This is my ever-growing list of trains. The ones not crossed out are some train rides I’d really like to take. This list will be a post in the future – I’ll be noting the specifics about each train and adding photographs for travel inspiration. For now, it’s just a basic list, like a bucket list, if you will (although I don’t like that term at all).

This is not a comprehensive list, as I’ve only listed the train rides that I remember being a great experience. And maybe there are train rides out there I know nothing about…

What are your favorite train rides? Would you recommend any to me that are not on this list? I’d love to know. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!


List, in no particular order:

♣ Ronda (southern Spain) to Algeciras (Very scenic. Also, easy to catch ferry from Algeciras to Morocco)

♣ Tangier to Fez (Morocco)

♣ Trans-Mongolian railway route (Moscow – Beijing)

Royal Gorge, Cañon City (Oldest scenic railroad in Colordado)

♣ Trans-Siberian. Moscow to Russia’s East coast, Vladivostok (World’s longest train route)

♣ Rocky Mountaineer (Vancouver to Calgary; combination with car  hire)

Lima – Huancayo, Peru (2nd highest railway in the world).   You can read about my adventure here.

♣ Venice Simplon-Orient Express

Puno (Lake Titicaca) to Cuzco

Cuzco to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

♣ Cuzco to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) – on the luxury train, Hiram Bingham. Maybe. It’s ridiculously expensive.

  Colorado Cog Railway (Highest cog railway in the world)

♣ Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway

♣ California Zephyr (Chicago or Denver to San Francisco)

The Ghan, Australia

Flamsbana, Norway (One of the steepest trainlines in the world)

♣ Oslo – Bergen, Norway (highest altitude train route in Europe)

 Colorado Georgetown Loop (1884; 3-foot narrow gauge railroad)

♣ Paris – Amsterdam on the Thalys (high-speed international train) (Took the looong train, by mistake, one time. Hmmm… Maybe this is one train I wouldn’t take again)

Paris to Aix-en-Provence. 3 hrs; gorgeous views; bar car 🙂

Madrid – Sevilla (on the fast AVE)

Al Andalus Express. (7-day round-trip to explore Andalusian region of Spain, either Madrid or Seville)

 Cascais to Lisbon. (Very scenic, along the coast. 45 minutes each way)

♣ The Blue Train. South Africa (Cape Town – Johannesburg)

Santa Fe, New Mexico. 3-hr ride


♣ Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway – Colorado. (Voted as one of the World’s Top Ten Most Exciting Train Rides” by the Society of American Travel Writers in 2009)

As suggested by a helpful person in the comments below… The “Calcutta (Kolkata) to Madras (Chennai) train, down the east coast of India, on Indian Railways.” The train takes 2 days to arrive to its destination.

Another suggestion is the: “El ChePe – The Chihuahua al Pacifico” train that goes through the Copper Canyon of Mexico, which sounds amazing from the description below.