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SA’s Blue Train named one of the ‘most luxurious train services’ in the world

Another item for your bucket list? The Blue Train has been recognised as one of the most luxurious train services in the world.

SA’s Blue Train named one of t

Image: Instagram/The Blue Train

After reminiscing about the past and the old-world charm that train travel brings, Luxury Columnist set out to find the most luxurious trains in the world, with South Africa’s Blue Train making the list.

The most luxurious train services in the world

The column writes that sometimes it’s the decor, and sometimes it’s the style and level of personal service that feels like it’s from another time, and these operating luxury trains are shining examples of that spirit.

The Blue Train was named among the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the Royal Rajasthan On Wheels (better known as the Palace on Wheels), the Eastern & Oriental Express and the Deccan Odyssey (you can see the full list down below).

SA’s Blue Train

Of the Blue Train, the publication writes that travelling the 31-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres from Pretoria in the northeast to Cape Town in the southwest of South Africa doesn’t get any more indulgent.

“It’s the best way to see South Africa’s spectacular scenery as you enjoy butler service, world-class food, and superb wines. Several of the compartments have full baths, which is a must in the light of the African daytime. The two-day Blue Train is widely recognised as one of the world’s finest shorter luxury train experiences.”

The Blue Train has defined a new era of luxury travel by not only making the switch from steam to electric and diesel, but also “linking veld to sea, tradition to progress, with a sense of style, grace, and mesmerising power,” as their official website explains.

Putting Africa on the map

Another train situated in Africa that was named on the list, is the Pride of Africa which travels cross-border, visiting Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Zambia on its routes. 

The full list

  1. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
  2. Palace on Wheels
  3. Eastern & Oriental Express
  4. The Deccan Odyssey
  5. The Flying Scotsman
  6. Golden Chariot
  7. Belmond Royal Scotsman
  8. Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
  9. Maharajas Express
  10. The Pride of Africa (Rovos Rail)
  11. Rocky Mountaineer
  12. Seven Stars Kyushu
  13. South Africa Blue Train
  14. Belmond Andean Explorer
  15. Hiram Bingham