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 5 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, beignet 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.

  • Bookings open to adults and kids (kids under three go free).
  • Lines depart between 08:45am & 13:00pm (check the terminal of departure for the specific line).
  • Visit a number of wine estates over the course of a day. We suggest 3-4 wineries when starting with one of the earlier departures. 
  • Includes a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley.
  • Curate your day around your preferences.
  • Plan and book your own tastings, activities and dining. Tastings, lunch and other activities will be for your account and can be settled with each winery directly.
  • Wine purchased while on the tour can be handed to one of our staff members for safekeeping and collected at the end of your tour. Ask one of our friendly Ticket Office staff members about our Totebag charity initiative which includes great discounts for purchasing wines at participating wineries.

The Best Way to Explore the Cape Winelands

5 Tram Lines | 30 Wine Estate Destinations | Hop-on Hop-off Expereince

Franschhoek Wine Tram Map

Bookings

PRICING

Adult R300 / Child (3-17) R90

Franschhoek Wine Tram reserves the right to make adjustments to pricing and products due to changing market conditions and circumstances out of our control.

  • Wine tasting fees at each estate (ranging between R60 to R260 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). Transfers can only be added a minimum of 48 hrs before your tour date.

Hop-on Hop-off Tour Tips

Everything you need to know to be fully prepared for your day trip on the Franschhoek 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 would not be able to visit all the estates on each line. 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.

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 16+ GUESTS? Have a look at our dedicated Group Experience options here.

On the Day

PARKING If you’re driving to Franschhoek, park at the Franschhoek Terminallocated on the corner of Main Road and Cabriere Street, or make use of the parking at our Groot Drakenstein Terminal if you are travelling on our navy 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 navy and orange lines, you have the option of collecting your tickets and commencing the tour at our Groot Drakenstein Terminal, located on the corner of the R45 and R310 roads. The departure time booked for Navy & Orange is based on the shuttle service from the Franschhoek Terminal to Groot Drakenstein. If travelling directly to Groot Drakenstein Terminal keep in mind that you can add 30 minutes to the departure time to coordinate with the actual departure time from Groot Drakenstein Terminal. For example, if you book for 09:05 am Navy Line your tour will only depart from Groot Drakenstein Terminal at 09:35 am.

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 hat (or purchase at our terminal), 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!

BUYING WINE 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.

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