jamuna news desk: Today still, there's an element of romance to train travel. Hurtling along at 100 km/hr with cinematic scenes unfolding whilst safe in your seat, traveling by train can be a truly exciting venture.
South Africa also boasts some of the most sought-after train journeys in the world - in the form of the Blue Train and the Rovos Rail.
If you're looking to derail beyond the boundaries of SA, however, check these most spectacular rail trips in the world...
Scotland - The Jacobite, Fort William to Mallaig: An impressive route by steam train through some of the Highland’s beautiful extremes. Don’t miss the Glenfinnan viaduct, famous for being in the Harry Potter films! Length of the journey 135KM (round trip) and cost of ticket is $41.
Russia, Mongolia, China – The Trans-Siberian Railway, Moscow to Vladivostok: The world’s longest single railway line, you can take in Russia, Mongolia and China. Embrace a100-year old piece of history built by 90,000 workers. Length of journey 9,258KM and cost of ticket is $165.
China – Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Beijing to Lhasa: If the world’s longest train journey doesn’t excite you, the world’s height train journey might! Built over four years by 100,000 engineers, the route takes you 5,068M above sea level though permafrost and very thin air – oxygen outlets available to combat altitude issues! Length of journey 3,753KM and cost of ticket $114.
India – Kalka Shimla Railway, Kalka to Shimla: Known as the Kalka Shimla Railway, “this narrow gauge railway takes you to the foothills of the Himalayas by way of 102 tunnels and 889 bridges, all at a leisurely pace. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Length of journey 95M and cost of ticket is $1.4.
Peru – Cusco, Machu Picchu: Offering an alternative to hiking the Inca Trail, this route takes you to a station just 8KM away from the ruins of Machu Picchu, passing colorful villages and the Andean foothills. Length of journey 89KM and the cost is $85.
Australia – The Indian Pacific, Sydney to Perth: The ultimate coast-to-coast journey, and one of the world’s longest railways, deserts and ghost towns across the breadth of Australia. Length of journey 4,352KM and cost of ticket is $1,833.
Argentina – Train to the Clouds, Salta to Polvorilla: This train takes you 4,200 meters above sea level by way of 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 2 spirals and 2 zigzags, as well as offering a chance to see the magnificent La Polvorilla viaduct. Depending on the season, offered as a part bus, part-train journey. Length of journey 434KM and cost of ticket is $113.
Thailand/Singapore – Eastern and Oriental Express, Bangkok to Singapore: A luxury long-distance journey inspired by the 1932 film Shanghai Express, this route takes you past the Bridge on the River Kwai and Penang. Length of journey 2020KM and cost of ticket is $2,820.
Japan – Tokaido, Tokyo to Kyoto: Japan is famed for its high speed, reliable and comfortable bullet trains – or Shinkansen. One of the best of the Tokaido route from Tokyo to Kyoto, which gives great views of Mt. Fuji. Length of journey 513KM and cost of tickets is $127.
Canada – The Rockey Mountaineer, Vancouver to Banff: A journey taking in so much beauty that the trains have glass-domed roofs, this trip takes you through the Canadian Rockies and allows you to pass through the famous Spiral Tunnels. Length of journey 847KM and cost of ticket is $1,310.
United States – The Crescent, New York to New Orleans: Taking in 13 states, this historic route takes you down the eastern coast of the United States, from happening New York, to “America’s Most Interesting City, “New Orleans.”
UK, France, Switzerland, Italy – Venice-Simplon Orient Express, London to Venice: Perhaps the most iconic luxury train journey, the Orient Express has existed in various forms for well over a century. This journey, offering vintage cabins and steward service, takes in beautiful scenery of four countries. Length of journey 1,554KM and cost of ticket is $2,686.