The Blue Train


c/o Ethos Marketing - 18 Graylands Estate, Langhurstwood Road, Horsham, RH12 4QD
Member Number: 202611 Tel: +44 1403 243 619

The Blue Train is an all-inclusive luxury rail cruise, showcasing some of South Africa's most spectacular scenery, whilst guests are pampered on-board, what has been regularly voted Africa's Leading Luxury Train.

By day elegant private suites provide generous lounges, changing, as night falls, into subtly lit en-suite bedrooms with butler service. The Blue Train boasts a club car, lounge and amazing observation car with picture windows. Dinner is an elegant affair in the dining car, complimented by fine cuisine and award winning South African wines.

The most popular and frequent route is between Cape Town and Pretoria in either direction  - a 2-night "slow travel "experience.  Other set-departures such as Hoedspruit for the Kruger - as well as private charters are available .

The Blue Train is an icon of South Africa and a journey of a lifetime for discerning travellers. 

Where we operate

  • South Africa

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Golf
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Weddings


11 February 2020

The Blue Train's 2020 Safari Makeover

In 2019 South Africa’s legendary Blue Train reinvented its classic Cape Town/Pretoria journey, extending it to a 2-night “slow travel” experience. Now they are giving their Hoedspruit safari departures a complete makeover for 2020 – making it a round trip including sunrise & sunset Big 5 game drives, a boma dinner under the stars and even some traditional cultural dancing!

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28 March 2019

Meet Train Manager Siya Mbambo - and an update onthe timings for the new 2-night slow travel experience

The Blue Train's 2-night "slow travel" journey between Cape Town and Pretoria has proved to be a big hit in its frst quarter - but please note that the departure times will be standardised to 4pm (with check in from 2pm) at both Pretoria and Cape Town pre-departure lounges from 1 April 2019. For the full details click here.  We would also like to introduce one of our two Train Managers, Siya Mbambo who always strives to add an extra dash of joy and magic to our luxury rail experience...  Check out his interview as well as a quick video clip

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28 June 2018

The Blue Train's 2019 Re-invention

In 2019, South Africa's iconic Blue Train will be reinventing its classic Pretoria to Cape Town (or vice versa) experience from a 1 night to a 2 night journey.  There are many benefits of extending this luxury rail experience on top of it being a slower, more relaxing journey to better enjoy the scenery. Read all about the benefits here or contact for the new rates and schedules or visit

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02 April 2014

Blue Train adds June departures, extends itineraries

The Blue Train has added departures to its scheduled trips between Pretoria and Cape Town in June. Guests on June departures will also have two complimentary overnight stays.   The hotel selections in Pretoria include the Sheraton or Castello di Monte, while the choices in Cape Town include the Taj Hotel or The Westin.   The June departure dates from Pretoria to Cape Town are June 2, 9 and 16, with departures from Cape Town to Pretoria on June 4, 11 and 18.   The overnight stays…

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13 September 2011

Kylie does “the locomotion” on board The Blue Train!!

Australian superstar Kylie Minogue recently wow-ed South African audiences with her Aphrodite Live World Tour.  During her visit she did the “locomotion” in style – travelling on the World’s Leading Luxury Train  - The Blue Train, from Pretoria to Cape Town.   “What a beautiful way to arrive in Cape Town,” said the star. “To end this epic adventure in such a beautiful place is just magical.” If you should "be so lucky&…

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23 June 2011

The Blue Train's Corporate Charters

The Blue Train, one of South Africa’s most well-known tourism icons, is now offering corporates the opportunity to tailor-make their own Blue Train route. The train can be chartered for strategic meetings, product launches, VIP cocktail parties, Christmas lunches, dinners and even weddings, with a variety of different routes as an option. The Conference Car, which is found in one of the two train sets, accommodates up to 22 delegates, is fully equipped with audio-visual and technical equ…

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