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info@jbtours.co.za +27 11 913 2442
Duration: Various dates of departure
Location: Jo’burg to Durban to Jo’burg
Price: From R2800 pp
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Serving all 41 cruises departing from Durban during the 2018 & 2019 season

  • Introduction

    JB Train Tours invites you to travel with us from Gauteng to Durban and back to link up with all the MSC Musica boat’s cruises departing from the Holiday City – traveling by Train, Bus and Aeroplane: A 3-in-1 Tour package taking all the travel hassles out of your hands.

    This is our fourth year in hosting these tour packages and it has been proven to be very popular, affordable, relaxing, convenient and stress free.

    When traveling with us you don’t need to look for parking for your car in Durban or looking for someone to drop you off at the harbour. Neither do you need to look for accommodation in DBN or getting back home after the cruise. We take care of your accommodation, transfers and flight back home.

    In brief, you travel overnight on the Tourist Class Trans Natal train from Jo’burg to Durban, enjoying dinner and breakfast on the train, whilst bedding is provided as well.

    In Durban you are collected by bus or taxi at the station and you are taken directly from the train to the harbour OR transferred to a hotel for one night’s accommodation before joining the boat the next day – depending the day of your departure.

    After the boat cruise you are collected at the harbour by the same bus or taxi company before being transferred to King Shaka airport via Durban’s Sun Coast Casino, before your flight departs for Jo’burg.

    Please note that the bookings for the boat cruise is NOT included in this transportation tour package. You still need to book your cruise at MSC Cruises at https://www.msccruises.co.za

  • Tour Packages and Prices

    The tour dates are linked to the departure dates of the various cruises. In some cases the train will depart one day prior to the departure date of the cruise (Package # 1) and in other cases it will depart two days prior to the departure date of the cruise (Package # 2). This is due to the fact that the trains don’t run daily and you’ll arrive one day early in DBN and overnight in DBN.

    See a matrix of the tour package dates below.

    We have available two tour packages with different options within both.

    Package # 1 – Tour package but with no hotel accommodation in DBN
    Package # 2 – Tour package and with hotel accommodation in DBN

    Use the currency converter in the footer of the page to convert to your currency.

    • Package #1 – Tour package but no hotel accommodation in DBN

      4-Bed Compartment on Train

      Price per Person
      R2800
      R2935
      R3195

      Persons per Compartment
      4
      3
      2

      2-Bed Coupe on Train

      Price per Person
      R3100
      R3195

      Persons per 2-Bed Coupe
      2
      1

      Add R500 pp to the above prices for Tour # 10 flying back from Cape Town.

      No Train Departure Dates and Day Cruise Dates and Days Tour package price from Theme cruises
      1 7 Nov 2018 – Wed 8 – 12 Nov 2018 = Thu – Mon R2800
      2 11 Nov 2018 – Sun 12 – 16 Nov 2018 = Mon – Fri R2800
      3 18 Nov 2018 – Sun 19 – 24 Nov 2018 = Mon – Sat R2800
      4 23 Nov 2018 – Fri 24 – 26 Nov 2018 = Sat – Mon R2800
      5 25 Nov 2018 – Sun 26 – 30 Nov 2018 = Mon – Fri R2800
      6 02 Dec 2018 – Sun 3 – 7 Dec 2018 = Mon – Fri R2800 #Matrieks
      7 09 Dec 2018 – Sun 10 – 14 Dec 2018 = Mon – Fri R2800
      8 21 Dec 2018 – Fri 22 – 27 Dec 2018 = Sat – Thurs R2800
      9 26 Dec 2018 – Wed 27 Dec 2018 – 7 Jan 2019 = Thurs – Mon R2800
      10 06 Jan 2019 – Sun 7 – 10 Jan 2019 = Mon – Thurs R3300 Fly from CPT
      11 27 Jan 2019 – Sun 28 Jan – 1 Feb = Mon – Fri R2800
      12 03 Feb 2019 – Sun 4 – 8 Feb 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800
      13 10 Feb 2019 – Sun 11 – 15 Feb 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800
      14 17 Feb 2019 – Sun 18 – 22 Feb 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800
      15 24 Feb 2019 – Sun 25 Feb – 1 Mar 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800
      16 03 Mar 2019 – Sun 4 – 8 Mar 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800
      17 10 Mar 2019 – Sun 11 – 15 Mar 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800
      18 17 Mar 2019 – Sun 18 – 22 Mar 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800
      19 24 Mar 2019 – Sun 25 – 29 Mar 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800
      20 31 Mar 2019 – Sun 1 – 5 Apr 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800
      21 07 Apr 2019 – Sun 8 – 12 Apr 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800
      22 14 Apr 2019 – Sun 15 – 19 Apr 2019 = Mon – Fri R2800 Oppiwater
    • Package #2 –Tour package and with one night’s hotel accommodation in DBN

      4-Bed Compartment on Train & 2-Beds/Room in Hotel

      Price per Person
      R3700
      R3950
      R4095

      Persons per Compartment
      4
      3
      2

      Persons per Hotel room
      2
      2 & 1
      2

      2-Bed Coupe on Train & 2-Beds/Room in Hotel

      Price per Person
      R4000
      R4445

      Persons per 2-Bed Coupe
      2
      1

      Persons per Hotel room
      2
      1

      Add R700 pp to the above prices for Tour # 28 (2 Nights’ accommodation in DBN)
      Add R150 pp to the above prices for tours # 33 to # 41 – due to hotel’s annual price increase from 1st March 2019

      No Train Departure Dates and Day Cruise Dates and Days Tour package price from Theme cruises
      23 14 Nov 2018 – Wed 16 – 19 Nov 2018 = Fri – Mon R3700
      24 28 Nov 2018 – Wed 30 Nov – 3 Dec 2018 = Fri – Mon R3700 OH Ship!
      25 05 Dec 2018 – Wed 7 – 10 Dec 2018 = Fri – Mon R3700
      26 12 Dec 2018 – Wed 14 – 16 Dec 2018 = Fri – Sun R3700
      27 14 Dec 2018 – Fri 16 – 19 Dec 2018 = Sun – Wed R3700
      28 16 Dec 2018 – Sun 19 – 22 Dec 2018 = Wed – Sat R4400 2 Nights in DBN
      29 30 Jan 2019 – Wed 1 – 4 Feb 2019 = Fri – Mon R3700 Bobby & Vriende
      30 06 Feb 2019 – Wed 8 – 11 Feb 2019 = Fri – Mon R3700 Kids Cruise
      31 13 Feb 2019 – Wed 15 – 18 Feb 2019 = Fri – Mon R3700
      32 20 Feb 2019 – Wed 22 – 25 Feb 2019 = Fri – Mon R3700
      33 27 Feb 2019 – Wed 1 – 4 Mar 2019 = Fri – Mon R3850 #Net Girls
      34 06 Mar 2019 – Wed 8 – 11 Mar 2019 = Fri – Mon R3850 Super Sokkie
      35 13 Mar 2019 – Wed 15 – 18 Mar 2019 = Fri – Mon R3850
      36 20 Mar 2019 – Wed 22 – 25 Mar 2019 = Fri – Mon R3850 Mojo Rise Blues Cruise
      37 27 Mar 2019 – Wed 29 Mar – 1 Apr 2019 = Fri – Mon R3850 The Bhangra Boat
      38 03 Apr 2019 – Wed 5 – 8 Apr 2019 = Fri – Mon R3850 Gospel Cruise
      39 10 Apr 2019 – Wed 12 – 15 Apr 2019 = Fri – Mon R3850 Rock in Afrikaans
      40 17 Apr 2019 – Wed 19 – 23 Apr 2019 = Fri – Tues R3850
      41 21 Apr 2019 – Sun 23 – 26 Apr 2019 = Tues – Fri R3850
  • Important Information

    Note: The upmarket Premier Classe train ONLY runs on a Friday evening from JHB to DBN and there is only 12 beds available. Please enquire with us for the tour package prices for the three relevant dates: 23rd Nov, 14th & 22nd Dec 2018.
    Children: Pay the same price.
    Included from the tour price: Tourist Class train trip from JHB to DBN, one night’s accommodation & bedding, as well as dinner and breakfast on the train, one night’s accommodation in the hotel (if applicable), transfer from DBN station to hotel & harbour and harbour to DBN airport, flight from DBN to JHB, safety and security.
    Excluded from the tour price: Towels on the train, boat cruise, gratuities, drinks & Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
    Deposit: You pay a non-refundable deposit of R2000 per person when you book your place. The outstanding balance on the tour fees is paid by latest 6 weeks before departure date. If not, your place will be cancelled automatically.
    Bookings: Please find attached the FAQ Document with the Booking Form. Please complete it in full (one per person) and send it with your Proof of Payment to us via e-mail to info@jbtours.co.za or fax it to 086 687 7344. You’ll receive a written confirmation from us once your money shows in our bank account.
    Meals: Dinner & breakfast on the train, as well as breakfast at the hotel are included in the tour package. All other meals are for your own pocket or on the boat.
    Train route: Johannesburg/Germiston/Heidelberg/Standerton/Newcastle/Ladysmith/Pietermaritzburg/Durban
    Departure from JHB station: All passengers to report to the JB Train Tours’ representative at the entrance to Platform 16 (stainless steel turnstile gates) at Johannesburg Park station (Rissik Street, Jo’burg CBD). Every person is pre-allocated to a 4-bed compartment or 2-bed coupe as per your Booking Form. It is NOT a free for all when arriving at the train! You’ll receive your Welcome Letter, train ticket and other relevant information. The name & contact details of the JB Train Tours’ representative will be availed to you prior to departure.
    Hotel accommodation in Durban: If applicable according to your package (only Package #2), you’ll stay for one night in the 4-star Tropicana Hotel or a hotel of similar standard.
    Transport in Durban: This is pre-arranged by either bus or taxi and it is included in your tour package. After the cruise you’ll be collected at the harbour and transferred to the airport. A SMS will keep you informed where to find the bus/taxi. (Please put your cell phone on!) Departure is at 09:00 from the harbour.
    Accommodation on the train: Passengers can either book a 4-bed compartment or 2-bed coupe. (See price options above). There is a limited number of 2-bed coupes available. Please note that trains do NOT have double beds, but do have bunker beds.
    Flight to JHB: You’ll fly Economy Class from DBN to JHB (OR Tambo Airport). Any changes to your ticket would be for your own pocket. Please note that many of the other cruise passengers make use of flights on the same day as us as well. Flight tickets are limited, scarce and more expensive the later you book. Flight times might change at short notice. The reason for departure in the afternoon is to address possible unforeseen logistical challenges (I.e.: Delays) that might occur.
    Closing date: Bookings close per tour once the available spaces on the train are full. Only space available for 40 passengers per trip.  Please note that we do NOT have all the beds on the train available for our usage.
    Luggage: Each passenger is allowed to take 20kg of luggage and 7kg of hand luggage. Please mark your luggage well with your name, address and cell phone number on it.
    Passport: Remember to take your valid passport along. You don’t need it on the train, but definitely for the cruise. An ID is NOT sufficient.
    Parking: We suggest you park your car at OR Tambo airport and then take the Gautrain to Johannesburg Park station to join the train. When arriving back at OR Tambo airport after the tour your vehicle will be waiting for you! Alternatively take the Gautrain to JHB Park station to join the tour and again afterwards to travel home.

    We host train tours to various destinations, occasions, sporting events, festivals & happenings all over Southern Africa. Including holidays, sporting events, transfers to ship cruises, company events, etc. We are also agents for the luxurious Blue Train, Premier Classe & ‘Desert Express’ trains, as well as for Shosholoza Meyl.

  • Provisional Programme

    TRAIN/FLIGHT FROM DESTINATION DEPARTS ARRIVES
    Johannesburg Durban First Day @ 18:40 – Platform 16 Second Day @ 10:00 – Platform 14
    Durban Johannesburg Last Day @ 14:25 – DBN Airport Last Day @ 15:30 – JHB Airport

    The running times of the train are not guaranteed. Trains often run very late. However, we’ll make sure that you’re on time at the harbour.

    Provisional Programme

    • Time Description
      17:45 Passengers report to the tour leader at the turnstiles to the entrance of Platform 16
      18:40 Train departs from Jo’burg to Durban
      Dinner is served on the train (included in the tour price)
      Overnight on the train (bedding included in the tour price)
    • Time Description
      Breakfast is served on the train (included in the tour price)
      10:00 Train arrives in DBN
      Transfer from DBN station to DBN harbour (included in the tour price)
      15:00 Boat departs from DBN harbour
      Enjoy the cruise

      OR

      Transfer to hotel – luggage stored if rooms are not ready yet
      14:00 Check in at hotel
      Dinner (own choice – not included in the tour package)
      Overnight in hotel
    • Time Description
      Breakfast is served in the hotel (included in the tour price)
      Check out at hotel
      10:00 Transfer to DBN harbour (included in the tour price)
      Check in at boat (remember your passport)
      15:00 Boat departs from DBN harbour
      Enjoy the cruise
    • TIME DESCRIPTION
      Breakfast is served on the boat
      Disembark boat & board bus
      09:00 Transfer to DBN airport by bus/taxi (included in the tour price)
      Visit South Coast casino en route (time permits)
      Check in at airport
      14:25 Flight departs for JHB – Mango
      15:30 Flight arrives JHB
      End of tour
  • Theme Cruises for the season

    30 Nov – 3 Dec 2018

    3 – 7 December 2018

     

     

     

     

    1 – 4 Feb 2019

    8 – 11 Feb 2019

    1 – 4 Mar 2019

     

     

     

     

     

    8 – 11 Mar 2019

    22 – 25 Mar 2019

    29 Mar – 1 Apr 2019

     

     

     

     

     

    5 – 8 April 2019

    12 – 15 April 2019

    15 – 19 April 2019

     

     

     

     

  • Methods of Payment

    There are various methods of payment to pay for your tour(s):

    1. Pay by EFT and send the Proof of Payment to JB Train Tours
    2. Pay money into our bank account and send the Proof of Payment to JB Train Tours
    3. Use Snapscan (I.e.: Credit Card)

     

    Our Banking details are:
    Bank:                                  ABSA
    Branch Code:                    632005
    Account Name:                JB Tours
    Account Number:           405 307 1777
    Account type:                   Cheque or current

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    Scan this QR code with your SnapScan app and enter Your Name & Surname, the Tour number and amount.