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 writing more 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; I’ve only listed the train rides that I really remember being a great experience.
What are your favorite train rides? Would you recommend any to me that are not on this list? I’d love to know.
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)
♣ 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; dinner