The Blue Train

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Graceful, elegant, lavish travel… What’s not to like? The Blue Train is a South African institution that has been enjoyed by kings and presidents; as well as celebrities and intrepid travelers – and this five-star hotel-in-motion is hard to beat when it comes to experiential travel. Opulent suites ensure that you journey in the utmost style, as you make the most of the opportunity to take in some of the country’s most spectacular scenery between Pretoria and Cape Town; and twenty-seven hours is all it takes to create the train trip of a lifetime, in either direction.

It’s not just what you see that makes it special. It’s also what you don’t see: the fine-tuning required to ensure the smoothest ride possible (think state-of-the-art suspension, braking, lighting and under-floor heating systems); a standard temperature set for the public cars, with the suites having their own controls so you can turn the heat up or down, as your heart desires.

And when it comes to luxuries, no stone was left unturned. Every suite has its own shower or bath and you can choose the luxury option if you want a bubble bath guaranteed. There are two luxury and four de luxe coaches, with three and four suites each respectively. A butler manages the turndown service, preparing your cotton-covered, custom-designed beds with their down duvets for some welcome shut-eye.

Guests can get by with casual wear at breakfast, but smart-casual is specified for lunch and jacket-and-tie for gents at dinner. Ladies are invited to dress elegantly for the occasion. High tea is a favorite afternoon pastime in the main lounge car, while after-dinner relaxation is promoted with a smooth cognac in the club car.

For business travelers, there’s also a conference car that can be set up to specified requirements. This facility can be adapted for all manner of meetings from small think-tanks to more elaborate strategy sessions. Of course, there’s also the option of a private charter.

And if the external scenery is not enough to entertain you, you can always turn your attention to the jewelry boutique for a little railway retail therapy.


Property Facilities

  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Conference Centre
  • Disability Services
  • Internet Access
  • Malaria Free
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Restaurant

Available Services

  • Credit Card
  • Laundry Service
  • Room Service
  • Room Service (24 hours)

Activities Nearby

  • General Sightseeing
  • Historical Tours

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