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Long Distance Trains

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The Blue Train…and more

The Blue Train (a seriously fancy luxurious indulgence) is something to think about when you make your first million.To find out more click here.

There is also Rovos rail and the Shongalonga Express. Both of which cost a fair but worth the splurge if train travel is your thing.

 

In the meantime, for the rest of us plebs, Shosholoza is the option forward.You don't ha ve to travel First Class if your budget doesn’t stretch that far (despite what many white South Africans will tell you). Second Class is fine. The carriages are segregated (according to sex - the bad old racial days are long gone…). If there are two or three of you, try to get a coupe (which is a reasonably priced three bunk carriage) in second class. Third class is for hard core travellers – it’s cheap but there are no sleeper compartments.

In terms of routes, train travel in Southern Africa is fairly restrictive as lines only run between major routes. That said, it’s a great way to travel.

 

Watch out for school holidays

Trains are often fully booked weeks in advance – so if you want to travel by train you'll need to make your reservations early – especially for June - July and December - January.