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The Blue Train

191 Paul Kruger Street | NZASM Building, Second Floor, Pretoria 0084, South Africa
+27 12 334 8459
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A fabulous experience

We had heard lots of mixed reviews about this, and we weren't sure what to expect really. From the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Newz888
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
Glorious way to travel

This was a surprise for my husband 's birthday as he loves trains and he enjoyed every minute of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
TGEVE
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“cape town” (145 reviews)
“hour journey” (10 reviews)
“observation car” (19 reviews)
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191 Paul Kruger Street | NZASM Building, Second Floor, Pretoria 0084, South Africa
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+27 12 334 8459
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"cape town"
in 145 reviews
"hour journey"
in 10 reviews
"observation car"
in 19 reviews
"bucket list"
in 20 reviews
"personal butler"
in 8 reviews
"lounge car"
in 12 reviews
"jacket and tie"
in 10 reviews
"butler service"
in 5 reviews
"double bed"
in 11 reviews
"high tea"
in 11 reviews
"luxury cabin"
in 4 reviews
"restaurant car"
in 4 reviews
"silver service"
in 4 reviews
"short excursion"
in 4 reviews
"red carpet"
in 8 reviews
"treated like royalty"
in 5 reviews
"pretoria station"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had heard lots of mixed reviews about this, and we weren't sure what to expect really. From the outset, the service of this experience was second to none. We were picked up from our Pretoria hotel by private car and taken to the station....More

Thank Newz888
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a surprise for my husband 's birthday as he loves trains and he enjoyed every minute of the beautiful, stately Blue Train. The service was superior, from when we arrived and our luggage was whisked away only to be waiting for us in...More

Thank TGEVE
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Private colonial carriage on route to the cape. Missed Kimberly diamond mines due to delays on the line, however the service, food and general experience of the blue train is amazing. My only negative comment is it's difficult to sleep during the night due to...More

1  Thank Natalie H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Blue Train was part of our tour itinerary so we were actually quite ignorant before booking our African trip as to what it involved. We read quite a few mixed reviews prior to leaving Australia so were quite unsure before embarking on this part...More

Thank Kerrie L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend this trip. I travelled from Pretoria to Cape Town. The service was top notch and the food along with the entire experience was truly worthwhile. The downside was that the excursion to the De Beers mine in Kimberley was cancelled due to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Blue Train was a wish list must do. Journey started late from Pretoria, this compounded a time problem along with track limitations which caused a delay that resulted in not being able to do the Kimberley mine tour. This was a shame but the...More

Thank royann27
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My trip to Africa began with a trip on the Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town. The train itself was charming and beautifully outfitted.The cabin was roomy although the shower pressure was a little weak. As with all of my African trip, the staff...More

1  Thank HW08
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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Our recent trip from Pretoria to Cape Town on the Blue Train was everything that I thought it would be. The train, although old, is maintained very well and was very comfortable. The staff were so friendly, polite and full of fun. The food was...More

1  Thank Nina F
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

We booked the Blue Train having heard of it's amazing claims. We found out that the train is older and subject to breakdowns. The air conditioning in our room broke twice in the 27 hour trip. We complained about it and had to wander the...More

4  Thank Mike H
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Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

Our experience on old Blue was flawless - from beginning to end. They did not stop at Kimberley as scheduled but this is beyond their control re: working on lines, signals etc. and on their prior notice to clients, they clearly state that stops may...More

1  Thank Sandiwells13
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Sandiwells13
26 April 2018|
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Response from Heather D | Reviewed this property |
No you do not need to wear anything like that. Trousers, short dresses or something long are all OK - it is just about wearing something smart and not casual.
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r0bertcamer0n
8 February 2018|
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Response from gal4d | Reviewed this property |
There are only two lounge cars, one at rear one at front. Front one is really allocated as a smoking car,( hold your breath or take air tanks,), but has the large TV connected to the front mounted camera.. The cars are of a... More
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reesy6
13 December 2017|
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Response from Beverly O | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do and it is a lovely experience.
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