From en suite bathrooms and glamorous decor to fine dining on white tablecloths and spas that travel with you, these train rides offer extravagant experiences that make them some of the most luxurious in the world.
1. Andean Explorer
The 16-car Andean Explorer travels through the breathtaking landscapes of Peru along one of the highest train routes in the world. Named South America’s Leading Luxury Train by the World Travel Awards in 2021, the Andean Explorer passes by natural wonders and ancient kingdoms as it makes its way from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa.
Each of its 35 cabins feature special oxygen systems for optimal comfort through the high-altitudes, plus brightly-colored, tasseled pillows and other Peruvian touches. Guests can enjoy dinner and cocktails at the train’s two upscale dining cars, a grand piano at the lounge car, and an outdoor patio to observe the stars and constellations at night.
2. British Pullman
The historic British Pullman offers guests a railway royal escape through the British countryside. Its vintage cars have carried the Queen herself, and now explore vibrant cities, ancient castles, stately homes and other historic treasures. The train experience includes afternoon tea, glamorous dinners with renowned chefs and themed-lunches in the charming carriages designed by filmmaker Wes Anderson.
3. Eastern & Oriental Express
The extravagant Eastern & Oriental Express transports guests to a world of glamor as it travels through the heart of Southeast Asia including major cities like Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Guests can observe ancient wonders and cosmopolitan cities from the train’s windows as they enjoy exotic cuisine, the finest champagne and wines, jazz music, and other luxury amenities. The train’s carriages and overnight cabins feature polished wood-paneled corridors, silken furnishings and a touch of Asian design.
4. Royal Scotsman
The award-winning Royal Scotsman takes guests past Scotland’s soaring peaks, historic castles and other wonders. Guests can sit back, relax and enjoy the adventure in complete luxury on board. Complete with en suite cabins featuring steamy showers, wood-paneled floors, fine-china dining, an open-air veranda to observe the scenery passing by, and a dedicated spa carriage, the Royal Scotsman provides guests with the utmost comfort.
5. Seven Stars Kyushu
This deluxe sleeper train cruises Japan’s third largest island, Kyushu. Guests who get the chance to ride aboard Seven Stars are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The train features 12 standard sleeping suites, two deluxe suites, a fine-dining car that offers outstanding service and delicious entrées inspired by the island of Kyushu, the Blue Moon lounge car where guests can enjoy drinks all day and night, a grand piano and plush decor. Each standard suite includes a sleeping area, sitting area and a private bathroom with a shower. Guests can choose to spend up to three nights on the luxurious Seven Stars.
6. The Great Southern
The Great Southern explores the wonders of Australia with three-day journeys between Adelaide and Brisbane. With three levels of service, The Great Southern offers a romantic, comfortable onboard experience featuring fine dining and at-home accommodations. Its Gold and Platinum services add a stylish, spacious and personalized touch to each passenger’s journey, while Chairman’s Carriage, the third level of service, upgrades the journey even more and is considered Australia’s most luxurious rail carriage.
7. The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer gives guests an elevated, luxury experience like no other through one of four rail routes across the Canadian Rockies and the American Southwest. The train’s custom, glass-dome coaches provide panoramic views of the scenery passing by, while friendly hosts attend to guests and serve gourmet and locally-inspired cuisine.
8. The Vietage
This luxurious adventure aboard The Vietage takes guests through the spectacular coastlines and landscape of Vietnam. With six booths that allow space for 12 guests, The Vietage departs from Da Nang Railway Station near Hoi An each morning and makes its return journey from Quy Nhon every evening. Guests can enjoy gourmet dining, complimentary Wifi, wellness treatments and sleeper booths to rest along the way.