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 offered by the African sub-continent.
 
On the Southbound trip, the train departs from Pretoria Station at 8:30 and arrives in Cape Town at the Cape Town Station at 15:00 the following day.
 
En-route to Cape Town there is a stop-over and an excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.
 
On the Northbound journey, the train leaves Cape Town at 08:30 and arrives in Pretoria at the Pretoria Station at 15:00. The off-the-train excursion includes a stop at the Lord Milner Hotel in Matjiesfontein. 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 check-in time at the Pre-departure Lounges at both the Pretoria and Cape Town Stations is an hour prior to departure.





Off-train Excursion
Kimberley Sight Seeing
Award Winning Wines

2017 Dates

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN 2017
Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
MonthDayMonthDay
January4, 9, 16, 23, 30July3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February6, 14, 20, 27August7, 14, 21, 28
March6, 13, 20, 27September4, 11, 18, 25
April3, 12, 17, 24October2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
May3, 8, 15, 22, 29November1, 6, 13, 20, 22, 27
June5, 12, 19, 26December4, 11, 13, 18

CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA 2017
Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
MonthDayMonthDay
January6, 11, 18, 25July5, 12, 19, 26
February1, 8, 16, 22August2, 9, 16, 23, 30
March1, 8, 15 , 22,29September8, 13, 20, 27
April5, 14, 19, 26October4, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
May5, 10, 17, 24, 31November1, 3, 8, 15, 22, 24, 29
June7, 14, 21, 28December6, 13, 15, 20

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2018 Dates

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN 2018
Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
MonthDayMonthDay
January3, 8, 10, 15, 22, 24, 26, 29July2, 9, 16, 23, 30
February5, 12, 16, 19, 21, 26August6, 13, 20, 27
March2, 5, 12,19, 26September3,10,17,24
April2, 9, 16, 23, 30October1, 8, 15, 22, 24, 29
May7, 14, 21, 28November5, 12, 19, 26
June4, 11, 18, 25December3, 10, 17, 19

CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA 2018
Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
MonthDayMonthDay
January5, 10, 12, 17, 24, 26, 29, 31July4, 11, 18, 25
February7, 14, 19, 21, 23, 28August1, 8, 15, 22, 29
March5, 7, 14, 21, 28September5, 12, 19, 26
April4, 11, 18, 25October3, 10, 17, 24, 26, 31
May2, 9, 16, 23, 30November7, 14, 21, 28
June6, 13, 20, 27December5, 12, 19, 21

  • Dates in bold denote the train with a maximum capacity of 80 guests  - with a Conference Car & Paraplegic suite (partially wheelchair friendly)
  • Non-bold dates denote the train with a maximum capacity of 52 guests (this train set does not have a paraplegic suite and is therefore not wheelchair friendly)


Detailed Itinerary: Pretoria - Cape Town


DAY 1:
06:30Register and check-in at The Pretoria Station Lounge. Guests enjoy pre-departure drinks. Welcome snacks will be served on-board the train
07:30Boarding starts. Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers.
Boarding concludes at 08:00am
08:30The Blue Train departs from Pretoria Station
(Will depart earlier once all guests have checked-in)

10:30-12:00
12:30-14:00

15:30

First sitting for Brunch
Second sitting for Brunch

High tea is served in the Lounge Car.

OFF-THE-TRAIN EXCURSION
(Weather & time-permitting)

17:10The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station.
Guests disembark and gather at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum.
 
17:30Guests 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.
18:35Guests 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 welcome to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks served at any one of our lounges.

19:30-21:00

21:15

First sitting dinner   
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

Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.

DAY 2: (NEXT MORNING)
07:00 - 10:00Breakfast is served on a first-come-
first-served basis.

Detailed Itinerary: Cape Town – Pretoria in pdf format.   Download

Detailed Itinerary: Cape Town – Pretoria


DAY 1:
06:30Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Cape Town Station.  Guests enjoy pre-departure drinks. Welcome snacks will be served on-board the train
07:30Boarding commences.  Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers.   
Boarding concludes at 08:00am
08:30The Blue Train departs from Cape Town Station

10:30-12:00

12:30-14:00

First sitting for Brunch
Second sitting for Brunch

OFF-THE-TRAIN EXCURSION
 (Weather & time-permitting)

14:30-15:30The Blue Train arrives at Matjiesfontein
for an 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.
 
15:30The Blue Train departs for its northbound journey to Pretoria.
High tea is served in the Lounge Car.
18:00After an exciting interlude guests are welcome to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks at any one of our lounges.

18:30-20:00

20:30

First sitting dinner   
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

Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.

DAY 2: (NEXT MORNING)
07:00 - 10:00Breakfast is served on a first-come-first- served basis.
Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests' request.
12:00 – 14:45Finger Snack Platters served at leisure (first-come-first-served) in the non-smoking Public areas
15:00The Blue Train arrives at Pretoria Station..

Detailed Itinerary: Cape Town – Pretoria in pdf format.   Download