The 15 Most Beautiful Train Journeys in the World

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In the post-modern era of immediate communication and ever faster travel, it's especially sweet to rediscover the taste of travel, when what matters is not the destination, the place where one arrives, but the journey itself. And what better way than the train allows you to discover so much of the world around us? So take a seat, relax, put some good music in your ears and let yourself be conquered by the view that flows from the window, and enjoy with us the 15 most beautiful train journeys in the world.

15 - The Empire Builder (USA)

A long journey to discover the north-western United States, for one of the busiest routes. The train The Empire Builder, after passing the rural areas of Wisconsin, will take you to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes in the world, through the Great Plains of Montana and the immense prairies, and then take you to the heart of one of the most beautiful parks in the Americas, the Glacier National Park, between mountains and lakes.

  • Departure Point: Chicago, USA
  • Destination: Portland / Seattle, USA
  • Distance traveled: 1435

14 - Bergen Railway (Norway)

The train that connects the two major cities of Norway will allow you to discover the enchanting landscapes of this region, among snowy landscapes 30 km long and postcard sceneries. The train with a 7 hour long journey will allow you to discover the wonders of Norway, traveling through the Hardangervidda plateau, magnificent National Park that will make you discover the wonders of the Norwegian fjords, as well as the largest nature reserve in Europe.

  • Departure Point: Oslo, Norway
  • End Point: Bergen, Norway
  • Distance traveled: 480 km

13 - Grand Canyon Railway (Arizona)

One of the most beautiful places and views in the world, the majestic Grand Canyon, with its very deep gorges represents a unique spectacle of nature, and the best way to reach it is probably the Grand Canyon Railway, a journey through Arizona and its wild nature, aboard its magnificent 20s carriages.

  • Departure Point: Williams, Arizona
  • End Point: Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, USA
  • Distance covered: about 200 km

12 - Rovos Rail (South Africa)

A trip aboard the Rovos Rail Pride of Africa, will allow you to live an extraordinary experience of true luxury, with its carriages furnished in a classic style of the 20s-30s, which will lead you to discover the heart of South Africa, from Cape Town to Johannesburg and Pretoria, with some routes also towards Victoria Falls, and other trains that will also take you to Tanzania and Namibia (in July). Not without reason, it is considered by many to be the best train journey in the world, thanks to its wonderful views and very high travel standards, including starred cuisine.

  • Departure Point: Cape Town
  • Arrival Point: Johannesburg
  • Distance traveled: 1300 km

11 - Royal Scotsman (Scotland)

A wonderful journey in the heart of the Highlands, through breathtaking landscapes of unspoiled nature, between pine-covered mountains and lakes. The train Royal Scotsman is a real journey of luxury, in a small vintage train capable of carrying up to 36 passengers, for a journey of absolute intimacy, and which Edinburgh it will take you through the most beautiful cities in Scotland, following different itineraries for an unforgettable 3-day trip, and with the possibility of organizing themed trips (whiskey tasting, golf, Scottish residences).

  • Departure Point: Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • Arrival Point: Various
  • Distance traveled: -

10 - Hiram Bingham Orient Express (Peru)

An exclusive journey, immersed in the elegance of 20s Pullman style carriages, furnished in polished wood and brass, to discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The 3,5 hour journey will take you from Cuzco up to Machu Picchu, climbing through the majestic Andean countryside, giving you enchanting landscapes, which you can admire from the bar with panoramic windows, all accompanied by Peruvian music and excellent cocktails. For an unforgettable journey!

  • Departure point: Cuzco, Peru
  • Arrival point: Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Distance traveled: 130 km

9 - Rocky Mountaineer (Canada)

Discovering the Western Canada on this wonderful train able to offer the highest levels of comfort and elegance. The journey will lead you from Banff to Vancouver allowing you to admire some of the most beautiful and wild landscapes in the world: the train passes through the Canadian Rockies and during the trip you can admire canyons, glacial lakes and unspoiled nature.

  • Departure Point: Banff, Canada
  • End Point: Vancouver, Canada
  • Distance covered: about 800 km

8 - Douro Line (Portugal)

A journey that will allow you to discover the meraglie of Douro valley taking a dip in the past: the Douro Line will reveal the charm of the enchanting Douro region giving you unique and wonderful sceneries, on board a real one locomotive of the early twentieth century which follows the path along the river, allowing you to enjoy the journey in total relaxation. During the journey you will pass through 26 tunnels and 30 bridges, and through historic and beautiful stations, for an itinerary full of charm.

  • Departure Point: Porto, Portugal
  • End Point: Pocinho, Portugal
  • Distance covered: about 200 km

7 - Glacier Express (Switzerland)

Probably one of the most beautiful travel itineraries in the world, the Express Glacier it is also considered the slowest train in the world: in fact the 270 km of mountains that separate the two exclusive locations of Zermatt e St. Moritz travels at an average speed of 33 km / h, taking the beauty of almost eight hours, all in the name of a journey of pure relaxation that will lead you, through 91 tunnels and 291 bridges, to discover an alpine landscape to cut the breath between enchanted valleys and snow-capped mountains.

  • Starting point: Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Arrival point: St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Distance traveled: 270 km

6 - Maharaja Express (India)

Il Maharaja Express it is considered the most luxurious train in the world, able to give the traveler a unique experience of charm and elegance. With 88 passengers on board, and even equipped with one Presidential cabin, the train will take you to discover India on a 3 to 7 day journey through the cities of Rajasthan, Agra, Jaipur, e Udaipur, allowing you to experience an unforgettable adventure.

  • Departure Point: Delhi, India
  • Destination: Mumbai, India
  • Distance traveled: 1400 km

5 - Eastern and Orient Express (Singapore-Thailand)

A fantastic journey aboard a high-class train, which will take you to the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia, making you discover its most enchanting landscapes. A journey that gives Singapore will take you up to Bangkok, Via Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth (Malaysia) e Kanchanaburi (Thailand), with an unmissable stop at the railway bridge over River Kwai, icon of the Second World War.

  • Departure Point: Singapore,
  • Destination: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Distance covered: about 2020 km

4 - Blue Train (South Africa)

One of the most beautiful luxury trains in Africa, the Blue Train through a 27 hour long journey between Cape Town e Pretoria, will allow you to discover the most beautiful corners, the most evocative and breathtaking views of South Africa, at a cost that is by no means negligible (about 2000 $ per person), but in a context of a unique elegance in the world , for a voyage of discovery in the name of relaxation and luxury.

  • Departure Point: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Arrival point: Pretoria, South Africa
  • Distance traveled: 1590 km

3 - Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express (Russia-Asia)

Il Golden Eagle follows the route of the famous Trans-Siberian, the longest railway in the world that connects western Russia to the far eastern tip, passing through two continents and leading through the steppes of the Mongolia, Gobi Desert until the discovery of Beijing, with stops also in some places of the Silk Road. A train that is the very essence of travel and discovery, a unique itinerary in the world.

  • Departure Point: Moscow, Russia
  • Destination: Vladivostok, Russia
  • Distance traveled: 9288 km

2 - The Ghan (Australia)

A long journey, which will lead you to discover the heart of Australia, thanks to the luxury train The Ghan that in two days of travel from the north to the south ofAustralia will allow you to discover different and unique landscapes in the world, giving you the idea of ​​the immense vastness ofOutback and taking you to the most remote countries, all in a high-class environment and with impeccable services.

  • Departure Point: Darwin, Australia
  • End Point: Adelaide, Australia
  • Distance traveled: 3000 km

1 - Venice-Simplon Orient Express (Europe)

There is little to say, theOrient Express it is the most famous train in the world, which still runs along the original route that goes from Paris to Istanbul, offering several routes today. We are talking about one of the most authentic vintage trains, thanks to its carriages dating back to the 20s, completely restored, restoring their original splendor, giving you a unique and legendary travel experience. The classic itinerary today travels between London e Venezia, touching some of the most beautiful places in Europe, but different itinerary variations are possible that also touch cities such as Dresden, Prague, Vienna. A journey to the heart of Europe.

  • Departure point: Venice, Italy
  • End Point: London, England
  • Distance covered: about 1500 km

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