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Best journey in the world

Just returned from South Africa having travelled from Pretoria to Cape Town on this wonderful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Expensive but worth every penny, dollar or ra

In order to reach Capetown from the southern US one has to fly into Johannesburg, not the most... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Highlands, North Carolina
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191 Paul Kruger Street | NZASM Building, Second Floor, Pretoria 0084, South Africa
+27 12 334 8459
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just returned from South Africa having travelled from Pretoria to Cape Town on this wonderful train. The new itinerary for 2019 is certainly a bonus. Now 2 nights rather than 1 there is plenty of time to savour the onboard luxury and not have to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Nugget888
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife spotted an article in the UK Sunday Times which offered a two-night trip on The Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria for just over the price of a one night trip so we signed up for it. Unfortunately there were a number...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In order to reach Capetown from the southern US one has to fly into Johannesburg, not the most convenient or safe lace to visit and not a place you want to miss your connecting flight leaving you 24 hours to kill. Having experienced that once...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Freddiemf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coming from a railway family enjoy trains very much. The blue train if taken a ride is something to experience. It is in SA standards very cool and luxury but the ride makes it worthwhile while.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Edgar S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our trip from Cape Town to Pretoria but we were so pleased that we had done our research and knew what to expect. This is now a 2 night trip for 2019 with a very different schedule from 2018 when it was only...More

Date of experience: February 2019
7  Thank Tonbon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to see more of South Africa than the cities, and thought that the train ride from Cape Town to Pretoria would be a good idea. The welcome and service at the station was very nice, and we had great expectations for the train....More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When we arrived at the blue train lounge to check in I was hopeful that the train journey was going to be as good. From the moment we sat in the lounge there was beautiful food, a seemingly endless supply of bubbly and a fabulous...More

Date of experience: January 2019
4  Thank andream0402
Reviewed 13 February 2019

We rode the train south from Pretoria to Cape Town, it is now a two night experience and includes a visit to the Kimberly Diamond mine museum. The accommodation was well laid out, two single beds at night rather than the bunks on the Orient...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 21 January 2019

A ride on the Blue Train is like being transformed into a royal traveler. Constant attention by a valet server in the restaurant car and dining at your own table with a white table cloth and fresh flowers is only a small part of it....More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank Anders H
Reviewed 20 January 2019

The blue train is propped up by the staff and by the food and drinks they supply the journey is just not worth what you pay. The coaches are nice dinning bar etc but a little tired, little things that should work didn't, the stop...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank peterutherford
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18 March 2019|
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Response from michaelwP7811IY | Reviewed this property |
Dining Room car is warm
1 December 2018|
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Response from KellyK3556 | Reviewed this property |
No, unfortunately not.
Christine C
4 September 2018|
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Response from Doreen M | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely ... your butler will attend to all your needs on board.