Travel Aboard The Blue Train
The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it. Kings and presidents have travelled on this magnificent moving five-star hotel. Its very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service.
The routes of The Blue Train - both scheduled and chartered - take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world.
Have a look at our Special Routes and Packages with our select hospitality partners.
As the ever-changing scenery flashes past the windows, guests can savour exquisite meals freshly prepared on board by top chefs. Our meals are complemented by the best wines South Africa has to offer.
The suites on The Blue Train live up to its reputation for magnificence and splendour. The finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and sheer opulence all ensure that guests will never forget the time they spend on The Blue Train.
When you choose to travel on The Blue Train, you choose to travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance.
So Why Choose The Blue Train?
People do not often think of it for themselves when booking a South African holiday and therefore elect to fly between Johannesburg and Cape Town, when an ideal option would be:
To travel on The Blue Train and enjoy an all-inclusive one night’s accommodation on this five-star “hotel on wheels” - including brunch, high tea and all other beverages (except French Champagne), dinner and breakfast, an off-the-train excursion and 24-hour personalised butler service.
Guests will get to experience an ever-changing view of 1,600 kilometres of South Africa’s varied & stunning scenery through the window of the world’s leading luxury train, and it will only take one night out of their precious holiday time - ideal for visitors with a shorter itinerary / stay in South Africa. This ever-changing view of the contrasting countryside would never be experienced if one flies from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
The strap line ‘A Window to the Soul of South Africa’ says it all. Enjoy the splendid views of the South African countryside in your own “forced” relaxation luxury cocoon of comfort – without a doubt, an experience never to be forgotten!
Perfect for that celebration – honeymoon, special birthday, anniversary ~ Elegant and chic with every detail taken care of including fully en-suite bathrooms!
The Blue Train's Unique Features
The Blue Train is an experience on its own and should not be included in the guests’ itinerary as an add-on, but is to be rather booked as part of the comprehensive itinerary or an extension thereof:
It is a lifestyle brand which is ordinarily visited by certain travellers:
The well-travelled people - who have been there, done that and now The Blue Train or
The aspirant travellers who are hoping to tick off The Blue Train off their “bucket list".
Special celebration travellers – e.g. honey moon couples, anniversaries, etc.
All of the above travellers enjoy the finer things in life and in comparison to The Blue Train offering would generally still pay an average of +- R 13,818-00 ($1,383-00) when they visit South Africa. These costs would be for; business class flights (between Johannesburg and Cape Town), a night’s accommodation in a five-star hotel (bed and breakfast only), meals and drinks, high-tea, excursions, etc.
At a comparative average rack rate R 12,773-00 ($ 1,273-00) between a De Luxe and Luxury Suite) per person sharing to the above; The Blue Train guests are treated to a 27-hour Blue Train experience which includes:
Unsurpassed, world-renowned, luxury travel
Personalised Butler service – including unlimited room service, minimum laundry service and portage.
Unlimited - snacks, gourmet meals, all drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic – including fine wines sourced from top SA winemakers and premium alcoholic brands) and hand-made Cuban cigars.
Breathtaking views of the countryside – which allow you to experience parts of the country you would not necessarily appreciate and experience when you fly.
Moreover, with The Blue Train’s “Luxury better when shared” value add, At the normal Net or Rack rate payable, guests get to experience The Blue Train plus one night’s complimentary accommodation (bed, breakfast and transfer between the hotel and the station) at one of the following properties in Pretoria:
Should guests prefer to stay in Cape Town, the choices are:
Panoramic size windows
Modern and Technological advancement of the product (Driver’s Eye View camera, unique coupling, air-cushion suspension system with coils on wheels – which allows for a smoothest rides found on a train, TV monitor in the suites, improved automated entertainment system, GPS), WI-FI
Travel throughout day and night (don’t have to stop for our guests to enjoy a peaceful night’s rest) on one of the smoothest rides in train travel.
On board entertainment (TV monitors in room enabling guests to watch movies, selection of music channels and radio stations to listen to etc.)
Unique conference facility
On board boutique selling exquisite jewellery pieces and Blue Train branded mementos
Luxurious, comfortable experience
All Suites Have the Following Facilities
En-suite bathrooms - elegantly decorated with Italian marble and gold plated fittings, Fully remote controlled facilities – blinds etc.:
Air-conditioning/under floor heating
Personal butlers offer 24-hour room service
GPS system and TV monitor to track the train’s progress and share the driver’s view
Interactive Entertainment System
Two Lounges are Available
The Club Car Lounge: The only area where smoking is permitted. A very popular lounge after dinner as Cognac and Cigars are served here. The lounge boasts a well-stocked bar, coffee table books, magazines and board games. Situated at the front of the train so non-smokers don’t have to go through it, to access the other areas of the train.
The Lounge Car: A non-smoking lounge in which to relax and enjoy Afternoon High Tea and snacks.
Dining Car: Guests all enjoy the very finest dining on board with an excellent choice of both local and international dishes. The Dining Car seats 42 people and serves meals in two sittings when trains are at full capacities. Guests are able to select their seating time upon reservation or on arrival once on board. The wine list has for a number of years secured the Annual Diner’s Club Award of Approval plus many other accolades.
Rates Include: all meals, all drinks (including South African sparkling wine) and off-the-train excursions. The high season rates apply from 1 September till 15 November every year. Rates exclude: gratuities, imported French Champagne, caviar and telephone calls outside the train.
Children: Children 5 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, The Blue Train recommend that guests book an additional suite (Children’s rate applicable). Children between 6 and 11 years of age, pay 50% of the adult rate, in a separate suite. Children 12 years and older pay the full adult rate per person sharing and will be accommodated in a separate suite.
No special meals are available for children and / or infants on the train. Children should be kept under strict adult supervision of either 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 hazardous to their health.
The guardian or parents traveling with the children need to sign the child policy before boarding the train.
Dress Code: Smart-casual during the day but a jacket and tie are compulsory for gentlemen in the evening. Ladies to dress elegantly for dinner.
Luggage: Small cases or overnight bags are recommended. Larger luggage will be stored in the luggage carriage.
Pretoria & Johannesburg
The Blue Train offers far more than just a journey. It is an all-inclusive experience offering a combination of unsurpassed luxury travel, five star-accommodation, fine cuisine, personalised butler service and routes that offer breathtaking views of the countryside.
So take a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance, where spectacular scenery stirs your imagination and luxurious comfort soothes your body, mind and soul.
For more information, please visit www.bluetrain.co.za
Tel: +27 (0) 12 334 8459
Fax: +27 (0) 334 8081 / 8028
Cape Town Office
Tel: +27 (0) 21 449 2672
Fax: +27 (0) 21 449 3338