Top 10 Train Trips Around the World
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Top 10 Train Trips Around the World

1- Indian Pacific, Sydney to Perth, Austalia

One of the world’s great train journeys, it departs from Perth and ends in Sydney, a journey of 4352 km.  Linking the Indian Ocean with the pacific, the journey takes 3 days and runs the world’s longest straight stretch of railway, 478 km across the Nullabor Plain. There are 2 weekly departures from both perth and Sydney that travel through the blue mountains, minning towns like broken hill and kalgoolie, Adelaide, the remotest outpost of cook and vast stretches of outback dessert. (www.gsr.com.au)

2- Hanoi to Lao Cai, Vietnam

The train departs Hanoi to Lao Cai on the Chinese border and is quite a comfortable public train with sleepers and seats. For those want to travel in style, the carriages of the Victoria train (two sleeping cars and a dining car attached to the normal train) are the best way to travel to the cooler hill retreats of Sa Pa and Bac Ha, 380 km northwest of Hanoi. (www.victoriahotels-asia.com)

3- AVE, Madrid to Cordoba, Spain

Departs Madrid’s ornate Estacion Atocha Station for the two-hour Alta Velocidad Espanola (AVE or high speed train) journey to the UNESCO world heritage city of Cordoba, enabling you to explore Cordoba’s rich heritage and the famous Mezquita Mosque/ Cathedral. This train hits speeds of 280 km/hour as it passes through the historic city of Toledo on its way to Sevilla. (www.raileurope.com)

4- Royal Scotsman, Scotland 

This luxurious train, which has been plying the tracks since 1985 makes available 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7-night journeys through the Scottish Highland.  Enjoy facilities best described as five star country accommodation on wheels. Pay only once and enjoy all meals, accommodation, beverages and an excursion to a whisky distillery and a spot of clay pigeon shooting.  The train is now part of the exclusive Orient Express Trains portfolio. (www.royalscottsman.com)

5- Golden Pass, Montreux to Lucerne, Switzerland

The golden pass train travels from Montreux on the banks of Lake Geneva to cross over the Swiss alps for Lucerne, while passing through vineyards, alpine valleys and mountainous terrain.  Comfortable seats and large panoramic windows allow passengers to admire the landscape.  Two train changes and five hours and 19 minutes later, the train pulls into Lucerne station beside a beautiful lake. (www.sbb.ch)

6- Shanghai to Uramqi, China

Retrace the silk road on the mammoth, 4077 km journey from the yellow sea across the Gobi desert to the far west of this vast valley. Be prepared for a 46-hour journey or break it in old caravan oasis towns of Xi’an, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, and Turpan. Admire the vast barren desert and the shimmering snow-capped Flaming Mountain.  Continue westwards to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and then retrace Paul Theroux’s Ghost Train to the eastern Star train journey back to London. www.trains.china.org.cn

7- E & O Express, Singapore to Thailand

Private cabins of this grand train that travels the 1900 km between Singapore and Bangkok are plush and fitted with luxiourious beds; some have showers. Sit back and let the staff pamper you with morning and afternoon teas while you choose stylish evening wear for a sumptuous dinner.  View the country side from the observation car and enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the piano car. (www.orient-express.com)

8- Kandy to Nanu oya, Sri Lanka

The weather gets real cool on the mountainous climb from Kandy through tea plantations to the rail junction of Nanu Oya.  Many travelers alight here for the hill station retreat of Nuwara Eliya although the train continues to Badulla.  Most tourists end up seated in the air-conditioned observation car at the rear of the train but, for those who want to meet the locals, purchase a second class seat. (www.railway.gov.lk)

9- TGV Paris to Dijon, France

The TGV (Train a grand vitesse) is one of the fastest trains, notching speeds of up to 575 km/hour on the 260 km journey southeast to Dijon.  Travel in the comfort of first class with on-board facilities for business people to work, or leisure travelers to simply admire the French countryside. (www.tgv-europe.com)

10-  Zell-am-See to Stuhlfelden, Austria

Austria’s snow-capped mountains and fertile valleys are typified by the pinzgau Valley meanders from the lakeside resort of Zell-am-See northwards near the German border.  The village of Stuhlfelden is located along this scenic rail route and makes a perfect base for skiing trips to the famous Kitzbulen or Kitzsteinhorn fields.  Stay in the romantic 500 year-old guesthouse of Shwaigerlehen-Berngarten to appreciate the finest Austian cuisine. (www.oebb.at)

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  • Salma

    I suggest you add the blue train trips in South Africa :)

    • http://urbanpeek.com Rashed

      Will look into it, maybe we can issue an update.

  • kocsis jános

    No Russian trains?

  • Wojt

    Where’s Siberia?

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