A train journey is romantic in an old-fashioned way! Whether just transiting or embarking on a journey-of-your-lifetime, taking the slow route will let you experience the world in a completely different way. TripHobo has listed for you the ten most epic train trips from around the world.
1. The Jacobite
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Considered one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, a ride from Fort William and Mallaig will take you deep into the Scottish wild west coast (and of course the world of Harry Potter). The impressive panoramas and the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct is a sight you don’t want to miss!
2. The Chepe
Travel through the spectacularly beautiful Copper Canyon, its 37 precarious-looking bridges, and 86 train tunnels on this one epic Mexican train journey. The Chepe starts in the mountains of Chihuahua and ends on the Sinaloa coast.
3. Oslo to Bergen
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Travel on one of the world’s highest stretches of railway tracks – the Hardangervidda plateau on this train trip from Oslo to Bergen. Thanks to the surrounding artistic settings, this train ride is scenic and exhilarating. Watch the tracks cut through many winding fjords as you take a sip of coffee on board.
4. The Blue Train
To sum it up, South Africa’s Blue Train is a combination of stylish rooms on board and the views of some of the most diverse and awesomely natural Africa landscapes. From Pretoria to Cape Town, this train journey will definitely up your train game!
5. The Rocky Mountaineer
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Unlock Canada’s unparalleled beauty aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. The train moves from Vancouver to either Banff, Jasper, and Calgary offering luxurious lodging options, lip-smacking food, and many on-board workshops.
6. Palace on Wheels
Luxury, tradition, and modernity all come together for this one grand train ride. Palace on Wheels runs in a circuit through the Indian state of Rajasthan and offers onboard hospitality like no other.
7. The Trans-Siberian
This one is for the ultimate train lovers! The Trans-Siberian crosses eight-time zones across Russia and takes you through many little-visited places on Earth. This 5,753-mile train journey is without a doubt one-of-a-kind experience.
8. The Danube Express
Hosting just 65 passengers, the Danube Express takes you to and through Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Belgrade, Sarajevo, and Trieste. An unusual alternative to the Orient Express, this train ride is luxurious, intimate, and total value for money.
Make way from Cusco and Machu Picchu on this one enchanting train ride! This luxurious and exclusive train livery comes with a tonne of onboard facilities like personalized suits, fine dining restaurant, and even a massage room! Sink into an armchair and watch the beautiful mountains whiz past you.
10. Harz Railway
This steam paradise will take you on a ride through many of Germany’s fairy-tale towns and villages along the Harz mountains. Hear the locomotive hiss and thud as you pass through the heart of the magical mountain world.