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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.

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.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 118
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 27 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

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

Santos Express Rooms

Reviews for Santos Express

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Nagesh Deshpande, South Africa
11 August 2015

Guys,I always like to do something different.but this is unique.I was not expecting a train bogie when i book this place. when I saw the place I loved it.a unique place + on the beach + economical all the best!!!Thanks and Regards,
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Chrisna Calitz, South Africa
11 July 2015

Well worth the visit.  We enjoyed our stay.  Will recommend Santos Express to others.

Nic Hanekom, South Africa
07 June 2015

Stayed for one night and enjoyed the pub till early morning, friendly reception and waiters. Keep up the good service

Wendylle Groenewald, South Africa
27 May 2015

We stayed in the Royal Suite and it was fabulous. Had a terrific stay there and loved the old world charm of the Royal Suite. The only negative for me was the breakfast, cereal and toast was what was on offer. If you wanted anything else you had to pay for it. Just think that if you stay in the Royal Suite that perhaps they should look at including a proper breakfast as part of the package.

Erika Venter, New Zealand
19 December 2014

Perfect The experience is highly commendable, very friendly staff and clean facilities.

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Santos Express Map

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

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