#ScenicRoute The most spectacular train journeys in the world!

#ScenicRoute is a regular NationalRail.com feature, exploring the world’s most astonishing train journeys.

Trains are a magical mode of transport. You can hop on a plane anywhere, but nothing beats the romance of a train journey.

Many love stories, friendships and adventures begin on a train journey. Undoubtedly some of the world’s best scenery is seen through a train window.

If you’re backpacking on a budget or prefer luxurious travel, here are some train journeys that take the scenic route to the next level.

The West Highland Line: Glasgow to Oban

Leave Glasgow city behind to explore breath-taking views of the Scottish West Highlands. Enjoy a unique view of the Scottish wilderness much of which is inaccessible by car.

Explore spectacular lochs and soaring mountains via Glenfinnan Viaduct – you may recognise it from the Harry Potter movies. You can buy your train ticket for the West Highland Line at NationalRail.com.


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The Trans-Siberian Railway: St Petersburg to Beijing The Trans-Siberian Railway takes you over 5,000 miles across two continents. You can choose from a selection of small public services or live like a Russian Tsar on a luxury train. The enchanting trip takes you through the contrasting scenery of two continents – from Russian birch forests, through the Gobi Desert right to the steppes of Mongolia.




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The Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West, Vancouver to Banff

Escape the coastal city of Vancouver and soar through breath-taking Canadian scenery. Gaze at stunning views of Fraser Canyon’s Hell’s Gate, the Canadian Rockies and end at the glacial fed Lake Louise.

The route is over a century in age and is only travelled by luxury train. It’s worth the price as it only travels during daylight – so you won’t miss anything.


The South East Railway, Cusco to Machu Pichu: Journey through Peru’s most romantic scenery to the ancient Inca citadel, Machu Pichu. Travel along the Urubamba river and through the small community of Ollantaytambo. Only accessible by tourist train, the train offers a quick, comfortable journey to Machu Pichu and unforgettable views of the Andes Mountains.




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If you are planning a train journey in the UK make sure you purchase cheap tickets with NationalRail.com