Train Ride Experience for the Whole Family


All Aboard!

The thing about trains…it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to accept the challenge of trying something new, and just get on…

The Holiday Express, operating the modern KZN Business Express, has arranged several superb family orientated one-day train outings to the Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market and other interesting destinations. From the end of November, they will also be offering trips to the ever-popular Sugar Rush Park or the Salt Rock Hotel – two destinations, one train trip – your choice!

The Holiday Express departs conveniently from the security of the Premier Lounge, Durban Station (Jelf Taylor Crescent) with its own private access escalators and platform. Convenient, boom-protected parking is available immediately outside the Lounge. Travelling time is approximately one hour to Shongweni or Ballito, 90 minutes to Umhlali and two hours to Pietermaritzburg. A selection of refreshments is always available on board.

The Shongweni Farmers Market is home to very nearly 200 stalls, more than half of which offer delectable food and outstanding fresh produce. It is their goal and passion to help people realise the importance of buying fresh and buying local. The Market is 100%-wheel chair accessible, and their child-friendly, soft play area for kids under 4 is free of charge, allowing moms and dads to shop with peace of mind.

Sugar Rush Park is a family-focused destination which caters for everyone, from tiny tots to gran and gramps. Their goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle for the whole family, by encouraging fun outdoor activities such as riding and running, or just plain jungle gym climbing. The magic of Sugar Rush is their wide-open spaces, secure parking, refreshment facilities and a host of activities to keep all members of the family actively involved.

Salt Rock Hotel is well known for its protected beaches, recreational characteristics and the Ipi Thombi Spa for a heavenly Zulu massage; a child-friendly and safe environment for kids with a jungle gym; wholesome, delicious meals at Coco’s buffet and carvery with Mediterranean cuisine at Al Fresco’s Ristorante; an elevated sun terrace for daily dolphin viewing and seasonal whale watching; a rock tidal pool and a beach bar with private or group braai facilities.

Why not consider booking The Holiday Express for your next party, family outing, corporate or year-end event? Group reservations for up to 350 people can be accommodated, or individual carriages can be reserved exclusively for smaller groups of between 15 and 30 people per carriage. Tailor-made packages can be discussed to suit your own specific requirements and budget. A super special trip is planned for 17 November to the Salt Rock Hotel for a beach braai – why not book that now for your year-end event?

And then a very special New Year’s Eve excursion is planned to Pietermaritzburg – perfect for the whole family!.

For any further information and all the different train trips scheduled and their dates please visit or to reserve your tickets email

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