Some of the worlds most beautiful scenery is best viewed from train windows. Railway journeys bring romance and adventure and is one of the most cost effective, stress free and eco friendly ways to travel. Below we have put together some of the worlds best train journeys to think about for your next vacation.
The Ghan- Darwin to Adelaide
The Ghan offers the ultimate rail journey travelling through the heart of Australia covering 2979 km. Enjoy views of the stunning Australian outback and landscapes from coastal plains to desolate deserts and lush tropics. The train has three booking classes red, gold and platinum and also has options to add land tours and accommodation.
- Alice Springs
- Flinders Ranges
- Tennant Creek
Rocky Mountaineer - British Colombia, Alberta and Washington
The Rocky Mountaineer is the most luxurious way to travel through the Canadian Rockies. The all-daylight train operates from April to October and offers a range unique routes ranging from 1-4 night to 14+ night journeys. Routes offer overnight stays in accommodations as well as additional activities.
Glacier Express- Switzerland
Known as the slowest express train in the world, the relaxing Glacier Express travels through the Swiss Alps. The train passes through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges, with panoramic windows that provide unobstructed views of the unique and scenic landscape.
- Mattertal Valley
Trans-Siberian Railway- Moscow- Vladivostok
This unforgettable train journey is one of the longest in the world. Although trains offering this route are very basic, they provide guests with an authentic service. Along the way visitors enjoy iconic sites, historic attractions and fascinating villages. Not to mention the incredible scenery and varying landscapes.
Eastern and Oriental Express - Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand
Travelling between ancient wonders and cosmopolitan cities this journey combines adventure with total relaxation. This luxury train travels slowly through South East Asia and provides guests with an exotic experience. The train offers excursions at each stop and prides itself on world class accommodations and dining options.
Venice Simplon, Orient Express - London to Venice
Known as the gateway to the Orient, this iconic journey travels through French farmlands and Swiss Alpine valleys. The train provides elegant cabins, three stylish dining carts and first class service. With historic carriages and luxurious decor, this train will take you back in time to the glamour and elegance of the Golden Age of travel.
Arctic Circle Train - Sweden to Norway
The spectacular scenery includes stunning fjords, frozen glaciers, icy waterfalls and fairy tale villages. Visitors also enjoy the rural landscapes of Scandinavia and views of Lapland. The trains are simple and comfortable and travels to many exciting destinations between Sweden and Norway.
The Blue Train - South Africa
One of the most luxurious train journeys in the world, with butler service and 5 star carriage accommodation. The journey promises some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery the sub-continent has to offer. From the large picture windows, visitors see sites including mountain ranges, arid deserts and Savannah landscapes.
- Table Mountain
- African Wildlife
- Savannah Grasslands
Palace on Wheels - India
This train offers you a trip to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan in just one week. The luxurious train offers state of the art amenities blended with tradition, offering a once in a lifetime experience. On board guests are treated like royalty and take part in a number of well-crafted tours and excursions.
- Taj Mahal
- Bahei Temple
- Gadisar Lake
- The City Palace
- Ranthambore National Park
- Hawa Mahal
Copper Canyon Trail (El Chepe) - Mexico
A scenic ride through Mexico's most rugged and beautiful scenery passes through 86 tunnels and over 37 bridges. Venture into the mountains, forests and historical sites along with other Mexican natural wonders. The train runs as a hop on hop off service giving guests the time to explore the various stops along the way.
- Septentrion Canyon
- Chinipas Bridge
- Los Mochis