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The Blue Train is an ultra-luxury train operating scheduled trips between Cape Town and Pretoria (27 hours, 1600km), and Pretoria & Durban. It derives its name from the colour of the locomotives, railway cars and leather seats in the original train set.

News

September 2013 Blue Train magazine

July 2013 Blue Train magazine

Timing

The trip to Cape Town leaves Pretoria at 0850, has a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, and arrives in Cape Town at 1200 the next day. The trip to Pretoria leaves Cape Town at 0850, has a stopover in Matjiesfontein, and arrives in Pretoria at 1230 the next day.

Blue Train in Cape Town

All inclusive

Once you are on board the Blue Train, the only time you need to use your wallet is if you visit the boutique, or want to switch from SA's best bubbly to imported French Champagne and caviar. WiFi is free & available throughout the train.

Dinner

Jackets and ties are compulsory for the men, and ladies are encouraged to dress in elegant eveningwear.

Check-in

Check in one hour prior to departure at the Blue Train departure lounge at Pretoria or Cape Town Railway Station. Enjoy a cup of coffee, pastries or bubbly and canapes. Before boarding you are introduced to your butler and escorted by him onto the train.

Coaches

There are 4 suites per coach in the De Luxe coaches, 3 with showers and 1 with a bath. Each De Luxe suite features either double beds with a bathtub and handheld shower, or twin beds with a shower.

The Luxury Suites are a metre larger, and the twin or double beds suites offer a full sized bath. There's a selection of DVDs and CDs to choose from.

White cotton sheets and down duvets are standard. Irish Linen is used in the train (Linen may only be branded "Irish Linen" if the crafsmanship, skills and technology that go into spinning the yard are Irish and take place in Ireland).

Only a limited amount of baggage can be stored in your suite, so it's advisable to pack an overnight bag.

Lounge and club car

Two wood-panelled cars link the private suites of the Blue Train, namely the club and lounge cars. The lounges are positioned for after-dinner conversation over cognac, Cuban cigars and coffee. Afternoon snacks and tea are served in the Lounge Car.

Meals

Vegeterians, Halaal, Kosher and other special dietary requirements (if specified before you make a booking) are catered for. Meals may be enjoyed in your suite or at the dinnertime settings (there are 2 sittings, each wit a maximum of 42 people). You can select your sitting once you board. All meals, except caviar, are included in the rate.

Pretoria - Cape Town

On the Cape Town - Pretoria route, see the mountains in the Cape, the wide open Karoo, the farmland of the North Westand the goldfields near Johannesburg. On the Pretoria to Cape Town journey you stop at Kimberley where you can view the Diamond Museum and the Big Hole. On the Cape Town to Pretoria journey you can visit Matjiesfontein, where the first cricket match between SA and England took place, and see the old Car Museum and the Lord Milner Hotel.

The Pretoria - Durban journey is a 2 night return trip, with accommodation at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, golf at Zimbali Golf Estate or use of the Camelot Spa at Zimbali.

The Pretoria - Pilanesberg journey offers accommodation on the Blue Train from Pretoria to Sun City and 2 nights accommodation at Ivory Tree Game Lodge, 2 game drives, a spa voucher for Amani Spa and a transfer from/to Sun City Station.   

Pretoria to Cape Town

Cape Town to Pretoria

 

Pretoria

 

 

D

08:50

 

0km

 

1352m

 

Cape Town

 

 

D

08:50

 

0km

 

3m

Klerksdorp 

 

A

12:32

 

D

12:45

 

256km

 

1324m

 

Wellington

 

A

10:15

 

D

10:18

 

72km

 

98m

Kimberley   

 

A

16:48

 

D

19:05

 

565km

 

1223m

 

Worcester

 

A

12:00

 

D

12:20

 

175km

 

242m

 

Matjiesfontein

 

A

14:35

 

D

15:20

 

314km

 

923m

De Aar

 

A

22:15

 

D

22:30

 

799km

 

1243m

 

Beaufort West

A

18:55

 

D

19:25

 

542km

 

850m

Beaufort West 

A

02:25

 

D

02:55

 

1058km

 

850m

 

De Aar

 

A

23:05

 

D

23:15

 

801km

 

1243m

Worcester

 

A

08:45

 

D

09:00

 

1425km

 

242m

 

Kimberley

 

A

02:55

 

D

04:25

 

1035km

 

1223m

Wellington 

 

A

10:45

 

D

10:50

 

1528km

 

98m

 

Klerksdorp

 

A

08:23

 

D

08:38

 

1344km

 

1324m

Cape Town

 

A

12:00

 

 

1600km

 

3m

 

Pretoria

 

A

12:30

 

 

1600km

 

1352m

Train sets

There are 2 Blue Train sets:

  1. Trainset 1 has 37 suites accommodating 74 guests

  2. Trainset 2 has 29 suites accommodating 58 guests, and features a Conference/Observation Car at the back of the train.

Telephone calls

The costs for external calls are not included in the rate.

Temperature

An internal temperature of 20 to 21 degrees celsius is maintained, but each suite can control temperatures from 18 to 24 degrees.

Contact details

Online reservations

Cape Town reservations

Pretoria reservations

Blue Train website

021-449-2672 (ph)
021-449-3338 (fax)

012-334-8459 (ph)
012-334-8464 (fax)


UK reservations

Central Europe reservations

US reservations

Ethos Marketing

+44 1403 243619 (ph)
+44 1403 217558 (fax)

15 Station Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH 13 5EZ UK

African Sunset

0033 175 438 428 (ph)
0033 175 438 428 (fax)
tg@africansunset.com

106 Woodlands Road, Ilford, Essex, 1G11JW

Trumarketing

001 305 864 4569 (ph)
001 305 675 7693 (fax)
gabriella@trumarketing.com

5750 Collins Avenue
Suite 16
Miami Beach, FL. 33140. USA

Other contact details

email the Blue Train

key accounts

reservations officer

info@bluetrain.co.za

083-286-0884 (ph)

083-461-7239 (ph)


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