5 Best Scenic Routes to see traveling on a Train

 

Surely you have heard the phrase “the important thing is the trip, not the destination,” and there is no better way to describe a train trip. A train trip is a great way to see a place intimately, especially when there are no roads in sight. Because the tracks are older than cars in some areas, trains can take you over historic bridges, over the base of mountains, and alongside the ocean with no vehicles to obstruct the landscape.

 

Some excursions places for train offering a Unique Way of Seeing the World:

 

1-FIRST PASSAGE WEST OF ROCKY MOUNTAINEER, CANADA

Rocky Mountaineer train
Rocky Mountaineer train

Considered one of the most scenic routes in Canada, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you from busy and beautiful Vancouver to the small town of Banff, home to Banff National Park. The train runs along the Thompson River, and the main attraction on this trip is the Canadian Rockies. The Rocky Mountaineer train works through the Canadian Rockies one or the other way to Vancouver from Banff, Lake Louise, or Jasper. This multi-day rail experience incorporates an overnight in an inn in Kamloops. This train has several routes such as Rainforest to Goldrush, the Rockies to the Road Rocks, Journey through the clouds, and first passages to the west. The fare depends upon your stay duration. We mention here approximately $1,994 to $6,926 CAD. You can easily visit any destination under this amount through Rocky Mountaineer.

 

2-TRAINS IN SRI LANKA 

The Most Secenic Train Journeys you can experience in Sri Lanka
The Most Secenic Train Journeys you can experience in Sri Lanka

Traveling by train in Sri Lanka is highly cheap and will allow you to enjoy some of the most exotic landscapes in Asia from your seat. The most beautiful section is the one that connects Ella and Kandy three times a day, so much so that the journey itself has become a tourist attraction. The trip lasts 7 hours and costs about $ 13 (very cheap!) In the Exporail Car, which includes dinner, water, and tea or coffee in the ticket. You can buy the tickets at the same stations.

In the middle of the 19th century, it was the British Empire that began to build the railway lines of Sri Lanka. The main reason was to get an efficient transport to carry the thousands of tons of tea from the hills, and that from Colombo was distributed worldwide.

The trains divide the compartments into different categories, one of the most popular being the 1st Class Observation Car as it allows you to have complete views of the landscape. But you can also go sleeping in the sleeper cars and if you want to save, go to second or third class, although we warn that here the cars can be crowded and do not have air conditioning.

The schedules, tickets, and prices are available on the official website Sri Lanka Government Railway Information.

 

3-BERNINA EXPRESS

Bernina Express Train Ride in Switzerland
Bernina Express Train Ride in Switzerland

It needs to be clarified that this route can be done on some Swiss regional trains, but you do not have the advantage of having wagons with panoramic windows to enjoy the views fully. You will also have to change trains if you want to do the complete itinerary. Therefore, it is worth paying the additional fee for the Bernina. The final price of the round-trip ticket between Chur (one of the oldest towns in Switzerland) and Tirano is usually around 110 euros. We know that it is not cheap, but sometimes you have to treat yourself to a whim, especially knowing that the route is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meandering aboard a train at more than 2,200 meters of altitude is a unique experience. You decide if you want to do it in winter, to see the snow-capped mountains, or in summer, with the green meadows, since the route operates all year round. The good thing about the Bernina is that it allows you to get off at the stations along the way. Thus, you will have the opportunity to visit, among other places, the beautiful city of Davos, in the Landwasser Valley (a tributary of the Rhine), Lake Poschiavo (with La Presse and Miralago, two small residential villages) or the striking farms of Engadine, apart from seeing a lot of glaciers. For more details, you can check Rhaetian Railway.

 

4-SHINKANSEN

The SHINKANSEN rolling through a Beautiful part of Japan
The SHINKANSEN rolling through a Beautiful part of Japan

Since the Shinkansen began operating in 1964, more than 340 million passengers have used its services, making it the busiest high-speed line in the world. Several Shinkansen lines cross the country, such as the Tokaido, the Tohoku, the Joetsu, or the Hokuriku. To calculate the travel time between one city and another, we advise you to use the Japan-guide.com website, where they also inform you of the schedules and if you have to make any changes. Keep in mind that the Shinkansen also covers other additional services such as the Yamanote Line in Tokyo (ideal for getting to know the city since it makes a circular route), the local JR Bus buses, and the ferry to the island of Miyajima.

We recommend you that, while in Japan, you make a prior reservation of the seats, especially if you will travel on holidays. Remember that Japanese punctuality is not a myth and that if a train announces its departure at 6:42 p.m., at that exact time, it will leave the station: do not delay a minute.

 

5-MADARAKA EXPRESS

MADARAKA EXPRESS Kenta Railways
MADARAKA EXPRESS Kenta Railways

Two of the most important cities in Kenya, Nairobi and Mombasa, were separated by more than 15 hours by train, but with the Madaraka Express, this time has been reduced to four and a half hours. Two daily trains leave the capital, one in the morning at 08:00 and another in the afternoon at 2:20. The reverse journey is made at 07:15 and 15:15.

As in Kenya, they are booking train tickets is somewhat confusing. You can visit KENYA RAILWAYS for online booking; it is recommended that you talk to your hotel before traveling so that they can do all the paperwork. And better sooner than later, at least a month in advance. The prices are meager: 1,000 Kenyan shillings (8 euros) for economy class and 3,000 shillings (24 euros) for first class. Children under 3 years travel for free, and those who have not yet turned 11, at half price. It is allowed to carry one suitcase per passenger, and it must not exceed 30 kilos in weight.