Stellenbosch, a town famous for its surrounding wine vineyards, is a 31-mile (50 km) drive from Cape Town. The quickest and best-recommended travel option is by car, with either a private transfer or driving a rental. This trip normally takes under 50 minutes. Those traveling by car may be interested in this 5-day food and culture itinerary for the Cape Town area.
Other travel options are by bus and train, though these aren't recommended. A bus trip typically takes just over an hour while a train trip can take up to two hours. Those who opt to travel by bus or train should book their tickets in daylight for safety reasons.
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By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 45-50 minutes
This is the most convenient method of transport. Those who self-drive should try to avoid rush hour traffic between 8-9 am and 4-5 pm. Most private transfers offer a set fee irrespective of the number of passengers, and this is a great option—especially for those partaking in wine tastings along the way. Another option is using the rideshare app Uber, which is commonly used for trips of this nature.
Travelers can leave Cape Town on the N2 or the N1 highways. We recommend travelers leave via the N2 highway before turning onto the R310. Those who take this route might enjoy stopping at Vergenoegd Wine Estate for tastings and a vineyard tour. Alternatively, those traveling on the N2 can turn onto the R300 first and then the M12. Those who take this route and hope to visit wine farms can take a slight detour to Jordan Wine Estate en route.
A final route option is via the N1 highway where travelers will drive through Cape Town’s northern suburbs before turning onto the R304 to Stellenbosch, though this route is less scenic than the other options.
By Bus & Private Transfer
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
This option is less convenient than traveling by car and travelers will need to book a bus ticket in advance. Those who opt for this option should book daylight tickets for safety purposes and arrange for a private transfer to fetch them from the bus stop to get around the town.
By Train & Private Transfer
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
While this is the most affordable travel option, it is the least recommended method of travel. Travelers should be aware that the Cape Town Metrorail often experiences inconsistencies with timing and arrivals. Those who choose to travel by train should book tickets in daylight for safety and arrange a private transfer from the train station in Stellenbosch.