Blue Train (South Africa)

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The Blue Train travels an approximately 1,600-kilometre (990 mi) journey in South Africa between Pretoria and Cape Town. It is one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world. It boasts butler service, two lounge cars (smoking and non-smoking), an observation car, and carriages with gold-tinted picture windows, in soundproofed, fully carpeted compartments, each featuring its own en-suite (many of which are equipped with a full-sized bathtub).[1] The service is promoted as a "magnificent moving five-star hotel" by its operators, who note that kings and presidents have travelled on it.[2]

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Blue Train
Blue Train passes through the Karoo
Service typeLuxury train
First service1923
Current operator(s)Transnet Freight Rail
Cape Town
Distance travelled1,600 km (990 mi)
Average journey time27 hours
On-board services
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Catering facilitiesYes
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)