Thursday, 29 August 2019 15:19

Be Sure to Tune in...

Don’t miss Channel 5 (UK) on Friday night at 8pm! The World’s Most Luxurious Trains’ first hour-long episode will focus on The Blue Train - South Africa

So proud of Vincent, Siya, Themba, Samantha and all the team onboard as well as the lovely film crew (and guests) who helped make this possible.

Hope it generates some lovely enquiries and bookings for all our tour operator and agent partners!
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We are delighted to announce that The Blue Train has renewed its contract with Ethos. Ethos has been the UK office for The Blue Train since 1998 and we look forward to meeting new and exciting challenges as we embrace our 20th year of representing one of the most lavish trains on the planet.  One exciting change on the horizon is that in 2019 the Pretoria to Cape Town (or vice-versa) route will be extending to become a 2-night journey. There are many benefits to this re-invention.  To read more about what they are please read our full press release.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:26

The Blue Train turns 70 & visits Kruger

The Blue Train is celebrating its 70th birthday this year so watch this space for news of upcoming celebrations.

The train will also be heading up to "Big 5" country with its brand new Hoedspruit departures in 2016. The Blue Train will make two round trips up to the Limpopo Province, one in July and the other in August, offering guests the choice of four spectacular 19-hour one way journeys. These new departures will enable some fantastic new "rail safari" combination packages with the many wildlife reserves and private safari lodges in the Greater Kruger and Sabi Sands area.

For those wanting to take the Blue Train northbound, the train will travel from Pretoria to Hoedspruit on Friday 8 July and again on Friday 12 August 2016, departing at 15h00 in the afternoon and arriving at 10h00 the next morning.

Those wanting to enjoy the rail journey after their safari can opt to travel southbound from Hoedspruit to Pretoria on either Saturday 9 July or Saturday 13 August 2016. The train departing at 15h00 in the afternoon and arrives at 10h00, allowing plenty of time for those wanting to catch international flights home.

These one way journeys between Pretoria and Hoedspruit in either direction take 19 hours as opposed to the usual 27 hours between Cape Town and Pretoria and cost around R5000 less per person – an attractive option for those with this Blue Jewel on their travel bucket list on a tighter budget.

Please visit or email for further information and follow us on twitter @BlueTrainSA
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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 15:37

The Blue Train Partners Sun International

Transnet's iconic BLUE TRAIN, which celebrates its 70th birthday next year, has this week signed an innovative partnership agreement with leading African hotel brand SUN INTERNATIONAL.

This 18-month pilot partnership is aimed at repositioning "Africa's Leading Luxury Train" at the centre of the global tourism market, adapting to growing competition and recapitalising, which may include the building of new state-of-the-art train sets and the development of new routes.

The partnership agreement was signed by Thulani Nzima, CEO of SA Tourism, Graeme Stephens, Chief Executive of Sun International, and Siyabonga Gama, Group Chief Executive of Transnet on 8 September 2015 at Pretoria Station.

Sun International's SunLux Collection properties include The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, The Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg, The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City and The Royal Livingstone at Victoria Falls - all of which are accessible by rail.

The award-winning Blue Train, which offers five-star accommodation, fine dining and personalised service, is a unique way of exploring Southern Africa's landscapes and landmarks on rail. The Blue Train has been synonymous with luxury rail travel and tourism since 1946 and enjoys an international reputation as one of the world's true luxury, heritage rail experiences.

To watch the full announcement on video please visit
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