Wine Tram – Stellenbosch and Franschhoek (The Route, Farms and Vineyards)

Spring has finally sprung after Cape Town’s (much needed) rainfall season. With the weather slowly getting warmer, what better way to celebrate than to explore Franschhoek, Cape Town’s very own little ‘French corner’. Here you can do some wine tasting and enjoy the beautiful scenery in all its bright and blooming glory!

vinyard Franschhoek

The drive from Cape Town to Franschhoek can take up to 45 minutes. Therefore, jumping into the driver’s seat after a full day of drinking is definitely not recommended. This explains why the wine tram, Franschhoek, has become a popular alternative for tourists and fellow vino-lovers. And what better way to indulge, yet also ensure you are getting home safe and sound at the end of a relaxing day.

Not too sure if the Stellenbosch Franschhoek wine route tram will blow off your steam? To help nudge you in the right direction, below is a list of the different Franschhoek wine routes and farms as well as the Franschhoek wine tram route map that the tram lines offer.

Know before you book:

  • The area can get very hot in summer
  • Crowded during peak season
  • Being a tourist destination it can get quite pricey

Highlights:

  • See the picturesque wine valley
  • Taste many different wines
  • Take beautiful photos

What we liked: Experiencing the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in a truly unique way.

Hop-on Hop-off Wine Tram From Cape Town

franschhoek valley wine tram

On this 8-hour tram tour, you’ll discover the best that the beautiful Franschhoek Valley has to offer. Expect to see rolling valleys, acres of vineyard and picturesque mountainside. You’ll get the opportunity to hop-on and hop-off the bus at any of the exquisite wine farms in the area. Essentially you’ll be creating your own tour, with the luxury of a gorgeous tram to lift you around.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy Franschhoek Valley the best way possible on the Franschhoek wine tram!

INCLUDES:
  • Transfer from Cape Town to Franschhoek Valley
  • Entrance to the Franschhoek tram
  • Live guided commentary on the tram
  • Wine tasting on the tram

EXCLUDES:
  • Cost of wine tastings
  • Cost of lunch

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Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley Wine Day Trip

cheers with wine glasses

Whether you’re taking this trip for the incredible wines or the stunning scenery, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed! On this tour, you’ll be taken on a day trip through Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl to explore some of the very best wine regions in the Cape. You may even get the opportunity to explore the Stellenbosch wine tram, depending on which tour you choose.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy this scenic tour that offers many great photo opportunities!

INCLUDES:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 3 Wine tastings
  • Cellar tour
  • Entry to Neethlingshof Estate
  • Entry to Fairview Wine and Cheese
  • Entry to Dieu Donne Vineyards and Views

EXCLUDES:
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Tram ride

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Franschhoek Wine Tram

The hop-on-hop-off wine tram is the best way to experience the culture and soul of the Franschhoek valley. The home to some of the most popular wine farms in the Cape Winelands, offering the best value for money.

Wine Tram

A railway tram or tram-bus will take passengers to various farms where they can hop-off and explore by enjoying a wine-tasting, grabbing some lunch or simply wandering through the beautiful vineyards. Once ready, passengers can hop-on again and continue with the rest of the tour.

Wine Tram Routes

The tour now offers direct transfer services from Cape Town and surrounding areas to Franschhoek. Transfers are done privately to each booking. For more information, you can download the Franschhoek Wine Tram Brochure.

Each tour starts at the ticket office situated on Huguenot Road in Franschhoek. The tours are narrated and inform passengers of the history of the Franschhoek wine cultivation. The lines include a combination of a tram bus and tram-train, depending on the route. Passengers will be navigated to which one they should hop-on along the way. To choose which Franschhoek Wine Route is best for you, below is a list of the different tram lines and the wine farms included on each line:

Blue/Green Line

Departing from the ticket office at 10 am daily, these routes showcase the boutique wine estates, along with stunning backdrops of the mountains. There are a number of activities you can enjoy amongst these wine farms, including picnics, olive tasting and cellar tours.

Franschhoek Wine Tram – Blue Line

You will begin the tour with the tram-bus and finish off on the double-decker railway tram. Here’s the Franschhoek wine tram route map:

Blue Line Route

Map by winetram.co.za

STOP 1 – La Bri

STOP 2 – Holden Manz

STOP 3 – La Bourgogne

STOP 4 – Glenwood

STOP 5 – La Couronne

STOP 6 – Rickety Bridge

STOP 7 – Grande Provence

Franschhoek Wine Tram – Green Line

With the Green Line, you start the tour on the railway tram and finish on the tram-bus.

Green Line Route

Map by winetram.co.za

STOP 1 – Rickety Bridge

STOP 2 – Grande Province

STOP 3 – Franschhoek Village

STOP 4 – La Bri

STOP 5 – Holden Manz

STOP 6 – La Bourgogne

STOP 7 – La Couronne

Red/Yellow Line

The Red and Yellow tours explore the internationally well-known wine estates that Franschhoek has to offer boasting vast and lush green vineyards. Both lines depart from the ticket office at 10:30 am daily.

Ideal for parents who need to take a little breather – most of these wine farms have a dedicated play-areas for children. Other activities include chocolate and biltong pairing as well as a variety of cheeses to tickle your tastebuds.

Franschhoek Wine Tram – Red Line

You will start the tour on the tram-bus and finish off the tour on the tram.

Red Line Route

Map by winetram.co.za

STOP 1 – Haute Cabriere

STOP 2 – Holden Manz

STOP 3 – Mont Rochelle

STOP 4 – Chamonix

STOP 5 – Dieu Donne

STOP 6 – Rickety Bridge

STOP 7 – Grande Province

Franschhoek Wine Tram – Yellow Line

The Yellow line offers 8 stops in total, and your tour begins on the tram and ends of on the tram-bus.

Yellow Line Route

Map by winetram.co.za

STOP 1 – Rickety Bridge

STOP 2 – Grande Province

STOP 3 – Franschhoek Village

STOP 4 – Haute Cabriere

STOP 5 – Holden Manz

STOP 6 – Mont Rochelle

STOP 7 – Chamonix

STOP 8 – Dieu Donne

Orange/Purple Line:

The early bird catches the worm! Starting off at 09:30, these two lines showcase the scenic Western area of the Franschhoek Valley. Both tours mainly commence on the tram-bus and include two stops on the railway tram.

Not only is this region home to the Huguenot Memorial Museum, but also offers more luxurious activities to indulge in. Including a Lindt chocolate pairing, as well as an onsite spa. Yes please!

Franschhoek Wine Tram – Orange Line

This line includes 8 stops on the following wine farms:

Orange Line Route

Map by winetram.co.za

STOP 1 – Noble Hill

STOP 2 – Babylonstoren

STOP 3 – Backsberg

STOP 4 – Glen Carlou

STOP 5 – Vrede en Lust

STOP 6 – Plaisir de Merle

STOP 7 – Allee Bleue

STOP 8 – Boschendal

Franschhoek Wine Tram – Purple Line

Also including 8 stops, the tour visits the following wine farms:

Purple Line Route

Map by winetram.co.za

STOP 1 – Allee Bleue

STOP 2 – Boschendal

STOP 3 – Zorgvliet

STOP 4 – Plaisir de Merle

STOP 5 – Vrede en Lust

STOP 6 – Noble Hill

STOP 7 – Babylonstoren

STOP 8 – Backsberg

Grey/Pink Line

Welcoming the two newbies of the tram tour! Ideal for smaller groups, these lines take passengers on a journey through the Franschhoek Valley on a single decker railway tram and tram-bus. Tours kick off at 10 am daily.

Ideal for foodies, these tours include activities such as bread-making courses, wine and food pairing, as well as culinary gift shops to splash out on treats for the kitchen.

Franschhoek Wine Tram – Grey Line

This line includes 1 stop on the tram and allows passengers to hop-off at the following wine farms:

Grey Line Route

Map by winetram.co.za

STOP 1 – Le Lude

STOP 2 – Franschhoek Cellar

STOP 3 – Maison

STOP 4 – Leopard’s Leap

STOP 5 – Moreson

STOP 6 – Eikehof

STOP 7 – Paserene

Franschhoek Wine Tram – Pink Line:

Also including 1 stop on the tram, this line explores a total of 8 wine farms:

Pink Line Route

Map by winetram.co.za

STOP 1 – Leopard’s Leap

STOP 2 – Moreson

STOP 3 – Eikehof

STOP 4 – Paserene

STOP 5 – Franschhoek Village

STOP 6 – Le Lude

STOP 7 – Franschhoek Cellar

STOP 8 – Maison

Conclusion

So there you have it! Everything you need to know about the Franschhoek wine tram tour along the Stellenbosch/Franschhoek wine route.

We hope that you enjoyed our list and that it gave you a better idea of what the tram is all about. While the wine tram is the perfect way to explore one of South Africa’s most popular Wineland districts, one thing is for sure – Franschhoek is the true gem that will steal your heart.

So hop-on and see for yourself – Because wine not?

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8.5 Total Score
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PROS
  • Hop on and off the tram at any wine farm you fancy.
  • You have the freedom to create your own tour.
  • Enjoy gorgeous views of the Wine Valley.
CONS
  • You will not have a knowledgable guide that travels with you to each farm.
  • You may need to organize transport back to your hotel.
  • You may not have the time to stop off at every wine farm.
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  1. Rating
    100

    This was a terrific day with six other lovely people. We wanted some wine tastings, we did three, but wanted time in Stellenbosch and Franschoek too. This was the best solution. Our guide was knowledgable and very pleasant. We did three different type and size wineries which was a great sampling of what The Winelands have to offer. Highly recommend this tour to others. It didn’t hurt that it was a gorgeous day to be in this already beautiful area.

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    100

    Emmanuel is the best! Stellenbosch and Franschhoek is so beautiful! Definitely worth the trip! This tour is very good!

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  3. Rating
    20

    Our tour guide was disorganized, got lost trying to pickup another party, and told us about historical facts after leaving the town/winery/view/etc. Very disappointed in the tour operator.

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  4. Rating
    100

    Great to see the 3 winery areas. First stop was in Paarl with 6 wines and cheese. Franschook is a wonderful town and has great places to eat. The second winery served no cheese and the wines were so,so. The view was to die for however. The winery in Stellenbosch had good tasting wine but no view

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  5. Rating
    80

    Nice tour if you like wine 🙂

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  6. Rating
    100

    What a great way to explore the areas outside of Capetown. I highly recommend this tour. The countryside is beautiful and the wineries were really good. Nice day!

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  7. Rating
    100

    This tour was amazing!

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  8. Rating
    100

    We NEED to talk about this tram: You sit on the tram, it takes you to wine. You get back on the tram, it takes you to more wine. FOREVER. An absolute perfect start to our South African adventure – Super was the name of our guide: a very well-informed, articulate and affable man who made excellent company. I can not recommend this venture into the wine countries enough – gorgeous views, gorgeous wine, gorgeous weather!

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    100

    Excellent way to combine the usual wine tasting with something different and fun. I’d recommend the purple route if you want to spend more time on the tram. We had an excellent guide and so were able to personalize our trip to focus on things that interested us such as the galleries and buildings.

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    100

    It was a fantastic day out – we got picked up at the hotel and had a marvellous driver who told us about the region as we were driven to the wine reagion. We made an additional stop at the jail where Nelson Mandella was held en route – an added extra. We then had a fantastci day tasting the wines goin on the trams and bus sampling various vintages as we went along.

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    100

    Great trip and fantastic wine. Hard to go wrong!

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  12. Rating
    80

    It was a great trip good wines, nice scenery and very friendly staff. The only thing that was a little disappointing was the time. Yes you can visit 8 vineries but you really only have the time to see 3 properly with th tastings. either more regular trams or a longer trip would have made this trip the absolut highlight of our stay. But all in all definitely worth it.

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    Susan – United Kingdom November 25, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    100

    A fantastic well organised trip. A fantastic wee organised trip. The choice of vineyards was superb. The host and hostesses were very professional and the whole trip ran like clockwork. The only negative was that the information booklet we were given on departure would have been handy prior to the trip so we could review the day trip.

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