Aeroplanes and cars may be faster and more convenient, but in many places around the world, trains still reach beautiful and unexpected places that would otherwise be inaccessible. From Asia to Africa, we’ve selected five countries where the train journey is as incredible as the final destination, whether for the luxury of the train carriages or the stunning surrounds. In the countries that made the list, there are certain tips and tricks to train travel that we can suggest.
Japan’s trains are famous for their reliability. The Bullet Train, so named for its speed and shape, is known to be very clean and efficient. Due to the language barrier, it is recommended that you take an internet-connected mobile device with Google Maps to help you get around.
India has the largest rail network in the world, so it’s not surprising that it’s on this list. You will see breath-taking scenery on a railway trip around India, from the rainy Western Ghats to the deserts of Rajasthan. There is a vast array of train packages available to take you all over the country, including highlights such as the Taj Mahal and the Himalayas.
South Africa has everything – the ocean, mountains and sprawling vineyards. We recommend Rovos Rail from Cape Town to Pretoria to experience the luxury of the train with its wood panelled interiors and 5-star meals, as well as the scenery of the areas it journeys through.
Swiss trains are also known for their speed and timeliness, but what sets them apart from the rest is the beautiful Alpine scenery. For a true adventure, why not take trains on the spur of the moment to the most remote areas on the map and purposefully go to towns you haven’t heard of?
The United States is a vast country, so train travel through it is ideal. Try a trip that takes you along the Pacific Coast for gorgeous ocean views.
Whether you travel through Asia or Africa, the adventure is sure to provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.