There was once a time when trains were a symbol of luxury and elegance—the most lavish journeys when compared with walking, or travelling by car or bus. Now, train rides are making a comeback, proving that what comes around goes around. So grab your suitcases, put on your best clothes, and enjoy these most luxurious train rides from all over the world.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe
Travel the glorious continent of Europe in the spirit of 1920s luxury. With divine views and overflowing champagne, the Venice Simplon-Orient Express offers the best for your European vacation. Routes have many variations, from London to Venice, Paris to Verona, and Venice to Budapest, as well as three-stop journeys like Venice to Budapest to London.
Rocky Mountaineer, Canada to United States of America
Rocky Mountaineer elevates sightseeing to a whole new level with its groundbreaking train car covered on the sides and the top with huge, clear windows overseeing the jaw-dropping views of Banff, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, and much more. You may need extra memory in your camera for this journey— who knows what fascinating sights you might come across.
The Blue Train, South Africa
With luxurious suites, glamorous lounges, and divine meals, The Blue Train is the perfect ride for you to enjoy the best in Africa. Travelling from the vast south to north, the train passes majestic views of the mountains standing astride the continent, beautiful desert landscapes, and untamed savannah grasslands brimming with wildlife.
Belmond Royal Scotsman, Scotland
Moving slowly along Scotland’s iconic lochs, castles, and countryside, the Belmond Royal Scotsman transports you across the highlands with a plethora of perfect services and facilities, such as an onboard spa, massage and manicure, luxurious suites, and a mahogany dining car, all passing through the splendid scenery of Scotland.
Rovos Rail, South Africa
Rovos Rail offers a three-day excursion that takes lucky passengers through a range of diverse environments, such as the grasslands of Highveld and the desert of Great Karoo. It is all particularly exceptional if seen from the observation car with its open-air balconies.
Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru
Embrace the glorious views of Peru, where the Belmond Andean Explorer journeys from the ancient capital of Cusco and proceeds to the Andean Plains and the beautiful Lake Titicaca. The inside of the train is also just as mesmerising, with cars decorated with local flair and Peruvian tapestries on the bed made of alpaca wool.
Eastern & Oriental Express, Southeast Asia
Enjoy the glimmering cities of Asia like never before with the Eastern & Oriental Express. Making stops at famous Asian cities like Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Singapore, this train ride has become a favourite since 1993. Inspired by the 1932 Marlene Dietrich film Shanghai Express, the train exudes classic luxury for passengers, complete with divine views of lush rainforests and ancient temples.