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Etti Bali Aug 20 2015

Scenic rail routes around the world

Kanika Nevatia Aug 20 2015
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Fond of travelling by train? Check out some of the most scenic rail routes around the world and prepare yourself to be left in awe of these beautiful sights.

Bernina Express, Switzerland

The Bernina Express which connects Switzerland to Italy will take you through landscapes so breathtaking that you will feel like you’re staring at a painting. Passing through the mighty Swiss Alps, when aboard this train you will get to see snow-capped mountains, beautiful bridges and some dazzling lakes. This one simply can’t be missed!


Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

Connecting Moscow with Eastern Russia and the Sea of Japan, the route taken by the Trans-Siberian Railway is an experience in itself. Extending across 9,289 km, this railway line is considered to be the longest in the world. From cascading mountains to sprawling rivers, your eyes are in for a real treat!


Denali Star, Alaska

Running between the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks in Alaska, the Denali Star only operates between the months of May and September, due to the weather conditions in the area. Consisting of dome cars and single level coaches, this train passes through jaw dropping sights of Alaska.

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California Zephyr, United States

Operating between the city of Chicago in Illinois and Emeryville in California, the California Zephyr is 3,924 km long. On this route you get to lay your eyes on beauties such as the world renowned Rocky Mountains, Colorado River and the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India

Better known as the Toy Train, this narrow gauge railway line connects New Jalpaiguri and the beautiful city of Darjeeling in West Bengal. Stretching across a 78 km long patch, the elevation of this route varies from 328 ft to 7,218 ft. The entire route is dotted with picturesque sights of the Indian countryside.

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Douro Line Railway, Portugal

Known for passing by the gorgeous Douro River in Portugal, Douro Line Railway is surely one of the most scenic rail routes around the world. Covering most of northern Portugal, the sights of the river combined with those of the surrounding valleys from the train window are simply to die for.


The West Rhine Railway, Germany

The West Rhin Railway is an electrified double line railway which runs through a 185 km stretch between Cologne and Mainz in Germany. Built along the western banks of the spectacular Rhine River, the view from this train route is so mesmerising that you’ll want to click a mental picture. From the main city to the magnificent countryside, you’ll get to see varied sights!


Talyllyn Railway, United Kingdom

Talyllyn Railway line is known to be the inspiration behind the renowned cartoon series Thomas the Tank Engine, making getting on board absolutely necessary! Though the Talyllyn Railway runs across a short stretch of merely 11.67 km in Wales, surrounded by lush green meadows on both sides, this narrow gauge railway line will offer you some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the United Kingdom.


Arctic Circle Train, Sweden to Norway

Passing by some stunning scenery, the Arctic Circle Train connects Kiruna in Sweden to Narvik in Norway. The snow-capped mountains in the distance will surely blow you away and if you're lucky, you might just get to lay your eyes on some exquisite natural phenomena such as the Northern Lights!


Machu Picchu Train, Peru

Running alongside the dazzling Urubamba River, the Machu Picchu railway line is the most popular in all of Peru. You will get to feast your eyes on nature’s beauty as you will be surrounded by the Andes Mountains that stand tall in all their glory. You could also take a train to the ever so famous Lake Titicaca.


These are just some of the scenic rail routes around the world. Leave a comment and add to the list. Let us know of stunning rail journeys you aspire to go on. Happy travels!
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