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About Santos Express

The Santos Express is a train lodge situated on Santos Beach in Mossel Bay. It is a genuine train with all cabins facing the sea. We offer you a unique stay in a double Compartment or single Coupe, which is similar to the Trans Karoo Express.

We are a five to 10-minute walk from the Dias Museum, the harbour and the town centre. Simply known as "The Train" by locals and situated in the heart of the famous Garden Route of South Africa, guests can enjoy the unique and romantic experience of staying on a real train only 30 m from the sea. With double, single and budget units, accommodation offers spectacular sea views and clean showers. A Compartment comprises four beds and a Coupè comprises two beds. Each coach comprises two Coupès, five Compartments, a communal shower and two toilets. For those celebrating that special day, we have a Caboose offering private bathroom facilities and a private balcony. For the more budget conscious, we have a Dormitory which comprises 16 beds. We also have a fabulous conference room which is ideal for weddings, birthday parties or business meetings.

Our happening restaurant and bar serves breakfast all day, as well as other delicious meals such as steaks, seafood and famous traditional meals. The restaurant is open from 7:30 am. Our staff can help with all travel and adventure arrangements such as shark cage diving, boat based whale watching, sky diving, game drives, quad biking, deep sea fishing, or pleasure boat trips to Seal Island.

Beach: We are located a mere 30 m from the sea.

Wedding Venues: Feel like a beach wedding with a full-on reception? Contact us.

Conference Venues: We have a fabulous conference room which is ideal for weddings, birthday parties or business meetings. We specialize in Beach Weddings and our in house function coordinator can assist you with all the detail.

Romantic: Set right on the beach with views of the Outeniqua mountains, you can't ask for a more romantic setting. Our vintage Royal suites are perfect for honeymooners.

Covid Safety Approved: Covid hygiene protocols in place as per FEDHASA guidelines. Staff have received mandatory Covid training and all hygiene practices including PPE are in place.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 94
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 60 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Beach
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Kids Stay Free
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Santos Express Rooms

Reviews for Santos Express

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Edwin Van vuuren
29 November 2021

The memories the train brought back of my childhood years when I use to travel using the blue train then, not sure if its still running on route to visit my grandmother in the Paarl district. We'd than make use of the cabins so that when we are tired we can lay down enjoying the ride to our destination. The whole stay was gr8 I'd refer you to any friend or foe

Tjaart van der Walt
28 June 2021

We loved the enviroment and the ambiance. Personally we would love to see the Caboos being upgraded to the standard of the other accommodation.

Johan Jute
11 April 2021

We checkes in on Friday 9th April, had an issue with pur room after that was sorted we got our room tjat was very nice. We had a leak in bathroom that made the carpet wet in the room, we reported it but was told maintenance new about it. We had no room service rhe whole weekend cups and saucers we had to clean our selfes to uae again had to buy our own toilet paper as we were only supplies some rhe Friday. The food at the restaurant was 1 grade food. The room was nice but service terrible.

ina du Bruyn
29 March 2021

The staff was very friendly and helpfull. I did not have complaints about anything. The only thing I did not see is a dustbin in the Royal Suite. We will come and visit again.

Alice Brand
19 March 2021

A nice comfortable stay - different from the normal B&B / guesthouse stay.Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Had a really great time!

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Santos Express is 1.7km from the centre of Mossel Bay , the nearest airport 33.5km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling