The Blue Train Experience

Luxury takes on a new dimension with The Blue Train. You'll feel it the moment you step into our pre-departure lounges in Pretoria or Cape Town.

A warm-hearted South African welcome begins a journey that is defined by personal attention and devotion to detail.

An hour before the train departs, you are ushered into a world which is made effortless by the ease of checking in. Enjoy a welcoming cocktail and appetising delicacy served from a butler's silver tray while your luggage is labelled and whisked away.

The stage is set; step on board and settle into your private suite. Bon voyage. The experience is about to begin.

Blue Train Layout

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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.

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.

As an added treat, indulge in the English ritual of high tea, served every afternoon at your leisure.


All our meals are freshly prepared on board the train by executive chefs. Carefully selected South African wines complement the gourmet cuisine served on The Blue Train.

In keeping with the classical ambience of the dining car, lunch is a casual affair while dinner is formal with men requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant eveningwear. Guests may also wear traditional attire to dinner.