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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM

Tips for the Franschhoek wine tram in the Winelands in South Africa


Man drinking wine overlooking vineyard

What is the Franschhoek wine tram?


Well, it is fairly self explanatory but it is a hop-on-hop-off tram which takes you between a number of wineries in the Franschhoek region in South Africa where you can sample the best wines this region has to offer. Part of the journey changes to a bus and you will receive a glass of wine on your journey as you board the tram at the main station.


Is there only one route?


There are 5 different routes - blue, navy, orange, pink and red which take you to different wineries in different orders so it depends which wineries you wish to visit. The lines depart between 8:45am and 1pm. The tram departs from either the Franschhoek terminal or the Groot Drakenstein terminal.


How many wineries can I visit?


As many as you like! But it is recommended you visit 3-4 wineries. There are 30 wineries to choose from in total all which offer a slightly different experience from standard wine tastings to chocolate or cheese pairings and lunch options.



How much is the wine tram?


The wine tram costs 300 rand per person which is 14.50 euros per person.


Are wine tastings included in the price of my wine tram ticket?


No, all wine tastings must be purchased separately directly at the wineries.


How much are the wine tastings?


The wine tastings range from 50-260 rand per person so as little as 2 euros 50 to sample some exquisite South African wines.


Can I purchase wine at the wineries?


Yes of course. Many wineries offer a shipping service if you are purchasing a case or alternatively, purchased bottles can be handed to one of the wine tram staff members for safekeeping and collected at the end of your tour.


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Can children go on the wine tram?


Yes, children are welcome on the wine tram and some of the wineries even have children's play areas available (such as Rickety Bridge). Children under 3 years of age travel free.


Top Tips


  1. Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and make any lunch reservations in advance

  2. Arrive at the terminal at least 15 minutes before the train departure

  3. Before choosing a line, read about the estates on the wine tram website and plan your day based on which tastings you would like to try

  4. Make sure to take plenty of water and suncream with you as the winelands can get extremely hot (upwards of 40 degrees celsius)

  5. Have a wonderful time on a once in a lifetime experience!


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