THE ABSOLUTE BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL BY TRAIN
Tourists prefer to fly because it saves them time. But TSA security lines that can last for hours,lost luggage horror stories, and annoying fellow-passengers make the short trip feel like a lifetime of misery. Go ahead then, and take the train. Choose the scenic route over the quick one and make getting to your destination part of the vacation. Relax, take in the stunning sights and explore parts of the world you have never seen before. Some people prefer the train because it’s mysterious, others because they have the time and not the money for a plane ticket. Whatever the reason, the outcome is often the same – an iconic journey.
ACROSS GORISKA BRDA, SLOVENIA
Explore Slovenia’s upland highlights and rustic mountain villages. This is a 3-hour long trip aboard a vintage train. Enjoy the stunning views of Lake Bled, passing through numerous gorges, crossing many tunnels, the longest of which is 3.93 miles long, according to Slovenia Info.
THE COASTAL PACIFIC, NEW ZEALAND
You’ll go from the enchanting port of Picton, the gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, to Kaikoura, the home of whale watching, and onto Christchurch, according to Rail New Zealand. You’ll pass stunning wine regions and the Pacific Ocean coastline with seals and penguins.
HAPUTALE TO ELLA, SRI LANKA
Take a trip across the mountainous part of the country. The region between Haputale and Ella is “one of the world’s most scenic train rides,” Lonely Planet says. The line performs a complete loop around a hillside and tunnels under itself. You’ll pass by Kandy, famous for its sacred Buddhist sites.
DANUBE EXPRESS TO TRANSYLVANIA
Hop on the luxurious train and travel back in time. See some of the ancient architecture in Bulgaria. In Transylvania, you’ll see medieval towns, mountains and castles, including where the legend of Dracula still lives. Romania is one of the most dollar-friendly destinations in the world.