Trains have been a means of transportation for hundreds of years, though other vehicles have become more popular recently. Still, there are plenty of trains around the world that offer rides through beautiful landscapes. Luxury trains display the grandeur of traveling by railroad. So, what are some of the most luxurious trains?
Continue reading to learn about 50 of the most luxurious trains in the world. Spanning all regions of the globe, luxury trains allow travelers to appreciate the history of the machine in which they ride while providing enhanced comfort and experience during a trip. Below are some of the most luxurious trains in the world.
1. Royal Scotsman
Belmond’s Royal Scotsman train in Scotland is one of the most luxurious trains you can find. Mahogany interior accents decadent table settings for great food, and the lounges offer as much comfort as anywhere along your journey. The Edwardian country-house aesthetic has been a staple for journeys through Scotland since 1985.
2. Eastern & Oriental Express
Another Belmond train, Eastern & Oriental Express, is one of the most famous luxury trains in the world. The cherrywood interior is enhanced with decorative fabrics from all over Asia – a fitting design for a train that has traveled through Southeast Asia since 1993. Eastern & Oriental Express is the height of luxury, with features including the most desirable dining areas imaginable and cozy cabins for privacy.
3. Silk Road
Silk Road is actually a railroad, but the trains that traverse it are some of the most luxurious in the world. Some specific Silk Road trains are mentioned below, but any train you choose on this journey from Beijing to Moscow promises extensive luxury for your comfort and enjoyment. The beautiful scenery surrounding only enhances your luxurious experience.
4. Golden Chariot
India boasts some of the most luxurious trains in the world, and the Golden Chariot is no exception. Imagine staying in a five-star hotel on wheels. The Golden Chariot not only offers a luxurious interior but also travels through South India, an area with some of the most beautiful scenery and architecture you can find by railroad. Though it has run since 2007, new renovations in 2021 have made the Golden Chariot even more of a transportation destination.
5. Denali Star
Denali Star is one of North America’s most exciting experiences. Traverse the diverse lands of Alaska – from Anchorage to Talkeetna – while enjoying a comfortable interior during your 12-hour ride. Experience breathtaking views, including Denali, North America’s tallest mountain. If you find yourself in Alaska, Denali Star is well worth consideration.
6. El Expreso De La Robla
El Expreso de la Robla, or La Robla Express, prides itself on being one of the more affordable luxury trains. You can experience the history of the North of Spain during this 3-day journey. Since 2009, El Expreso de la Robla has offered one of the most relaxing train rides you can find. Both for business and pleasure, El Expreso de la Robla is an excellent train.
7. Rovos Rail
As with Silk Road, Rovos Rail is a railway company. However, the trains that ride upon their tracks are luxurious by all means. SInce 1989, Rovos Rail has taken travelers to the most exciting destinations in South Africa. From African safaris to trails in Cape Town, you will never forget your journey with Rovos Rail.
8. Shangri-La Express
Shangri-La Express is China’s most luxurious train. It offers the modern comfort of luxury travel within the ancient country it travels through. It travels the Silk Road – a railroad known for hosting luxurious trains of all types – from Beijing to the Chinese border. If you are looking to travel in style when you visit China, Shangri-La Express is the way to go.
9. Andean Explorer
Belmond boasts another of its luxury trains with the Andean Explorer. Traveling from Cusco to Arequipa in South America’s first luxury train, you can experience Peru’s deep, ancient history. Artisinal accents complement the Peruvian design of Andean Explorer’s interior to create a relaxing atmosphere during your journey.
10. The Presidential
The Presidential’s renovations in 2010 made it as luxurious as any other, but its trips since 1890 have earned it fame among train-lovers. The Presidential has been a mode of transportation for kings, presidents, and popes. Dark wood paneling accented by green furniture and decorations makes the ride through Portugal as relaxing as ever.
11. Maharajas’ Express
If you know anything about luxury trains, you are familiar with Maharajas’ Express. After receiving “World’s Leading Luxury Train” for seven years in a row, Maharajas’ Express has only gotten better. The journey across historical India is interesting enough, but you can enjoy it within an interior that makes you feel like maharaja royalty.
12. Flying Scotsman
Flying Scotsman also has the reputation of being one of the most famous luxury trains in the world. Since 1923, its historical journeys have been remembered, and Flying Scotsman is an excellent experience for those who love to travel the world. Especially for history buffs, Flying Scotsman is a most enjoyable train ride.
13. Blue Train
Royalty, presidents, and celebrities alike have experienced the beauty of South Africa’s Blue Train. The train is full of rich history, and its luxurious interior is a sight for sore eyes. With amazing scenery, fine dining, immensely comfortable suites, and intricately designed lounges, there are no boring aspects during a ride on Blue Train.
14. The Flam
The sights you will see along your journey on board a train on the Flam Railway will leave you speechless. The Flam Railway is a crown jewel of Norway, both for the nature around it and the luxurious trains that you ride in. No matter which train you choose, you can be sure that Flam Railway will provide excitement.
15. Aru Ressha
Aru Ressha journeys through Japan along the world-famous Kyushu Railway. It prides itself on several aspects. Aru Ressha offers some of the finest cuisine available on a train ride, all provided by the most hospitable wooden environment and cordial staff. The interior, designed by Mr. Nobutaro Hara, reflects romance and compassion for a relaxing experience.
16. Trans-Mongolian Express
Trans-Mongolian Express is one of Golden Eagle’s most luxurious trains. From Moscow to Mongolia, you will experience exciting performances during your stop, including the Naadam Festival at the end of your journey. The train itself hosts luxurious accommodations to make you enjoy your trip to the highest extent.
17. Hiram Bingham
Belmond’s Hiram Bingham takes you from Cusco to Machu Picchu to experience the rich history of the Inca Empire. Along your journey, you can enjoy the shine of wood and brass from the unique 1920s design. Hiram Bingham encourages embracing new relationships on the train as you bask in the beauty of Peru from the comfort of old-fashioned decadence.
18. Pride Of Africa
Pride of Africa includes several Rovos Rail trains, Africa’s most luxurious mode of transportation. With several routes to choose from, you can find yourself on a safari in Namibia or experience the beauty of Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Pride of Africaand other Rovos Rail trains are some of the most luxurious in the world.
19. California Zephyr
Amtrak’s California Zephyr shows the beauty of North America from Chicago to San Francisco. If you are looking for a break from your routine but cannot find time to take your travels out of the country, California Zephyr’s luxurious cabins might be the place for you. Enjoy amazing sights as you take time off from a busy schedule.
20. Twilight Express Mizukaze
Twilight Express Mizukaxe is another luxurious train that combines modern luxury with historical places. As you travel through west Japan, you can spend time with locals and get to know the culture of the breathtaking environment around you. The modern Japanese designs complement some of the most spacious rooms available on a train.
21. Deccan Odyssey
The Deccan Odyssey in India offers some of the most interactive, varied trip options. Choose from one of six journeys to embark on a time full of cultural experience. Immerse yourself into the deepest parts of India while enjoying your ride in coaches resembling maharaja designs. On Deccan Odyssey, you can experience what it feels like to live like a king.
22. The Ghan
Unique in its location, The Ghan traverses Australia. The Ghan’s off-train experiences are just as exciting as the luxurious accommodations within. You can remain comfortable during your ride while experiencing the adventure of less-traveled areas in Australia.
23. Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle’s main train, Golden Eagle, offers the most intricate private experience you can find. With first-class service, you can sit back and relax during your journey. Enjoy the modern design of your personal cabin or spend time underneath the stained-glass of the lounge area as you travel through Russia and Central Asia.
24. The Chepe
The Chepe is another train ride that offers plenty of off-train activities if you so choose. Beginning in Los Mochis and traveling through northern Mexico, The Chepe offers fine cuisine based on the regions you visit – one of the best ways to experience different cultures you travel to. With three options of comfortable passenger seats, you can relax while traveling to new destinations.
25. Royal Express
Royal Express travels Japan from Yokohama to Shimoda. Designer Eiji Mitooka implemented wood and washi-framed walls, even adding his own paintings underneath golden ceilings. It is safe to say that Royal Express truly encapsulates luxury travel. Your exclusive journey includes both comfort and amazing scenery.
Amtrak’s Adirondack train combines luxury with destination, taking you to tourist spots and beautiful, natural places. Adirondack travels from New York, along Lake Champlain, and into Montreal. For those wanting to dip their toes into international travel, this may be the train ride for you. It gives you a taste of what more luxurious journeys have to offer.
27. Venice Simplon Orient Express
Belmond’s Venice Simplon Orient Express is one of – if not the single – most well-known, most luxurious trains in the world. From London to Venice, you are guaranteed to experience the most opulent time of your life. From the extravagant interior to Venice Simplon Orient Express’s world-class food, you can enjoy the comfort of maximum luxury while observing the Alpine mountains and other scenery from your window.
28. Al Andalus
Al Andalus takes you through Andalusia in the South of Spain. As another train mixing modernity with 1920s aesthetic, you can enjoy the luxury within just as much as the sights you pass by. The vintage design combines with elegant service – all for your relaxation. Enjoy Spanish cuisine as you journey through regions you have never seen before.
29. The Red Arrow
Since 1931, The Red Arrow train has been recognized as one of the most popular locomotives in Russia. Traveling between Moscow and St. Petersburg, The Red Arrow provides loads of cultural experience. It prides itself on having an interior so luxurious that you would have only previously seen it in a movie. The Red Arrow remains a staple of Russian culture.
30. Train Suite Shiki-Shima
Train Suite Shiki-Shama is another world-class train that runs in Japan. The sleek Japanese interior embraces the culture of Eastern Japan, while the views from the windows are all the more enticing. Locals and world travelers alike enjoy the luxurious train that guides them through unseen pieces of nature. As with some other luxury trains, you must plan accordingly if you want to board Shiki-Shima, as the application process is selective.
31. Coast Starlight
Out of all North American trains, Amtrak’s Coast Starlight is often heralded as one of the most enjoyable. From Seattle to Los Angeles and everything in between, you can experience the true beauty of the West Coast. With a comfortable, personal cabin, you can remain relaxed during your journey. If you live on the West Coast and cannot seem to find an exciting journey to embark upon, Coast Starlight can meet your expectations.
32. Royal Canadian Pacific
Royal Canadian Pacific aims to reinstate the values of what luxury travel once was. Modern dining rooms and old-fashioned lounges provide you with the option to choose your aesthetic during your journey. Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies as you sit in chairs once occupied by royalty, presidents, and celebrities from all over.
33. El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo
Another train that traverses the North of Spain, El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, is as luxurious as ever. Traveling between San Sebastian and Santiago de Compostela, enjoy personal cabins and lounges that reflect popular 20th-century aesthetics. As the first tourist train in Spain, El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo holds its own among luxurious trains.
34. Costa Verde Express
Keeping with luxury trains in Spain, Costa Verde Express combines modernized amenities with Golden Age designs. Traveling through the North of Spain upon Costa Verde is a grand option for a romantic getaway or an individual excursion. Costa Verde is regarded as the heir of El Transcantabrico trains, including it in the reputation of such wonderful locomotives.
35. Palace On Wheels
Palace On Wheels is likely yet another familiar favorite among travelers and train-lovers. Considered India’s original luxury train, Palace On Wheels truly does resemble the designs of a marvelous Indian palace. With spacious bedrooms and extravagant lounges, all cared for by your personal butler, you can appreciate the outer beauty of Rajasthan and Agra.
36. Caledonian Sleeper
If you would like to travel from London to Scotland or vice versa, Caledonian Sleeper is an excellent train option. From urban cities to remote nature, Caledonian Sleeper takes you through multifaceted landscapes. This train is sure to attract the fancy of those who appreciate more modern forms of travel.
37. Majestic Imperator
Majestic Imperator decorates its wood, brass, and marble, with the most luxurious accents available. The cuisine of your choosing supplements the possible stress of travel, while the German and Austrian countryside passes by your side. Since 1998, Majestic Imperator has provided luxury to its travelers.
38. British Pullman
British Pullman continues Belmond’s excellent reputation through Great Britain. British Pullman promises to accommodate your every need to ensure that your journey is as elegant and comfortable as possible. 1930’s styles paired with modern input from people such as filmmaker Wes Anderson create an awe-inspiring aesthetic for the luxurious British Pullman.
39. Rail Cruise Haerang
Rail Cruise Haerang is the first luxury, hotel-style tourism train in Korea, providing transportation beginning and ending in Seoul with a grand tour of Korea in between. Spacious bedrooms reflect traditional and modern Korean aesthetics to further immerse you into the culture that surrounds you.
40. Amtrak Cascades
Amtrak’s Cascades transports you on a journey through Washington state, Oregon, and/or Canada. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the passenger train contains the qualities of a luxury train and a scenic route to keep you entertained.
41. Sunrise Seto
Sunrise Seto is yet another of Japan’s luxurious sleeper trains, spanning from Tokyo to Osaka, Takamatsu. With quick and affordable travel, Sunrise Seto provides an excellent experience. Sunrise Seto may not be the most luxurious train experience in Japan, but regarding convenience, it is worth consideration.
42. Empire Builder
From Chicago to Washington or Oregon, Amtrak’s Empire Builder is another train of great convenience. Along with comfortable resting space, the true luxury of Empire Builder lies in the scenery around you. Take in the sights of the Pacific Northwest as you traverse right next to Lewis and Clark’s original trail. For those seeking an adventure, Empire Builder is an experience like no other.
43. Northern Belle
Although many train designs reflect early 1900s styles, Northern Belle encapsulates the 1930s fully. This luxury train covers much of Britain, and its mission is to exceed the expectations of its passengers. From five-course meals to historical stops along the way, Northern Belle provides an extravagant experience for those who seek adventure and luxury.
44. Spirit Of The Outback
If you are traveling from Brisbane to Longreach, Spirit of the Outback is the train for you. The train embraces its name by immersing you in the Australian Outback, and amenities only further your luxurious experience. With spacious bedrooms and regional foods sure to suit your appetite, Spirit of the Outback is great for both locals and first-time visitors to Australia.
45. The Canadian
If you have heard about the varied and breathtaking views that Canada has to offer and would like to see them for yourself, The Canadian covers every area you need. From Toronto to Vancouver with various destinations along the way, you will get to experience Canadian landscapes far and wide. One of The Canadian’s most popular features is the Panorama car, where both the walls and ceilings are made into windows for your viewing pleasure.
46. Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer covers four rail routes that are sure to amaze you. From Vancouver to as far as Colorado, Rocky Mountaineer also holds true to its name along this beautiful journey. Like the aforementioned Panorama car, Rocky Mountaineer has cabins with windows covering the walls and ceilings to allow you to see the untamed nature around you.
47. Bernina Express
Most luxurious trains cover at least some length of beautiful nature, but few come close to the views from Switzerland to Italy provided by Bernina Express. The Swiss Engadin Alps are one of the greatest structures in the world, and you can experience them in all of their beauty firsthand. Bernina Express focuses on providing you with the utmost comfort during your breathtaking journey.
Thalys stretches from Paris, Amsterdam, or Brussels to London. The upgraded train has a modern design created to provide relaxation during your trip. Thalys aims to give a sense of serenity as you journey towards your destination. As with other trains listed, it is not the most luxurious of passenger trains, but you certainly get your money’s worth for the ride.
49. Kyushu Seven Stars
Kyushu Railway Company’s Kyushu Seven Stars of Japan is another train among the most luxurious in the world. The train uses both new and old luxury, combining Japanese and Western cultures for an intricate display of elegance. Live piano performances in the lounge adhere to any stresses you may have during your travel. Kyushu Seven Stars was designed by some of the most creative talent in Japan.
50. Indian Pacific
The Indian Pacific travels through Australia between Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney. The Indian Pacific calls attention to its train as your holiday destination. Of course, perhaps you are using the train to travel to other places, but the ride itself is one you will never forget. With loads of options for off-train activities to luxurious interiors and services, The Indian Pacific provides memories that will last a lifetime.
There are so many trains that run around the world, but only the most luxurious fit the lavish lifestyles of people who love to travel. The trains listed above are some of the most luxurious trains in the world. If you find yourself in a region with one of these trains, you should heavily consider checking out what they have to offer.