10 best train trips in the world
Key to cost of rail trip (airfares & extra accommodations not included)
$ = less than $500
$$ = between $500 and $1000
$$$ = between $1000 and $2000
$$$$ = between $2000 and $3000
$$$$$ = more than $3000
The Royal Scotsman
Where: Around the Scottish Highlands or all the way around Great Britain.
When: Warmer weather and up to 20 hours of daylight in June make it the perfect time to watch ospreys soaring over mirror-like lochs, or come in October for autumn colours and the rather vocal stag rutting season.
Duration: Trips into the Highlands can be as short as two days or as long as five. Seven days will get you all the way around Great Britain in the most stylish mode possible.
Highlights: Possibly the most expensive train journey in the world, you’ll be treated like a member of the monarchy. Indulgent cuisine, fine wines and cabins that look like guest rooms at Balmoral await those willing to part with a minimum of $3600 (approximately) for a two-night trip.
Where: Mexico, starting in the mountains of Chihuahua and finishing on the Sinaloa coast.
When: In the rainy season, from June to October, you’ll get lush vegetation and blooming cacti, although mid-summer temperatures can reach 44°c.
Duration: Doing the route straight through takes fourteen hours, but you’ll want to stop off overnight and explore the very traditional towns along the way.
Highlights: The train winds its way down through 656km of the spectacularly beautiful Copper Canyon (which is deeper than the Grand Canyon), over 37 precarious-looking bridges and through 86 tunnels. The local indigenous peoples, the Tarahumara, sell their crafts and foods along the railway route.