Train Journeys You Need to Take in Your Lifetime

Embark on the worlds most scenic train rides with Culture Trip
Embark on the world's most scenic train rides with Culture Trip | Mariana Proença / Unsplash
Gethin Morgan

Content and CRM Executive

Train travel can be about so much more than just going from A to B. With the right route, your journey can become an experience in itself. With that in mind, these are some of the best train rides in the world, which you can take with Culture Trip.

From classic European journeys to the adventurous jungle routes of Southeast Asia, we wanted to put together a list of the most scenic train rides in the world. Our Rail Trips are an ode to the joys of train travel. That magical feeling of seeing a destination evolve right in front of your eyes, landscapes changing, cities coming and going, unique cultures and communities flashing by. Our collection of trips are naturally built around some of our favourite railroads and, whether we cross them in luxury trains or old steam locomotives, you won’t be forgetting these train trips in a hurry.

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Jacobite steam train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, as seen in Harry Potter

Jacobite steam train, Scotland

The 42-mile route from Fort William to Mallaig, traversed by the Jacobite steam train, is inarguably one of the most jaw-droppingly scenic train routes on the planet. It starts in the shadow of Ben Nevis and winds its way through the dramatic mountain valleys of the Scottish Highlands, all the way to the west coast. Whether it’s the vibrant greenery of summer, the warm auburn foliage of autumn or the blanketed white of deep winter, this journey is mesmerising year-round. The charming old steam train itself was immortalised in the Harry Potter films, standing in as the real-life version of the Hogwarts Express, famously crossing the remarkable Glenfinnan Viaduct. You’ll get to follow Harry’s tracks on our week-long Scotland Rail Trip, which also features a journey from London to Fort William on the amazing Caledonian Sleeper train.

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Next available from 27th May 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

London, England

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ENDS AT

Edinburgh, Scotland

DURATION

7

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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View from a flowery field as the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) zooms past Mount Fuji in the Japanese countryside

Tokaido Shinkansen, Japan

When it comes to the trains themselves, Japan’s iconic shinkansen, or bullet train, should be on everyone’s bucket list. The speed, the comfort, the modernity of it all. It’s an eye-opening travel experience. With so much beautiful Japanese countryside, you can pick pretty much any route and enjoy the view, but there’s something extra special about whizzing past Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain. You can do this on the Tokaido line, which you’ll use to go from Osaka or Kyoto to Tokyo. Our 12-day Japan Rail Trip features all three cities, and plenty of shinkansen time, but we’ll fly along the Tokaido line when we head from Takayama in the Japanese Alps to Hakone, which lies between the mountain and Tokyo.

From US$3569

Next available from 2nd Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Osaka, Japan

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ENDS AT

Tokyo, Japan

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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A monk walks through Bangkok’s old train station to catch his departure.

Nong Khai to Bangkok sleeper train, Laos and Thailand

We love a sleeper train and the sheer joy you get from dozing off to the train’s calming rhythm, before waking up in an entirely different destination. It’s as efficient as it is magical, and one of the most amazing sleeper routes in the world is from Nong Khai, near the Laos border, to Bangkok (or vice versa). Our two-week Thailand and Laos epic will take you on multiple Thai countryside trains and jungle river boats through Laos, before eventually jumping on high-speed trains to Vang Vieng and Vientiane, the capital of Laos. From there we’ll end our trip crossing the border back into Thailand and catching the sleeper from Nong Khai. We’ll cross the Mekong River and pass endless rice fields, tiny villages and luscious jungles before waking up in the energetic Thai capital.

From US$1686

Next available from 5th Apr 2025

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

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ENDS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

DURATION

14

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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