South Africa’s famous Blue Train ranks as the 13th most luxurious train service in the world. It’s the best way to see South Africa’s spectacular scenery as you enjoy top class service, world-class food, and superb wines.
The Blue Train is a five-star hotel on wheels and received this accolade from the Luxury Columnist. The train’s origins date back to the 1920s when the Union Limited and Union Express steam trains connected the port of Cape Town with the diamond and goldfields of Johannesburg. The tour follows a 1,600km line to the Mother City and takes 27 hours to complete.
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).
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:
- Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
- Palace on Wheels
- Eastern & Oriental Express
- The Deccan Odyssey
- The Flying Scotsman
- Golden Chariot
- Belmond Royal Scotsman
- Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express
- Maharajas Express
- The Pride of Africa (Rovos Rail)
- Rocky Mountaineer
- Seven Stars Kyushu
- South Africa Blue Train
- Belmond Andean Explorer
- Hiram Bingham
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