Alexandria to Cape Town by train and bus

This article is an itinerary.

This Alexandria to Cape Town by train and bus itinerary covers the overland route from Alexandria, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa and is one of the very few land routes from north to south in Africa available to foreigners.

Understand

Trains are available for the majority of the route, but there are also many buses. This itinerary passes through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

US dollar prices are used throughout; US dollars is the most convenient currency to carry because of restrictions on importing and exporting local currencies.

Prepare

Visas

Visa-free entry is rather rare in Africa and you will need a visa for most countries no matter what your citizenship is, or in the worst case, even all of the countries. For citizens of western countries, many visas are possible to purchase at the border. Below is an example of what a US citizen paid for their visas, before the independence of South Sudan.

Total fares are about USD586. Total visa prices for US citizens are about USD465

Get in

There are currently no ferries from Europe to Alexandria. There used to be a Venice-Alexandria route, but it is currently cancelled until further notice. However, there is a ferry from Aqaba, Jordan to Nuweiba, and trains linking Nuweiba with the rest of Egypt. Buses from Libya also run to Alexandria, as well as a JETT-operated bus from Amman to Cairo. Be warned, the Amman-Cairo bus travels through Israel and will deny you entrance to Sudan, as well as many other countries. Many airlines in Europe and the United States also offer direct flights to Alexandria or Cairo.

Route

Following this route will take roughly 84 days.

Egypt

Downtown Alexandria
Mohammed Ali mosque in Islamic Cairo
The Giza Pyramids
View along one of the main streets in Aswan, Egypt connecting the railway station and Nile river

Sudan

Bus station (Bahri) in Khartoum

Ethiopia

View of Fasilides' Castle from the Royal Enclosure in Gondar, Ethiopia
Bet Medhane Alem church, Lalibela, the largest rock hewn church in the world
View of Addis Ababa

Kenya

Nairobi's Skyline
Mombasa's waterfront

Tanzania

Dar es Salaam's skyline

Zambia

The Kapiri Mposhi train station
Lusaka
The Livingstone Museum
The Zambezi Bridge above Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

Bulawayo
Downtown Harare
Bulawayo
The Beitbridge borderpost

South Africa

Strijdom Square, Pretoria
Johannesburg City Hall
A Durban street
Johannesburg's business district
Kimberley's Big Hole
Central Cape Town

Stay safe

Check the current political situation. As of 2016, travel warnings are in effect at least for Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.

Alexandria

Cairo

Giza

Luxor

Aswan

Wadi Halfa

Khartoum

Metema

Gondar

Bahir Dar

Lalibela

Addis Ababa

Moyale

Nairobi

Mombasa

Dar es Salaam

Kapiri Mposhi

Lusaka

Livingstone

Victoria Falls

Bulawayo

Harare

Pretoria

Johannesburg

Durban

Kimberley

Cape Town

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