It’s time to skip the sky and cancel the coach. One of the best ways to travel is on one of the great train journeys of the world. You get the opportunity to stretch your legs, meet interesting people and watch the landscape travel by. Before planes were known as the luxurious way of travel in the 1950’s, trains were the main mode of transport to travel long distances. These iconic journeys have now become set in history.
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The Rocky Mountaineer
Snake your way through the infamous Rocky Mountains in BC, Canada. Marvel at the sheer mountains and turquoise lakes as the railway hugs the base of the mountains. Some of the most picturesque landscape in the world can be found here, a telling sign of what the Trans Canadian employees had seen when originally building the line.
Departure city/s: Vancouver to Jasper, Banff, Seattle, Lake Louise
Cost: from $1700 CAD pp
Duration: 1 day to 24 days
The Blue Train
The Blue Train has a rich history, dating back to the 1920’s. It has stood the test of time, being renovated twice since then. The first time in the 70’s to introduce electricity and the second in the 90’s to change to diesel power. The train boasts all the modern day utilities, 2 bars to choose from, a dining carriage with a full kitchen and a lounge with viewing windows.
Departure city/s: Cape Town//Pretoria
Cost: from R $14 650
Duration: 2 days
Great Southern Rail – 2 Journeys across Australia
The year is 1917 and the first Indian Pacific train has departed Kalgoorlie on its way to Port Augusta. It is the first time the West of Australia was connected to the East. 50 years on and the inaugural uninterrupted Indian Pacific line from Sydney to Perth was officially opened. Take in the sights of the Blue Mountains and gaze at the mighty Nullarbor Plain.
Departure city/s: Sydney to Perth
Cost: from $1639
Duration: 4 days
Photo Credit: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/zoom/The_Ghan
The early days were tough for the Ghan. From the Top End to the Great Australian Bight, the Ghan had to compete with termites, flash flooding and fire to name a few. These days it is much more smooth sailing. Originally only travelling as far as Alice Springs, the train was eventually connected to Darwin. In 2004, the birth of the modern Ghan had occurred.
Departure city/s: Adelaide to Darwin
Cost: from $1789 AUD pp
Duration: 4 days
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The Trans Siberian railway has been the inspiration for many of travel stories dating back to the early 1900’s. Today the train network covers multiple countries allowing access to places you could never usually enter or travel to. The train is still used by locals as a mean of transport, so don’t expect to get the 5 star service you would in the other train journeys.
Departure city/s: Moscow to Vladisovstok and Mongolia, China and North Korea.
Cost: from $1850
Duration: 6 or more days.
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