13 Luxury Train Journeys Across The World

13 Luxury Train Journeys Across The World
On board the luxurious PeruRail Titicaca, Photo Credit: ChunChang Wu/Shutterstock

Keep your wanderlust alive scrolling through the most charming and luxurious overnight train journeys in the world

Malvika Dangwal
October 27 , 2020
115 Min Read


The Orient Express, ready to depart from Bulgaria Ruse Central Railway Station
Orient Express: You may have seen it in the film of the same name based on one of Agatha Christie's books. This legendary train service started in 1883 from Paris to Istanbul and was considered the utmost in luxury train travel. The who's who retinue of passengers include film stars, royalty, spies, and writers. Rechristened as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the present-day train has been assembled from the original European Orient Express route carriages dating which date back to the 1920s and 1930s. The beauty lies in the restored carriage details which have art deco touches and work by famed French glass artist René Lalique. The Orient Express train takes multiple routes across Europe, for instance, from Istanbul to Paris, London to Venice, and more.  

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Cuando sea el momento apropiado, explora los destinos más remotos e impresionantes del #Perú a bordo de nuestro tren. Un viaje único y de lujo a través de los Andes. When the time comes, explore #Peru's most remote and breathtaking destinations on board our train. A unique and luxurious journey across the Andes. #BelmondTrains

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The Andean Explorer: The Andean Explorer of Peru traverses through some of the highest terrains and zig-zags its way through Peru’s natural wonders and ancient kingdoms. South America's first luxury sleeper train glides from Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, across the lofty Andean plains, from the floating islands of Lake Titicaca to the Unesco World Heritage site city of Arequipa. The luxury carriages were built in Townsville, Australia and were originally used on a luxury overnight journey from Sydney to Kuranda. When the service ended in 2003, the carriages were sent to Queensland´s Workshops Rail Museum to be restored for their new journey across the Peruvian Highlands. 

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Sleep is an important part of any escape. Picture yourself the gentle sway of a train carriage as you meander through the Peruvian Andes. #TheArtOfBelmond

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The best way to pass time is to sip on coca tea (good for altitude sickness when you are travelling at 14,000 feet in snow-capped mountains) or a glass of champagne in the open-air observation deck. The first luxury sleeper train of South America will resume function from April 2021.

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Embrace each magnificent moment on board; whether sampling the whisky or taking in the landscape gliding past. 📷 by @mary_quincy #TheArtOfBelmond

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The Royal Scotsman: This luxury train is perfect for the pandemic period because it accommodates only 36 guests at a time and offers personal attention and maximum comfort. You get to travel through the stark and stunning Scottish Highlands with ever-changing landscapes, mirror-calm lochs, rugged shores, sweeping glens and peak towers. The lavish ensuites have an Edwardian feel with doses of Scottish heritage with mahogany furniture, tweed, and highland wool. The lounge car has open-air observation platforms and a bar serving 30 different varieties of Scottish whisky.

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The Ghan Train, right before its departure from Adelaide, Australia
The Ghan:
 Travel the length of Australia on The Ghan. Consisting of 44 carriages and travelling a distance of 1750 miles in a single journey, it is easily one of the longest trains in the world. Enjoy a typical Aussie breakfast with barramundi (a fish variety) and eggs. Marvel at the myriad shades of the Red Center as you watch it change from red deserts to mountain ranges. The fair ranges from $1500 to $4000. With its JourneySafe Experience Plan, the train promises to take you on a ride with complete sanitary and hygiene precautions. Wondering about the name? It dates back about 150 years when the first camels were imported along with their handlers from Afghanistan and, as the Australian Trains website states, "in true Australian style, we shortened their name to 'Ghan'. The Ghan train derives its name from these early pioneers and its emblem of an Afghan on a camel is in recognition of their efforts in opening up the harsh interior to the rest of Australia."

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What could be more romantic or nostalgic than travelling by train around India? 🇮🇳 On hand to fulfil your dreams is the Maharajas’ Express - voted the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ at the World Travel Awards for five consecutive years, and treating lucky guests to luxurious palace-inspired cabins and beautifully decorated restaurant cars while they take in the Taj Mahal in Agra, the ‘Pink City’ Jaipur and spot Bengal tigers in Ranthambhore National Park 😍

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The Maharajas' Express: This Indian luxury train has cancelled all rides this year but is offering special discounts on the prices for 2021 to 2023. Winner of the World’s Leading Luxury Train Award for seven consecutive years from 2012 to 2018, it offers an authentic insight into ‘Incredible India’. The interior design is in line with the royal history of the subcontinent. A week’s journey will take you to some of the cultural hotspots of India including the Agra, the land of the Taj Mahal. Dinner is served at Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal as the journey takes you on a royal ride at prices starting from $1300 to $2400.

The luxurious Rovos Rail in all its splendour
Rovos Rail:
Wish to explore the Victoria waterfalls of South Africa or are you headed to the continent for its wild deserts? How does the idea of combining your destination with a ride on one of the most luxurious trains sound to you? The Pride of Africa trains from Rovos Rail lets you tailor journeys to your taste. You can opt for a ‘Namibia Safari’ or delve deeper into the local culture of South Africa with the ‘African Collage’. Or better yet, combine these itineraries and design your own tour across the continent. You can hire a private charter train or book a single ticket through the highly flexible booking menu of the Rovos Rail. With prices ranging around 24,250 Rand (1,08,153), this journey can range from 48 hours to a fortnight depending on the package you opt for.

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The @golden_eagle_luxury_trains Trans Siberian Express is the most luxurious way to travel the fabled route between Moscow and the Far East 🇷🇺 Imperial Suites on board offer Dom Perignon champagne on arrival, a fully stocked minibar, complimentary laundry, private car and guide service and in-suite dining... ðŸ¥Â‚

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The Golden Eagle: With a diverse range of travel stops all across China, Europe, Central Asia and Russia, this luxury ride will take halfway across the world in complete comfort.
The Golden Eagle and the gorgeous landscape
You can watch the landscape and even climates change as you traverse the cross-continent. Golden Eagle has travel programmes ranging from Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Express to Caspian Odyssey, pick your favorite season and landscape. The prices are quite high and range from 13,000 to 60,000 euros.

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Dear Future Guest, When waking up on-board The Blue Train to the majestic views of our beautiful country, we would like you to keep one thing in mind, you too are a custodian of this natural splendor. The breathtaking landscape with its diverse flora and fauna is truly yours to enjoy, and to take care of. Love, The Blue Train. #TheBlueTrainExperience #SouthAfricanTourism #LuxuryRail #SATourism #SouthAfrica #HeritageMonth #HeritageDay

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The Blue Train: This luxury train is known as a “window to the soul of Africa”. Explore the wide Savannah grasslands, deserts and mountain landscapes, all from the comfort of your train window. Rest assured about the quality of experience as the express has hosted kings and presidents and you will be in the comfort of expert staff. The ‘hotel on wheels’ offers an excellent dining experience with exclusive South African cuisine including Karoo lamb and crayfish.

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Seven Stars in Kyushu: This Japanese luxury train has taken the concept of ‘cruise train’ to another level. The interior designing combines Japanese traditions with Western modernities to exhibit a comfortable cultural experience.

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Live piano performances and spacious suites are the highlights of this ‘cruise experience’. The panoramic windows are engraved in gold with names of prefectures on the Kyushu island.The ticket fare ranges around 5400$.

Visitors take in the unbelievable mountains of Western Canada through the full-dome windows of the Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer: Marvel at the Canadian Rockies through full glass dome windows in this luxury train. They offer a clear outside view and makes you feel you are a part of the glorious landscapes you are travelling through. Board the train at Vancouver and opt for any of the arrival stops from Jasper and Banff. The ticket fare ranges from 3000 to 5000 euros according to the duration of the journey which can last anywhere between a week to a fortnight.

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Disfruta del privilegio de recorrer el #caminodesantiago en un palacio sobre ruedas como el #transcantábricogranlujo, el #transcantábricoclásico, el #AlAndalus o el #expresodelarobla. Más info en nuestra web. http://bit.ly/2kmNTyr #caminodesantiagoreservas #vivelaexperienciadetuvidasobreruedas #trenhaciaelCamino

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El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo: With just 28 passengers on every ride, this luxury train offers a perfect setting for pandemic times. It traverses the Atlantic-facing part of northern Spain known as España Verde and its hinterland. Their suites are some of the best on any European train,and the deluxe suite has a private lounge area. The saloons are jewels of railway heritage, four of them being original 1923 Pullman cars. All of the carriages have been specifically renovated. On the journeys, you can venture into a historical town and admire the intricate architectural carvings after you’ve had a wonderful breakfast onboard. With tours to national parks, lakes and historical towns, the journey has a little something for everyone.

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After visiting the most exclusive Douro wine estate, the beautiful Vesúvio, and tasting the best vintage wines from the Graham's private cellar, the train will slowly rock you on its way back to Porto. • Discover the full programme now on our website. Link in bio (Photo: Arlindo Camacho)

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The Presidential Train: This one has truly earned its name having hosted presidents, kings and even the Pope. Once the jewel of the National Railway Museum, the train is now back on track. With wine tasting in typical Portugese vineyards and a trip to the splendid museums of Portugal, the train offers a range of tours. Head on a historical weekend getaway from Porto to the Quinta do Vesuvio winery and back. Pair your multi-course gourmet lunch with wine and enjoy the on-board entertainment. With early bird prices starting from 700 euros to four day packages worth 1400 dollars, the train offers a very limited number of seats.

The luxurious dining compartment at the PeruRail Titicaca
PeruRail Titicaca: What better way to explore Peru than hop onto the Peru Rail Titicaca at Cusco and get off at Puno and explore the Andes on the way? In this venture right into the heart of nature, you can also explore Lake Titicaca which is the world’s highest navigable lake. This ten-and-a-half hour ride offers a gourmet lunch with afternoon tea as you dine in carriages styled after the 1920s Pullman style. The train runs all the days of the week except Tuesdays.

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The @golden_eagle_luxury_trains Trans Siberian Express is the most luxurious way to travel the fabled route between Moscow and the Far East 🇷🇺 Imperial Suites on board offer Dom Perignon champagne on arrival, a fully stocked minibar, complimentary laundry, private car and guide service and in-suite dining... ðŸ¥Â‚

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