The Blue Train

South Africa

  • The Blue Train


  • The Blue Train deluxe suite


  • The club car of The Blue Train


  • Dining on The Blue Train


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  • Travel in comfort between Cape Town and Pretoria
  • Choice of luxury and deluxe suites
  • Your own butler on call
  • Savour gourmet food in the dining car
  • Relax in the lounge and club cars

The Blue Train started in 1946 and has become an icon in the South African safari business as a luxury way to traverse the country.

The route runs between Cape Town and Pretoria in either direction and the journey is a leisurely one spanning two nights, arriving at your destination after breakfast on the third morning. The journey allows time for a stop at the Kimberley Hole Diamond mine for a guided tour.  The train has a set schedule so please check with us for departure dates. In addition to this main route there are occasional journeys to Kruger National Park, and the train can be chartered for company functions or incentives.

This train can be compared to a fine 5 star luxury hotel, offering fine cuisine and selection of South African wines from local vineyards. This is an incredible journey as the train winds its way through the scenic landscape across the country. 

The Blue Train has deluxe and luxury suites, the luxury suites are slightly bigger and have a full size bath tub instead of a three quarter. The deluxe suites have a choice of either a shower or bath. All suites have remote controlled facilities such as blinds, are soundproofed and have air conditioning, safe and TV. 24 hour room service with a butler on call. There are lounge and club cars as well as an elegant dining car. Dress on board is smart casual during the day and jacket and tie in the evening, ladies to dress accordingly.

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Call:  01473 890499

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Client Rating for South Africa 5/5 from 74 reviews

What can we say - a fabulous experience all round. Well designed and operated suites that magically change from day room to bed room during dinner time - and back again at breakfast. A double bed and a bath...on a train...Fantastic! Super service and some lovely travel companions. Not quite so au fait with Vegetarian cooking but were keen to please and provide what we asked for.

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The Blue Train

The Blue Train

An amazing way to travel across South Africa in luxury!

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