15 Luxury Trains You Need To Ride Before You Die

There’s a reason rail buffs are called “foamers.”

1. Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

This train is truly epic. It’s the world’s longest rail journey, spanning more than 6,000 miles, two continents and eight time zones.

Here’s the ornate lounge car, where you can grab a drink and listen to the on-board pianist. As the train’s social hub, it really doesn’t have official closing hours.

2. The Royal Scotsman

Ride the rails through the Highlands of Scotland.

Check out this observation car.

Even the private cabins have their own Edwardian elegance.

3. The Glacier Express

Travel through the Swiss Alps.

4. Rovos Rail

Explore South Africa by train. Here, the Pride of Africa travels over Victoria Falls Bridge.

High tea in the lounge car.

This royal suite is enormous!

You definitely won’t be showering over the toilet on this train.

5. Hiram Bingham

Named for the explorer who introduced Manchu Picchu to the Western world, this 1920’s Pullman-style luxury train runs between Cuzco and Machu Picchu along the dramatic valley of the Urubamba River.

Music in the observation car.

6. Venice Simplon Orient Express

This art deco train travels from London to Venice or Venice to Stockholm.

7. The Ghan

Travel across Australia on The Ghan.

The retro-Edwardian dining car has panoramic views.

8. The Blue Train

Go from Pretoria to Cape Town, South Africa.

Imagine holding a business conference here.

9. Eastern & Oriental Express

Take in the views of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Laos.

10. Royal Canadian Pacific

11. Palace on Wheels

This luxury tourist train was launched by the Indian Railways to promote tourism in Rajasthan.

There are 14 coaches, each named after former Rajput states and decorated to match those royal palaces.

12. Napa Valley Train

Check out California’s wine country by rail.

13. Al Andalus

What a way to see Southern Spain! The recently restored railway carriages were built in France between 1929 and 1930.

14. Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic

15. Danube Express

The journey across Eastern Europe is incredibly romantic. This private train once belonged to a Hungarian prime minister who was afraid of flying.

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