Train trips around the world: with surreal landscapes and a lot of luxury on board, discover the 15 most incredible train routes in the world

Trains are among the most pleasant means of transport in the world. Whether you're looking for spectacular scenery, luxury on board, exotic scenery or unique experiences, there's no better alternative than a train journey.

As much as high-speed lines are practical and very useful, the slower trains are where the most pleasant journeys are, those perfect to slow down life and enjoy a bucolic atmosphere that surprises at every turn.

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The journey on a train becomes a time to relax and enjoy truly spectacular scenery between origin and destination. Discover the 15 most spectacular train routes in the world.

15 train trips around the world

The Rocky Mountaineer – Canada 

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THE Rocky Mountaineer is one of the most beautiful and luxurious train rides in the Canada. The route possibilities offer routes that range from the cosmopolitan urban centers of the country to the impressive landscapes of the Rocky Mountains. During winter, reddish tones dye the landscape making everything more romantic.

Values: from Vancouver to Jasper on a two-day trip from $1,579.00 CAD (approximately R$ 4,425)

TranzAlpine – New Zealand

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THE TranzAlpine takes visitors to one of the most beautiful landscapes in New Zealand: the South Island. It's 223 kilometers starting in Christchurch, where the route runs through the northwest of the country along the Waimakariri River. Passing through magnificent snow-capped mountains, it passes through forests until it reaches its destination: the historic old gold mining town of Greymouth.

Values: Greymouth Value for Christchurch for an adult from $179

End of the World Train – Argentina

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THE End of the World Train is one of the must-see attractions of Ushuaia and travels along a route that starts at End of the World Station, starting in the city of Buenos Aires and ending in the extreme south of the country, in Tierra del Fuego. The route passes through some of the most beautiful places in the country, such as fields, forests and snow scenes, which change according to the seasons.

Values: Round trip ticket per adult costs AR$ 1200 (approximately 125 reais)

Alaska Railroad – United States

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THE Alaska Railroad offers several itineraries that take you to know some of the most inspiring landscapes in the state of Alaska. The Coastal Classic route, for example, takes a day and passes along incredible glaciers, waterfalls and mountains. Depending on the class of service chosen, you can see it all through glass ceilings and open-air platforms, as well as large picture windows.

Values: Coastal Classic for an adult from $325.00

Trans-Siberian – Russia

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Cross the legendary railroad trans-Siberian allows for a once-in-a-lifetime experience full of beautiful landscapes. The main route, which goes from Moscow to Vladivostok, is 9,288 km long and can last up to 8 days of a cultural, historical and gastronomic journey. There are four train options (Trans-Siberian Imperial Russia, Grand Trans-Siberian Express, Trans-Siberian Zarengold and Trans-Siberian Golden Eagle) and different routes (Moscow to Beijing, from Moscow to Ulan Bator and from Moscow to Vladivostok)

Values: From Moscow to Vladivostok the route leaves from $800

Glacier Express – Switzerland

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THE Glacier Express, the world's slowest express train, takes travelers through Swiss Alps in about 8 hours, passing through 91 tunnels and over 290 bridges. There are more than 35 points of interest that can be seen through the train's panoramic windows along the way.

Values: From CHF 153 (approximately R$ 550)

Bernina Express – Switzerland/Italy

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THE Bernina Express takes an incredible route through the alpine landscapes of Switzerland and takes passengers to incredible alpine landscapes, ancient buildings and even the oldest city in the country, Chur. Trains operate in both directions from Chur, Davos or St. Moritz in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy. The route has 25 stops along the way. There are regional trains that operate the same route, but the Benrina is the only panoramic one that performs the tour.

Values: Day tour from CHF 87.00 (Approximately R$ 320)

Transcantabrian – Spain

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the luxury train El Transcantábrico performs several itineraries around the country that date back to true time travel. Reminiscent of the great 20th century express, but with great comfort, it offers picturesque routes that pass through four regions of the Spain and several prominent places such as Santiago de Compostela, Viveiro, Oviedo, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Santander, among others.

Values: From EUR 3700

The Royal Scotman – Scotland

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An unforgettable journey through highlands of scotland and its beautiful forests, fields bordered by lakes, streams and medieval castles. During the journey in The Royal Scotman there are stops to visit villages, historic buildings and to have tastings of traditional scotch whiskey in distilleries. The train windows are panoramic and the decoration is quite sophisticated.

Values: from £2,350 (Approximately R$ 11,300)

Oriente Express – Europe 

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THE East Express is the most legendary set of wagons in the world. With a lot of glamor and a typical romanticism of the Europe of the past centuries, it makes several crossings through the most charming cities of the continent. Among the main routes are London to Venice, Paris to Venice, Istanbul to Paris and Berlin to Paris.

Values: From £2,700 (approximately R$ 12,900)

The Ghan – Australia

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The 2979 km journey through the Australia allows passengers to get to know the country in an authentic and complete way. THE The Ghan undertakes a three or four day journey, starting in Darwin and with stops in Katherine, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy, Adelaide, among other routes. Passengers are offered a variety of off-board excursions at all stops.

Values: From $3.139pp (approximately R$ 8k)

Mont Blanc Express – France and Switzerland

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A great way to get to Switzerland from France or vice versa. With a route full of exuberant nature, the Mont Blanc Express takes the passenger on a unique and unforgettable journey. Between Martigny and Chamonix, it is possible to see gorges, forests, cozy villages, as well as the grandiose glacier of Mont Blanc, the highest in all of Europe.

Prices: From 37 Swiss francs (approximately R$ 118)

Maharaja's Express – India

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THE Maharaja Express takes its passengers on a luxury expedition through some of India's finest destinations. There are 5 options for routes that pass through Mubai, Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, among others. The “Gems od India” route takes passengers to the iconic Taj Mahal.

Prices: From USD 3850 per person for the Gems od India journey.

Rovos Rail – Africa

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the luxury train Rovos Rail connects some of South Africa's top destinations. The cuisine on board is impeccable and at the end of the train there is a viewpoint overlooking the incredible places along the way. Among the main routes are Pretoria to Cape Town, Pretoria to Durban (with safari option), Pretoria to Victoria Falls, Pretoria to Swakopmund (Namibia), among others.

Values: From R 18950 on the Pretoria to Durban route for an adult (approximately 5,000 reais)

Serra Verde Express – Brazil

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the train ride Serra Verde Express, which departs from Curitiba towards historic town of Morretes, cuts more than 150 kilometers along the Ssea bug, passing through beautiful natural scenery. The train crosses 30 bridges and 14 tunnels dug in the mountains, in addition to a railroad from 1885. There are special routes such as a sunset tour and an extra stop in the town of Antonina. 

Values: From R$ 125.00 per person

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