The journeys on board luxury trains can be the most memorable and ornate experience for any traveler. No matter how convenient a flight is, there is something about railway journey which makes it so exciting and nostalgic. These luxury trains offer elegant traveling by transporting you to an era of decadence, romance and leisure.
Promising an enchanting voyage through fascinating landscapes, these deluxe trains are elaborately designed to offer opulent comfort and palatial ride to travelers. To make your railway journey extraordinary and royal here is a list of most lavish trains in the world. These are the trains which make your journey more beautiful than the destination!
Venice Simplon Orient Express, Europe
Venice Simplon Orient Express has been considered the most romantic and luxurious way to reach Venice. The train offers an authentic experience of period travel and its vintage carriages are a piece of history. Along with exquisite glass panels and art decor marquetry, the train also has a shop, restaurant and bar.
Venice Simplon Orient Express is not just a train but a destination in itself as it transports you to the vintage world of 1920s. The royal treatment offered by the train staff is complimented by the melodious music performed by their pianist. What else can one ask for!
- When: March to November
- Where: Paris to Istanbul via Budapest and Bucharest
- Fare: Between $1,000 and $1,400 per person, per day (all-inclusive)
Maharajas’ Express, India
Awarded as world leading luxury train in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the Maharajas’ Express has an exquisite touch of royalty to make you feel like King and Queen. This luxury train features two restaurants aptly named to suit the royal theme as Rang Mahal and Mayur Mahal.
There are two bars in the train which offer fine variety of wine and other drinks. The Rajah Club Lounge Bar is a perfect place in the train to indulge in friendly conversations with friends and fellow passengers. In Maharajas’ Express the passengers are treated as royal guests and the staff caters to every single need of the travelers. The train arranges five different tours to help you to explore the culture and beauty of India in a royal style. Time to feel like Maharajas!
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Gourmet Indian and international cuisines are served in gold plated cutleries at the thematic restaurants. An indoor boutique, lavishly designed suites, fully stocked bar, butler service and others luxurious amenities make it the most luxurious train in the world.
- When: November to April
- Where: New Delhi, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Lucknow
- Fare: $ 6,840 (Double Occupancy) per person per journey – Deluxe Cabins
Golden Eagle Trans- Siberian Express, Russia
Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Express is hailed for being the greatest and most luxurious rail journey of the world. Connecting east and west from Moscow over the Urals, this railway journey takes you from Moscow to Vladivostok passing through Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulaan Batar and Ulan Uday.
The accommodation compartments are categorized as Imperial Suites, Imperial Suites Stats, Gold Class, and Silver Class. The train features two restaurants- The “Gold” restaurant car and The “White” restaurant car which are decorated with old medallions, intricate carvings and mirrors. The Ornate Bar Car offers a wide variety of drinks along with friendly ambience. The train also gives an opportunity to visit the largest freshwater lake and other breathtaking views.
- When: May to September
- Where: Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan Ude, Ulaan Baatar, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk.
- Fare: $15,000 per person for double occupancy in Silver Class
Palace on Wheels, Rajasthan, India
The first Indian luxury train Palace on Wheels truly stands to its name as it offers a palatial experience to passengers. The train reflects the royal history of India through tastefully designed interiors with miniature paintings, royal art, furnishings and mirror work. Palace on Wheels features 14 salons and each one of them has a salon captain valet and an attendant ‘Khidmatgar’ to cater to the passengers’ needs.
The two restaurants namely Maharaja Restaurant and Maharani Restaurant offer scrumptious food in royal style. The train also has a bar and lounge where you can unwind, relax and strike a conversation. A week long journey gives a chance to explore attractive places of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Agra, Jhalawar, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Kota etc.
- When: November to April
- Where: Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra
- Fare: Lean season (September and April) range from $410 per person per night (Triple Sharing Cabin) to $600 for single-cabin occupancy; high-season (October to March) range from $540 to $800.
Royal Scotsman, Scotland
One of the most expensive trains in the world, Royal Scotsman has 14 twin, 2 double and 4 single State Cabins. The train accommodates just 36 guests in total to ensure the most personal travel experience. To ensure a luxurious railway experience, each cabin is equipped with modern amenities such as private bathroom with shower, high-quality toiletries etc.
Passengers can enjoy breathtaking views of the highlands at Observation Car and the veranda offers open-air views. Some of the stops include Edinburgh, Dundee, Keith-Boat of Garten, Plockton, Spean Bridge, Bridge of Orchy and Wemyss Bay. Following distance of 720 miles at cost of $19.47 per mile, Royal Scotsman takes eight days to reach its final destination.
- When: April to October
- Where: London, Edinburgh, Keith, Dundee, Glasgow, Perth, Cambridge, York, Ardlui, Scarborough, Cambridge, Oxford, Bath, Chester.
- Price: $1,700–$2,000 per person, per day (all-inclusive)
The stunning interiors of these luxury trains speak for the royalty that these trains stand for. If you are the one who loves to live life king size then you must experience a luxury train voyage at least once in a lifetime and you will know that the experience is worth a million dollars!