If you are big fan of travel with trains there is some amazing and outstanding rides that you must take once in your life. Making a list of most picturesque train rides in the world. Rides that include some of the most wonderful landscapes in the World.
1.Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West rides – Canada
Covering the beautiful scenery of southern British Columbia between Vancouver and Banff, the Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West is one of the most scenic train rides in Canada, if not the world. Leaving the cosmopolitan coastal city of Vancouver behind, passengers are treated to breathtaking sights — such as the wild waters of Fraser Canyon’s Hell’s Gate and steep tracks running alongside the Thompson River — from the comfort of luxurious carriages. There’s an overnight stay in the lakeside city of Kamloops before they rise over the stunning, snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies and arrive at beautiful Banff.
2. Bernina Express train rides Switzerland
Mile for mile, the most scenic journey in the world, running from Chur and St Moritz in eastern Switzerland across the border to Tirano in northern Italy. The four-hour, 90-mile journey through 55 tunnels and 196 bridges traverses a sensational alpine landscape, past lofty waterfalls, glaciers and crossing dramatic ravines. Every carriage on the narrow gauge train has vista windows so nobody gets a crick in the neck. The climb over the Bernina pass at 7,000ft is often in a raging snowstorm, while you can bask at a café table on arrival in warm Italian sunshine.
3. The Train rides to the Clouds – Argentina
A must for altitude-seekers, the Tren a las Nubes along part of the old line from Salta in Argentina to the Chilean border, climbs to 13,800ft during its seven-hour journey through dramatic Andean scenery – the highest train journey in the world not using a rack and pinion system. The backdrop of multicoloured rock formations interspersed with giant cactus fields extends as far as the eye can see as the powerful diesel on the front weaves ever upwards. (Don’t worry, there is oxygen on board.)
4.Hiram Bingham Orient-Express from Cusco to Machu Picchu
The full-day round-trip on the luxurious Hiram Bingham links two of the top destinations in Peru—the colonial city of Cusco and the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu—via a winding, scenic journey through the Urubamba River Valley with brunch served on the way there and a four-course dinner on the return.
The 1920s Pullman-style train, richly upholstered and outfitted with fine tableware, is named after the American explorer who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911.
5.TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth, New Zealand
From the garden-loving city of Christchurch (where you can go punting on the river Avon) to the rugged wilds of Greymouth(where you can climb the nearby Franz Josef Glacier), the TranzAlpine crosses the South Island of New Zealand in 4.5 hours, offering up vistas of Canterbury plains farmland and the Waimakiriri River, followed by dramatic alpine viaducts leading to Arthur’s Pass.
Fun Fact: After Arthur’s Pass, the train heads into the Otira Rail Tunnel, created by blasting though 5.3 miles of solid rock.