It is said that train travel is really a remnant of old-world charm. In a sense, that’s true. Luxury trains were the classiest way to travel overland distances. It’s little wonder that luxury travel today often employs elements of a past era.
Most Luxurious Trains in the World
Luxury train travel is a great way to see several new places without the inconvenience of moving luggage from one destination to the next. There’s something very special about these luxurious train rides that harks back to the golden age of travel.
Sometimes it’s the decor, and sometimes it’s the style and level of personal service that feels like it’s from another time. These 14 currently operating luxury trains are shining examples of that spirit. The list of the best trains in the world is in no particular order, they’re all extremely luxurious!
Luxury Trains for a Royal Experience
Every one of these luxury trains of the world offers fine dining, bars, and private cabins with spacious cabin facilities as a standard. Several even proffer en-suite cabins, personal stewards and butlers.
And one, in particular, requires that you dress for dinner. Here are 14 of the most luxurious trains you can ride today.
1. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
At least in name, this is probably the most famous luxury train in the world, run by the prestigious Belmond company. The western-most starting point is London, though a popular kick-off is also Venice. From there, the Venice Simplon Orient-Express visits Prague, Budapest, and Vienna before returning to Paris or London.
Featuring restored cabins from the 1920s, this legendary train is a great combination of traditional features and modern amenities. The Grand Suites have spacious marble en-suite bathrooms, 24 hour butler service and free flowing champagne.
Bear in mind that there is a dinner dress code – black tie is preferred for gentlemen in the evenings and jeans aren’t permitted at any time.
2. Palace on Wheels
The Royal Rajasthan On Wheels (better known as the Palace on Wheels) focuses on space. Each carriage only has three cabins, making its passenger quarters more spacious.
The visual impact of the decor truly defies belief – lush carpeting, drapery and velvet bed clothes await you in your cabin. But there’s also a library, bar and a Rejuvenation Spa Car.
Two restaurant cars serve the finest foods and drinks: Maharaja and Maharani.
3. Eastern & Oriental Express
This train is colored green and gold, appropriately for an offering in this region. The Eastern & Oriental Express operates between Bangkok and Singapore, passing through the best of the region’s villages, temples, and scenery. There are excursions to Kuala Lumpur and Kanchanaburi, with a tour of the River Kwai Bridge.
All four categories of cabin are air-conditioned and have an en-suite shower and toilet. There are also international electric sockets.
Aside from the outstanding restaurant and bar carriages, there’s a fabulous observation car from which to observe the world go by.
4. The Deccan Odyssey
Conceived as a luxury hotel on wheels, the Deccan Odyssey offers an unmatched way to see some of India’s top tourist destinations by way of luxury train. Aside from top class private cabins, the train also features a sauna, restaurants, a business center and bar.
The route is extensive, taking in several regions including Maharashtra, Goa and the Deccan Plateau, before eventually arriving in Delhi.
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