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Desert Express

Last updated: 04 April, 2024

There are few better ways to travel from the capital to the coast – or back again – than this overnight, low-key-luxury train service. Wide picture windows from each of the train’s 24 compartments provide panoramic views as bushveld and lonely farmlands give way to coastal dunes, while the spacious lounge and restaurant carriages offer comfortable corners to while away the 22-hour journey that includes a safari or sundowner stop.

The on-board restaurant serves up hearty Namibian cuisine, and has a decent wine list.



Price from: £200
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around
Duration: 22 hours

Getting there & doing it

The train runs from Windhoek to Swakopmund and back again. Windhoek train station is a 45-minute drive from the international airport, so allow time for travel to the station, which is situated near the centre of town. Travellers need to check in 30 minutes before the train departs.

When to do it

Trains run all year round, departing Windhoek at lunchtime on Friday, arriving in Swakopmund the following morning. Return journeys depart Swakopmund Saturday afternoon, arriving in Windhoek Sunday morning.