Train travel these days is no longer just about getting from point A to point B. It’s evolved long past that now and can sometimes be a fantastic way to take in as much of the natural sights in whatever country you’ve visiting at a quicker pace!

Train travel in the UK is pretty much a mainstream means of travel and so I’d long been a fan (it’s a great way to travel across the UK) but after visiting Flam (on the way to see the Fjords) and seeing the amazing sights that route had to offer, I can say without hesitation that I would happily include a train journey in my travel itinerary for no other reason than the experience alone. I’d even go as far as taking a day return journey with no stops whatsoever, just for the sights alone.

Now the big question is where? As fantastic as some train routes are, a whole lot of other ones are pretty dire and soul-sucking so it’s important to make sure you’re on the right train journey and I’ve rounded up 15 of the best – just for you!

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1.) The Royal Scotsman, UK
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Website: www.belmond.com/royal-scotsman-train/the-train


2.) The Flamsbana, Norway

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Website: www.visitflam.com/en/sightseeing/attractions/flamsbana-the-flam-railway/


3.) Hiram Bingham Orient Express, Peru

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Website: www.belmond.com/hiram-bingham-train/


4.) The Ghan, Australia

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Website: www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/trains/the_ghan



5.) The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

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Website: www.goldeneagleluxurytrains.com


6.) Rovos Rail “Pride of Africa”, South Africa

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Website: www.rovos.com


7.) The Blue Train, South Africa

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Website: www.bluetrain.co.za


8.) Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

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Website: www.rockymountaineer.com/en


9.) Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train, USA

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Website: www.durangotrain.com


10. ) Tranzalpine, New Zealand

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Website: www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz/tranzalpine/


11.) Glacier Express, Switzerland

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Website: www.glacierexpress.ch/en/Pages/default.aspx


12.) Eastern and Orient Express, Thailand/Singapore
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Website: www.belmond.com/eastern-and-oriental-express/


13.) Trans-Harz Railway and Brocken Railway, Germany

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Website: www.greatrail.com/holiday-types/harz-mountains-tours


14.) Grand Canyon Railway, USA

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Website: www.thetrain.com


15.) Danube Express, Hungary

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Website: www.danube-express.com



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  • Pip {Cherries & Chisme}

    Oh my goodness I want to do them all!
    I’ll aways remember taking one of those cog trains (is that what they’re called?!) in New Hampshire with my parents when I was younger, so slow but such a steep climb! That, and travelling through the Alps from Zurich to Milan, too beautiful 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Now that you mention it, I’m not sure what they’re called. Swiss train journeys have a reputation for being beautiful!

  • My favourite train journey was Boston to New York along the east coast it was gorgeous in lots of places but nothing compared to these pics.
    Xxx
    Lyndsey
    http://www.labeau.co.uk

    • HandLuggageOnly

      I would like to take the train from Boston to New York someday. I never thought about it before but it sounds like it be quite a cool route to go through!

  • Saving this! Love train journeys so much. To be honest, any train journey within Switzerland is gorgeous! Gorgeous pictures (:

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ha ha ha! Yes indeed!

  • This is some great wanderlust. Love the photos. The only one of these I’ve been on is the Grand Canyon. Although my favorite train journey yet was going along the French Riviera. Barcelona to Marseille to Nice to Florence. Thanks for sharing.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Nice! What did you think of the Grand Canyon train? (And that French Riviera journey sounds pretty good too!)

      • It was when I was a kid and absolutely loved it!

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Aawww, that’s nice! That journey is amazing but seeing it through the eyes of a kid make it even more magical!

  • mariel

    I always found train rides fascinating, it probably stemmed from watching the first Harry Potter film and that train ride view, it was just so beautiful and I agree, now a days you get to see a lot of amazing and beautiful views whilst on the journey and that really is just a bonus…I absolutely love this post Yaya, definitely saving it and adding these on my bucket list 🙂 these views are just breath taking

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Tatiane Kozijn

    it looks so prettey!! I want to do them all!!!!

    X Tatiane

    http://www.FashionContainer.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      And so you should! 🙂

  • Immaculate & beautiful images to look at … Along with great essential information. Simply Beautiful ! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks! Glad you found it useful!

  • Bailey Berg

    Gorgeous! I’m currently based in China, and trains here aren’t like any of these. They’re more like this: https://thetokenlaowai.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/riding-the-rails-sichuan-style/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Wow!!! That is some crowd!

  • Emma

    I would also recommend a ride on a bullet train in Japan! Past Mount Fuji is the classic trip.

    http://www.mytravelbugbite.wordpress.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Sounds amazing!!! If they’re going so fast, do you get the time to enjoy it?

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