5 of the most luxurious train rides across the globe

2 November, 2023 / words by Nancy Lova

Train journeys aren’t just a mode of transport to get from one place to another but are some of the most luxurious experiences when seeing the world. There is an abundance of lavish rail routes with breathtaking landscapes and views which have been enjoyed by travellers for years. Day trips, packages tailor made for your needs and fine dining, in this article I’ll suggest some of the most luxurious train journeys in the world.

Venice Simplon-Orient Express, Europe

Since being built in 1982, the Venice Simplon-Orient Express has long been an iconic route from London to Venice with stops along the way in Paris and Verona. To board this locomotive is to take a step back in time to an era of 1920’s glamour. Each carriage is embellished with charming Art Deco, vintage details and fine craftsmanship offering the ultimate luxe feel.
Throughout the day you’ll marvel over stunning scenery before getting comfortable at night in your own room. Food is also sourced locally along stops which allows guests to enjoy the flavours of each destination.

Eastern & Oriental Express, Asia

Immerse yourself in an exquisite journey of opulence on one of the most classical trains in the world. The Eastern & Oriental Express covers some of Asia’s vibrant countries including Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia providing all who board, an unforgettable ride. Antique features, delicate fabrics and intricate details all makes a classy stay and with a dining car, a piano bar and observation car to take in those magical views, you’ll be left breathless upon arrival at your destination.

The Deccan Odyssey

Now this one’s for the bucket list. India is already an incredible place to visit due to its gorgeous regions, beautiful cultures and historical landmarks but now you can experience the country through a train journey fit for royalty. The Deccan Odyssey consists of various tours such as Maharashtra Splendour covering stops like Nashik, Goa and Mumbai or Indian Sojan covering Udaipur, Agra and Jaipur. Not only do the routes take you to famous must-see spots but they also allow you to explore the lesser known for a more unique and special experience.

Rovos Rail, South Africa

Enjoy timeless grace with Victorian charm aboard the Ravos Rail located in South Africa but internationally known to be world-class. Here you’ll enjoy bespoke excursions and journeys lasting anywhere between 2 days to just over 2 weeks! Choose from a variety of options such as the Copper Trail where you have the opportunity of admiring Mother Nature’s wildlife, the Trail Of Two Oceans, a 15 night voyage filled with a safari and city tour or the Victoria Falls where you’ll get to see one of the largest waterfalls there is.
Ravos Rail also takes pride in its dining of which you can indulge in delicious cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines.

Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

Endless natural wonders, picturesque views and perfect service, what a remarkable train experience Rocky Mountaineer is. This is sightseeing at its finest as you’ll pass through western Canada and see landscapes filled with lakes, mountains and the lush forests of British Columbia and Alberta. This train journey is incredibly modern with two kinds of services to choose from. GoldLeaf for a two-level glass domed coach and exclusive dining room or the SilverLeaf Service with super large windows and delicious meals, both of which providing comfort and style as you remain in awe through stop after stop.


Nancy Lova


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