The Blue Train is one of the most luxurious trains in South Africa!
The suites on The Blue Train live up to its reputation for magnificence and splendour. The finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and sheer opulence all ensure that guests will never forget the time they spend on The Blue Train.
As the ever-changing scenery flashes past the windows, our guests can savour exquisite meals freshly prepared on board by top chefs. The meals are complemented by the best wines South Africa has to offer. When you choose to travel on The Blue Train, you choose to travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance. Welcome on board!
The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres (994 miles), takes guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world.
On the Southbound trip, the train departs from Pretoria main train station at 8:50 and arrives in Cape Town train station at 12:00 the following day.
En route to Cape Town there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.
On the Northbound journey, the train leaves Cape Town at 08:50 and arrives in Pretoria at 12:30, in time for high tea the following day. It stops at Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion.
On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar.
The Victorian buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveler, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age.
You can now take the Gautrain between Pretoria and Johannesburg.
|Pretoria to Cape Town or Cape Town to Pretoria||Cost|
|Luxury Suite per person sharing fully inclusive||ZAR 13 595.00|
|De Luxe Suite per person sharing fully inclusive||ZAR 12 485.00|
|Watch this space for the low season specials !|
The Blue Train accommodates 74 guests in 37 suites and travels at a speed of 90 kilometres per hour (58,2 mph) and consists of 17 or 16 coaches, 8 or 10 of which are for the use of the guests. Two diesel-powered generators - one of which is always on standby - are used to supply The Blue Train's demanding power requirements.
The kitchen car is a masterpiece of stainless-steel design. The fully air-conditioned car features walk-in cool rooms and freezers, ensuring that wines and hors d'oeuvres remain at optimum temperatures.
A standard internal temperature of between 20 to 21°C (70 to 72°F) is maintained throughout the journey. For the comfort of guests, each suite has individual temperature controls which range from 18 to 24°C (65 to 77°F). During cold periods there is under-floor heating. Heating systems have been fitted under the marble tiles of most of the bathrooms.
Each suite has its own bathroom with either a shower or bath.
The beds have been custom-designed for The Blue Train. A butler pulls them out, already made, from a space in the suite wall, converting the lounge into a comfortable bedroom. White cotton sheets and down duvets are the standard linen throughout the train. Ten of the suites feature double beds. The luxury suites have hi-fi, audio CD and VHS video systems.
Guests on The Blue Train receive special branded gifts at the end of the journey.
The dining car provides seating for 42 people. There are two sittings for lunch and dinner. Lunch is smart-casual, dinner is jacket and tie for the men and elegant wear for the ladies, while breakfast is casual.
Each of The Blue Trains has two lounges the main lounge car in which high tea is served each afternoon, and the club car where guests can relax over a post-prandial cognac. The club car is the only public area available for smoking.
A camera mounted on the front of the Blue Train gives guests a driver's-eye-view of the scenery ahead. The unfolding journey is shown on a TV screen in the club car and on one of the TV channels so guests can view it in their suites.
Each suite is also equipped with a cellular communication telephone which can be used for phone calls and to reach train staff.
The Blue Train has a central intercom system which is used for making relevant announcements.
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