Best train journeys in the world

Have you ever wondered which is the best way to visit a tourist destination?

Although there are different ways to get to a destination during your holidays, you may need to use more than one transport. Trains might be one of your options when visiting a tourist attraction.

A train journey is a delightful travel experience surrounded by ever-changing landscapes and picturesque towns from the comfort of your seat with a variety of services such as food service and live music.

Here are the best train journeys around the globe.

Trans-Siberian Express, Russia

From Moscow to Vladivostok

Trans-Siberian Railway

The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express is the world’s longest train route with over 9000 km length. No wonder this train journey is defined as one of the most incredible rail experiences you’ll find.

It’s the best way to see Siberia through different landscapes crossing the Ural Mountains along the coast of Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume, and towns where you can hop off the train to meet locals. The journey takes 12 nights stopping along the way.

The trans-Siberian is a fully ensuite train with an Imperial Suite, Gold and Silver Class accommodation. It has two dining cars and a lounge car.

The Ghan, Australia

From Adelaide to Darwin

the ghan railway Australia

The Ghan is a train full of history running for over 80 years from Adelaide to the Australian outback in the heart of the country. The last part of the journey to Alice Spring was accomplished by Afghan Camel train in 1929. In 2014, the route Alice Spring to Darwin was completed. The journey takes 2 nights on board to Travel from Adelaide to Darwin with stops in between.

The Ghan has Platinum luxury class service with 24 hour room service and also has dinner in the on-board restaurant with an outback flavour with kangaroo fillet on the menu.

The  Blue Train, South Africa

From Cape Town to Johannesburg

The blue train 2

The Blue train is famous for its route from Cape Town to Johannesburg with 1600 kilometers length. It offers a luxurious on-board experience.

The smooth ride allows to appreciate the spectacular scenery of South Africa, ascending Table Mountain, and stopping to taste sample local wines in Stellenbosch and enjoying a three night stay at a hotel right next to Kruger National Park.

The Blue Train has a lounge and club car. There is also a boutique on-board, selling a collection of South African Jewellery. There are two kinds of accommodations, the deluxe suites with a lounge and full bathroom and the luxury suites with a private shower and toilet.

Hiram Bingham, Peru

From Cusco to Machu Picchu

Hiram Bingham train

The Hiram Bingham train is one of South America’s finest rail journeys. Named after the American explorer who discovered the remains of the 15th-century Inca Citadel Machu Picchu in 1911.

The journey of just three and a half hours from Poroy (Cusco) to Machu Picchu passes through some of the Andes’ most astonishing scenery, along the Urubamba River and between the Andes mountains of 4000m high. The journey includes a five-hour tour and a fine Andean dinner on-board.

The train has two 42 seat dining cars serving excellent Peruvian specialties for brunch on the journey to Machu Picchu. The train also has a bar-observation car.

The Canadian, Canada

From Calgary to Vancouver/ Toronto

The Canadian railway

The Canadian offers passengers a six-day journey experience through the Rocky Mountains from Calgary to Vancouver and vice versa. This journey has wonderful views of the Rocky Mountains and its wild fauna. The train makes stops to visit Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, the town of Fort Steele, the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage site, and many other tourist attractions.

The Canadian accommodates 23 passengers only in five carriages with original stainless steel coaches that have been restored to their 1950s splendour.

The economy seating and sleeper touring class have shared shower facilities, with Sleeper Cabins ensuite. There are two dining rooms that seat about twelve people and offers a first-rate menu. Live music is included for evening entertainment, just right for the stop on the banks of Crowsnest Lake.

Eastern and Oriental Express, East Asia

From Malaysia to Bangkok

Eastern and oriental express

The luxury Eastern and Oriental Express runs from Singapore through Malaysia and Thailand (Bangkok) in the heart of the Malay Peninsula.

The journey takes three nights from Singapore’s Art Deco railway station to Bangkok. The best views are from the observation car with rattan furniture and potted plants.

The train has four cabins classes: Pullman single, Pullman, State cabin, and Presidential Cabin. All of them with air-condition and ensuite.

Glacier Express, Switzerland

From Zermatt to St Moritz

Glacier Express

The Glacier Express is the Switzerland’s best known train. The 290km journey from Zermatt to St Moritz lasts around eight hours passing through some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery.

The trip runs in between the ski’s resorts, St Moritz in the Engadin and Zermatt at the base of the Matterhon.

During its journey the train goes through 91 tunnels and across 291 wonderful bridges. The panoramic windows reveals the Swiss Alps, the forested mountains above Visp and on to Oberalp Pass at 2030m.

There is a bar, snacks and drinks available and meals available with a pre-ordered three course menu or dish of the day.

Indian Pacific, Australia

From Perth to Sydney

Indian Paicific train

The Indian Pacific offers comfort in its air-conditioned carriages with fine food and fine wine. It runs 4352 km across Australia between Perth and Sydney crossing deserts, the rural heartland of New South Wales, legendary mining towns, the majestic Blue Mountains and the Nullarbor Plain.

The Platinum service provides large private cabins with full ensuites. Whilst, the Gold service has private twin-sleeper cabins with ensuites and showers. Both cabins have access to the restaurant and lounge. The Red service has comfortable reclining seats, hot showers and a café with meals and snacks.

Venice Simplon Orient-Express, Europe

From Paris to Venice

Venice Simplon Orient-Express

The Venice Simplon Orient-Express is categorized as the most authentic luxury train. It’s composed of restored 1920’s and 1930’s carriages with Art Deco and Art Nouveau decoration. It’s a unique experience of romance and elegance which resemble the golden age of rail travel. The journey takes around 9 days from Paris to Milan and Venice.

The train has three vintage restaurants cars which offer a truly fine dining experience.  It also has a 1930’s bar and a boutique selling accessories and souvenirs.

The Venice Simplon Orient-Express offers private double cabins and 24 hours service.

California Zephyr, USA

From Chicago to California

California Zephyr train

The California Zephyr, the longest train journey in the USA, passes through seven states from Chicago to Emeryville, California covering 3923 km in about 54 hours.

Its historic route includes some of America’s most famous scenery crossing the mountain lakes, pine forest, slopes with snow, cliffs and canyons. The main attractions are the canyons of the Colorado River, Glenwood Canyon, the Utah desert, Sierra Nevada, San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean, stopping in different towns.

The train has a dining car with hot meals, sleeping cars with a range of private rooms from Superliner roomettes to Superliner bedrooms with private ensuites and showers. The reclining seats are comfortable with tables and free pillows.


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