The Blue Train

The Blue Train

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Travelling on board The Blue Train means embarking on one of the world’s most luxurious train journeys.

Speeding through the South African countryside, The Blue Train is an icon of the rails. Resplendent in its gleaming livery of blue and gilded motifs, it cuts a dramatic shape as it slices through the scenery of the Cape and the Karoo, travelling between the magnificent city of Cape Town to the jacaranda city of Pretoria. The 27-hour service has, in the past, been frequented by kings and presidents, and remains one of the most luxurious experiences on the rails with attentive butler service for each guest. Every moment is crafted to ‘wow’, from high tea served in the Lounge Car to running a bath in your private en suite.

While on board, relax in the upscale surroundings of polished wood, leather seating, crisp table linen and gently clinking crystal. There’s no better way to explore South Africa’s wild scenery than on board this impressive train.

The Blue Train Lifestyle

Train Features

2691 Guests



1173 Crew Members



Entered Service


Entered Service

17 Decks



30 Accessible Cabins


Accessible Cabins

Life on Board The Blue Train

From exquisite fine dining to luxurious cabins and sophisticated lounges, spend your days on board doing as much or as little as you like.


Dining on board The Blue Train feels more like settling down for a gourmet meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant, than eating on a moving train. It is amazing to think that each perfectly plated dish has been prepared onboard in a tiny kitchen, by a fleet of experienced chefs. In the restaurant car, tables are laid with crisp white linen tablecloths topped with weighty Sheffield cutlery and crystal glassware. Savour delectable local dishes like Karoo lamb and Knysna oysters, accompanied by a range of award-winning Cape wines.

Cabins & Suites

Each suite is arranged as a spacious sitting area by day, at night transforming into a restful sanctuary where you will drift off with goose-down duvets and pillows.

De Luxe Suites

This fabulous suite will forever alter your perception of what style and class entails. Savour the ever-changing vistas of the South African countryside during your cosy sitting area in the day and prepare for a delicious dinner with a bath, complete with scented bath salts in your private, marble and gold-fitted bathroom.

  • Double or twin bed
  • ¾ size bathtub with handheld shower
  • Goose-down and 100% percale-cotton bedding
  • Air conditioning
  • Under-floor heating
  • Marble and gold-fitted bathroom
  • Electronic entertainment
  • Scented bath salts
  • Plush monogrammed towels

Curated by Imagine

At Imagine Holidays, we expertly curate unique and immersive experiences to create once-in-a-lifetime holidays that you’ll remember forever, paired with The Blue Train rail journeys.

The Blue Train Image Gallery

Browse The Blue Train’s fabulous image gallery below and discover more about life on board.

The Blue Train FAQs

Where does the Blue Train route begin and end?

The Blue Train offers three itineraries with different embark and disembark points:


Pretoria to Cape Town


Pretoria – Kimberley – Cape Town


Cape Town to Pretoria


Cape Town – Kimberley - Pretoria


Pretoria to Kruger National Park

Pretoria – Numbi Gate – Pretoria


How long is the trip on board The Blue Train?

The Blue Train offers three itineraries with same duration:

Pretoria to Cape Town – Two nights

Cape Town to Pretoria – Two nights

Pretoria to Kruger National Park – Two nights

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