Train journeys can be pathetic. However; you will never experience the same with the world-class services and travelling experience provided by these luxury trains. These trains are some of the best and the most expensive railroad tours you will come across. While some are acclaimed for their mesmerising food and dining quality, some boast of advanced en-suite facilities and some offer spectacular view of the world’s least-explored regions.
Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa
Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa is one of the most luxurious and exquisite rail travel offerings from Africa. The luxury carriage is designed to equip a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 exquisitely decorated luxury suites. Other than its state of the art interior and advanced facilities, the Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa is also well acclaimed for its incredible dining.
Venice Simplon Orient Express
With exquisite decor that would take you back to the days of 1920s, unparalleled personal welcome service, fine dining quality and a pianist entertaining the guests on their journey, the experience at Venice Simplon Orient Express is one of its kind.
Launched in 2007, the Golden Eagle gained huge success. With availability of world class en-suite personal services, like lounge room, king sized beds and dressing tables in every room and fine dining that gets better on a regular basis, the Golden Eagle is undoubtedly the best you can get from luxury train travel experiences.
Belmond Royal Scotland
Operated by the Belmond, the Royal Scotland plying over the European rail roads is yet another luxury train extravaganza. Designed to seat just 36 passengers, the tour becomes more intimate for passengers. Speaking of its exquisite offerings and services, the Royal Scotland set in a luxuriously decked Edwardian-style interior, offers superior personalised services along with fine wine paired dining.
Plying on the Indian railroads, the Maharaja’s Express is considered one of best luxury trains in the world. This is also the only luxury train in the world to have a single suite of the length of an entire bogie. Having a seating capacity of 84 passengers, each of the 22 bogies in the train are equipped with wifi connection, humongous LCD televisions, en-suite bathrooms and temperature control facilities.
Originally a 52 passenger train, the El Transcantabrico has been revamped to a new facility with the name Gran Lujo, which now equips just 28 passengers, but boasts of superior en-suite services, like 129 square feet cabin size, personal computer with wifi connections in stations, flat screen DVD, double bed and huge amount of storage space.
The Deccan Odyssey, though built just a few years back in 2003, has already joined the league of luxury trains in Asia. It boasts of fine dining, superior personal service, impeccable interior and world-class resting facilities.
Belmond Biram Hingham
Plying between Cusco and Machu Picchu in South Africa, the Belmond Biram Hingham 42-seat luxury train. Passengers are served tantalising Peruvian lunch and dinner in the carriage and it also boasts of fully equipped bar.
Royal Canadian Pacific
The Royal Canadian Pacific is the best luxury trains in North America. Its exclusivity lies in the fact that it is offered as a single train charter to 30 people and its world-class services like en-suite toilet and shower, five-star dining and fine interior presentations continue to enthral passengers.
Golden Eagle Danube Express
Designed to equip 56 passengers in 5 sleeping cars, the Golden Eagle Danube Express consists of 2 dining cars and 1 lounge car other than the sleeping cars. It consists of 4 deluxe sleeping cars and 1 heritage sleeping cars, each boasting of spacious sleeping areas and world-class facilities.
Belmond British Pullman
Operated by Belmond, the British Pullman is a vintage luxury train which offers the passengers a trip between Paris and London, while entertaining them with world-class food and splendid seating arrangements.
Eastern and Oriental Express
Operated by the Belmond, the Eastern and Oriental Express is the name to the New Zealand’s 1990’s luxury train – the Silver Star. It gives the passengers a luxury trip plying between Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Bangkok.
The Al-Andalus is the best option to view the splendid natural beauty of the Andalusia. The broad-guage train is a fabulous refurbishment of the 1920’s cars and was relaunched in 2012. It offers superior en-suite facilities and fine dining experience to passengers in cozy Art Deco style interiors. Its on board bar and stellar services make the tour a “wow” experience for passengers.
Palace On Wheels
Palace On Wheels is yet another luxury train offering from India. The carriage started its operation in 1982 and is the first of its kind hotel train in India. Boasting of fine livery and super specialty food, the train is a definitely one of its kind.
Launched in 2014, the 4-carriage train runs between Quito and Guayaquil. It has two lounge and two dining cars.
The thrill of getting a tour in the Bernina Express is not just limited to the fact that its a luxury train but also because the train plies on the extreme rail road of Bernina Pass, climbing a whopping 7391 feet and offering a spectacular view of the Bernina Pass Summit.
Touring between Pretoria and Cape Town, the super luxury train offers some of the best services and is therefore considered one of the bests in the world. The Blue Train runs 8 times in a month, with its route fixed northbound on Wednesdays and southbound on Sundays.
Shangri La Express
One of best luxury trains on offering from China, the Shangri La Express is a privately owned train hotel that offers impeccable comfort and advanced facilities, like air-conditioned sleeping compartments and spacious shower and changing rooms.
Golden Pass Panoramic Express
Running between Montreux and Zweisimmen in Switzerland, the Golden Pass Panoramic Express, just as it’s name suggests, offers a spectacular panoramic view of the mountainous roads via its vista dome cars. It also provides an exclusive 8 passengers seating arrangement over the engine to offer a better view of the scenery.
Though not as luxuriously decked and equipped as the other luxury trains, the slowest running speed of the Glacier Express has earned it the reputation of being a one of its kind luxury train. It offers a 8 hours trip running 168 miles between Zermatt and St. Moritz.
The Andean Explorer offers the passengers a spectacular view of the natural scenery while plying through the Cusco to Puno railroad in the 9.5 hours journey.
Tough a First-Class train, The Canadian offers nothing less than luxury trains to its passengers. Ranging from comfortable and spacious beds to en-suite shower and 24 hours butler service, it offers splendid service.
Plying on the much-awaited Alice Springs to Darwin route in Australia, the Ghan express runs from April to October on a twice a week basis.
The Bergen Railway is famous for its 7 hours Bergen trip in which it offers its passengers a spectacular view of the natural scenery while crossing 300 bridges and more than 200 tunnels.
Europe’s Flam Railways is the only train in the world to climb a standard gauge which is the steepest in the world. It offers loudspeaker guided tour to the Myrdal Station in the Bergen Railway.