Schedules and fares for the few ships that regularly travel between Cape Town and Tristan da Cunha.

Cape Town - Tristan da Cunha Shipping Schedule

Scheduled ships run from from Cape Town to Tristan da Cunha and return. All but one are vessels provided by the fishing company Ovenstones which each carry only 12 passengers. Presently these vessels are the fishing vessels MFV Edinburgh and MFV Geo Searcher (which carries out extended fishing trips to the outer islands of Inaccessible, Nightingale and Gough in the fishing season), and the cargo ship MV Baltic Trader.

The final trip is the annual Gough Island relief voyage, provided from 2012 by the South African Antarctic Research and Supply Vessel Agulhas II which calls at Tristan da Cunha on its outward and return voyage and carries over 40 passengers to Tristan (42 in 2014).

Ships are booked many months in advance and you are advised to read carefully the 'Passenger Policy' below regarding priorities which may mean that berths may be cancelled at short notice.

Check carefully the visits section to plan your Tristan da Cunha voyage with care!

Find out more about the ships on our separate Ships Page.

Latest Provisional Shipping Schedule Updated 19th October 2017

All ships carry mail, cargo and passengers. All dates are provisional and to be confirmed.

2017

TBC =
to be confirmed
MFV Edin-
burgh
MFV Geo Searcher MFV
Baltic Trader
MFV Edin-
burgh
MFV Geo Searcher SA Agulhas II MFV Edin-
burgh
MFV
Baltic Trader
MFV Edin-
burgh
MFV Geo Searcher
ETD
Cape Town
14 Jan 8 Apr 6 May 22 June 24 Aug 8 Sep 22 Sep 26 Oct 7 Nov 15 Nov
ETA
Tristan
20 Jan 14 Apr 15 May 29 June 31 Aug 13 Sep 29 Sep 4 Nov 14 Nov 22 Nov
ETD
Tristan
22 Feb 26 Apr 18 May 11 July 25 Oct 5 Oct 19 Oct 16 Nov 8 Dec 9 Jan
ETA
Cape Town
1 Mar Apr 24 May 18 July 31 Oct 12 Oct 25 Oct 24 Nov 14 Dec 15 Jan

2018

TBC =
to be confirmed
MFV Edin-
burgh
MFV Geo Searcher
MFV Edin-
burgh

MFV
Edin-
burgh

MFV Edin-
burgh
MFV Geo Searcher SA Agulhas II MFV Edin-
burgh
MFV Geo Searcher MFV Edin-
burgh
ETD
Cape Town
25 Jan 30 Jan 26 Mar 15 May 22 June Aug Sep Sep Nov  Nov
ETA
Tristan
1 Feb 6 Feb 2 Apr 22 May 29 June Aug Sep Sep Nov Nov
ETD
Tristan
17 Feb 21 Feb 28 Apr 8 June 15 July Oct Oct Oct Dec Nov
ETA
Cape Town
23 Feb 27 Feb 4 May 14 June 21 July Oct Oct Oct Dec Dec

Epic Journey

A journey to Tristan da Cunha is always by ship. The 2810 km or 1750 mile journey from Cape Town harbour will normally take six days.

A landing after the passage depends on the weather, although the Agulhas normally flies passengers ashore immediately, except in severe weather conditions. All dates are provisional.

The Fair Cape: Tristan journeys start and end in the beautiful Table Bay Harbour Cape Town, South Africa. Long awaited: The world's most isolated community regards the arrival of every ship as a special occasion.

Cape Town - Tristan da Cunha Passenger Fares (Subject to confirmation)

SA Agulhas (Updated 28th May 2014) Single   Return
a. Concession Rate : available to passengers with close family or official links
  Adult : Rand 1200   Rand 2400
  Child (6 - 15 years) Children under 6 free Rand 600   Rand 1200
b. Ordinary Rate
  Adult Rand 4475   Rand 8950
  Child (6 - 15 years) Children under 6 free Rand 2250   Rand 4500
MFV Edinburgh or MV Baltic Trader
a. Concession Rate : Resident Islanders only
  Adult : Medevac US$ 70   US$ 140
  Child : Medevac (2 - 15 years) Children under 2 free US$ 35   US$ 70
  Adult : Other US$ 87.50   US$ 175
  Child (2 - 15 years) Children under 2 free US$ 43.75   US$ 87.50
b. Official Rate : Expatriate temporary residents, and any non-resident with close family or official links
  Adult US$ 250   US$ 500
  Child (2 - 15 years) Children under 2 free US$ 125   US$ 250
c. Tourist Rate : Passengers with no family or official links with Tristan da Cunha
  Adult US$ 500   US$ 1000
  Child (2 - 15 years) Children under 2 free US$ 250   US$ 500

Travel Policy: Passenger Priority

Passenger spaces on vessels are limited and are allocated in the following order of priority

1. Medevac
(Priority)
The Chief Medical Officer must give the patient, suffering from serious illness/condition, a formal referral letter to see a consultant overseas
2. Official
(Priority)
The Administrator certifies the need for an official to attend important Island business
3. Private (urgent business)
– Islander & Non Resident Islander
The Administrator recommends that the person attend urgent private business overseas e.g. weddings
4. Medevac
(non priority treatment)
The Chief Medical Officer must give the patient suffering from a less serious illness/condition a formal referral letter to see a consultant overseas
5. Official
(non priority)
The Administrator certifies the need for an official to attend to Island business.
6. Private (non priority travel)
- Resident Islander
Holiday
7. Private (non priority travel)
– Non Resident Islander
Holiday
8. Private (non priority travel)
– Visitor
Holiday/Tourists
If you are in category 4 to 8 above, you may be required to give up your booking and defer your travel to another sailing for those covered by category 1-3.

Notes

  1. All applications to visit Tristan da Cunha should be submitted to the Administrator's Office, and require the prior approval of the Island Council. Subsequent Travel Bookings and requests for concessionary fare rates must also be made via the Administrator's Office. See Arranging a Visit Page
  2. Passenger tickets for SA Agulhas will be issued by Table Bay Marine, Cape Town
  3. Passenger tickets for Edinburgh / Baltic Trader will be issued by Ovenstones, Cape Town or the Factory, Tristan da Cunha
  4. Close family links are understood to refer to a passenger plus spouse and dependants who have parents, grandparents, children, sisters, brothers, aunts or uncles resident on Tristan.
  5. For further information on the ships themselves check out the Scheduled Ships Page