If you wat to make the most of the journey and not the destination, there’s nothing quite like travelling by train. Offering everything from beautiful scenery to the opportunity to meet people from all over the world along the way, your trip will truly be memorable. Here are four of our favourite options.
The Darjeeling Himalaya Railway, India
At 135 years old, the Darjeeling Himalaya Railway is one of the world’s oldest mountain railways and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Only 610mm wide, it’s known as the "Toy Train" and ever since the film The Darjeeling Limited, its popularity has rocketed. Running through tiny Himalayan villages, past local fruit stalls and houses close enough to touch, the train winds its way across
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Oslo to Bergen
Also known as "the most beautiful railway in the world", the train line between Oslo and Bergen offers a wonderful panoramic view of snow-capped mountains and rocks, sapphire-green fjords, lush meadows, dark forests and majestic glaciers. Whilst you marvel at the pristine icy landscape from 1222m high, you can make yourself at home in the train compartment with a hot cup of tea. The trip from Oslo to Bergen is recommended in any season, with snowy views in winter and long, clear days in the summer.
The Trans-Siberian Railway
Connecting an impressive array of landscapes, cultures and people together, the Trans-Siberian Railway stretches through snowy forests and sunny lands, the Gobi Desert and the Great Wall. With 9288km and 400 stations between Moscow and Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest in the world. The average speed is only about 90km/h and so it’s not one for if you’re in a hurry, but simply for sitting back, relaxing and taking in the epic landscapes.
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Eastern & Oriental Express: Singapore - Thailand
The golden days of train travel may feel long gone, but not on board the Eastern & Oriental Express. The elegant flair of the luxury train with its vintage feel of the Far East will take you right back in time. The scenic drive along the coast of Southeast Asia extends through lush green rainforests, past ancient temples, rice fields and national parks. Meals and fascinating excursions are included in the price, making this magical and romantic journey just perfect for honeymooners.
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