While flying’s lost its glamour, and driving never had it anyway, the good old-fashioned train trip still carries a thrill of romance and possibility. Below, are the 5 most spectacular rail rides you can take around the world, guaranteed to make you travel for the journey, nuts to the destination…

Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

The ultimate dream for many rail-lovers, Russia’s century-old Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest rail track in the world. It runs from Moscow to Vladivostock and takes up to 14 days to travel.

Trans-Siberian Express, mei/ juni 2011


Rocky Mountineer, Canada

Ride the Rocky Mountineer through the Canadian Rockies to take in the amazing sight of the Hell’s Gate white water rapids and Fraser Canyon. 

Rocky Mountaineer

The Eastern & Oriental Express, SE Asia

This journey between Singapore and Bangkok combines style and luxury inside the carriages with rainforest and mountain views of Malaysia and Thailand outside.

View of the Eastern Oriental Luxury Train


Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India

Travel on this World Heritage Site railway between New Jalpaiguri–Darjeeling for eye-popping views of the world’s third highest peak, Kanchenjunga.

Siliguri train descending towards Mahanadi

Indian Pacific, Australia

This railway connecting Sydney and Perth has the longest straight stretch of track in the world across the Nullarbor Plain. It goes 478km without a bend!

Indian Pacific

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