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The Blue Train

Discover The Blue Train

With a charming blend of colonial class and luxury, The Blue Train offers the chance to step back in time to a bygone era. A luxury hotel on wheels, the train runs a scheduled service from Cape Town to Pretoria and back, as well as Pretoria to the Kruger Park with off-the train excursions. You will find a contrasting array of scenery whizzing past your window, from grassland areas and game to rich vineyards and towering mountains.

All suites are outfitted to a very high standard, with interiors taking their distinguished character from marble tiles, soft linen on beds and elegant bathrooms. There is a choice between Luxury and De Luxe Suites. The lounge area holds true old-world ambience, with wood panelling and comfortable furnishings, ideal for after dinner relaxation. Dinner itself is served in the dining car and is a gastronomic adventure; The Blue Train is well known for its delicious cuisine, with local fare particularly delicious. The train also features a bar, library, a jewellery boutique, and excellent butler service.

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Expert View

  • A 70-year-old icon – one of the world’s great rail journeys
  • Gaze upon the ever-changing, magnificent landscapes
  • A perfect link between Cape Town and the Kruger Park
  • Fine dining, butler service and luxurious suites

At a glance

  • 56 De Luxe Suites & 12 Luxury Suites
  • 5+ Years
  • Open All Year
  • All Inclusive
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"In keeping with tradition, dinner on-board is an elegant affair. Elegant evening wear for ladies, and gentlemen are required to wear at least a jacket, waistcoat, or traditional attire."

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