Europe's Most Scenic Train Journeys To Embark On Now
When trying to get from A to B in England, Brits don’t see forking out for a pricey train journey as “fun”, exactly.
But for a holiday? Don’t underestimate them; you can see some of the most awesome landscapes the world has to offer while sat in a comfy seat.
You don’t have to fly to Vietnam or Australia to do so, either; some of the world’s most epic journeys are on our very own doorstep in Europe.
There’s still time to hop aboard one of these before summer ends – or why not book one for Autumn and take a train through the falling leaves?
Bernina Express between Chur and Tirano, Switzerland
Glide past blue lakes, snowy mountains and huge viaducts from behind panoramic windows on what’s believed to be the steepest railway journey in the world.
Semmering Railway between Glognitz and Semmering, Austria
Soar through 41m high mountains and dense forests on a railway line built in the 19th century – a chance to get both your history and landscape fix.
The Centovalli Railway between Locarno and Domodossola, Austria and Italy
This two-hour journey will take you through the aptly-named “One Hundred Valleys”, where you’ll get to see waterfalls and alpine meadows.
West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig, Scotland
Recognise this railway from somewhere? This is where the Hogwarts Express transported Harry Potter in the second and third films, and the route is as beautiful as it is on the screen.
Mostar to Sarajevo, Bosnia
The route between the two must-see cities has only recently reopened, offering you the chance to sail along the Neretva river and over mountains.
The Glacier Express between Zermatt and St Moritz, Italy and Switzerland
The clue it in its name – the Glacier Express will whisk you through the Swiss Engadin Alps, so prepare to see a lot of snow and ice.
Belgrade to Bar, Serbia and Montenegro
Rivers, monasteries and lots of tunnels are on the agenda on this journey between the two countries. It also crosses what was once the highest railway bridge in the world: the breath-taking Mala Rijeka viaduct.
La Spezia to Levanto, Italy
This Italian trip through Italian coastal villages, including Riomaggiore, is short but beautiful. You’ll travel right along the edge of the coastline from pretty village to the next.
Bergen Railway between Oslo and Bergen, Norway
This is an epic seven-hour journey through the cream of the crop of Norway’s natural landscapes, featuring Europe’s highest mountainous plateau.