The Blue Train

To guests being welcomed onto the Blue Train

About the Blue Train

Southern Routes have been sending local and international guests, including conference and sports groups on train journeys through Southern Africa for many years.
We can arrange everything from the pre and post train trip accommodation to tours and safaris that can be included to your itinerary that will make your holiday experience truly memorable.

What to expect on the Blue Train

Your Blue train experience starts the moment you step into the pre-departure lounges in Pretoria or Cape Town. 
A warm-hearted South African welcome begins your journey that is defined by personal attention and devotion to detail. The Blue Train Journeys, both scheduled and chartered, take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world.

The Blue Train route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 31-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. 
The train departs Pretoria usually on a Monday morning at 08h30 arriving in Cape Town the next day at 15h00 in the afternoon. 
The return journey departs on a Wednesday morning also at 08h30 and arrives in Pretoria at 15h00.

All meals, a high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as well as off-train excursions are included in the fare.

Other routes include Pretoria to the Kruger Park.

Experiencing a trip on one the Blue Train routes really is a case of 
"The Journey is as important as the Destination"

Blue Train Lounges

- The Lounge Car

The elegant lounge car with its large windows allows for panoramic views of the passing countryside. The Blue Train 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. As an added treat, indulge in the English ritual of high tea, served every afternoon at your leisure.

- The Observation car

On most of the journeys the Blue Train has an Observation Car attached at the back of the train with large windows offering panoramic views of the passing landscape and the rail tracks. 
Their are staff available for any drinks and snack requirements. 
The Observation Car can be used as a 22 seater conference facility with laptop computer, overhead projector, video, slide facilities and other modern conference equipment that can cater for various types of meetings and conferences

- The Club Car ( Cigar Lounge )

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. You can while away the miles with a game of cards, chess or backgammon or browse through a volume from the library while savouring your beverage of choice from the well-stocked bar. 
There are large windows which allow for panoramic views of the passing countryside.

- Dining

All meals are freshly prepared on board the train by executive chefs. A selection of South African wines complement the gourmet cuisine served on The Blue Train. Enjoy wonderful food, freshly prepared in a state-of-the-art kitchen where gourmet chefs can cater for dietary requirements of today. 
The dining car caters for 42 guests per sitting. Discerning diners can have the pleasure of the best silver and crystal service where formal dinner attire adds to the grandeur.

Suite Types

Twin beds in the Deluxe Cabin

De Luxe Suites

Max Guests:
2 adults + 2 children u12

The DeLuxe Suite is an an elegant and relaxing lounge during the day and then it transforms into a subtly-lit bedroom of indulgence for the evening!
Complete with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding, individually-controlled air-conditioning system, under-floor heating, opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom with scented bath salts and plush monogrammed towels as well as electronic entertainment options. Each Cabin has it's own large viewing window to enjoy the ever changing countryside.
The DeLuxe coaches each have four suites that measure 4 by 2 metres. One of these contains a double bed and a ¾ size bath tub with handheld shower, while the others have twin beds with showers.

Bath in a luxury suite

Luxury Suites

Max Guests:
2 adults + 2 children u12

Your Luxury Suite will enchant you from the moment your personal butler ushers you aboard. With twin or double bedded suites which offer you long and luxurious bath tubs and a private digital interactive entertainment system, with an inviting selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on Blue-Ray DVD.
Luxury coaches have three Luxury Suites that each measure 5,13 by 2 metres and give you the option of twin beds or a double bed.
All suites are fitted with a WI-FI service that is complimentary to all our guests. Each suite is fitted with a telephone system to dial your butler, at no extra charge, for an apéritif!
Goose down duvets and pillows and 100 percent percale cotton bedding envelop you as you drift off after a soothing, scented soak in the bath or a shower in your marble and gold-appointed bathroom.

Click here to see Blue Train departure dates from Cape Town or Pretoria. (pop up)


Pretoria to Cape Town - SA Res Specials
Blue Train + Hotel + Tour

Valid for the 2 night Cape Town to Pretoria route or the 2 night Pretoria to Cape Town route

For travel from January 2023 to May 2023
  • Raddison Blu Hotel from: R tba per person sharing
  • 12 Apostles Hotel from: R tba per person sharing
  • Cape Milner Hotel from: R tba per person sharing


  • Based on Deluxe Suite
  • Normal Blue Train Inclusions
  • Bed and Breakfast at Hotel
  • Transfers between Station and Hotel
  • Day tour with entrance fees
Tour choices (choose 1)
  • Half day winelands tour. Visit Stellenbosch, includes winetasting and cellar tour OR
  • Half day city and Table Mountain tour inclouding all entrance fees and cable car ticket

Blue Train and 12 Apostles  Blue Train and Radisson Blu  Blue Train and Cape Milner

Private charters for the Blue Train

Why not charter The Blue Train for strategic meetings, product launches, VIP cocktail parties, VIP breakfasts, lunches and dinners, weddings and more. You can also book a charter with a difference such as a Golfing or Safari charter or to other exciting South African calendar events, such as horse-racing and music events.
Charters are not limited to charter options mentioned and are dependent on rail networks’ compatibility with The Blue Train’s technology.

For options on chartering The Blue Train please contact us with your requirements.

Rates Include
  • Two nights onboard the Blue Train (Kruger and Pretoria/ Cape Town
  • Snacks, meals, High Tea and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Cognacs and cigars
  • Blue Train Gift
  • 24-hour Butler service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Off the train excursion
  • One night’s accommodation in Pretoria (pre- or post-departure)

Rates Exclude

As per itinerary

Policy for children on the Blue Train
  • Children from the age of five years and younger sharing a suite with their parents travel free of charge (maximum of two children per suite). Due to space constraints, The Blue Train will not be able to accommodate any additional bed and / or mattress or a cot in the suite to accommodate the infant / children. Children will have to share the bed / beds with their parents / guardians. Should this pose a problem, we recommend that guests book an additional suite for the children (children’s rate applies).
  • Children from the age of six (6) to eleven (11) pay 50% of the adult rate, in a separate suite.
  • Should a child of between 6 and 11 years old occupy a suite as a single occupant, they pay 50% of the adult rate – including the supplement.
  • Children from the age of twelve (12) years and older pay full adult rates.
  • The Blue Train unfortunately does not serve special meals for children and / or infants.
  • Children should be kept under strict adult supervision by their parents / guardians and should not inconvenience other guests.
  • Children are not allowed in the Club Car as this is a smoker’s area and is harmful to their health. Children who venture into this area will be accompanied out of the Club Car and their parents / guardians warned.
  • Children will not be allowed in any of the bars or public areas without adult supervision.
  • The Blue Train reserves the right to request guests to refrain from using public areas when their children inconvenience other guests.
  • Guests traveling with children will be requested to sign a child policy document before boarding the train.
Rates Notes
  • Some special rates quoted are only released by Blue Train for SADC Residents.
    Please check price notes for details.
Single Supplement
  • There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.

Pretoria to Cape Town

Blue Train Pretoria to Cape Town Departure Dates 2023

This is a 2 night trip departing Pretoria at 12 (Day 1) with a stop in Kimberley before arriving in Cape Town at 6 pm onDda 3y. To download the Blue Train Pretoria to Cape Town itinerary please click here (pdf: 758 Kb)

  • January: 9, 16, 23
  • February: 6, 13, 20, 27
  • March: 6, 13, 20
  • April: 3, 10, 17
  • May: 8, 15
  • June: -
  • July: 10, 17
  • August: 14, 21
  • September: 4, 11, 25
  • October: 2, 9, 16, 23
  • November: 6, 13, 27
  • December: 4, 11

Blue Train Cape Town to Pretoria Departure Dates 2023

This is a 2 night trip departing Cape Town at 12 (Day 1) with a stop in Kimberley before arriving in Pretoria at 6 pm on Day 3. To Download the Blue Train Cape Town to Pretoria itinerary please click here (pdf: 821 Kb)

  • January: 12, 19, 26
  • February: 9, 16, 23
  • March: 2, 9, 16, 23
  • April: 6, 13, 20
  • May: 11, 18
  • June: -
  • July: 13, 20
  • August: 17, 24
  • September: 7, 14, 28
  • October: 5, 12, 19, 26
  • November: 9, 16, 30
  • December: 7, 14

Blue Train Cape Town to Pretoria Departure Dates 2023

This is a 2 night trip departing Pretoria at 12 (Day 1), arriving in Kruger at 5am (Day 2), departing Kruger at 10 pm(Day 2) and arriving back in Pretoria at 10am on Day 3. To Download the Blue Train Kruger National Park itinerary please click here (pdf: 1.5Mb)

27 - 29 June 2023