Premier Classe came into existance in 2001, hooking its only two coaches to the Transkaroo Tourist service running between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
By 2006 the demand from passengers was such that in May of that year Premier Classe launched its full train set running between Johannesburg and Cape Town. With that, the frequency and capacity also increased. Where Premier Classe originally carried 28 passengers, it could now accommodate 84 passengers. In November 2007 a refurbished Premier Classe set joined the service, with added features like dining/lounge cars, a conference coach and a smoking lounge, more spacious compartments and upgraded bathrooms.
Enjoy the best African cuisine, prepared by our gourmet chefs, while sipping on the best South African wines. Our five-course dinners and delectable High Teas are served in the luxury of the air-conditioned Dining Car, and is complemented by the passing scenery. A special children’s menu is available on request for younger guests travelling with us.
Unwind with a cocktail or High Tea in the Lounge Car and Bar, or if work is on your mind, make use of Premier Classe’s conference facility, with ample room for up to 20 delegates, ensuring a conference experience to remember.
As an added convenience, Premier Classe enables you to carry on your journey in the comfort of your own vehicle with our Car Transportation service. The specially designed vehicle carriage can accommodate up to eight cars. (Currently only available on the Johannesburg/Cape Town routes.)
Whether you are a single traveler, couple or family, our cabins offer complete privacy. View the ever-changing scenery by day and have the cabin transform into a bedroom with all the comforts of home by night. All cabins are supplied with bathrobes and slippers, soft towels and crisp linen to ensure you enjoy a good nights rest.
Communal bathroom facilities are shared by each carriage and kept to the highest standards.
The 1,600 km overnight journey between Johannesburg and Cape Town takes 26 hours and travels through the beautiful and diverse South African landscape. The train departs Johannesburg for the Southbound journey every Thursday, and Cape Town for the Northbound journey every Tuesday.
Travel the 14-hour overnight journey between Durban and Johannesburg (either the Northbound or the Southbound journey) every Wednesday, Friday or Sunday and enjoy the varied landscape that South Africa offers.
Coupe – Sleeps a maximum of 1 Passenger
G Compartment – Sleeps a maximum of 3 Passengers
Compartment – Sleeps a maximum of 4 Passengers
**Each coach has a communal bathroom which includes a separate restroom and separate shower.
A group booking should consist of 10 full paying passengers or more. Please contact us for further information.
Reservations will only be guaranteed once full payment has been received.
The full amount is due 24 hours after invoicing to secure your booking.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is due 48 hours after invoicing in order to secure the rooms. The final amount is due 60 days prior to departure. Should the reservation be made within the 60 days prior to departure period, the full amount will be due 48 hours after invoicing.
**Kindly ensure that payments are received on due dates to avoid cancellation.
Payment can be made by Electronic transfers (EFT) and the proof can either be faxed to (+27) 86 598 0812 or emailed to email@example.com .
We also accept Master and Visa card payments via PayGate, a secure online site. There will be a 3.5% surcharge to partially cover the high credit card fees. Kindly request the payment link from your reservation consultant in order to use this facility.
The following cancellation policy would apply to all confirmed or guaranteed bookings:
Once a ticket is purchased, a reservation date my be changed with a 10% penalty, provided that the change is made 60 days before the date of travel.
Cancellations with less than 60 days notice attract a 100% cancellation fee.
A provisional reservation only becomes guaranteed once full payment has been received an the ticket has been issued.
Once full payment has been received, all your travel documents will be issued and your vouchers will be sent to you electronically. Your train tickets will be given to you at the station on the morning of departure.