South African rail travel provides an exciting way to take in the scenic beauty of this country. Options include economy class and luxury coaches as well as the ultimate opulent rail safari on the Blue Train. Steam enthusiasts can also enjoy rail journeys of old on restored steam trains.

Did you know?

South Africa train, The Blue Train, has been named the world's leading luxury train.

South Africa rail travel makes for an African safari with a difference. Rail transport in South Africa enjoys good infrastructure with a number of offerings available to visitors wanting to explore the country this way.

South Africa train travel covers some of the most beautiful parts of the country, taking visitors from cities like Johannesburg and Bloemfontein to prime destinations like Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

South African rail travel operations include Spoornet's Shosholoza Meyl - a passenger train that runs between all major cities. An economy class ticket will buy you a reclining seat with sufficient legroom on routes that include 11 major cities across the country.

An upgraded ticket will get you either a 2-bed coupe or 4-bed compartment, which double as suites during the day and bedrooms at night. Communal showers and toilets are offered. This option is available on routes between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, Durban, Bloemfontein and East London, and between Cape Town and Durban.

Spoornet also operates the Premier Classe, a luxury passenger line that accommodates 126 guests in spacious 2-, 3- or 4-bed compartments, complete with well-appointed bathrooms. Little extras like gowns and toiletries are provided, and room service is available. The Premier Classe line operates between Johannesburg and Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town, and Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

South Africa's most famous train is undoubtedly The Blue Train. The last word in rail luxury, The Blue Train pulls out all the stops to guarantee an ultra-luxurious South African rail safari. Marble tiles, gold fittings, in-suite digital entertainment centres and top-class local cuisine and wines complete the opulent Blue Train experience.

The Blue Train operates between Pretoria and Cape Town, and Pretoria and Durban. A special trip to the Pilanesberg National Park is also available.

Steam enthusiasts should definitely book a steam train excursion on a beautifully restored locomotive, such as Rovos Rail. Day and overnight outings are available from Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and along the Garden Route.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

The Blue Train:

Tel: +27 12 334 8459 

The Shosholoza Meyl:

Tel: + 27 11 774 4555

Priemer Classe:

Tel: +27 11 774 5247

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