Hop-on Hop-off Experience
Our most popular option, the Hop-on Hop-off Experience, allows you to do just that – hop on and off as you like, experiencing the different activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or just a stroll through the vineyards. And when you’re ready, simply hop-on to continue your journey!
Take your pick between eight different lines, each visiting a selection of wine estates showcasing a separate part of the Franschhoek Valley.
The Hop-on Hop-off experience allows you to curate and plan your own day. You get to choose how long you spend at each spot (within the line schedule, of course), where you eat, where you drink, and the activities you partake in.
Your experience begins at either the Franschhoek Terminal or the Groot Drakenstein Terminal (depending on the line), where you can grab a coffee, and browse our merchandise while waiting for your journey to start.
From the terminals, you will be transported around your selected line’s loop of stops on a combination of double-decker tram and open-air tram-bus, allowing you to disembark when you like.
Caters for the following lines:
Groot Drakenstein Terminal
Caters for the following lines:
- Bookings open to adults and kids (kids under three go free).
- Lines depart between 9:30am & 1:30pm (check the terminal of departure for the specific line).
- Visit up to six wine estates over the course of a day.
- Includes a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley.
- Curate your day around your preferences.
- Spend as much time as you like at each stop.
- Plan and book your own tastings, activities and dining.
- Wine purchased while on the tour can be handed over to the driver for collection at the end of the tour.
The Best Way to Explore the Cape Winelands
Eight Tram Lines | 24 Wine Estate Destinations | Hop-On Hop-Off Experience
Adult R260 / Child (3-17) R90
- Wine tasting fees at each estate (ranging between R25 and R150 per person) are not included in the price.
- The tour starts and ends at either the Franschhoek Terminal or the Groot Drakenstein Terminal
- In order to avoid disappointment, we advise passengers to make dining reservations at least 24 hours in advance of travel. Click here for a restaurant contact list.
- An optional transfer from Cape Town can be added during the booking process (additional fees apply).
Hop-on Hop-off Tour Tips
Everything you need to know to be fully prepared for your day trip on the Wine Tram.
Before the Day
PICKING A LINE
Before choosing a line, read about the estates and the activities they offer. Consult the timetable of the line you wish to travel on, and plan your day around this timetable. Keep in mind that you may not be able to visit all the estates on each line. Also take note of the maximum number of stops mentioned for each departure time in the schedule, and remember that not all wine estates are located next to the railway tracks – we make use of an open-sided bus to travel to these estates.
BOOKING YOUR TICKETS
Book your tickets in advance, especially if you want to travel on a specific line and depart at a specific time. You can book online right here. Please note that our last departure is at 13:30 on our red line.
BOOKING YOUR DINING
Planning on having lunch or a picnic at an estate? Phone the estate and book in advance. Some restaurants might be closed on the day of your tour. Click here for a list of restaurants with contact details.
BOOKING YOUR TRANSFER
To avoid having to driving home after your tour, include a transfer with your booking and make sure that you include your address for your private chauffeur pick-up.
BOOKING FOR 20+ GUESTS?
Have a look at our dedicated Group Experience options here.
On the Day
If you’re driving to Franschhoek, park at the Franschhoek Terminal, located on the corner of Main Road and Cabriere Street, or make use of the parking at our Groot Drakenstein Station if you are travelling on our purple and orange lines and prefer to depart from there.
COLLECTING YOUR TICKETS
Collect your tickets at least 15 minutes before the tour starts from the ticket office at the Franschhoek Terminal.
If you’re travelling on the orange and purple lines, you have the option of collecting your tickets and commencing the tour at our Groot Drakenstein Station ticket office, located on the corner of the R45 and R310 roads.
PREPPING AND PACKING FOR YOUR DAY
Be sure to have a good breakfast before the tour, and drink lots of water throughout the day.
Feel free to grab a cup of coffee and a snack at the Terminal before your departure. Please note that no food and drinks are allowed on the tram and tram-bus.
Pack sunblock and a jacket (for colder days), as the tram and tram-bus are open-sided.
Make sure your phone is charged, as you’re going to want to take photos. If you’re planning on sharing them on social media, we’d love to see them, so please add #winetram to your posts!
If you’re planning on buying wine while on your tour, please consider purchasing our wine tote bag, which includes a discount card for use at participating estates. All proceeds go to the charity that manufactures the bags.
Wine purchased while on the tour can be handed over to the host for collection at the end of the tour. Your purchases will be marked with a sticker, and you’ll receive a corresponding sticker, which you can hand in when collecting your wine at the ticket office at the end of the tour.
Discover Our Experiences
We have an experience for everyone! If you’ve been on our Wine Tram before, why not experience it in a different way this time?