Going on train journeys allows you to see so much more of a country, but some journeys are better than others. Here are some of the best in the world.
There is something energising and romantic about train journeys and enjoying the scenery.
Train journeys are also eco-friendly compared with air travel. Over the next few weeks we’ll bring you a series of articles on the best trains and train journeys in the world. Each article will be accompanied by at least one solid reason why train travel is the better option.
TransAlpine Train, New Zealand
The train takes you through one of the most scenic journeys in the world. On this trip of 223 kilometres lasting a little over four hours you will go into the Southern Alps via Arthur’s Pass which is more than 700 metres above sea level and see the kind of natural beauty that you only dream about.
The train trip begins in Christchurch and terminates at Greymouth. It runs all year round though the best time is to travel during late winter. If you inform them in advance you can take a break at Arthur’s Pass and spend a night in the Arthur’s Pass village. Tickets start at NZ$ 119.
Rovos Rail, South Africa
Operating on several routes, this luxury train journey offers you a three-day holiday in itself or even a 15-day safari. You can choose to see Cape Town, go on the Durban Safari, see the Victoria Falls, the Namibia Safari, follow the Copper Trail or create your own itinerary.
Durban is known for its beaches often referred to as the Golden Mile and as the curry capital of South Africa thanks to those who have settled there for generations.
Foodies from different parts of Africa make a beeline for this destination, sometimes for the cuisine alone.
Take a break for the Durban or the Nabia Safari to see the kind of wildlife that only Africa can offer.
Victoria Falls are almost two kilometres wide and offer one of the most fascinating experiences. Even if you opt for the three-day journey on the train, you will see sights like never before. This is one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world.
Belmond Hiram Bingham, Peru
Talk about spectacular, this train journey defines it. For almost four hours you will live a time of fantasy.
The train takes you from the city of Cusco to Machu Picchu. You will take in the sacredness of the Inca and the Andes.
The train has been refurbished to reflect old world charm with wood panelled and brass interiors which take you back in time.
The dining cars and the bars offer you the best of food and drinks. What a way to see Machu Picchu!
Reunification Express, Vietnam
Vietnam has been catching up with Thailand and over the recent years tourism to the country has been on the rise.
The year 2000 saw just a little over two million international arrivals, but by 2019, foreign tourists to this country had increased to 18 million.
To really explore this country of beaches, pagados, street food, rivers and bustling cities, travelling by the Reunification Express is one of the best ways.
It may not be luxury travel but one of the best train journeys in the world, the train takes you on a journey of 1,700 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi on the way passing Hue, Da Nang and the beautiful beach resort of Nha Trang where you can take breaks to explore this delightful country.
The Bergensbanen, Norway
Explore this country of natural wonders. Take the Bergensbanen and travel on the Bergensbanen.
On the journey lasting about six hours you will see mountains, rivers, icescapes, rivers and more of what Mother Nature has to offer you in this country.
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