Trains are unarguably the most comfortable, relaxing and laid-back form of travelling. Though the planes will take you to your destination much faster, you are sure to miss the beautiful and scenic view the journeys have to offer. Here’s a look at 10 exceptionally scenic train rides you must take in your lifetime.
1.TranzAlpine – New Zealand
The TranzAlpine takes the riders through New Zealand’s most dramatic landscapes starting from Christchurch and ending at the historic former gold mining town of Greymouth.
2. The Ghan – Australia
Cutting a path directly through Australia’s fiery red center, The Ghan travels from Darwin in the north to Adelaide — a total distance of almost 2000 miles. The Ghan offers travellers the opportunity to experience the vast landscape in pure luxury.
3. The Glacier Express – Switzerland
Connecting two of Switzerland’s most scenic mountain resorts, Zermatt and St Moritz, the Glacier Express is the most relaxing way to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps. Highlights of the journey include Oberalp Pass, the highest point on the ride at 6706 feet.
4. Belmond Grand Hibernian – Ireland
Rooms on the Belmond Grand Hibernian look like Georgian-era hotel suites, while cushy observation cars are ideal for viewing green fields and sheep on the way to Cork or Belfast from Dublin.
5. Trans-Siberian – Russia
The Trans-Siberian Railway offers a 14-day excursion through Russia, from Vladivostok to Moscow, that passes by endless grasslands and Lake Baikal, the deepest lake on Earth.
6. Orient Express – Europe
Black-tie glamour still rules on the century-old Orient Express from London to Venice, which passes through Paris while you’re having dinner and brings aboard fresh-baked croissants when the train stops in Switzerland.
7. The Shongololo Express – Namibia
The Shongololo Express pairs a safari with deluxe rail travel in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
8. Palace on Wheels – India
The Palace on Wheels is the most relaxing way to see the India’s temples, forts and taj Mahal while avoiding the heat and crowds of tourist India.
9. Caledonian Sleeper – United Kingdom
Depart from London in the evening on the Caledonian Sleeper in the dining car, adjourn to a cabin, and awaken to the mountains and lochs of the Scottish Highlands, arriving midmorning in Fort William.
10. Rocky Mountaineer – Canada
The Rocky Mountaineer take you on a thrilling two-day journey from the mountain resort town of Banff in Alberta through the majestic Canadian Rockies to the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver.