The Blue Train – South Africa

The Blue Train
Blue Train leaving Capetown & Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Blue Train layout
Double cabin
Fine dining
On board games
Blue Train past Hyde flowers
Blue Train at Karoo valley
Matjiesfontein platform
Observation car
Observation car
Blue Train layout
Table Mountain at sunset
Blue Train passing Table Mountain

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the opulence and luxury of The Blue Train
  • Journey through stunning and dramatic scenery
  • Camera-view of the drivers’ perspective from the comfort of your own suite
  • Snacks and beverages served in your private suite on request
  • A limited on-board laundry and valet service
  • On call butler service available throughout the journey
  • Gourmet meals
  • Open Mine Museum excursion
  • Visit Matjiesfontein (one-way only)
  • Visit Kimberley (one-way only)
  • 2 days from £1,135pp

Tour Dates:
Departs most Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays throughout the year

At the turn of the 20th Century a dream of harnessing steam technology to link Africa’s vast south and north was born. A railway route that would cross the awe-inspiring mountain ranges that dot the continent, journeying through arid desert landscapes and over untamed savannah grasslands teeming with wildlife. ‘Parallel lines of tempered steel from the Cape all the way to Cairo’. Cairo, however was not to be, but the dreamers persevered and The Blue Train now traverses South Africa, travelling through breath-taking scenery befits the original dream. Kings and presidents have travelled aboard and been indulged by the opulence of this magnificent, five-star “hotel-on-wheels”. You too can travel like royalty and celebrities and experience spectacular luxury and an unforgettable train journey.

NB: You have the option of including this special rail journey as part of a Tailor Made tour. Ffestiniog Travel can make the additional arrangements to allow you to join any Blue Train journey at the beginning, during or end of a bespoke itinerary. We will organise rail and flight tickets where necessary and hotel accommodation. Please contact us direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and we will provide quotations on request .


Cape Town to Pretoria

Day 1 – Departure from Cape Town

Your luxury train experience begins at The Blue Train Lounge, Cape Town Station, early in the morning with pre-departure snacks and drinks before you are escorted to your suite by a Butler. On leaving Cape Town Station brunch is served on board the train. The train makes a stop in Matjiesfontein for a 45 minute excursion. It begins with a glass of sherry at the bar and the sherry glass, engraved with The Blue Train logo, is a memento for guests to keep. Matjiesfontein is an attractive town with a main street lined with white-washed Victorian houses and the colonial Lord Milner hotel is a notable building. The town used to serve as something of an oasis in the 1880s when James Douglas Logan built the historic buildings as a country health resort for the rich and famous. The Blue Train continues its journey northbound to Pretoria during which high tea is served in the lounge car. Dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.

Day 2 – Arriving in Pretoria

Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 10am which leaves plenty of time to enjoy the journey before arriving at Pretoria Station. Butlers escort guests to their transfers.

Pretoria to Cape Town

Day 1 – Departure from Pretoria

Register and check-in at Pretoria Station early in the morning to enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks on board, before sitting back to relax as the train departs. Brunch is served on board followed by High Tea during the afternoon. The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station where guests disembark and assemble at the railway museum, followed by a coach journey to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum. The tour takes in interesting and historic sites, including access to the edge of the Kimberley ‘Big Hole’. On returning to Kimberley Station guests are greeted with a glass of sherry before freshening up for pre-dinner drinks and dinner, an elegant affair where men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.

Day 2 – Arriving in Pretoria

Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 10am which leaves plenty of time to enjoy the journey before arriving at Cape Town Station. Butlers escort guests to The Blue Train Lounge.

Pretoria - Hoedspruit - Pretoria Route also available - selected dates in July and September

Price Includes

  • Journey in a De Luxe compartment for two
  • All meals as specified
  • Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Off-train excursions
  • Engraved sherry glass memento

Price per person

From £1,135 per person one-way based on two sharing a De Luxe compartment for two in low season 2019 (mid November to August)

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  • UK's first rail tour operator to run an overseas escorted rail holiday in 1974
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