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Gauteng Accommodation > Northern Gauteng Accommodation > Pretoria Accommodation

The Blue Train

Contact Person: Hanlie Kotze -Cntl reservations
Email Address:
Direct Telephone number: PTA: 012 334 8459 / CT: 021 449 2672
Direct Fax Number: PTA: 012 334 8081/334 8464 CT: 021 449 3338
Address: Private Bag X637, Pretoria, 0001, Gauteng

Luxury Train

The Blue Train is one of South Africa’s most well known tourism ions. Since its inception in 1946 and following reconstructions and refurbishments in 1997 and 1998, The Blue Train has been recognized as the epitome of luxury rail cruise and an icon of Southern Africa tourism. Hospitality and Leisure experience. During this time, The Blue Train has also enjoyed an international reputation as one of the worlds unsurpassed traveling experiences.

Over the years, The Blue Train has gathered an impressive list of accolades, such as being voted the world’s leading luxury train for four consecutive years in a row, being awarded “Superior Status” by the AA Grading council in 2005 and winning two platinum awards by Diner’s Club, in their 2005 Diners Club International Winelist of the year Awards.

  • Pre-departure lounges
  • 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.
  • Suites
  • The Blue Train is the ultimate definition of luxury in motion. You'll note it from the moment you step into your suite, which is transformed from an elegant, spacious lounge by day into a sanctuary of comfort at night.
  • All the suites are equipped with 100% percale cotton linen, goose down duvets and pillows and private bathrooms with marble vanity basins, marble wall and floor tiles, gold fittings, and a choice of shower or bath.
  • The suites include wardrobes with hangers.
  • All the suites have a writing desk, ideally positioned next to the window, where you can enjoy the view in style or write a postcard to someone special.
  • Each suite is a world on its own, with individually controlled air-conditioning and an entertainment centre with a choice of movie and radio channels. The suites also have under-floor heating in the rooms and bathrooms.
  • The Luxury suites are more spacious, offering a choice between twin or double beds with bath facilities. The luxury suite also boasts a selection of compact discs and movies on DVD.
  • Our De Luxe suites offer a choice between twin beds with a shower or double beds with a bath.
  • Elegant lounges
  • The elegant lounge car with its large windows allows for panoramic views of the passing countryside. The 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.
  • Fine dining
  • 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.
  • Jewellery Boutique
  • The boutique on The Blue Train is a treasure trove of gems and minerals as rich as Africa itself. It allows the discerning traveller the opportunity to purchase treasures from South Africa's best designers.
  • Our current range includes an exquisite collection of wildlife jewellery designed and manufactured by internationally acclaimed jewellers.
  • The boutique also offers The Blue Train branded mementos, such as: golf shirts, caps, clocks, playing cards, letter openers, leather goods and coffee table books.
  • Personal Service
  • As our guest, you will have a dedicated butler at your beck and call to ensure an unforgettable experience. A late-night snack? An early morning wake-up call? A dinner jacket in need of a little tender care? All this is a telephone call away. Your butler is waiting and ready.
  • A variety of delicious snacks and beverages served in your suite on request,
  • A limited on-board laundry and valet service, Safes in all the suites for your valuables, and A luggage van for additional luggage that a guest may not need during the journey.
  • The two engineers who are always on board the train are happy to share their knowledge with train enthusiasts.
  • The telephone in each suite allows guests to contact the train manager or butler 24 hours a day.

    Local Attractions:
  • Stops from Pretoria to Cape Town
  • The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station. Guests disembark and assemble at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the centre of Kimberley to join an old tram for a ride down to the mine.
  • Guests arrive at the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine.
  • Guests are first taken to the Diamond Die to try their luck to win a diamond, after which they will view, interesting and historical sites.
  • Guests are also taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Kimberly hole.
  • Guests depart from the Open Mine Museum for Kimberley Station
  • At Kimberley Station guests are greeted with a glass of sherry. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep.
  • Stops from Cape Town to Pretoria
  • The Blue Train arrives at Matjiesfontein for a 45 minute off-the-train excursion.
  • On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests can board the tomato-red London double-decker bus for a short trip through the main street.
  • The bus will stop in front of the bar where guests are invited for a glass of sherry. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo, is a memento for guests to keep.
  • The Victoria buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveller, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age.

  • HIGH SEASON: Valid: 01 September 2006 – 15 November 2006
  • Luxury Double – rate per person sharing R10 470
  • Luxury Single rate R15 705-00
  • De Luxe Double – rate per person sharing R9 695
  • De Luxe Single rate R14 545
  • LOW SEASON: Valid 01 January 06 – 31 August 06 & 16 November 06 – 31 December 2006
  • Luxury Double – rate per person sharing R8 490
  • Luxury Single rate R12 735
  • De Luxe Double - rate per person sharing R7 860
  • De Luxe Single rate R11 790
  • HIGH SEASON: Valid: 01 September 2007 – 15 November 2007
  • Luxury Double – rate per person sharing R10 945
  • Luxury Single rate R16 415
  • De Luxe Double – rate per person sharing R10 135
  • De Luxe Single rate R15 200
  • LOW SEASON: Valid 01 January 07 – 31 August 06 & 16 November 07 – 31 December 2007
  • Luxury Double – rate per person sharing R8 875
  • Luxury Single rate R13 310
  • De Luxe Double - rate per person sharing R8 215
  • De Luxe Single rate R12 320