The Blue Train lives up to its reputation for magnificence and splendour, offering its passengers a luxurious on-board experience that they will never forget.
Making the spectacular nearly 1000-mile journey across South Africa from lively Pretoria and fascinating Cape Town, the Blue Train is South Africa's premium train, designed to discover the magic of this stunning African nation in comfort, luxury and style. The Blue Train harks all the way back to the 1920s where it has its origins in two separate trains, known as the Union Limited and the Union Express. Both were steam trains which travelled along the Great African Railway, past the Zambezi river and the glorious Victoria falls. With the South African gold and diamond boom, the wealthy visitors came to expect a higher level of rail travel and consequently, a more luxury service was introduced. After the two trains were requisitioned for WWII in the 1940s, the two were turned into what is now called the Blue Train, named after the royal blues of the engines. With refurbishment in the 1970s, this train has ferried kings, presidents and dignitaries across the length and breadth of South Africa.