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Are Luxury Trains Worth It?

There is great debate over the definition of luxury. Some argue it is defined by the service level provided, others attribute it to the quality of the product, while certain people believe it is based on the authenticity of the experience. However, in today's fast-paced, on-demand world, there is no bigger luxury than time.

Regardless of how you define it, luxury train journeys check all the boxes - impeccable service, lavish surroundings, authentic experience and so much more. Luxury trains are the ultimate status symbol as they require a wealth of time as well as money.

But are luxury trains really worth the cost? To help you decide, we've complied a list of the things that make luxury train travel special and unique.


The History

Luxury trains also have a long heritage and evoke a sense of history. Most journeys take place on original or carefully restored carriages from the bygone "Golden Age" of rail travel. Feel a connection with the past as you follow in the tracks of the travelers who came before you.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

The Iconic Trains

Jacobite Steam train

For train aficionados, the opportunity to travel on one of the world's best-known trains is a luxury in and of itself. Many luxury train journeys take place on iconic trains - each a legend with an individual character and personality of its own

The Routes

Trains can cross vast expanses and reach incredible destinations of which other methods of transport can only dream. Luxury trains pass through some of the world's most dramatic scenery while others take you to world heritage sites, forts, palaces and other cultural icons. Panoramic carriages and observations cars ensure unobstructed views and leave you with unforgettable memories.

Bernese Oberland Railway

The Extravagance

Luxury trains take comfort to the next level with designer interiors, styled to offer the upmost in modern-day comfort, world-class service, gourmet dining and so much more. You can't help but feel pampered and relaxed as you settle in to your carriage and watch the world pass by your window, enjoying exceptional comfort throughout your journey.

The Food

Luxury trains have built a reputation for their gourmet cuisine, with chefs taking regional influences and using fresh produce to create magnificent dishes. Menus reflect local specialties, giving you the opportunity to explore the different tastes of each area. Most meals are served in elegant dining cars and deliver an experience that will rival that of a Michelin-star rated restaurant.

Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf Food Service

The Bragging Rights

Golden Eagle Imperial Class

Luxury rail journeys are unique. Not only because there is nothing quite like rambling across the countryside in a luxury train - gazing out at the incredible landscapes from the comfort of your stylish, romantic surroundings. But also because if you're like most people, very few of your friends can claim that they've been on such an experience - making luxury trains journeys even more exclusive.

Ready to book your next luxury train adventure? Here are a few of our top picks!

Golden Eagle
Featured tour: Premium Trans-Siberian Express

The Blue Train
Featured tour: Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger National Park

The Ghan
Featured tour: Australia & The Ghan

The Rocky Mountaineer
Featured tour: Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer

The Pride of Africa
Featured tour: South African Adventure