Blue Train Journey Cape Town to Pretoria Overview
The Blue Train Journey from Cape Town to Pretoria
Relax in luxury and comfort on the two day Blue Train Journey from Cape Town to Pretoria and watch the world go by. Gourmet dining, butler service and luxurious facilities on board of The Blue Train are complemented by an informative visit at Kimberley's 'Big Hole' diamond mine and museum.
The Blue Train - a world of grace, elegance and romance
The routes of The Blue Train in South Africa take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside. As the ever-changing scenery flashes past the windows of The Blue Train guests may savour exquisite meals which have been freshly prepared on board. The delicious meals are complemented by the best South African wines. The suites on The Blue Train live up to their reputation for magnificence and splendour. The finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and sheer opulence provides travellers with an unforgettable holiday experience.
Train Route: Pretoria - Cape Town - Pretoria
The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery. On the Northbound journey, the train leaves Cape Town at 08:50 and arrives in Pretoria at 12:30, in time for high tea the following day. It stops at Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion.
On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar. The Victorian buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveller, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age. Guests are reminded that they must be at the station an hour before the departure time.
The Blue Train Itinerary from Pretoria to Cape Town
Day 1: The Blue Train departs Cape Town to Pretoria
07:50 - 08:30 Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Cape Town Station and guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks.
08:30 Boarding starts. Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers.
08:50 The Blue Train departs from Cape Town Station
11:00 – 12:15 First seating for Brunch
12:15 – 13:25 Second seating for Brunch
14:40 – 15:20 The Blue Train arrives at Matjiesfontein for a 45 minute off-the-train excursion. On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep. The Victoria buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveller, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age.
15:30 The Blue Train departs for its northbound journey to Pretoria.
16:00 High tea is served in the Lounge Car.
17:00 After an exciting interlude guests are free to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks at any one of our lounges.
19:00 First seating for dinner starts at 19:00
21:00 Second seating for dinner
Day 2: Arrival of The Blue Train in Pretoria
07:00 - 10:00 Breakfast is served on a first come first serve basis. Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests’ request.
12:30 The Blue Train arrives at Pretoria Station. Butlers usher guests to The Blue Train Lounge
The trains of The Blue Train
The luxurious journeys are conducted by two Blue Train sets. The first train accommodates 74 guests in 37 suites. The second accommodates 58 guests in 29 suites and features a conference or observation car at the back of the train.
The trains travel at a speed of 90 kilometres per hour. Both are 336 metres long and consist of 17 and 16 carriages respectively, 10 and 8 of which are for the use of the guests. The weight of each train is approximately 825 metric tons, excluding the locomotives.
They each carry 31 000 litres of water. Two diesel-powered generators - one of which is always on standby - are used to supply The Blue Train's demanding power requirements.
The kitchen car is a masterpiece of stainless-steel design. The fully air-conditioned car features walk-in cool rooms and freezers, ensuring that wines and hors d'oeuvres remain at optimum temperatures.
Luxury Experience: Temperature control on The Blue Train
All the public cars of The Blue Train in South Africa are fitted with gas-filled air-conditioning systems. A standard internal temperature of between 20 to 21°C is maintained throughout the journey.
For the comfort of guests, each suite has individual temperature controls which range from 18 to 24°C. These systems are water-cooled and each suite has its own fresh air intake.
During cold periods, all systems are provided with heating cycles from the air-conditioning units, as well as under-floor heating. Heating systems have been fitted under the marble tiles of most of the bathrooms.
Suites on The Blue Train, South Africa
Each suite on The Blue Train features its own bathroom with either a shower or bath. There are two luxury coaches which both have three suites with bathrooms fitted with tubs. The other nine De Luxe coaches have four suites per coach. One of the four suites has a bathroom with a bath, while the other three have showers.
The beds have been custom-designed for The Blue Train. A butler pulls them out, already made, from a space in the suite wall, converting the lounge into a comfortable bedroom. White cotton sheets and down duvets are the standard linen throughout the train. Ten of the suites feature double beds on the first train, while there are nine on the second. The luxury suites have hi-fi, audio CD and VHS video systems.
Dining experience on The Blue Train, South Africa
The dining car provides seating for 42 people. There are two sittings for lunch and dinner. Lunch is smart-casual, dinner is jacket and tie for the men and elegant wear for the ladies, while breakfast is casual.
Lounges Each of The Blue Trains has two lounges: the main lounge car in which high tea is served each afternoon, and the club car where guests can relax over a post-prandial cognac. The club car is the only public area available for smoking.
Facilities on The Blue Train
Fax facilities are available in the train manager's office. There are also facilities for mailing letters, as well as stamps and The Blue Train postcards.
A camera mounted on the front of both trains gives guests a driver's-eye-view of the scenery ahead. The unfolding journey is shown on a TV screen in the club car and on one of the TV channels so guests can view it in their suites.
Each suite is also equipped with a cellular communication telephone which can be used for phone calls and to reach train staff.
The Blue Train has a central intercom system which is used for making relevant announcements.