Best Train Journeys To Experience Once in Your Life

Best Train Journeys To Experience Once in Your Life

Sometimes even a private jet couldn't beat the feeling of an awe-inspiring journey on railways.
November 12, 2014 by Globeprime
in Travel | World

Traveling by train is usually an interesting experience, mainly due to the various landscapes encountered throughout the journey. But some train rides are more hectic than others, or can even become the experience of a lifetime.

Whether for scenes, luxury or duration, here are some of the most fascinating train journeys around the world.

El Tren Crucero, Ecuador

This beautiful train journey runs from Guayaquil to Quito, passing by the Ecuadorian Andes.

El Tren Crucero, Ecuado


The Blue Train, South Africa

One of the most luxurious train journeys in the world, running between Pretoria and Cape Town.

The Blue Train, South Africa

Credit: Simon Pielow

The West Highland Line, Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland.

Credit: sean gibson

The TranzAlpine, New Zealand

The TranzAlpine train crosses the Waimakariri bridge near Arthur's Pass.

Credit: New Zealand Trails

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, United States

Awarded the "Best North American Train Trip" by National Geographic Traveler.

Credit: Matt Inden/Miles

The Royal Canadian Pacific, Canada

The Royal Canadian Pacific is a luxury excursion passenger train that operates through the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and British Columbia.

Credit: Derek Hayn

Maharajas' Express, India

"World's Leading Luxury Train" and "World's Most Expensive Luxury Train in Asia", covering more than 12 destinations across North-West and Central India.


The Royal Scotsman, Scotland

Starting in Edinburgh, The Royal Scotsman has a range of circuits through the Scottish Highlands depending on how much time you have. Some start and end in Edinburgh, others will drop you in places like London, Glasgow, or Perth.

Credit: MacCookie

Brocken Railway, Germany

The Brocken Railway takes tourists to the peak of Brocken, Harz, eastern Germany.

Credit: Stefan Rampfel/AFP/Getty Images

The Ghan, Australia

The Ghan is a passenger train between Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin on the Adelaide–Darwin railway in Australia. It takes 54 hours to travel the 2,979 kilometres with a four-hour stopover in Alice Springs.


The Semmering Railway, Austria

"The world's first true mountain railway" travels from Mürzzuschlag south to Gloggnitz. It only takes about 2.5 hours, but it makes for a fabulous jaunt through the scenic Austrian countryside.


The Alaska Denali Star, United States

The route is only available between May and September, which offers a spectacular view of Mount McKinley. If you're looking for a relaxing trip to Denali National Park, this is it.


The Glacier Express, Switzerland

This amazing railway line connects St. Moritz and Zermatt in the Swiss Alps.


Cape to Cairo, Africa

This railway project was initiated at the end of the 19th century, aiming to cross Africa from South to North by rail, but is still not completed. The unfinished part remains between northern Sudan and Uganda.


Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada

The Canadian Pacific Railway covers approximately 22,500 km of track all across Canada and into the United States, stretching from Montreal to Vancouver, and as far north as Edmonton. Its rail network also serves major cities in the United States, such as Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, and New York City.


Douro Line, Portugal

Portugal's premier scenic train ride, the Douro line, is named after the Douro river in a Portuguese wine-growing valley.

Credit: Rui Nunes

Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu, Peru

The Cusco to Machu Picchu route, Ferrocarril Santa Ana, boasts a series of five switchbacks called locally 'El Zig-Zag', which enable the train to climb up the steep incline out of Cusco before it can begin its descent to the Sacred Valley and then continue down to Machu Picchu. However, this section of the route is currently suspended, and all trains to Machu Picchu leave from Poroy, outside of Cusco.

Credit: Michael de la Paz

Flam branch line, Norway

The scenic Flam branch line runs between Voss and Myrdal in Aurland, Norway, a branch of the Bergen line.


Qinghai - Tibet Railway, China

This high-elevation railway connects Xining to Lhasa, Tibet, and includes the Tanggula Pass, which, at 5,072 m above sea level, is the world's highest railway.


Manakara Express, Madagascar

The scenic Manakara Express traverses the 160 km between Madagascar's Fianarantsoa and Manakara.


Bernina Express, Switzerland and Italy

The Bernina Express connects Chur (or Davos) in Switzerland to Poschiavo and Tirano in Italy by crossing the Swiss Edgadin Alps.


Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the "Toy Train", runs between Siliguri and Darjeeling. The railway is listed as one the Mountain Railways of India World Heritage Site.