town to Kimberley

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My wife and I and our two children (who are eight and nine years old respectively) would like to visit some family in Kimberley by public transport from 2 October till the 10 October this year. We’ll be travelling from Cape Town. What would be the cheapest and most comfortable for the children as our budget is limited? We want to give them a travelling experience. Should we fly, travel by train or by bus?

 
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According to our research, going by train is by far the cheapest option. However, train travel from Cape Town to Kimberley takes the longest time wise at two days. Flying by plane with South African Airways takes the least amount of time but could cost as much as R16, 104 in total for your family of four. The no frills airlines such as Kalula, Mango and FlySafair don’t give you the option to fly directly to Kimberly from Cape Town International. However, Mango does fly to Bloemfontein so you could fly there and then take another form of transport from Bloemfontein to Kimberly if you wish. When we looked at the booking, there are no flights on Saturday 10th October but you can fly return on Sunday, 11 October (see attached screen shots). But it looks like you can get return flights on Mango for about R2,370 return per person. This option could work out cheaper than taking a direct flight on SAA, depending of course on what mode of transport you choose to take between Bloemfontein and Kimberly. According to Google it takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to get from Bloemfontein to Kimberley by car. The cheapest option You say your budget is limited but you don’t specifically state by how much. If your budget is tight and you are willing to travel for long periods (two days) then the train would be your best option. Choose the general sitter accommodation over the tourist sleeper accommodation and you shave about R1, 600 off the price. But it’s a long journey by train so weigh this option up carefully if comfort is what you desire. Travelling by train may also be the most comfortable and scenic route. If you have time to spare then perhaps this may be your best option. If you want to get there in less time the bus will get you there in just over 15 hours but at a pricier R4, 320 return for the whole family. From what we understand, going by train or by bus won’t entail hopping onto another service but again it’s important to double check that information before you hand over your money. Buses are an alternative but there’s not much room to manoeuvre and if a bit of freedom is desired you may again find the train a better option. Unfortunately we found that prices for all modes of transport are not available yet for October, so these costs are only estimates from what the companies were willing to give us. Keep a close eye on when tickets for the trains and buses become available. Travel options from Cape Town to Kimberley* Cape Town to Kimberley                     *Please be advised that timetables, and prices for October have not yet been released for the transport, nor can any bookings (except for flights) be made so far in advance. You can apparently buy a plane ticket but they are subject to change.
 
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