Hopping from wine farm to wine farm with the Franschhoek Wine Tram

by Karisa

During my stay in Franschhoek a few weeks back, my friend Kim and I decided to finally try out the Franschhoek Wine Tram – something that’s been on my to do list for quite some time now.

I mean what better way to see the winelands than a hop-on hop-off tour where you don’t have to worry about driving? #winning

Tickets can be booked online, or from their ticket office in Franschhoek Main Road (32 Huguenot Road).  We went for the online option just to avoid disappointment on the day.

Now there are 4 tour options to choose from:

  • Blue line stops:  Le Lude, La Petite Dauphine, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, La Couronne, Mont Rochelle, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.
  • Green line stops:  Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence, Le Lude, La Petite Dauphine, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, La Couronne and Mont Rochelle.
  • Red line stops:  La Bri, Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Leopard’s Leap, Maison, Eikehof, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.
  • Yellow line stops:  Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence, La Bri, Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Leopard’s Leap, Maison and Eikehof.

So it’s really up to which wine farms you’d like to see…

It’s important to note however that the actual tram only runs between Rickety Bridge & Grande Provence.  From there you jump onto a tram bus.  So with that in mind, we opted for the green line because with that one you start off on the actual tram and I figured I’d rather remember that instead of doing that after a very long, boozy day and then possibly not remembering it at all. 😉

This is what the green line schedule looks like:

DEPARTURE: Ticket Office BUS 10:15 AM 11:15 AM 12:15 PM —- —- —- —-
STOP 1: Rickety Bridge Platform TRAM 10:37 AM 11:37 AM 12:37 PM 1:37 PM 2:37 PM 3:37 PM 4:37 PM
STOP 2: Grande Provence Platform TRAM 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 12:45 PM 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 3:45 PM 4:45 PM
STOP 3: Franschhoek Village BUS —- 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM
STOP 4: Le Lude BUS —- 12:06 PM 1:06 PM 2:06 PM 3:06 PM 4:06 PM 5:06 PM
STOP 5: La Petite Dauphine BUS —- 12:16 PM 1:16 PM 2:16 PM 3:16 PM 4:16 PM 5:16 PM
STOP 6: Holden Manz* BUS —- 12:21 PM 1:21 PM 2:21 PM 3:21 PM 4:21 PM 5:21 PM
STOP 7: La Bourgogne BUS —- 12:28 PM 1:28 PM 2:28 PM 3:28 PM 4:28 PM 5:28 PM
STOP 8: La Couronne BUS —- 12:34 PM 1:34 PM 2:34 PM 3:34 PM 4:34 PM 5:34 PM
STOP 9: Mont Rochelle BUS —- 12:42 PM 1:42 PM 2:42 PM 3:42 PM 4:42 PM 5:42 PM
Maximum Stops by Departure Time STOPS: 6 STOPS: 5 STOPS: 4

You can start out as early / late as you like – but of course, the later you start the less stops you can fit in.  We decided to maximise our time and kicked off at 10:15am sharp.  That way we were able to fit in 5 stops, including lunch.  Also you’ll see that the drop off / pick up times are all an hour apart.  So you can stick to that hourly schedule, or if you really like a particular spot, you can stay an hour or two extra.

Worried about the fact that the tram only runs between two stops?  Don’t be.  Both the tram & tram bus are super cute.  Here’s what both look like:

Tram = super cute

And tram bus… still super cute

As a crucial need-to-know:  It gets rather chilly on the tram because it’s open air, so be sure to pack a warm jacket, OK.

But the views & fresh air are totally worth it…

As I mentioned, we managed to do 5 stops on the day, including lunch.   This was what our day looked like:

Stop 1 – Rickety Bridge:

Wine tram peeps are identified by stickers you’re given at the ticket office.  This gives you access to some special deals along the way.  Also each adult ticket includes two complimentary tastings at select wine estates, so you can plan your stops around that as well.  We didn’t really bother too much and rather went for the stops we really wanted to do.  At Rickety Bridge for example, the tastings weren’t free, but we got it at a discounted rate of R10 each.  So that was still a really great deal.

Stop 2 – Grande Provence:

Probably the prettiest wine farm of the day… Let me show you why:

Stop 3 – Le Lude (an MCC estate):

Here you can do an MCC tasting and then we had also pre-booked a table at their Orangerie Restaurant for lunch.  As you’ll see this restaurant is absolutely gorgeous, and the food was really good too.

Apologies for the random bathroom shot… but how gorgeous??

I went for the duck… very good choice…

Stop 4 – La Bourgogne:

This was one of the free tasting spots – so that was cool.  Also they did a special wine tram box for R220 which included 2 wines and a bottle of olive oil, so I snapped one of those up too.

Stop 5 – Mont Rochelle:

The final stop of the day certainly was very pretty (and that’s why we had opted to stop there), but in hindsight I’d say rather stop at the previous farm, La Couronne (heard that was actually the better choice).

Why?  Well we ran into a little issue at Mont Rochelle that just didn’t sit well with me.  We arrived & found a table in what looked to be the tasting area.  We were given wine lists to look at and at that point of the day we figured ah well, let’s skip the tasting and just order a bottle or two.  We had made friends along the way and we figured we may as well end off in style.  The problem was that when it was time to pay, they all of a sudden gave us the restaurant menu with the restaurant wine prices.  So a bottle of wine which for example was R145 on their wine list (which is what we had ordered from) was now R220.  Now you expect to see “restaurant prices” in town – but not on a wine farm, seated in what we thought was the tasting area.  So that really baffled me… I mean isn’t the whole point of going to a wine farm that you get the wine at cellar door prices?

So ja, have a look at my pics.  You’ll see it really is very pretty there.  But maybe just keep the wine thing in mind…

Other than that minor glitch, this really was the most amazing day out.  We had so much fun and met some really great people along the way…

Hey guys!!

I highly recommend you do this the next time you’re in the Franschhoek area.  Price wise things are pretty simple – all 4 lines cost R200 for adults & R85 for kids (aged 2 – 17).  Just take note of these need-to-knows:

  • Each adult ticket includes two complimentary wine tastings at select wine estates on the tour.
  • Each tasting consists of 2 to 3 samples of wine.
  • Additional wine tastings can be purchased at each wine estate directly.
  • Dining is at your own cost and is best booked before the time to avoid disappointment (this includes sit down meals & picnics)

And then also make sure you take note of any winter closures noted on the website.

So what else can I say other than: Get your friends together &  book your tickets now!



Genevieve Jul 26, 2016 - 10:06 am

Hi, what’s are all the Costs involved for this activity?


Karisa Jul 28, 2016 - 5:21 am

Hi Genevieve, as mentioned in the post it’s R200 pp – that includes 2 free wine tastings. Other tastings & food are at your own cost.

Sone Jul 26, 2016 - 9:14 pm

Hallo! We are staying at Chamoné on the 10th and 11th of August! Can you please advise which line would be the best!? It’s our honeymoon? Soné

Karisa Jul 28, 2016 - 5:22 am

Hi Sone. We only did the green line – so can’t comment on the rest. But it all depends on which farms you want to see. I suggest having a look at the website, they give an overview of each farm on each line, so it’s super easy. 🙂

Keith J Watson Jul 26, 2016 - 9:22 pm

Please contact me with prices

Karisa Jul 28, 2016 - 5:23 am

Hi Keith. I don’t work for the wine tram company, just did a blog feature on it. But have a look at their website for contact details. Keep well.

Dylan Jul 28, 2016 - 10:09 am

Thanks for this. Very helpful.

Karisa Jul 28, 2016 - 10:43 am

Cool. Very happy to hear that 🙂

Boring Chick Jul 29, 2016 - 9:57 am

My brother told me about this ages ago but I still haven’t managed to make it happen! Great post though Karisa 🙂

Karisa Jul 29, 2016 - 6:34 pm

Thanks Meg! But yeah, this is definitely a must. Just be sure to pace yourself 😉

Michelle Sep 7, 2016 - 4:24 pm

Thank you for this wonderful blog! So informative. Am off there with friends next week and we are taking all your advice to heart and doing what you did. xx

Karisa Sep 8, 2016 - 9:04 pm

Thanks Michelle, that makes me sooooo happy to hear 🙂 You guys are going to have an amazing time! x

Andre Louw Nov 12, 2016 - 8:52 pm

Hi Karisa, thanks for this, great post. I live in Villiersdorp, so I drive through Franschhoek many times on the way to work. I see the tram and bus often, have thought of doing this but now seems a must-do. Unfortunately not much of a wine dude, if only they had whiskey tastings … But still want to do it soon. Thanks

Karisa Nov 13, 2016 - 8:51 am

Hi Andre. Thanks for the note. But yeah, you should definitely give this a try, even if you’re not that big into wine. Take a hip flask with 😉

Tina Human Nov 14, 2016 - 7:46 am

On what dates are these. Will it be every day in December and January.

Karisa Nov 14, 2016 - 9:40 am

Hi Tina. Best to contact them directly to confirm holiday closures. Tel: +27 21 300 0338 | +27 21 876 4943 Email: info@winetram.co.za

Shannon Kircher Nov 20, 2016 - 2:13 am

We did the Blue Line on our recent trip to Franschhoek and loved it! It’s such a fun way to wine taste through the area without worrying about driving and we loved most of the wineries we visited. Can’t wait to get back to test out a different line and some new wineries!

Karisa Nov 21, 2016 - 11:30 am

It definitely is one of the most fun days out. I recommend it to everyone I meet 🙂

Samantha Jul 19, 2017 - 12:57 pm

How much is it per person and do you pay for the bus and tram?

Karisa Jul 19, 2017 - 2:54 pm

Hi – the tram & bus is all included in the one cost per person. Visit their website for latest pricing: http://winetram.co.za/ 🙂


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