More about the Shongweni Train Trips

Without a doubt, Shongweni is one of the most highly regarded and diverse farmers markets in South Africa. And Its right on your doorstep – a mere sixty minutes up-the-line when you climb aboard the upmarket ‘Holiday Express’.

Fresh garden produce, home-baked products, fabulous floral arrangements, creative crafts and fabrics, homebrew beers and wines, cheeses, chutneys, sauces; scrumptious desserts and delectable fast food stalls. On top of this, there are ample open spaces and playgrounds to keep the small fry safely entertained. All of this just a comfortable one-hour train trip up the line from Durban.

Registration on day of departure will be in the Premier Business Lounge at Durban Railway Station. The Premier Business Lounge can be accessed up the ramp from Jelf Taylor Crescent, which is between Umgeni Road and Masabalala Yengwa Avenue (previously NMR Avenue), just to the north of Durban’s central business district, and not far from the intersection with Somtseu Road.  Secure, boom-protected parking is available to Holiday Express clients, up the ramp on the second floor just outside the entrance to the Lounge.  PRASA levy a flat parking rate of R10.00 per vehicle for the day.

The route inland passes through two tunnels and stops will be made at the waterfalls to allow passengers to take photographs.  A range of refreshments, including wine, beer, soft drinks, peanuts and chips etc. will be available on the train. Remember to purchase your cash vouchers at registration.  You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments with you.

For the comfort of all passengers no smoking is allowed on the trains.

At this time of the year it should be warm.  Suggest you dress accordingly, but bring something warm should the conditions change.

Delicious snacks, pastries, light meals and refreshments, including a wide range of locally brewed craft beers will also be available from the many stalls in the market.

Departure and Arrival Times

07.00am – Registration

08.00am – Train departs for Shongweni

09.00am – Arrival in Shongweni.  Board coach for a short trip to the Market

13.00pm – Depart by coach for Shongweni Station

13.30pm – Train departs from Shongweni for Durban

02.30pm – Arrival in Durban

Ticket Prices

Adults – R280 pp

Adults – R280 pp

Children – R230 pp

Pensioners – R230 pp

Discounted Family Deal (2 adults and 2 children under 2) – R920

Infants (under 2 years old) – No charge

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Participant Indemnity. Participants agree to and consent to their photograph being used to market and/or publicise the Holiday Express (The Event). The Holiday Express (‘the Event’) acknowledge that although all precautions have been taken by the organizing body, there may be dangers inherent in participating in the Event. Participants voluntarily assume such risks and waive all claim of whatsoever nature and howsoever arising in relation to the Event against any parties, including but not limited to the organising body, sponsors, advertisers, local authorities, directors, employees and suppliers of these parties and any individual, official, marshal or agent (‘the Parties’). The Participants indemnify the Parties against any liabilities or claims of any nature whatsoever and howsoever arising (whether directly or indirectly, whether from negligence, albeit gross and/or from involvement in or passage to or from the Event

PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT IN THE EVENT OF UNSCHEDULED TRACK AND/OR SIGNAL MAINTENANCE IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR PRASA TO CLOSE THE LINE BETWEEN CERTAIN STATIONS WHEN A LINKING BUS SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED

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