Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Most Luxurious and Scenic Train Rides of the World

In a modern world where traveling between destinations is viewed as a waste of time and resources, it is hard to actually comprehend the beauty of some of the most spectacular rides on the planet. Far less comfortable, yet far more beautiful and interesting, the time spent between two destinations is equally captivating and offers many sights and sounds.

While we are very much in a century where we have ‘no time to stand and stare’, there are still some awesome train rides across the globe where the trip itself turns into a destination.

So here I have compiled some of the most luxurious and scenic train rides of the world.

Glacier Express

Arguably the slowest ‘express’ on the planet, the 180 mile ride on this delightful route offers to catch a glimpse of the magical panorama that lies on its path.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Linking some of the best cities of Europe including London, Venice, Rome, Budapest or Prague, the Orient Express is the most charming way to travel on tracks.

Pride of Africa

The Pride of Africa is a train journey that no nature lover should ever miss if they wish to explore the beauty, majesty and the hidden grandeur of the spectacular Dark Continent at a leisurely pace.

Euro star

While not many will really be happy with the fact that you get to spend plenty of time in the Euro star under the sea, it sure offers a great mix of comfort and class.

Flam Railway

This train ride is one of the world’s longest fjords Sogne Fjord. The ride looks both enthralling and hair-raising with its narrow passage way and the unforgettable sights.

Eastern & Oriental Express

Stretching between the ultra-modern Singapore and Bangkok, and traveling through lush green tropical forests, the Eastern and Oriental Express is modern, stylish and comfortable.

Royal Scotsman

It’s the most expensive train ride on the planet. The trip offers a great passage through little known waterfalls, mountains and valleys; it is obviously not for everyone.

Alaska Railroad

The famous Alaskan Railroad offers you a multitude of tours and packages that will take you through an exclusive journey across glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, mountains and all the snow that covers the region.

The Ghan

Connecting Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin, the Ghan is the ultimate Australian rail adventure that is coupled with unparalleled luxury. The journey takes you through Australia’s most beautiful regions and the special service on the train will pamper you as you go along.


The journey might be short, but traveling to the highest railway station in Europe has its special appeal and the ride itself will present you with views of mountains, rivers and valleys that will all look postcard-perfect!