Top International Rail Journeys

12 September 2012

There's something magical about rail travel. Beautiful carriages matched equally by inspiring landscapes that pass the windows effortlessly to the delight of eager enthusiasts. Along the way, there's always fascinating places to explore on foot before boarding the train to take you onto the next destination.

Here are our top five international railway trips.

 Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockie

Copper Canyon – Mexico
Named after the distinctive copper-colour appearance, Copper Canyon in south-western Mexico is a series of six unique canyons that are best explored from the comfort of a train. The 628 kilometres journey can be taken in either direction between the coastal town of Los Mochis and the inland city of Chihuahua. Along the way you'll cross 39 bridges, travel through 86 tunnels and rise in altitude to 2,500 metres.

The Rockies – Canada
Rail travel is the ideal way to appreciate the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a World Heritage Site. Start your tour in the beautiful city of Vancouver before heading east to admire the astonishing scenery before disembarking at Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise.

Songololo Express – Zambia to Tanzania
From the carriages of the Songolo Express, you'll be able to appreciate the incredible landscapes in southern Africa. The train departs from the iconic Victoria Falls in Zambia, and tracks north east to the Selous Game Reserve and onto Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast.

Eastern and Oriental Express – Bangkok to Singapore
Board the train in Thailand's frantic capital, Bangkok to head south through the Thai countryside before crossing the border into Malaysia. Along the way, you'll enjoy the sights of colonial Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis, before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to Singapore.

Norwegian Fjords – Norway
Admire the mesmerising Norwegian fjords on a dedicated rail tour. There is a variety of journeys to take, but most generally begin in the capital Oslo before heading into the incredibly scenic countryside. The Rauma train line to Alesund is particularly popular and includes tours of Geirangerfjord and the Briksdal glacier.

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.