The Blue Train in South Africa is a legendary luxury train which has been synonymous with luxury hospitality since 1946. The famous 27 hour overnight Blue Train journey between Cape Town and Pretoria provides a delightful interlude in a busy sightseeing & safari schedule! It’s particularly known for its superb cuisine, attentive butler service and immaculate mahogany and marble fittings.
South Africa has always attracted adventurous and romantic souls – discerning travellers who wished to travel the land in as much comfort as possible. But it was not until 1928, when the first luxury train was introduced between Johannesburg and Cape Town that truly decadent train travel became a reality. Southbound, the train, with its distinctive sapphire-blue carriages, was known as the ‘Union Limited’, and on its return journey, the ‘Union Express’. People soon began referring to them as ‘those Blue Trains’ and so a legend was born.
Contemporary designs and crafted fittings grace each cabin of the Blue Train South Africa, with individually controlled air-conditioning and a video channel offering short documentaries about the area through which the train is travelling. A large screen in the Club Car provides a driver’s eye view of the track ahead. Choose between the Deluxe and Luxury Suites which differ only in size, in particular the size of the bathrooms. The Luxury Suites having a small bath rather than shower. Larger luxury suites offer a private digital entertainment centre and an en suite bathroom with bath.
Check out the Blue train’s signature overnight journey from Cape Town to Pretoria or vice versa