Train Tours in South Africa

A responsible way of travelling through South Africa is by booking a train tour.
Train tours in South Africa are save and can be done at any level of luxury.
Most common train tours in South Africa are done with the Shosholoza Meyl, Premier Classe Trains, The Blue Train or Rovos Rails. Other train travel in South Africa can be done with Metrorail and the Gautrain.

The different trains and their routes:

The Shosholoza Meyl Tourist Class economy sleeper trains travels on train routes;

- Johannesburg – Cape Town,
- Johannesburg – Durban and
- Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth weekly.

Tourist Class trains have 2 bed coupes, 4 bed compartments with bunk beds, communal toilet and a shower at the end of each coach. Couples travel in 2 bed coupes and families in 4 bed compartments. Solo travellers on a train tour in South Africa share a 4 coupe or compartment with fellow travellers of the same gender. The Tourist Class restaurant coach offers South African meals and beverages on a cash basis. Snacks can also be purchased from the service trolley. Bringing your own food is allowed. Bedding can be hired from the bedding attendant at R 40 p/pers.

Shosholoza Meyl Premier Class deluxe sleeper trains travel weekly on long distance train routes between;

- Johannesburg – Cape Town
- Johannesburg – Durban.

For many visitors to South Africa, there is no finer way to see the country has to offer then by experiencing one of teh train tours in South Africa. than on the popular 25-hour train journeys between Johannesburg and Cape Town. This 1600km journey perfectly illustrates South Africa “a world in one country.”

The Blue Train travels between Pretoria and Cape Town twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays in 2012. Departure time in Pretoria and Cape Town is always at 08h50 in the morning and arrival time is on the next day between 12h00 and 12h30 in the afternoon. The luxury suites offer train travellers twin or double-bed suites, en suite bathrooms with deep, long baths for slow, luxuriant soaking, radio and movie channels, a private digital entertainment centre, an inviting selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on DVD. Rates are quoted inclusive of all meals, high tea in the afternoon, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and off-the train excursions. Special meals (Kosher or Halaal) and bed preference (double or twin) need to be specified at the time of reservation.

Rovos Rail is known to be the most luxury train in the world and is operating from South Africa. Several different train tours are possible with Rovos Rail with their flagship touw going all the way from the Cape to Cairo. More detailed information can be send to you upon request.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us now to learn more about train tours in South Africa.