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 RailroadCountries: 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 GhanCountries: 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 AfricaCountries: Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa Distance: 3,650km Time Requirement: 14 Days Price: $3960 (Pullman Suites)
Glacier ExpressCountries: Switzerland – Zermatt, Viso, Brig, Andermatt, Disentis, Chur, St.Moritz, Davos Distance: 169km Time Requirement: 7.5 Hours Price: $140
Royal Rajasthan on WheelsCountries: India Distance: 4300km Time Requirement: 8 Days Cost: $590 (Deluxe Saloon Sharing) / $825 (Deluxe Saloon Single) / $1600 (Super Deluxe Saloon Suite)
The Rocky MountaneerCountries: 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 ExpressCountries: 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