Whether you have a miniature railway set, or you spend your free time trainspotting, there are now hundreds of destinations for rail enthusiasts, just a click of a button away.
But all travelers should give serious consideration to a holiday by rail, as there are few other ways of traveling that make the journey so enjoyable.
Rail holidays offer a relaxing and rewarding way to spend your holiday, allowing you to travel through the world’s most beautiful sites rather than soaring above them. Rail enthusiast or not, if you’re after something different that your usual jet set holiday, go for a rail holiday; you won’t regret it.
Board some of the world’s most famous trains and see the globe as you never have before.
Where to Start
Switzerland is known for its world-famous Glacier Express, which offers you the chance to rail across the Swiss Alps, from St Moritz to Zermatt, taking in the majesty of the Matterhorn, among other peaks.
The views are breathtaking and despite being one of the slowest trains in the world, it all but makes up for it through the range of visual delights, from the snowy mountains to the awe-inspiring glaciers. Whether you’re a rail enthusiast, or simply want to take a peek at one of nature’s greatest wonders, then this is the best start to a holiday via rail.
If you want the pleasure of a rail holiday but want to go further afield than Europe, perhaps you and your family could enjoy a trip around Asia, where you can experience some of the fastest trains in the world.
A continent enriched by culture, this is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your family, as well as experiencing a lifestyle entirely different from what you are used to. Asia has become synonymous with high speed trains for rail enthusiasts; including both the infamous Bullet in Japan and the slightly more modern Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway.
Travel in style by opting for first class as you are transported through China’s extensive countryside at 300kmph, or opt for a slower, cheaper journey and take the time to see the beautiful rivers and lakes that make up this incredible country.
Disembark in Beijing to catch the vibrantly colourful skyline of the Bund of Shanghai at night and the ancient YuYuan Garden and Jade Buddha Temple by day.
Whether you’re after an action packed holiday or simply in need of some rest and recuperation, rail holidays offer amazing escapes for competitive prices, letting you appreciate your journey almost as much as your holiday itself.