Flying is the easiest and quickest way to travel the world, but sometimes the best journey isn’t the quickest.
And, you don’t need a flight ticket to see the best places in the world. There are so many beautiful places in the world you can travel to by train.
Whether you’re trying to cut down on transportation costs or trying to catch the beautiful scenery, train travel can take you on an epic journey and give you the feeling that you have begun your vacation when before arriving at your destination.
Top Places to Travel by Train
Ella, Sri Lanka
One of the places you must visit by train is Ella, which is a small town located in the mountainous region of Sri Lanka. Hop on a train from Haputale to Ella for the most spectacular train ride you’ve ever experienced.
You will be amazed at how the line pulls off a perfect curve around a hillside with tunnels under it. The train will take you through Kandy city which is famous for its sacred Buddhist site with such popular Buddhist attractions as the Temple of the Tooth shrine.
If you’re feeling a getaway in Switzerland, a train ride to Arosa is the ideal vacation before a vacation. From Chur, the train departs and takes you 3,000 feet in altitude and 16 miles on the Rhaetian Railway to Arosa.
This one-hour train ride will have you captivated as you gaze upon the magnificence of the Schanfigg mountain. The view overlooking the Plessur river from the Langwieser Viaduct will take your breath away.
The train stops in the center of Arosa from where you can find your way to several hotels nearby.
In the southeastern part of Finland is Imatra, a little outpost with about 27,000 residents. With Helsinki only about 160 miles away, you can make your way to Imatra by boarding any of the five Intercity high-speed trains that run every day from the Helsinki Central Railway Station.
The ride spans two and a half hours during which you can fill your eyes with scenic views of lush forests and shimmering lakes.
Plenty of excitement awaits you in Imatra. Spend your days hiking, exploring the town’s museums and architectural structures, and paying a visit to Imatran Valtionhotelli, a 120-year-old hotel that looks like a medieval castle.
Fort William, Scotland
Yet another best place to travel by train is Fort William located in the western Scottish Highlands. But, it’s not just the charmingness of the town that makes it worth visiting, it’s also the iconic train ride from Glasgow to this picturesque town.
You get to ride the famous Hogwarts Express also known as the Jacobite Train while gasping at the sight of astonishing mountains, greenery, and steep lochs, among other marvels.
And as you cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the train emits a thick puff of smoke. Although you can’t exactly get a full gaze of this spectacle from inside the train, the experience is nonetheless, iconic.
Spain is overall a beautiful country to visit and Barcelona is a great place to start. Visit the city to see the famous works of art by Antoni Gaudi that make up most of the city’s architectural structures.
Paris, which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is just some hours away from Barcelona. You can hop on the Renfe-SNCF high-speed train from Paris in the morning, and be in a different city in another country in the afternoon.
This six-hour train ride is considered the fastest and cheapest way to travel from Paris to Barcelona and the scenic views featured on this train ride are to live for.