The Blue Train Highlights
The Blue Train offers both scheduled and chartered services. The route between Pretoria and Cape Town takes approximately 27-hours covering 1 600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and magnificent scenery offered in southern Africa.
On the southbound trip, the train departs from Pretoria main train station at 08h50 and arrives at Cape Town train station at 12h00 the following day. En-route to Cape Town there is a stopover as well as an excursion in Kimberley, where guests will take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush. On the northbound journey, the train leaves Cape Town at 08h50 and arrives in Pretoria at 12h30, in time for high tea the following day. The train stops at Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion. On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar enjoying the Victorian buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts, an oasis suspended in a different age.
The Blue Train Accommodation and facilities
The Blue Train offers Luxury Suites as well as Deluxe Suites. The luxury suites offer either twin or double-bed suites with long baths. The suites offer the choice of radio and movie channels by including a private digital entertainment centre and a selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on DVD. The Blue Train also offers Deluxe Suites. The Deluxe coaches have four suites per coach; one suite with a bath and the others with showers. The Deluxe suites feature either twin beds with a shower, or double beds with a bathtub and handheld shower. The Blue Train offers luxurious and elegant lounges for complete relaxation. Linking the private suites of The Blue Train are two wood-panelled cars: the lounge and club cars. The elegant lounges are ideally positioned for a pre-dinner drink or ideal for after-dinner conversation over coffee, cognac and Cuban cigars. Guests can enjoy a game of cards, chess or backgammon, tune in to the big-screen television or browse through the library. A meal on The Blue Train is an experience in itself. The menus offer a selection of local cuisine from Karoo lamb and ostrich fillet to Knysna oysters accompanied by award-winning wines from the Cape Winelands which you will be travelling through. As the sky darkens, the day's smart-casual dress code gives way to a parade of elegant eveningwear in keeping with The Blue Train's classic and earthy African décor. Each meal is scored to a selection of tasteful background music, ranging from smooth jazz to light classical to the mellow tones of the Soweto String Quartet. The Blue Train is fully equipped to accommodate all dietary requirements, which should be specified when you make your reservation. Every morning a Continental or full English breakfast is served at your leisure. The Blue Train also offers a Boutique, offering guests the opportunity to purchase treasures from South Africa's best designers.