The Blue Train, South Africa – Cape Town To Pretoria Journey

Africa’s leading luxury train, a once in a lifetime luxury rail journey. Step Aboard the 5* Luxury World-Class Train Travel from Cape Town to Pretoria.


The Blue Train, South Africa, this 1600 kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo; trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic Winelands of the Cape. Journey’s end in Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Highlights of the north- and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein; this authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village – founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890 – also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. Another stop is made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Diamond Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.

Available in reverse.


This journey is available in reverse.

Day 1:
Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Cape Town Station.  Guests enjoy pre-departure drinks. Welcome snacks will be served onboard the train

Boarding commences.  Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation is done by butlers.

Boarding concludes at 08:00 am

The Blue Train departs from Cape Town Station


(Weather & time-permitting)

The Blue Train arrives at Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion.

On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar.  The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep. The Victoria buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveller, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age

The Blue Train departs for its northbound journey to Pretoria.

High tea is served in the Lounge Car.

After an exciting interlude guests are welcome to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks at any one of our lounges.


Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear

Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, Cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed

Day 2:(Next morning)
Breakfast is served on a first-come-first- served basis.  Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests’ request.

Finger Snack Platters served at leisure (first-come-first-served) in the non-smoking Public areas

The Blue Train arrives at Pretoria Station.


  • An icon of South Africa for over 70 years
  • Unique experience – the crowing jewel in a South African holiday
  • An inspired way to travel from Pretoria to Cape Town or Vice Versa
  • 31 hours of indulgence giving you back the luxury of time
  • 5-star luxury suites with en-suite facilities (bath or shower)
  • A choice of De Luxe or Luxury suites (1 sq mt larger)
  • Authentic 5-star African service and hospitality with fine cuisine and an award-winning wine list
  • 24hr personalised butler service
  • Breath-taking and everchanging scenery
  • An all-inclusive rate (champagne, caviar and boutique excluded)
  • Voted ‘Favourite Train of 2010′ and Runner Up ‘Favourite Train of 2012’ by the readers of Condè
  • The World’s Leading Luxury Train





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