The Blue Train

Lounge Car on the Blue Train

About the Blue Train

A train journey on one of the luxury trains in Southern Africa really is a case of 
"The Journey is as important as the Destination"

Southern Routes have been sending local and international guests, including conference groups on train journeys through Southern Africa for many years.
We can arrange everything from the pre and post train trip accommodation to tours and safaris that can be included to your itinerary that will make your holiday experience truly memorable.

What to expect on the Blue Train

Your Blue train experience starts the moment you step into the pre-departure lounges in Pretoria or Cape Town. 
A warm-hearted South African welcome begins your journey that is defined by personal attention and devotion to detail. The Blue Train Journeys, both scheduled and chartered, take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world.

The Blue Train route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 31-hour journey of 1600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. 
The train departs Pretoria usually on a Monday morning at 08h30 arriving in Cape Town the next day at 15h00 in the afternoon. 
The return journey departs on a Wednesday morning also at 08h30 and arrives in Pretoria at 15h00.

All meals, a high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as well as off-train excursions are included in the fare.

Download your itinerary [ Cape Town - Pretoria | Pretoria - Cape Town ] (pdf-450kb)

Other routes include Pretoria to Hoedspruit at the Kruger Park.

The Blue Train Suites

The Deluxe coaches each have four suites that measure 4 by 2 metres. One of these contains a double bed and a ¾ size bath tub with handheld shower, while the others have twin beds with showers. The deluxe suite itself is only slightly smaller than the Luxury Suite. The large window will offer you an opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing vistas of the countryside. Your elegant and relaxing lounge during the day, is transformed into a subtly-lit bedroom during the night, bedecked with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding, from your individually-controlled air-conditioning system, under-floor heating, opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom, its scented bath salts and plush monogrammed towels, to the electronic entertainment options on offer. A personal butler is at your disposal for the entire duration of the journey. Luxury coaches have three Luxury Suites that each measure 5,13 by 2 metres and give you the option of twin beds or a double bed. On each of the two train sets there are two luxury coaches, with three luxury suites per coach. The bathroom of the Luxury Suite offers a deep, long bath for luxuriant soaking. Your Luxury Suite will enchant you from the moment your personal butler ushers you aboard. It extends the offering from a De Luxe suite even further; by an extra metre of your domain, with twin or double bedded suites which offer you long and luxurious bath tubs and a private digital interactive entertainment system, with an inviting selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on Blue-Ray DVD. All suites are fitted with WI-FI service that is complimentary to all the guests. Your butler can be called via the in room telephone. In the evening your daytime seated area is transformed into a restful night-time sanctuary. Goose down duvets and pillows and 100 percent percale cotton bedding envelop you as you drift off after a soothing, scented soak or shower in your marble and gold-appointed bathroom.

Blue Train Lounges

- The Lounge Car

The elegant lounge car with its large windows allows for panoramic views of the passing countryside. The Blue Train interior, resplendent with original works of South African art adorning the walls, plush and comfortable couches and bouquets of flame lilies complementing the plush décor, makes the lounge car the ideal setting for sharing an apéritif with fellow guests, an interlude between meals, or after-dinner conversation over coffee. As an added treat, indulge in the English ritual of high tea, served every afternoon at your leisure.

- The Observation car

On most of the journeys the Blue Train has an Observation Car attached at the back of the train with large windows offering panoramic views of the passing landscape and the rail tracks. 
Their are staff available for any drinks and snack requirements. 
The Observation Car can be used as a 22 seater conference facility with laptop computer, overhead projector, video, slide facilities and other modern conference equipment that can cater for various types of meetings and conferences

- The Club Car ( Cigar Lounge )

The club car has the relaxed atmosphere of a gentlemen's club, with card tables, a small library and a fully-equipped bar. 
Guests can watch a short film about the train's route or enjoy a Cuban cigar and cognac before retiring for the night. You can while away the miles with a game of cards, chess or backgammon or browse through a volume from the library while savouring your beverage of choice from the well-stocked bar. 
There are large windows which allow for panoramic views of the passing countryside.

- Dining

All meals are freshly prepared on board the train by executive chefs. A selection of South African wines complement the gourmet cuisine served on The Blue Train. Enjoy Wonderful food, freshly prepared in a state-of-the-art kitchen where gourmet chefs can cater for dietary requirements of today. 
The dining car caters for 42 guests per sitting. Discerning diners can have the pleasure of the best silver and crystal service where formal dinner attire adds to the grandeur.

Blue Train in Cape Town, Table Mountain
Dining cart abourt the Blue TrainBook Soon

Blue TrainPretoria to Cape Town

2 nights from R 12 715

Per Person Sharing

2 Nights on-board The Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town All meals and Selected drinks

1 to 31 March 2021 only

Blue Train in Cape Town, Table Mountain

Cape Town to Pretoria

  • March: 4, 11, 18, 20, 25
  • April: 15, 22, 24, 29
  • May: 6, 13, 20, 27
  • June: 3, 10, 17, 24
  • July: 1, 15, 22, 29
  • August: 19, 26, 28
  • September: 2, 9, 11, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • October: 2, 7, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • November: 4, 11, 18, 20, 25, 27
  • December: 2, 9, 16, 18

Journey Description
  • Departure Time: Cape Town: 14:00 (pm) Day 1
  • Arrival Time: Pretoria: 12:00 (pm) Day 3
  • Unless booked otherwise, journey is one way
  • Standard Journey is 2 nights onboard the Blue Train
  • Normal inclusions are accommodation, all meals, drinks.

Pretoria To Cape Town

  • March: 1, 8, 15, 17, 22
  • April: 12, 19, 21, 26
  • May: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • June: 7, 14, 21, 28
  • July: 12, 19, 26
  • August: 16, 23, 25, 30
  • September: 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
  • October: 4, 11, 13, 1820, 25, 27
  • November: 1, 8, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29
  • December: 6, 13, 15

Journey Description
  • Departure Time: Pretoria: 14:00 (pm) Day 1
  • Arrival Time: Cape Town : 12:00 (pm) Day 3
  • Unless booked otherwise, journey is one way
  • Standard Journey is 2 nights onboard the Blue Train
  • Normal inclusions are accommodation, all meals, drinks.