There’s something romantic about train travel: the old-fashioned feel, the slow pace, the great views. And compared to the special torture that is flying in economy class, the seating and legroom on your average train seem downright luxurious.
That doesn’t mean, however, that all trains are created equal. Some are just there to get you where you need to be; the Via route from Toronto to Ottawa isn’t first class, but it gets the job done in a serviceable manner. That Eurail pass is a great and relatively inexpensive way to travel the continent.
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But some train trips are really something else. They offer unparalleled scenery through mountains or views of amazing sunsets. Some take you through often-untravelled territory, like across northern Norway. Or maybe they’ve just got legendary status, like the still-amazing Orient Express.
One thing we will note is that luxury train travel comes with an expensive price tag, so if you are doing research on any of these routes below, you should also consider additional costs like air travel or upgrades.
Here are 20 of the best train trips in Canada and around the world.