By Train


Spoornet is the para-statal railway which covers the routes between the major cities. It's by no means luxurious or fast, but it's reasonably comfortable, clean and safe, and offers a relaxed way to see new parts of the country.

For real luxury, though, you have to try one of the world's most luxurious railways, the Blue Train, which runs a number of routes within South Africa, and some further afield.

Another great upmarket option is Rovos Rail, which operates beautifully restored, spacious, Edwardian-era carriages, which are drawn by steam locomotives for part of the trip.

Transportation By Train

  • Premier Classe

    The Premier Classe was first introduced in 2001 with only four coaches accommodating 24 guests.

    In 2006 it became a dedicated luxury train with eleven coaches accommodating 84 guests, travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town (and back) twice a week.

    The new Premier Classe train that was introduced in October 2007 accomodates 126 guests.Premier Classe now travels to four different routes including Johannesburg to Hoedspruit.

    More info's

    Tel.: +27 (0) 86 000 8888, Fax: +27 (0) 11 773 7946 Website:
  • Spoornet
    spoornet train

    Spoornet (a division of Transnet) operates in both the Freight Logistics and Passenger Rail Transport markets in Southern Africa.

    In the Domestic Passenger market Spoornet provides transportation to more than 5 million people each year.

    More info's

    Tel.: +27 (0) 11 7734437/7885, Fax: +27 (0) 11 773-8562 Website:
  • The Shongololo Express
    shongololo train

    Hospitality takes a look at this luxurious, efficient and unique way of experiencing the beauty and intrigue of southern Africa.

    More info's

    Tel.: +27 (0) 11 483 0657 / 58 / 59, Fax: +27 (0) 11 483 0745
  • The Blue Train
    blue trains

    The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it. Kings and presidents have travelled on this magnificent moving five-star hotel. Its very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and persronal service.

    More info's

    Tel.: +27 12 334-8459, Fax: +27 12 334-8464 or +27 12 334 8081
    E-mail:, Website:
  • Rovos Rail
    rovos rail

    The rebuilt sleeper coaches contain the most spacious train suites in the world, offering every modern convenience and comfort.

    The epitome of luxury, with handsome wood panelling and period Edwardian features, the air-conditioned suites accommodate two people offering the option of twin or spacious double beds.

    All are equipped with a writing surface and, for valuables, a personal safe.

    More info's

    P.O. Box 2837, Pretoria 0001Tel.: +27 (0)12 3158242, Fax: +27 (0)12 3230843
    E-mail:, Website: