The most luxurious trains in the world, which will turn a difficult trip into an exciting journey (31 photos)

Even though the train is not the fastest mode of transport, the luxurious interior of the carriages and the picturesque scenery outside the window can turn a trip on it into an unforgettable and exciting adventure of your life.

These photos will help to understand why more and more tourists choose this type of transport for their travels.

“Glacier Express” is a panoramic high-speed train that transports passengers across the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 2,033 meters.

Glacier Express across the Swiss Alps

The express passes through the two most famous ski resorts in Switzerland: St. Moritz and Zermatt. In seven and a half hours, he crosses 291 bridges and passes through 91 tunnels.

Express passes ski resorts of Switzerland

The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway in the world. The Trans-Siberian Express crosses eight time zones. Passengers can get from Moscow to Vladivostok and Beijing by highway.

The Trans-Siberian railway

The train covers the entire route in a week, excluding stops. Private trains follow the same route at a slower pace.

The South African train “Pride of Africa” ​​(“Pride of Africa”) is called by many the most luxurious train on Earth. A ticket for it costs from $5,000 to $10,000 per person. The train is on the route from Cape Town (South Africa) – Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). In the photo, the train made a stop near the Victoria Falls.

South African train, Pride of Africa

Along the way, the Pride of Africa stops at various game reserves that can only be reached by train or small plane.

The famous luxury train “Venice Simplon-Orient” or “Oriental Express” runs between London, Venice, Istanbul, and many other cities. Depending on the destination, the ticket price varies from $2,500 to $9,000.

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The luxury train consists of carriages decorated in the style of the 1920s and 1930s. Passengers can enjoy exquisite French cuisine and experience the incomparable atmosphere of the Orient Express, as described in Agatha Christie’s novel.

The younger brother of the legendary “Eastern Express,” the “Eastern & Oriental” express transports passengers throughout Southeast Asia. The fare varies from $2,000 to $9,000.

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This luxurious train has several dining cars, a library, a gift shop, and bars, one of which has a large outdoor observation deck.

The train “Belmond Royal Scotsman” (“Royal Scotsman”) invites everyone to travel through Scotland and the Northern Highlands and visit ruined castles, golf courses, and whiskey factories. The cheapest trip will cost $1,350 per person, the most expensive – from $5,000 to $13,000.

The train Belmond Royal Scotsman

Passengers sleep here in double compartments. All meals are prepared directly on the train.

The Alaska Railroad is the main summer attraction, with the Denali Star train going from Anchorage to Fairbanks, making a stop in Denali National Park. The whole journey takes twelve hours.

Denali Star train

This train is famous for its carriages with glass domes, thanks to which passengers can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding area.

The “Blue Train” express route, which is called a “five-star hotel on wheels”, runs from Cape Town to Pretoria.

The luxurious carriages of the “luxury” class turn from a living room during the day into a bedroom at night. The chef prepares signature dishes from oysters, ostrich meat and lamb.

The Hiram Bingham train is heading through Peru to the Inca city of Machu Picchu.

The menu in the restaurant car of this train boasts local cuisine, and the bar features live Peruvian music. A round trip will cost $750.

Hiram Bingham train

“Palace on Wheels” (“Palace on Wheels”) makes a trip through the fortresses and palaces of the largest state in India – Rajasthan. The train departs from New Delhi and the entire journey takes seven days.

Initially, the carriages of the “Palace on Wheels” train were intended for the personal use of the rulers of various Indian states.

Palace on Wheels from New Delhi

“Danube Express” is a private train that runs between Prague, Budapest, Krakow and Istanbul. Previously, the train belonged to the Prime Minister of Hungary, Janos Kadar.

The carriages are equipped with shiny wooden panels and comfortable sleeping places. In the sleeping car, conductors serve tea or coffee, and wine in the evenings.

Behind the Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway runs the so-called “Toy Train” on the route New Jalpaiguri – Darjeeling at an altitude of 2,200 meters.

The Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The train itself is an old locomotive.

Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway

“Napa Valley Wine” or “Wine Train” is a private excursion train that takes tourists through the numerous vineyards and wineries of Napa Valley, California.

An evening trip with dinner will cost gourmets $189 per person.

Napa Valley Wine Train

The advanced, high-speed Harmony train travels through many major cities in China. The fastest train develops a speed of 431 km/h.

The Flåm Railway runs through the Norwegian mountains and is a popular tourist attraction in Aurlandsfjord. It descends from a height of 865 meters above sea level to the picturesque Fløm valley.

The railway line is one of the steepest in the world. Tourists are waiting for the most beautiful landscapes of Norway: rivers, cascades of waterfalls, deep gorges, mountain farms, and valleys.

“Ghan” is an Australian train that crosses the entire continent from south to north, from Adelaide to Darwin. The launch of the legendary line took place in 1929.

Passengers make a three-day journey through the Australian outback. One-way fares range from $900 to $3,500.

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