Legendary train travels: Best Epic Train Routes!December 15, 2018
On these trains, it does not matter if they are on the move longer than planned: they drive over viaducts, into extreme heights and past waterfalls and skyscrapers – on the most spectacular railways in the world.
Four hours and 30 minutes take a ride or four days. Whether it’s the Bernina Express in Switzerland or the Baikal-Amur highway in Siberia – on such legendary rail routes, no passenger counts the minutes that the train may deviate from the timetable.
Here are rather the great views of the extreme landscapes; the experience of being on the road with special trains and possibly experiencing a foreign everyday life. Or as the British rail blogger Mark Smith says in the preface to the book Legendary Train Travel: “They are an adventure, an experience, a deep look into the heart of a country.”
The survey book published by Lonely Planet publisher covers 60 routes from Canada to Patagonia, from Australia to Siberia. About 200 of the authors worldwide were asked to describe the train experience personally. They also give tips that are especially important for remote routes in Africa or South America: access, ticket purchase and prices, the necessary equipment and rewarding stops.
If you travel to Sri Lanka, Argentina or Scotland, you can easily integrate a train journey into the route – after all, it is a change from a car or bus ride. Away from the streets, the wagons rattle or whiz through forests, jungles, plateaus and gorges. Or the holiday is planned just around the railway line: This is what the Trans-Siberian Railway or Sunset Limited in the United States offer.
The favorite tracks of the train expert Mark Smith, who has been fascinated by rail travel since his youth and has worked for a while at British Rail, are:
- California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco: “the best of all Amtrak lines across the US”
- Bernina Express from Chur to Tirano: “No matter what season, this train journey bombards you with the beauty of nature”
- Belgrade to Bar (“spectacular railway through the mountains of Montenegro”) and
- Mandalay to Lashio: “probably two of the most scenic train journeys one has never heard of”
- West Highland Line to Mallaig: “my favorite track in the UK”
If you want to experience more adventures on rails, read on here:
“Lémurie Express” in Madagascar: On the train of lemurs
“Eastern Express” in Turkey: the party train
Ukraine: 106.6 kilometers of creaking and rattling
Transsib: A train, the whole of Russia
Burma: Nine hours of deceleration
“Tazara” Express in Zambia: Mr. Ngwananogu drives to happiness
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