The World’s Top 25 Luxury Trains
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE)
The Venice Simplon-Orient Express (VSOE) is the world’s most authentic luxury train. Its 1920s-vintage Art Deco cars, sparkling in their navy and gold livery and snowy white roof, take your breath away.
The Golden Eagle plies the famous Trans-Siberian route between Moscow and Vladivostok, as well as making special tours of the Silk Road, Russia’s Arctic, Mongolia, and the Caspian region.
Rovos Rail Pride of Africa
Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa offers an old-world elegance and luxury to a degree that was never equaled in the 1920s. Many seasoned IRT Society travelers consider it their favorite train experience.
Golden Eagle Danube Express
The Golden Eagle Danube Express carries up to 64 passengers and offers some of the best sleeping accommodations in mainland Europe.
The Deccan Odyssey is one of the subcontinent’s most luxurious trains, with comfortable private cabins, lounges and even a luxurious spa car.
Belmond Royal Scotsman
Belmond Royal Scotsman is a perfect way to explore Scotland in an intimate, luxury setting with gourmet, five-star dining, wine-pairing and superior service.
El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo slowly plies the narrow-gauge rails in Northern "Green" Spain, between Santiago and San Sebastián.
Eastern & Oriental Express
The Eastern & Oriental Express runs 1,262 miles between Singapore, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand.
Belmond Andean Explorer
Belmond Andean Explorer is South America’s first overnight luxury train. The train and its services are beautiful. The staff is bright and eager to please.
The Shangri-La Express is the most modern hotel train in China and far surpasses regular train service in every aspect.
Southern Spain’s opulent, broad-gauge Al-Andalus returned to the rails May, 2012, with its 1920s-era cars newly renovated. The Al-Andalus includes bar, tea-room and two dining cars, as well as all-en suite cabins. The train combines stellar service, exquisite Art Deco styling and excellent cuisine for a once-in-a-life-time experience.
Belmond Hiram Bingham
This gleaming blue-and-gold train makes the 3.5-hour trip between Cusco and Machu Picchu every day but Sunday.
The Ghan traverses the heart of Australia, from Darwin to Adelaide--a 3-day journey.
Australia’s transcontinental Indian Pacific offers a twice-weekly service in both directions between Perth and Sydney, via Adelaide, across more than 2,704 miles (4,352 km) during peak seasons, and once a week in less busy times.
The Rocky Mountaineer has been on our World’s Top 25 Trains list since it started. It was awarded the right to operate routes in the Canadian Rockies and purchase VIA Rail’s equipment in 1990 by the Canadian government.
The Canadian is VIA Rail Canada’s flagship train. It runs between Toronto and Vancouver three times a week, traveling 2,775 miles.
The Blue Train
The Blue Train is one of the world’s great luxury trains, running between Pretoria and Cape Town.
Belmond British Pullman
The Belmond British Pullman is a luxury, vintage day train that completes the British leg of Venice Simplon-Orient-Express journeys between Paris and London.
The Maharajas’ Express was custom-built to be the most luxurious train in India, offering state-of-the-art facilities and amenities.
Kyushu Seven Stars
Since its inception in 2013, the Kyushu Seven Stars, Japan’s very first luxury train, has been selling space based on a lottery system to account for the overwhelming demand for this exclusive and utterly unique rail travel experience.
Golden Pass Panoramic Express
The 39-mile, meter-gauge Montreux– Oberland Bernois (MOB) is one of Switzerland’s oldest electric railways. It connects Montreux, on Lake Geneva, with the ski resort of Gstaad, ending in Zweisimmen.
The Flåm Railway is one of the world’s steepest standard-gauge railways, climbing some 2,833 feet from Flåm to Myrdal in about an hour.
The scenery on the 7-hour Bergen Railway trip across the Hardanger plateau, the largest wilderness area in Europe, is breathtaking.
The Swiss hail the Glacier Express as the world’s slowest express. The train takes almost eight hours and the services of two private, narrow-gauge railroads to traverse the 168 mountainous miles between two posh resort towns—Zermatt and St. Moritz.
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