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LOCATIONPretoria / Cape Town / HoedspruitAIRCONYes
CHILD POLICYChildren of all ages allowed.

  • Kings and presidents have indulged on this magnificent, moving five-star “hotel-on-wheels”. From love-struck honeymooners, to adulated celebrities. And even ordinary folk who romanticise about a life of spectacular luxury, a life that has seemed tantalisingly out of reach. Until now...
  • On-board services include, but are not limited to:
        • Inclusive snacks and beverages served by your personal butler in your private suite on request
        • A limited on-board laundry and valet service
        • Safes in all the suites for your valuables
        • A van for luggage that you will not need during the journey.

rates & special offers
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01 November - 15 November 2018 De Luxe Suite R 16,222 per person per trip special rate for advance bookings - Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa
Luxury Suite R 20,490 per person per trip special rate for advance bookings - Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa
16 November - 31 December 2018 De Luxe Suite R 13,142 per person per trip special rate for advance bookings - Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa
Luxury Suite R 16,462 per person per trip special rate for advance bookings - Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa
14 December 2018 De Luxe Suite R 8,474 per person per trip *Special Offer from Pretoria to Hoedspruit
15 December 2018 De Luxe Suite R 8,474 per person per trip *Special Offer from Hoedspruit to Pretoria

14 December 2018

15 December 2018

Special Discounted Rates:
DELUXE SUITE R 8,474 per person sharing - one way
LUXURY SUITE R 10,200 per person sharing - one way

Combine a journey on The Blue Train with accomodation at a bush lodge of your choice. We will tailor-make a combination package suitable to your needs.
Contact us now on 0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) or +2711 468 3476 (International) or email 

** Availability for the above mentioned dates is subject to change
** Surcharges may apply over holiday periods & long weekends

• Accommodation on board The Blue Train
• All meals
• All drinks & snacks
• High Tea
• Excursions
• One complimentary night’s stay at either:
• The Sheraton Hotel or Castello Di Monte, in Pretoria, when travelling from Cape Town to Pretoria (bed, breakfast and a road transfer between the hotel and train station).
• The Westin or Taj Hotel, in Cape Town, when travelling from Pretoria to Cape Town (bed, breakfast and a road transfer between the hotel and train station).
• Please contact BushBreaks & More for a special rate for single accommodation.
• Children under 5 years travel free of charge (maximum 2 children per suite). Children will need to share the bed / beds with their parents or guardians.
• Children 6 - 11 years pay 50% of adult rate based on a minimum 2 children sharing in a separate suite.
• There are no special meals available for infants & children on the train.
• Children should be kept under strict supervision by their parents or guardians.
• The Club and Lounge Cars are licensed and no children are allowed in these areas.
• French Champagne (excluded)
• Caviar (excluded)
• Telephone calls (excluded)
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted special rates for International Residents are available on request.

The Blue Train has been synonymous with luxury hospitality, tourism and leisure since 1946 and has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the world’s pre-eminent travelling experiences offering a unique way of enjoying some of Southern Africa’s magnificent landscapes and landmarks.
On board the train, guests indulge in fine cuisine freshly prepared on board by the Executive chefs. Each fine meal is accompanied by the best wines South Africa has to offer.
In keeping with the classically romantic ambience of the 42-seater dining car, lunch is a casual affair, while dinner is formal. Men are requested to wear a jacket and tie or dress in traditional attire and ladies are requested to dress in elegant evening wear or traditional attire.
Personal Butlers see to the guests’ every need for the duration of their journey; be it in the comfort of their private suites or at any one of the exquisite lounges, the ultimate definition of luxury in motion.
The De Luxe Suites offer a choice of twin beds (with shower) or double beds (with bath).
The Luxury Suites are more spacious and offer twin or double beds with bath facilities.
All suites are equipped with a writing desk, individually controlled air-conditioning system and a private entertainment centre with a choice of movie channels and radio stations. The Luxury Suite has a selection of compact disks and movies on video and DVD.
The warm ambience of the elegant lounge car with its large windows allows for panoramic views of the passing countryside. Enjoy high tea in the warm surroundings of the lounge car or meet for a pre-dinner drink.
Should you prefer the more relaxing ambience of a gentleman’s pub atmosphere, then the club car is the ideal place to be, offering impeccable service with its card tables, a small library and a fully-equipped bar. Here guests can watch a short film about the areas, which the train is passing. After dinner guests can also enjoy a Cuban cigar before they retire to their suites.

The Blue Train’s conference facility offers a venue for up to 22 delegates. It is equipped with audio visual and technical equipment for a high-level business meeting or small conference offering a more relaxed atmosphere.
Why not charter The Blue Train for strategic meetings, product launches, VIP breakfasts, lunches, dinner and cocktail parties, weddings and more. You can also book a charter with a difference such as a Golfing or Safari charter through the unique beauty of the “Valley of the Olifants” along the Kruger National Park, or to other attractions of the Mpumalanga or Kwazulu-Natal Provinces. Charters are not limited to the charter options or the routes mentioned above. Charters are dependant on rail network’s compatibility with The Blue Train’s technology.
The Blue Train experience starts the moment you step into any of The Blue Train’s pre-departure lounges. 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 and soul.

1. Payment of fares
  • 50% non-refundable, non-transferable deposit due on receipt of confirmation and invoice
  • Balance of payment 60 days prior to the departure date
2. Cancellation policy - Charters, group bookings and individual bookings
  • Less than 60 days notice 100% cancellation fee.
  • Once a ticket is purchased, a reservation may be changed for an earlier or later date without penalty, provided such change is made 60 days prior to the date of travel. Any subsequent changes will subject the passengers to payment of the usual cancellation fees according to the notice given.
  • If a change, cancellation or non-show is caused by exceptional circumstances and verified by suitable documentation, Blue Train will consider waiving all or part of cancellation fees according to the merits of each case.
  • A provisional reservation only becomes guaranteed once full payment has been received and a ticket issued by Blue Train.
  • Non-compliance with these bookings conditions will automatically cancel a confirmed reservation without further notice.
  • For any charter arranged outside standard advertised dates or routes and with or without special arrangements, the client will be held responsible to cover all additional costs incurred, should the said charter not materialize.
3. Insurance
The Blue Train shall not be held responsible for damage to, or loss or theft of personal luggage and belongings, nor can we be liable for personal injury, accident, illness or death. The Blue Train will also not be responsible for instances where circumstances beyond its control lead to an interruption, earlier termination, or cancellation of any particular trip. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to instances of vis major/force majeure and/or casus fortuitus (acts of God such as floods and other natural disasters, fortuitous and unforeseen events, etc.). We strongly urge you to adequately cover for any eventualities with your insurance agent. We recommend that you also purchase a “trip cancellation” protection insurance to cover yourself in the unlikely event of a late cancellation or loss.
These booking conditions have been formulated to meet present day market needs, and supercede all previous booking conditions issued in this regard. The Blue Train reserves the right to revise the schedule without penalty.

Pretoria – Cape Town - Pretoria Journey Dates 2018
(subject to change)

Selected  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Selected  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
January 3, 8,10,15, 22, 24, 26, 29   January 5,10,12,17, 24, 26, 29, 31
February 5, 12,16, 19, 21, 26   February 7, 14, 19, 21, 23, 28
March 2, 5, 12,19, 26   March 5, 7, 14, 21, 28
2, 9, 16, 23, 30   April 4, 11,18, 25
May 7, 14, 21, 28   May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
4, 11, 18, 25   June 6, 13, 20, 27
2, 9, 16, 23, 30   July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 6, 13, 20, 27   August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 3,10,17,24   September 5,12,19,26
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 24, 29  
3, 10, 17, 24, 26, 31
November 5, 12, 19, 26  
7, 14, 21, 28
December 3, 10, 17, 19   December 5, 12, 19, 21


Day 1

06:30     Register and check-in at The Pretoria Station Lounge
Guests enjoy pre-departure drinks. Welcome snacks will be served on-board the train

07.30     Boarding starts

08:30     The Blue Train departs from Pretoria Station

10:30 - 12;00      First sitting for brunch

12:30 - 14:00      Second sitting for brunch

15:30     High Tea is served in the Lounge Car

              OFF- THE TRAIN EXCURSION (Weather & time permitting) 

17:10     The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station
Guests disembark and assemble at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum

17:30     Guests arrive at the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine
Guests are first taken to view interesting and historical sites. Guests are also taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Kimberly hole

18:35     Guests depart from the Open Mine Museum for Kimberley Station
At Kimberley Station guests are greeted with a glass of sherry. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep

19:10     The Blue Train departs Kimberley Station for the journey Southbound to Cape Town
After this exciting tour, guests are free to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks served at any one of our lounges

19:30 - 21:00    First sitting dinner

21:15     Second sitting dinner

** Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear
** Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, Cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed

Day 2     (Next morning)

07:00 - 10:00      Breakfast is served on a first come first served basis

12:00  - 14.45   Finger Snack Platters served at leisure (first come - first served) in the non-smoking Public areas

15:00    The Blue Train arrives at Cape Town Station
Butlers usher guests to The Blue Train Lounge


The Blue Train, which already traverses to and from Cape Town on a weekly basis, will be adding a new route to another South African iconic site, the Kruger National Park in the Hoedspruit area. The Hoedspruit / Kruger National Park route, which is currently available on charter, will be added to The Blue Train’s 2016 schedule and will happen bi-annually. The Blue Train will travel from Pretoria and stop at Hoedspruit Station.
Contact BushBreaks & More today for more information regarding Tailor Made Charters aboard The Blue Train.




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