The Blue Train

Perhaps the best way to see the ever changing landscapes of South Africa, the train allows you to sit back and soak up the splendour of this diverse and interesting country.

Since its inception in 1946, it has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service. Perhaps the best way to see the ever changing landscapes of South Africa, the train allows you to sit back and soak up the splendour of this diverse and interesting country. All suites have en suite facilities with a choice of bath or shower and are air-conditioned. On board, there is a separate dining car and lounge. Dress code on board the train is smart-casual during the day but a jacket and tie are compulsory for gentlemen in the evening. Ladies dress elegantly for dinner.

The Blue Train's most popular journey is between the jacaranda city of Pretoria and the mother city of Cape Town, however it can also be privately chartered to other destinations for special groups and celebrations. There are two train sets to ensure there are regular scheduled departures. They are very similar in décor but have a slightly different composition. Train one sleeps 80 guests and train two 52. Both benefit from the latest suspension system which offers one of the smoothest rides that can be found on any train anywhere in the world.

Why we like it

  • The comfort of a hotel with the elegance and sophistication of luxury train travel
  • A choice or luxury or deluxe suites, the latter offer a full size bath tub 
  • A gourmet menu of freshly cooked cuisine combined with the finest of South African wines makes dining on the Blue Train a memorable experience
  • Enjoy traditional High Tea in the elegant lounge car″ Your private butler will ensure your every need is attended to.

  • Featured The Blue Train Journeys

    Private16 days, from AU$17,534
    Best of South Africa by Land & Rail

    Be thrilled by South Africa’s extraordinary wildlife in two of the country’s finest wilderness areas, and take an epic journey on The Blue Train travelling 1,600 kilometres from one side of the country to the other .

    Private16 days, from AU$17,534
    Private2 days, from AU$1,575
    The Blue Train: Cape Town - Pretoria

    The southbound route is a 30 hour journey of 1,600 km through some of South Africa’s most diverse and spectacular scenery. En

    Private2 days, from AU$1,575
    Private2 days, from AU$1,575
    The Blue Train: Pretoria - Cape Town

    The southbound route is a 30 hour journey of 1,600 km through some of South Africa’s most diverse and spectacular scenery.

    Private2 days, from AU$1,575
    Private2 days, from AU$920
    The Blue Train: Pretoria - Hoedspruit

    Take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.

    Private2 days, from AU$920

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