Traveling by train in Europe is scenic, exciting, romantic and makes traveling an art form again. It’s a way to slow down and enjoy the journey as opposed to rushing to a destination. The best European train routes based on overall traveler ratings are covered below.
Bernina Express, Switzerland & Italy
This is the highest railway in the Alps. The journey begins in the spa resort of St. Moritz, ascends glistening glaciers, and then descends to Tivano, Italy. In a matter of one day, the train travels through several different language and cultural regions. It also travels through tunnels and over bridges. Snow will usually be visible, and greenery is always visible. The train also stops at the highest location on the trip for photo opportunities.
It’s always best to reserve First Class on the Bernina Express. It’s worth the extra money, especially if nobody is sitting on the opposite side, so it’s easier to watch the scenery go by on both sides.
Travel from London to Venice in glamour. This includes plush cabins with art deco details, elegant dining cars, a cabin steward ready with glasses of champagne, Bellini cocktails, a posh outfit for dinner, a four-course breakfast, and a pianist in the bar car. All the while, the train travels through the beautiful countryside. It’s also possible to book a six-night trip to Istanbul.
British Pullman A Bellman Train, England
This 1920s-style train has seven trip options, including a Murder Mystery Lunch and a Historic Bath journey. All are day trips. The train features restored vintage carriages, linen-coated tables, sparkling crystal, five-course lunches, afternoon teas, and exclusive celebrity chef dinners–enjoy the Beef or Turkey Wellington. However, what guests tend to remember most is the service. All guests are treated like family.
The Presidential Train, Portugal
This is the newest and highest-rated train on this list. Whether it’s a 1, 2, or 3-day itinerary, The Presidential Train continues to exceed expectations as its steam engine chugs along the coastline.
The Presidential Train is all about grace and sophistication with its mahogany furniture and mint-green walls. The service is also highly focused and friendly. While the décor and service are impressive, the Douro Valley/River scenery is the number one feature.