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8 Best Train Journeys in the World

Grab a window seat and set out on a meandering journey of surprises.

Speaking of leisure, in comparison with every other mode of transport, trains take the piece of cake. What more could be said about the nonchalant comfort of a long and peaceful train journey. A good book or perhaps soothing music in accompaniment of a spectacular view, is all it takes to seize the day. From dramatic mountains to surreal landscapes, here are few of the most scenic locomotive journeys across the world.

1. Hiram Bingham Orient Express, Peru

Traversing from Cusco to Machu Picchu, through the most beguiling panoramic views of South America is undisputedly the journey of a lifetime. The vintage luxury train climbs up the Inca Trail leaving passengers baffled with the benevolence of nature. Before you know it, you will find yourself lost in thoughts, as you indulge in a sumptuous gourmet meal, while staring at the Peruvian Andes and Urubamba River. Inspired by the 1920s Pullman carriages, the wooden furbished train hosts 84 passengers.
Duration: 4 hours
Best time to travel: May – December
Cost: Approximately $470 one-way
Website: www.belmond.com/hiram-bingham-train
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2. Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

The Rocky Mountaineer navigates its way to Vancouver from multiple routes between Jasper and Banff, exploring the majestic Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, glaciered lakes, lush forests and riveting wildlife. Recipient of numerous awards, the train tours across several mesmerising tracks. A ticket of the GoldLeaf Service lets you sit back and relax in a glass-domed coach as you sink into a journey of unparalleled beauty. With the best chefs on-board, you can assure yourself of a lavish fine-dining experience.
Duration: Flexible packages, between 1 – 24 days of travel.
Best time to travel: April – October
Cost: Approximately $1000 one-way
Website: www.rockymountaineer.com
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3. The Ghan, Australia

Embark upon an unmatched journey from Adelaide to Darwin, with generous stopovers for excursions at the Alice Springs and Katherine region. Stretching across an elongated track of over 1800 miles, The Ghan displays the rustic side of the Red Centre and tropical beauty of Australia, striking a perfect balance between adventure and luxury. The train service provides different scales of comfort to its passengers, in tandem with exquisite on-board meals. As you engross yourself in an awe-inspiring world, watch out for kangaroos and camels gracing your path.
Duration: Multiple days, flexible packages.
Best time to travel: April – October
Cost: Minimum $930 one-way
Website: www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/
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4. The Royal Scotsman, Scotland

Touring around the Scottish Highlands, the Royal Scotsman is by-far one of the poshest and most expensive trains in the world. A round-trip of Edinburgh is the most widely travelled route. The debonair of the Englishmen reflect in the service and culinary delights of the train. Travelling alongside the magical European country roads, exploring famous places like Ben Nevis, Isle of Bute, Plockton village and other enchanting backdrops further elevate this top-end experience.
Duration: 2 to 4 nights, different routes and packages
Best time to travel: April – October
Cost: Minimum $3000
Website: www.belmond.com/royal-scotsman-train
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5. Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

While talking about train journeys, it is impossible to miss out on the Trans-Siberian railway network. With an extensive length of over 5700 miles, its Rossiya train stands proud as the world’s longest railway line, spanning from Moscow to Vladivostok. Built in the late 19th century, the Trans-Siberian crosses almost 6 time-zones and countless small European and Asian cities. With an intricate network and routes to Mongolia and China, the train is a landmark in transportation. Needless to say, the window-seat provides a hypnotic view, leaving passengers spellbound. The Golden Eagle is a Tsar-style luxury train embellished with state-of-the-art interiors, food and comfort.
Duration: 6 days for the longest route.
Best time to travel: April – September
Cost: Minimum $300 for regular coaches. $12,860 for Golden Eagle.
Website: www.transsiberianexpress.net
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6. Eastern & Oriental Express, South-East Asia

Toggling between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, this railways route is a spectacle of its own. As you watch the skyscrapers recede in the background, feel can feel your nerves unwind. The Oriental cuisine and extravagance of the facilities on-board perfectly match the view of picturesque woods, temples, monuments and villages on the outskirts of the buzzing cities.
Duration: Singapore to Huay Yang – 6 nights, and Singapore to Bangkok – 2 nights.
Best time to travel: March – December
Cost: Approximately $2300 one-way
Website: www.belmond.com/eastern-and-oriental-express
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7. The Blue Train, South Africa

Promoted globally as the “magnificent moving 5-star hotel”, the Blue Train is hands-down luxury at its best. Shuttling between Pretoria and Cape Town, the 990-mile stretch showcases the unruffled scenery of the African sub-continent. The trains pamper you with elegant suites and extraordinary meals. As you sip on your bubbling glass of champagne, be prepared for the serene view of the savannah grasslands and arid deserts to captivate you.
Duration: 27 hours
Best time to travel: October – February
Cost: Approximately $1000 one-way
Website: www.bluetrain.co.za
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8. Glacier Express, Switzerland

Diving straight into the beauty of the Swiss Alps, the Glacier Express forms a scenic link between the St. Moritz and Zermatt. Known for its distinguished journey of 180 miles, the train route gracefully traverses 291 bridges and passes through 91 tunnels. The train takes a paradisiacal tour around, snow-clad mountains, pristine glaciers and breath-taking gorges. The journey is bejewelled with stupefying views from the symbolic railway line of Landwasser Viaduct and landmarks such as – the Rhine Gorge, Oberalp Pass and Upper Engadine Valley.
Duration: 7 hours
Best time to travel: January – October
Cost: Approximately $170
Website: www.glacierexpress.ch
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