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Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in RTW

RTW: Classic Train Rides

RTW: Classic Train Rides

Train rides are iconic. Train travel offers a relaxing and beautiful mode of getting to know vast regions with spectacular scenery. Trains often take routes that cars cannot – they are an experience all of their own. 

Train travel can get a bit pricey depending on the country you’re in, or it could be the best value option.

Trans-Siberian Railroad

Countries: Russia, Mongolia, China
Distance: 9000km
Time Requirement: 7 days
Price: $881 (soft sleeper) / $608 (hard sleeper) / $450 (2nd class)

The Orient Express


Countries: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey
Distance: 2000km
Time Requirement: 3 days
Price: $800 (This route is run by Eurorail and the “Original Orient Express” closed in 2009)

The Ghan

Countries: Australia – Darwin to Adelaide Parklands
Distance: 3000km
Time Requirement: 3 days
Price: $716 (Daynighter reclining seat) /  $1312 (twin share sleeper cabin) – Prices cut in half for backpacker or pre-paid fare saver prices. 

Pride of Africa

Countries: Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
Distance: 3,650km
Time Requirement: 14 Days
Price: $3960 (Pullman Suites)

Glacier Express

Countries: Switzerland – Zermatt, Viso, Brig, Andermatt, Disentis, Chur, St.Moritz, Davos
Distance: 169km
Time Requirement: 7.5 Hours
Price: $140

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Countries: India
Distance: 4300km
Time Requirement: 8 Days
Cost: $590 (Deluxe Saloon Sharing) / $825 (Deluxe Saloon Single) / $1600 (Super Deluxe Saloon Suite)

The Rocky Mountaneer

Countries: Canada – Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Calgary
Distance: 450km
Time Requirement: 2 Days
Price:  Red Leaf: $700 (April-May) or $950 (June-Oct) | Silver Leaf: $1150 (April-May) or $1400 (June-Oct)
Best Time of Year: April and October

The Eastern and Orient Express

Countries: Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore
Distance: 3000km
Time Requirement: 7 Days
Price:  Bangkok-Vientiane: $37 (Sleeper) | Bangkok-Singapore: $61 (Sleeper)

I am a HUGE fan of train rides. I’ve been on amazing train rides and I’ve been on terrible train rides-comfort wise. My best train ride was in Vietnam going from Hanoi-Sapa in the sleeper berth. I’ve never slept better in my life than on that night. My worst train experience was in Argentina from Buenos Aires to Bahia Blanca in 2nd class. Hard wooden seats going 5km/hour; brutal. But, it cannot hurt my love of train rides!

*For an absolutely incredible source of information of trains in every country in the world visit The Man in Seat 61