According to Lonely Planet, Vietnam The Reunification Express is the most spectacular train journey in the world. Here below is the whole list of Lonely Planet’s top rail excursions from around the world giving you a unique perspective on various destinations:
- The Reunification Express, Vietnam
The Reunification Express, also known as the North-South Railway, is one of Southeast Asia’s beloved railways. It spans over 1,000 miles from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, offering a captivating journey through Vietnam’s bustling cities and stunning landscapes.
- The California Zephyr, USA
Amtrak’s California Zephyr is a three-day train ride that covers nearly 2,500 miles from Chicago to San Francisco. Passengers can enjoy breathtaking views of prairies, deserts, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada, with the 185-mile stretch between Denver and Glenwood Springs being particularly impressive.
- Perurail’s Lake Titicaca Railway, Peru
Traveling from Puno to Cuzco, Peru, Perurail’s Lake Titicaca Railway takes passengers through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Andes. As the train traverses the Altiplano, travelers can enjoy the views from an open-air observatory car, witnessing the snow-dusted peaks, valleys, and traditional towns along the way.
- The Beijing to Lhasa Express, China
The Z21 train, also known as the Beijing to Lhasa Express, links the modern city of Beijing with the awe-inspiring monasteries and palaces of Lhasa. This remarkable journey covers 2,330 miles and takes passengers through the Tibetan plateau, offering glimpses of grazing yaks, colorful prayer flags, and majestic mountains.
- The Caledonian Sleeper, UK
The Caledonian Sleeper offers a romantic overnight train journey from London to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. Passengers can enjoy the camaraderie in the buffet car, savor single malt nightcaps, and wake up to breathtaking views of the Highlands’ granite peaks.
- The Bergensbanen, Norway
Considered one of Europe’s best railway rides, the Bergensbanen takes travelers on a 300-mile journey from Oslo to Bergen. Crossing canyons, rivers, and mountainsides, this train ride showcases the natural splendor of Norway, including its barren icescapes.
- The TranzAlpine, New Zealand
In just 4.5 hours, the TranzAlpine train journey covers 139 miles of New Zealand’s stunning South Island. Starting in Christchurch, passengers traverse the Canterbury Plains, climb through the Southern Alps, and descend into the scenic lakes, streams, and rainforests of the West Coast.
- Tazara Railway, Tanzania and Zambia
The Tazara Railway offers a unique 46-hour journey from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. Along the way, passengers might have the chance to spot wildlife from their windows. The train ride provides an immersive experience of everyday life in Tanzania and Zambia, with scheduled and unscheduled stops adding to the adventure.
These incredible train journeys offer not only beautiful scenery but also an opportunity to connect with the culture and essence of each destination.
Contributed by Jolie Minh Trang Ngo
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