6 of The Most Scenic Train Routes in the World

Trains might take a while for you to get to your destination but the advantage? Scenic train routes that provide gorgeous views! Taking in the various terrains and landscapes as the train passes through is one of the best things about train journeys. See the stunning greenery of a countryside, dark tunnels in the hilly regions, catch a glimpse of beautiful waterfall trails along the journey through scenic landscapes.

Here are the most scenic train routes in the world for travellers who want to enjoy the scenery all along the journey.

Machu Picchu

Inside of a Peru Rail train going to historical site of Machu Picchu - Scenic train routes
Inside of a Peru Rail train going to the historical site of Machu Picchu. Wide windows on the side and roof of the train provide a great scenery, Cusco, Peru

After the inauguration of a new service by Inca Rail, the 360° Machu Picchu Train, which began operations on March 1, travellers have a new way to immerse themselves in the serene beauty of Peru. (Read The Scenic Inca Rail Lets You See Machu Picchu Like Never Before).

The Flåm Railway, Norway

The Flåm Railway, Norway - Scenic train routes
The Flåm Railway, Norway

The scenic Flam train route passes over a river running through the rugged terrain via the longest and deepest fjord in Europe, the Sognefjorden. This is one of the most scenic train routes which runs through the valley of Flåmsdalen connecting Myrdal and Flåm in Aurland and Norway and is a branch line of the Bergen Line.

Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct in Scotland

The famous Glenfinnan viaduct carries the railway to Glenfinnan Station Scotland - Scenic train routes
The famous Glenfinnan viaduct carries the railway to Glenfinnan Station Scotland

The film location of Harry Potter Movies. This train was used as the Hogwarts Express that connects London, King’s Cross Station Platform 9¾ and the railway Station at Hogsmeade. The railway built on the viaduct is located at Glenfinnan and attracts thousands of visitors who want to see the beautiful view from the train.

Shimla, India

Toy train in Shimla going through misty forest - Scenic train routes
A toy train on the way to Shimla from Kalka, Himachal Pradesh, India.

A toy train on the way to the Queen of Hills – Shimla from Kalka, passing through the beautiful Himalayan mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India. The toy train ride which takes you through the lush green mountains has been listed as a Unesco world heritage site.

Scenic Train Routes from Ella to Kandy, Sri Lanka

Scenic train routes, Train from Ella to Kandy, Sri Lanka
Train from Ella to Kandy, Sri Lanka

The six hours journey from Kandy to Ella in Sri Lanka is known as one of the most scenic train routes in the world. Enjoy the incredible views of lush tea plantations and hilly regions along the way. You can also stop at Nuwara Eliya and spend a few days there if time permits before continuing on this epic train journey.

Canadian Rockies Railway

Long freight train Canadian Pacific Railway moving along Bow river in Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Canada - scenic train routes
Canadian Pacific Railway moving along Bow river in Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park, Canada.

This train journey is the best way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the otherwise inaccessible terrain in the Canadian Rockies. The Canadian Rockies is a popular destination with five national parks which features lush rainforests and deep canyons.

Read more: 22 Of The Most Beautiful Train Stations Around the World

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