Trains offer the most laid-back style of travel. If you like sightseeing, you should definitely choose this form of transport. At a very cheap price, you would be able to enjoy beautiful landscapes along the way. Maybe, it will take you few hours more to reach your destination, but you will enjoy every step of the way.
Here is the list of the most scenic train rides in the world.
1. Rocky Mountaineer In Canada
Starting point of the ride is Banff National Park. It goes further on the west to Vancouver, cutting the Canadian Rockies. On a 7-day trip from the west coast to Toronto, you will see the most beautiful landscapes of Canada. You will have the chance to enjoy spectacular views of Jasper, which is Canada’s largest National Park.
2. Glacier Express In Switzerland
Glacier Express is arguably one of the most beautiful and scenic train rides in the world. The train passes through 91 tunnels and 291 bridges, as it makes its way from St Moritz to Zermatt. The view on the Alps and the green pastures is absolutely breathtaking.
3. The Flam Line In Norway
It may be the shortest train rides, but it definitely deserves its place on this list. It winds through fjords and dramatic mountains. You can enjoy lush nature, waterfalls, ravines and gorgeous Nordic farmhouses. In a 55-minute-long ride you will get the best of the Flam Valley.
4. Tranzalpine In New Zealand
If you ever in New Zealand, you must take a popular Tranzalpine line. It will get you to the most beautiful parts of the country. As you make your way from Christchurch to Greymouth, you will cross the Canterbury Plains, the Waimakariri River and see the beautiful Southern Alps.
5. Rovos Rail In South Africa
Rovos line includes routes from Pretoria to Cape Town, Pretoria to Durban, Pretoria to Victoria Falls and Cape Town to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. If you want to experience the beauty of this country to the fullest you must take a trip aboard Rovos Rail’s trains.
6. The Sunset Limited In The USA
If you want to learn more about America’s south-west, you should definitely travel with the Sunset Limited train. It will take you near the US-Mexican border, across the states of California, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. You will enjoy beautiful vistas and coastal landscapes as you travel through this region.
7. Venice-Simplon Orient Express
This is the world’s most famous train, featured in movies, TV shows and numerous novels. In 2009 it ceased to operate, due to the stiff competition of the high-speed trains. Soon after, hotel chain Belmont bought the rights to the train. Today, it runs different rail services, including the original Paris-Istanbul line.
8. The Ghan In Australia
What a better way to explore a country than travel by train to its remotest parts. The line runs through the heart of the Australia continent, as it makes its way from Darwin to Adelaide. If you decide to travel with the Ghan train, you will see Australian outback, the Flinders ranges and hundreds of miles of the untamed wilderness.
9. Alaska Railroad
If you want to explore America’s least populated country, you should take a 6-day trip aboard Alaska Railroad. You will get the chance to enjoy the stunning views across the Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park. As you can see in the pictures, the landscapes are magical. You will never forget the natural beauty of Yukon wilderness and verdant coast near Anchorage.
10. Trans Siberian Railroad In Russia
Trans Siberian Railroad connects the western part of the country with the eastern coast. It is the longest railroad in the world, covering 6,000 miles in total. What is interesting about this railroad is that it crosses 8 time zones and two continents. The line includes routes from Moscow to Vladivostok. But, it also offers routes through the Silk Road towns along Russia’s borders and through Russia’s arctic region.