Cool Train Rides You Have To Try

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Posted: 26/04/2012 18:30 Updated: 27/04/2012 15:51

When we think of great train rides we often think of Europe. And it’s true – you simply can’t visit places like London, Germany or Switzerland without enjoying the rail experience at least once.

But there are train rides to be found all over the world that are just as interesting, fun and unique. Some offer luxury and others a unique cultural experience. And others are just fast and go through really long tunnels.

For a list of just a few of the cool train trips that you should consider, click on the gallery below.

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  • Glacier Express

    The <a href="http://www.glacierexpress.ch/en/Pages/default.aspx" target="_hplink">Glacier Express</a> in Switzerland travels between Zermatt and St. Moritz, some of the most beautiful country in the world. Called "<a href="http://www.rhb.ch/Glacier-Express.34.0.html?&L=4" target="_hplink">The slowest express train in the world</a>" by Rhaetian Railway, you can see <em>"St. Moritz and the UNESCO World Heritage railway, plus the Landwasser Viaduct, the Rheinschlucht Gorge, the Oberalp Pass, the Furka Tunnel, Zermatt and Matterhorn."</em>

  • Glacier Express - Switzerland

    HD version: youtu.be The Glacier Express is a train which connects the two major mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. It is not an "express" in the sense of being a high-speed train but rather in the sense that it provides a one-seat ride for a long duration travel. In fact it has the reputation of being the slowest express train in the world. It takes 7,5 hours to journey across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass on the highest point at 2033 m (6670 ft) in altitude. The entire line is metre gauge (narrow gauge railway). The Glacier Express is run jointly by two private Swiss railways, the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) and the Rhtische Bahn (RhB), who also operate the regular local trains and freight trains over the same route. The panorama cars were introduced in 2006. I decided to take this trip after I have seen a scene of the Glacier Express in the IMAX documentary film "The Alps". September 6, 2009

  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

    See London, Venice, Rome, Budapest or Prague. "<a href="http://www.orient-express.com/web/vsoe/venice_simplon_orient_express.jsp" target="_hplink">Venice Simplon-Orient-Express</a> goes past the beautiful countryside of France, Switzerland and Austria."

  • Rocky Mountaineer

    Very few rail lines do the run between the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia quite like <a href="http://www.rockymountaineer.com/en_CA/" target="_hplink">Rocky Mountaineer</a>. According to their website: <em>"This luxurious train travels by daylight through the beauty of Canada's West and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies, Banff and Jasper - in a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games."</em>

  • Rocky Mountaineer Experience Video 2011 (Full Length)

    Experience what it's like to travel onboard an award-winning train in our Rocky Mountaineer Experience Video. Watch for an appearance by country music superstar, Reba McEntire. On a journey from start to finish, enjoy brilliant aerial footage of the train snaking through mountain tunnels and along glacial fed lakes, as well as the onboard experience and social atmosphere of the glass-domed coaches.

  • Pride of Africa

    A great ride for anyone who has ever wanted to get up close and personal with Africa.The 'Pride of Africa' will take you on a "<em>14-day epic expedition through Cape Town, Dar Es Salaam, Kimberley, Pretoria, the Kruger National Park, Beit Bridge, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Lusaka and through Tanzania to Dar Es Salaam."</em>

  • Eurostar

    Okay, many will argue with this choice. The Chunnel, which runs between England and France underneath the English Channel obviously doesn't offer great scenery. But that doesn't mean it's not cool. <a href="http://www.eurostar.com/dynamic/_SvBoExpressBookingTerm?_TMS=1335459866329&_DLG=SvBoExpressBookingTerm&_LANG=UK&_AGENCY=ESTAR&choice=UK_UK&country=UK&lang=UK&VT=EB" target="_hplink">Eurostar's</a> quick and comfortable, and something everyone should try at least once.

  • Entering the Chunnel on the Eurostar

  • Palace on Wheels

    Palace on Wheels, <em>"<a href="http://www.rtdc.in/pow.htm" target="_hplink">Palace on Wheels</a> starts from Delhi, India and ends up in the royal state of Rajasthan. Just to roll back time, a steam engine is used to pull the train initially out of Delhi, adding further to the experience."</em> The trip also offers an elephant welcome in Jaipur, a camel safari and an afternoon at the Taj Mahal.

  • Royal Scotsman

    This is one of the coolest train rides you'll probably ever take in your life - if you can afford it. A seven night "Grand Tour of Great Britain" on <a href="http://www.royalscotsman.com/web/rs/the_royal_scotsman.jsp" target="_hplink">Royal Scotsman</a> will cost U.S. $14,230 . "Along the way, guests disembark to meet local personalities, talk to experts on subjects from salmon fishing to whisky and take part in fun activities - truly a Scottish rail vacation par excellence."

  • WORLD CLASS TRAINS - THE ROYAL SCOTSMAN

    Discover the world's most luxurious trains and relive a bygone era, when the journey was an experience in itself, aboard the opulent carriages of the world's railways. A voyage where the passenger becomes a real traveller, steeped not only in the natural, stunning beauty of the surroundings but also in the romance and opulence associated with the golden age of rail. Explore this aristocrat of trains, which represents the very apotheosis of rail-borne lavishness. Nine carriages in imperial purple livery with open observation terraces carry just 36 passengers in the lap of luxury. We journey along some of Britain's least used rail lines and through some of Scotland's most breathtaking scenery. Mountains, lochs and forests provide an ever-changing backdrop to this journey aboard the Royal Scotsman. Available to buy from: www.amazon.co.uk

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