Santos Express  Verified Listing

Garden Route Mossel Bay Western Cape South Africa

Excellent Rating: 4.9 / 5
Based on 37 verified guest reviews

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Member since: 11 Feb. 2013

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Simply known as The Train by locals, and situated at Santos beach, Mossel Bay in the heart of the famous Garden Route of South Africa. Enjoy the unique and romantic experience of staying on a real train only 30 metres from the sea on the Indian Ocean side of Cape Town.

The Santos Express is a real train parked almost on the beach at Mossel Bays popular and safe Santos Beach. It consists of a restaurant with a cosy pub and a deck with magnificent views of the bay and distant Outeniqua mountains. We now have a fabulous conference room ideal for weddings, birthday parties or business and team building meetings.

Guests sleeps in a first class compartment or coupe, similar to the Trans Karoo. We have single, double and budget compartments available. Each with spectacular sea views with hot and clean showers. A twin compartment has two single beds, with the option of two extra fold out top bunks. A single coupe has one single bed with the option of an extra fold out top bunk. Each coach consists of 2 single coupes, 5 twin compartments, a communal shower and two toilets.

We have also recently added two vintage wooden coaches called the Royal Suites. These were built in 1919 and 1921 respectively, then transported by boat from England to South Africa where they served the Rovos Rail company until they were decommissioned and made their last journey by rail to join our fleet in December 2013.

Extensive renovations commenced immediately and we now have four royal suites, all with private sea view decks and en suite facilities. These have proven extremely popular, even resulting in a television news broadcast. The colonial feel, authentic woodwork and attention to detail makes these extra special.

The Fork and Train restaurant and pub has splendid views over the bay and distant mountain ranges, and is a popular venue for young and old. We see ourselves as being an affordable family restaurant without compromising on quality. We specialize in seafood and traditional meals, but also serve normal things like burgers, ribs, steaks, breakfasts, and pub lunches. We also cater for private parties and functions in our Lapa

Halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and right in the middle of the famous Garden Route of South Africa, nestles the seaside town of Mossel Bay. A bustling holiday resort in summer and the ideal retreat in winter, it is situated on a spectacular sun washed peninsula embraced by the warm Indian Ocean. The greater Mossel Bay area has a well deserved reputation among the thousands of holiday makers who frequent these areas every year.

Beach Nearby
Sea Views
Water sports
Horse Riding nearby in surrounding area
Boat Trips
Museums in surrounding area
Shark Cage Diving
Wind & Kite Surfing
Day walks
Well situated
Shopping Centre nearby
Cabin 12 train cabins sizes vary


Extra Info

Property Type Bed and Breakfast, Apartment, Backpackers
Check-in after 02:00 PM
Check-out before 10:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict
Can Be Used For Film Location, Still Shoots, Wedding
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Mandy Scholtz
06 December 2019

My sons stayed at Santos Express on their travels to Hogsback and would highly recommend
Santos Express.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Nicole Juries
18 November 2019

Had a lovely stay , thanks Santos Express!!

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
26 December 2018

The Royal Suite of the Santos Express is perfect. We loved the style and ambiance and the views are incredible. You are sleeping literally on the beach!

Superb. 5 out of 5
23 December 2018

Wow, vir die prys was die area uitstekend, die trein was altyd netjies en skoon. Die personeel was elke keer behulpsaam en vriendelik. Die kos was fantasties. Ek sal die Santos Express met liefde vir enige iemand aanbeveel.
Ons het baie vroeg die oggend vertrek en sou nuie ontbyt by die restaurant eet nie, hulle het vir ons elkeen die heerlikse padkos saam gegee..
Die advertensie is goed, en nie misleidend nie, jy weet wanneer jy plek bespreek dat die spasie klein is, en dat jy geen kombuis geriewe het nie.
Jy hoor die branders vanuit jou kajuit en die strand is so naby en skoon. Die sonopkoms vanuit jou kamervenster is asemrowend.
Knap gedaag Santos-span..

Superb. 5 out of 5
19 December 2018

The experience of staying in a train in front of the beach is amazing. You can hear the waves from the bedroom. And the staff was super kind with us. I totally recommend it!

Superb. 5 out of 5
13 December 2018

Great experience! We heard the waves in the night and the view from the rooms is breathtaking. We liked the suite a lot. The entrance is narrow, but the room is not. The interior fits the decade perfectly. The English breakfast we had was good. And the staff was nice.

Superb. 5 out of 5
13 December 2018

We were really surprised how good this place was. You cannot fault the staff they are so helpful. The location is perfect for the beach.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
06 December 2018

It's a special place, we stayed in a royal suite. Just one minute to the beach. The staff was very friendly!

Superb. 5 out of 5
03 December 2018

Honestly, my wife & I enjoyed our stay. I can't point at anything we didn't like.

Everything!! From the friendly staff to even the superb location of Santos Express Train Lodge!

Superb. 5 out of 5
02 December 2018

This is such a unique accommodation and if you're looking for something different, this is the place to stay in Mossel Bay. The train has been kept original as much as possible. The room is simple but comfortable. The views of Mossel Bay from the room are beautiful and the beach is a stone's throw away. The on site restaurants is also set in a train coach and is very quaint and the food is simple, but tasty. A lovely stay, sorry we didn't stay for long.

Superb. 5 out of 5

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Excellent Rating: 4.9 / 5
Based on 37 verified guest reviews

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Mossel Bay Reviews

Rizqah Dollie
13 January 2020

The location.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Wilma Hansen
24 October 2019


Superb. 5 out of 5
Sanet van Zyl
12 August 2019

The Ocean views, the weather, the holiday vibe.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
31 July 2019

The mountains!

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
02 July 2019


Superb. 5 out of 5
Karen Breytenbach
18 June 2019

Sea, sea, sea, sea, sea!

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Sara Herrera
07 January 2019

Pinnacle point hiking trail, santos beach, Route 57 restaurant.

Superb. 5 out of 5
06 January 2019

Beach & scenery

Superb. 5 out of 5