The Blue Train: Luxury Train Travel in South Africa
“A 5-Star Hotel on Wheels offering a sublime experience”
Since it’s inception in 1946, The Blue Train has become recognized as the epitome of luxury train travel and an icon of the Southern African tourism, hospitality and leisure experience.
Comparable to the world’s finest hotels, each suite on board the train offers five star luxurious accommodation with private en-suite bathroom facilities. The luxury element on board the train is accentuated by the personalised butler service.
The Blue Train prides itself on the fine cuisine it offers its guests with meals that are accompanied by a wide selection of South African wines sourced only from boutique vineyards. The on board experience is complimented by scenic landscape as the train meanders across the Southern-most part of the African continent.
The Blue Train has cemented its place in history as the benchmark of luxury recreation. Some of the technology that has been incorporated into the newly revamped train includes a sophisticated suspension system which offers one of the smoothest rides that can be found on any train anywhere in the world and for additional safety, the locomotives have been fitted with a specially designed new braking system.
Two Blue Trains
There are actually two Blue Trains to ensure there are regular scheduled departures. These are very similar in décor but have a slightly different composition.
- Train set 1 comprises 14 coaches and can accommodate 52 guests (used mainly for charters).
- Train set 2 (used on a regular basis) is longer (455m) and comprises 19 coaches and accommodates a maximum of 80 guests. Set 2 also has an Observation Car at the rear of the train and one suite that is adapted for wheelchair users.
Both trains offer a choice of De Luxe and Luxury suites, the main difference being that the Luxury suites are about a meter longer and have a full-sized bath rather than a three-quarter. De Luxe suites come with a choice of either a shower or three-quarter bath.
Luxury Train Travel
A luxury train journey for travel in South Africa, The Blue Train mainly runs between Cape Town and Pretoria in either direction, with occasional alternative routes to Durban, Pilanesberg and Kruger etc. It can also be chartered for incentives or corporate functions such as product launches. For more info on charters email Kaya.Nyati@Bluetrain.co.za
Blue Train Benefits and Facilities:
- An all-inclusive price
- Dining Car, seating 42 guests
- Lounge, where high tea is served
- Club Car (only place where smoking is permitted)
- Butler on call
- On board entertainment system
- Luxury and De Luxe Suites, each with private bathroom facilities
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