11 Popular Train Routes in the World

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The Flam Railway, Norway

If you are looking for a unique experience, these popular train routes can be a choice for your next holiday. All around the world, there are magnificent train routes welcoming people who are in love with adventure and offering them amazing moments of scenery.

Let’s take a look at the most popular 11 train routes in the world.

Bernina Express, Switzerland – Italy

Bernina Express, Switzerland – Italy
Bernina Express, Switzerland – Italy

Bernina Express takes 122 km in 4 hours passing through the UNESCO World Heritage site and amazing mountains. With its panoramic windows, the route offers unforgettable scenery. You will have a chance to see snowy alpine scenery and palm trees of Mediterranean within a couple of hours.

Bernina Express
Bernina Express

Take your notes: Train runs in both directions, from Chur, Davos or St. Moritz in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy. There are 25 stops along the route.


The Flam Railway, Norway

The Flam Railway, Norway
The Flam Railway, Norway

As one of the most beautiful train routes in the world, the Flam Railway is an attraction for tourism in Norway. Allowing the passengers to see the amazing scenery of Western Norway, the route starts from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, and goes up to the high mountains until Myrdal station.

People usually prefer going and coming back on the same train. This 2-way trip takes 2 hours.


Balkan Flexipass, Serbia – Montenegro

Balkan Flexipass, Serbia – Montenegro
Balkan Flexipass, Serbia – Montenegro

Balkan Flexipass connects the whole Balkan countries including Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Romania (only trains operated by REGIOTRANS), Serbia, The Serbian Entity of Bosnia Herzegovina, and Turkey. This route introduces beautiful beaches of the Bulgarian Black Sea, famous and tasty mamaliga polenta of Romania, the old Skopje Bazaar of Macedonia, Turkish delight and many more.


Glacier Express, Switzerland

Glacier Express, Switzerland
Glacier Express, Switzerland

Glacier Express of Switzerland offers a unique scene of the country passing through the three cantons of Valais, Uri, and Graubünden. You will also see the alpine village of Zermatt with breathtaking views of the Matterhorn and the Rhine Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of Switzerland” The train has panorama wagon for the ones who do not want to be interrupted while enjoying the view.


The Venice Simplon-Orient Express

This one takes you across Europe in an iconic train with its polished woods, sumptuous upholstery, and antique fixtures. The Venice Simplon-Orient Express is totally luxury and offers you more than just a train journey. The train goes to Venice, Paris Berlin and more from London. You can make your own choice.


Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern & Oriental Express
Eastern & Oriental Express

This one is another luxury train and offers a panoramic view of the mystical landscapes of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Laos. The express will provide you a unique experience with the Eastern motifs, themes, and the piano recital while you are enjoying your afternoon tea. The cuisine served on board is also a highlight of an Eastern & Oriental Express journey.


Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka

Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka
Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka

With one of the most beautiful scenes, the route from Kandy to Ella takes 7 hours. You can also choose to stay in Nuwara Eliya or Hatton to climb Adam’s Peak if you are interested. The scenery is amazing as you see beautiful green hills covered with tea plantations, steep mountains, old lovely bridges, waterfalls, and small villages.


Alishan Forest Railway, Taiwan

Alishan Forest Railway, Taiwan
Alishan Forest Railway, Taiwan

This mountain railway is over 100 years old and it hasn’t been replaced by electric trains. This is why the Alishan Forest Railway is considered to be a cultural heritage of Taiwan. You can take a themed tour by this fantastic train and enjoy the memorable Alishan attractions.


Deccan Odyssey, India

Deccan Odyssey, India
Deccan Odyssey, India

This luxurious route gives you a chance to explore India’s diversity and timeless traditions. With 6 tastefully crafted journeys, the Deccan Odyssey travels to some of the most prominent destinations across India in Maharashtra, Rajasthan & Gujarat. You can also see Taj Mahal during the journey. Choose your route and enjoy this iconic train route and luxurious services.


Trans Siberian Railway

Trans Siberian Railway
Trans Siberian Railway

The route covers hundreds of large and small cities of European and Asian parts of Russia. It takes eight days to complete the journey. This route starts in Moscow and ends in Vladivostok.


Belmond Hiram-Bingham, Peru – Machu Pichu

Belmond Hiram-Bingham
Belmond Hiram-Bingham

If you are around, you should see Machu Pichu and around. This train route is the most unique way to go to this amazing place. The train passes through the great mountains between Cusco and Machu Pichu and offers a thrilling adventure. The gourmet cuisine also deserves to be mentioned while talking about the train.


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