Railway trips are some of the most exciting land adventures to embark. Apart from a good serving of scenic views, trains also offer several luxurious services and amenities from gourmet food to cocktail parties. Despite the modern demands for faster train trips, there is a call for more relaxing and indulgent train trips like the ones below.
St Moritz, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy
One-Way: CHF30 or GBP20
The red sightseeing train crosses the Swiss Engadin Alps on a railway connecting Switzerland and Italy. The four-hour trip includes picturesque flashes of the Alps including glaciers and frozen lakes, which passes through several tunnels and bridges. It offers connecting bus ride with the Post Bus, a reverse trip from Lake Como, Italy to Lugano, Switzerland.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Mbeya, Zambia
The Tazara Railway is a China-funded train project connecting two African countries. The journey covers 850 kilometers of land for 24 hours, serving passengers with village specialties in a buffet style menu through the train windows. The trip highlights African wildlife as it passes through the Selous game reserve.
Adelaide to Darwin, Australia
One Way: AUD499 or GBP277
The Ghan train journey lasts two nights and three days as it moves from Adelaide to Darwin covering almost 2,000 miles. It makes a relaxing stopover at Alice Springs for four hours, a magnificent treat for passengers and tourists alike.
The Rocky Mountain Loop
Vancouver to Jasper, Canada
One Way: CAD138.60 or GBP75.60
The 18.5 hour-train ride over the Rocky Mountain begins late in the evening, but the sightseeing part in the morning after. The train departs from Vancouver at 8:30pm, but there is no time for night parties as passengers must wake up very early to make time for viewing the Yellowhead Pass.
Eastern and Oriental Express
Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore
One way: USD3,070
It is quite an expensive ride, but for a single journey across three Asian backpacking countries, it’s worth every dollar. This is perhaps the best alternative to flying directly from Thailand to Singapore and vice versa because this posh train has everything for an indulgent long ride.
Photos by: Emanuele, Gary Bembridge, Sébastien Launay, Simon Pielow