The Man in Seat 61’s favorite rail journeys | Travel

The Bernina Express

From Chur in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy, the Bernina Express is a narrow-gauge prepare that climbs to one of many highest factors on the European rail community, crossing the Landwasser viaduct, and the views are spectacular. In the depths of winter, the five-hour journey is sort of a journey to Narnia; within the peak of summer time, it’s extra Sound of Music.
• The route is a part of another journey from Zurich to Milan. Save cash by reserving by German Railways ( For instance, it’s €29.90 from Singen to Tirano, quite than €80 if purchased in Switzerland

Belgrade to Bar

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Opened in 1976 (although constructing began within the 1950s) the 296-mile journey from the Serbian capital to Bar, on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro, goes up and over awe-inspiring mountains and throughout the Mala Rijeka viaduct (pictured), as soon as the very best railway bridge within the world. There’s a daytime and a sleeper prepare – you’ll nonetheless see the perfect bits when you rise up early.
• One-way ticket round €20, with some particular affords at €9.90. Buy tickets on the station; they’re not obtainable on-line

Chicago to San Francisco

Amtrak Train going through the historic train station in Flagstaff at sunset.

The historic prepare station in Flagstaff, Arizona. Photograph: Alamy

This epic two-night, two-day journey takes in lots of the US’s large landscapes: the flatlands of Nebraska, the Mississippi (crossed on a large girder bridge), the Rockies, the rapids of the Colorado Canyons, the multi-coloured rocks of Utah and, in California, the pine bushes and snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. You undergo the Donner go the place the Donner social gathering of pioneers resorted to cannibalism in 19th century – however hopefully the eating automotive gained’t run out so that you gained’t have to.
• Book nicely upfront and you would get a reclining seat for round $200,

The Northern Explorer

People sitting inside the scenic Northern Explorer train going between Auckland and Wellington,

Photograph: Alamy

This 12-hour journey from Auckland to Wellington covers a tremendous cross-section of New Zealand’s North Island, that includes rainforest, canyons, shoreline and volcanoes, passing over unbelievable feats of engineering. There’s additionally an open-air viewing platform, nice for taking pictures.
• Around NZ$158 (£90),

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Food being sold in a train during a train journey from Hue to Danang

Photograph: Alamy

This 1,000-mile, two-night journey on the Reunification Express passes islands, stilted homes and stretches of rainforest. The finest bit is the coastal stretch from Hue to Danang. It’s exterior the vacationer bubble and also you’ll meet Vietnamese households.
• Book on-line at or for single sleeper fares from round £29

Top suggestions from the knowledgeable
In Europe, the important thing useful resource is the German railway’s web site, which has a web-based timetable for many of Europe. Two different websites value realizing about are loco2. com and Both connect with the massive 4 ticketing techniques: German, French, Italian, Spanish. Trainline additionally now connects to the Austrian system, and Loco2 connects to the UK’s.
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