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Blue Train, South Africa

Luxury Train


Short description

Synonymous with South African luxury rail travel since 1946


Recommended for:
Rail journey

Sleek, elegant and ultra-comfortable, South Africa's Blue Train cossets passengers in all the luxury and service of a 5-star hotel and makes the perfect addition to any luxury South Africa holiday.

Synonymous with the ultimate in luxury rail travel, The Blue Train has carried kings, presidents and discerning guests through the breathtaking beauty of the South African countryside since 1946. Its luxurious suites are elegantly furnished, their en suite bathrooms tiled in marble and finished with gold fittings. Beds are custom-made and pulled each evening from a space in the suite wall by a dedicated butler while guests dine on the likes of fresh Karoo lamb, ostrich fillet and Knysna oysters, accompanied of course by a fine selection of South African wines.

Operating regular services between Pretoria and Cape Town (one night on board), its southbound route stops at the historic town of Kimberley, famous for its massive diamond mine, the Big Hole, while its northbound route visits the colonial town of Matjiesfontein.

In brief

Two luxury trains, one accommodating 80 guests in 40 suites, the other 52 guests in 26 suites. All suites are en suite, some fitted with bathtubs, others with showers.


There is an elegant dining car, a main lounge and a club car.

We like

Enjoying high tea in the lounge each afternoon, before relaxing in the club car with a post-prandial cognac.

What you should know

The dress code for breakfast is casual, lunch is smart casual while men are required to wear a jacket and tie for dinner. Smoking is only permitted in the club car.

May we suggest

You turn the TV in your suite onto the channel broadcasting the views of the scenery ahead, streamed live from a camera mounted on the front of the train.

Stay here on these holidays

Classic Cape, Blue Train and Safari

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,600 pp incl. flights

Follow in the tracks of kings and presidents with a trip aboard the stunning Blue Train, its 19th-century luxuries linking the beach-clad joys of Cape Town with an all-inclusive Big Five safari. Return from expert-led game drives in a private reserve to four poster beds and gourmet meals.

South Africa's Fairest Cape

15-day luxury tour from £3,720 pp incl. flights

Let a trip aboard the luxurious Blue Train suffix driving dips into the Garden Route's rural beauty. You'll pair Cape Town’s urban delights with the postcard-perfect Winelands and a charming valley retreat, with direct access to the Cape Peninsula's penguins, whales and beaches.

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