1st January - 31st December
Running Dates Desc: All year
Journey Time Desc: 27 hours, overnight on board
Journey Length Desc: 1,600 kilometres (994 miles)
Class: Premier Dining, Luxury Day and Night
Food: Dining on board, Snacks, Hot & Cold Drinks
Locomotives: Electric Powered
Stations: Cape Town, Pretoria, Matjiesfontein, Kimberley
Cost Desc: Deluxe Double, per person
The 2-day journey on the renowned Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town is a trouble-free and luxurious, fitting naturally into your touring plans for South Africa.
Guests can expect personal and attentive service, sumptuous accommodation, sublime fine-dining and exquisite wines. The Blue Train offers scheduled and charter services. The scheduled route is from Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa, and the charter routes are from either Pretoria to Durban or Pretoria to Hoedspruit.
On The Blue Train, personal service comes with a dedicated butler.
Suites: The suite is an elegant spacious lounge by day and a sanctuary by night with goose down duvets and pillows. Private bathrooms offer marble floor and wall tiles, marble basins with gold fittings, along with a shower/bath and under-floor heating in both the bathroom and bedroom.
All the suites have a writing desk, ideally positioned next to the window, where you can enjoy the view in style whilst putting pen to paper. Also provided are air-conditioning, radio/movie channels and a link to the driver’s-eye-view camera. The GPS map on an overhead monitor means you can keep track of progress.
There are two types of suites. The Luxury Suite has either twin or double bedded options with a bath. The Luxury Suite extends the choice of radio and movie channels even further, with a private digital entertainment centre and a selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on DVD. The De Luxe Suite features twin beds with shower, or a double bed with bath tub and hand held shower.
Dining Car: The Blue Train’s legendary cuisine is an irresistible tribute to culinary mastery on the move. The Blue Train can accommodate vegetarian, halaal, kosher, or other special dietary requirements, if specified on booking.
Choose from two dinnertime sittings, or dine in your suite. Continental or full English breakfast is served at your leisure. The dining car seats 42 people, with 2 sittings for lunch and dinner. Each meal is accompanied by a selection of equally tasteful background music, ranging from smooth jazz to light classical to the mellow tones of the Soweto String Quartet.
Lounge Car & Club Car: Linking the private suites are two wooden-panelled cars – The Blue Train’s Lounge and Club Cars are ideal for an apéritif, an interlude between meals, or an after-dinner conversation. Smoking is permitted in the Club Car. Entertainment includes cards, chess, or backgammon, or a volume from the library. In the main lounge car, high tea is served each afternoon.
A video camera on the front locomotive gives a driver’s eye view of the scenery and is shown on a screen in the club car and on a TV channel in the suites.
The burnished surroundings of the club car is the single public area where smoking is permitted.
Conference Car: The conference car is the ideal setting for meetings, seminars, think-tanks or get-togethers with a difference. The conference car can be adapted for smaller and less formal sessions. With full business facilities, plush lounge seating and breath-taking panoramas of the passing countryside, this is an experience that no client or colleague will ever forget.
Continental or full English breakfast are served at your leisure. Lunch and dinner menus feature a selection of local cuisine from Karoo lamb and ostrich fillet to Knysna oysters, accompanied by award-winning cultivars from the Cape winelands. Prepared from the freshest produce and ingredients, artfully presented in the finest Silver Service tradition, The Blue Train's legendary cuisine is an irresistible tribute to culinary mastery.
The Blue Train is fully equipped to accommodate vegetarian, Halaal, Kosher or other special dietary requirements, which should be specified when you make your reservation. Join us at one of two dinnertime sittings, or savour your meal in the comfort of your suite. A Continental or full English breakfast is served at your leisure.
Included: All meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and off-the train excursions excluding French champagne, caviar and external telephone calls.
Facilities: Temperature control per suite; 3 luxury suites per carriage, bathrooms with bath; 4 deluxe suites per carriage, 3 with showers, 1 with bath; luxury suites have hifi, audio CD and DVD systems; fax and postbox; first-aider on board with doctor available en route.
Dress Code: Breakfast is casual. Lunch is smart casual. Dinner dress code is a jacket and tie for the men and elegant wear for the ladies.
Luggage: Storage space is limited in the cabin and soft top cases are recommended for easy storage. There is a luggage van for additional luggage that a guest may not need during the journey