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Best Night Train Journeys to Experience in 2020

People blindly choose flights to cover long distances. While speaking of time taken, the flights might be a better choice. But, talking about experience, memories, and eco-friendly, trains are a better choice. Moreover, a train journey is romantic, culturally beautiful, and comfortable travel option.

Are you planning a long travel vacation? Here are the top night trains to choose. This list includes trains with admirable scenic views, comfortable stay, and best of all, unique experiences.

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Duration of the Train – 35 hours

The train journey spans for 1726 km between the Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. By taking this train route, you will travel the length of Vietnam covering diverse beauties and cultural elements. The train route includes many scenic sights like bustling suburbs, historic towns, lush rice paddies, emerald hill regions, and the South China Sea. The train serving this route is called the Renunification Express. This train has historic importance, as the train service helped the citizens to reunite after the Vietnam War. If you are looking for uttermost comfort and privacy, choose VIP cabins.

Palace on Wheels, India

Duration of the Train – 7 nights and 8 days

Palace on Wheels is a luxury train in India covering eminent tourism emblems of Rajasthan and surrounding regions. Each day, the train halts at a unique destination and the tourists are taken on a comfortable road excursion to monuments and attractions. On-board, the train offers exclusive activities and amenities like spa, lounge room, bar, restaurant, and others. Top destinations covered are Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh , Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra.

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Chicago to San Francisco, USA

Duration of the Train – 52 hours, non-stop

The California Zephyr covers 3900 km covering a diverse collection of landscapes including hot scorching desert snowy mountains, deep gorges, switchbacks, tunnels, and others. This train route was built in 19th century to allow travelling across the continental divide, connecting Pacific with Atlantic. The train has dynamic pricing and thus, if you book early, you can book at a competitive price range.

Tazara Railway – Kapiri Mposhi and Dar es Salaam

Duration of the Train Journey – 44 hours

Are you a wildlife lover? Here is a two days of nothing but wildlife journey. This is a safari route covering wildlife filled Selous Game Reserve. While you travel in the train, you can enjoy rivers, gorges, forest regions, and others. You can easily spot many animals from the train like lions, elephants, rhinos, and others. The only disadvantage is that the train ticket cannot be bought online. Tourists have to visit the Dar es Salaam station or Kapiri Mposhi station to book the tickets.

Brisbane and Longreach, Australia

Duration of the Train Journey – 26 hours

This is one of the most commonly chosen overnight train journeys covering numerous landscapes and natural attractions like Ghan, Red Center, Indian Pacific, and others. The journey covers 1325 km through the continent. The train journey links Brisbane with Longreach via numerous different regions, allowing you to enjoy the cultural and natural diversity of Australia. The train journey is open only twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays).

Silver Meteor – New York and Miami

Duration of the Train Journey – 30 hours

Covering two important destinations in North America, this train spans for 2,235 km. The best part of the journey is the panoramic windows of the train which helps you enjoy the scenic beauty and the diversity. Many travelers wake up early in the morning to catch the sunrise view from the train.Within 30 hours, the train covers 33 cities in eleven states. If you wish to enjoy an overview of America, this is the right option. It allows tourists to enjoy many luxurious activities on-board. If you are looking for top-notch luxury and privacy, choose the View liner bedroom.

Baku and Anatolia, Silk Road Journey

Duration of the Train – 2 nights and 3 days

This is a cross country train running between Central Turkey and USSR. The train covers 827 km covering Turkish cultural cities, ruins of Ani, and others. The train imparts luxury with the Stadler coaches with en-suite amenities and attractions. The journey also includes travelling across the Caucasus to reach Tbilisi.

Stimela Star, Zimbabwe

Duration of the Train – 8 nights and 9 days

This is Zimbabwe’s first tourist train covering numerous attractions in the country like Victorian Falls, Hwange National Park, and others. The tour includes excursions at destinations, staying at safari lodges, railcar journey, and others. The train holds refurbished historic cabins to provide a nostalgic feel during the travel. This luxury train journey is one of the top activities to enjoy in Zimbabwe. This is a fairly new train launched in 2018.

Venice Simplon – Orient Express, Europe

Duration of the Journey – 2 days

This is a luxury train class, which is famous for numerous exclusive train routes. This European journey connects London with Venice. This is a luxury travel inside wooden antique cabins fitted with Victorian styled décor. The elegance and glamor of the train is complimented with the natural beauties along the way. If you wish to enjoy a nostalgic tour back in time along Europe, this is the right way.

Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru

Duration of the Train Journey – 3 days

This is the first luxury night train of South America. The train connects Cusco with Arequipa. Cusco is the capital of the historic Incan Empire and the Arequipa is the white city of Andean plains. Thus, this train journey covers eminent essences of Peru including cultural beauties, attractions, monuments, ruins, and others. The train journey includes finest Peruvian cuisine with South American wines to enjoy the cuisine of the land too.

Apart from these ten, there are numerous night trains to enjoy around the world. Starting from cross-continent trains to luxury trains, you can find numerous styles of night train journeys to choose for a varying experience. If you are planning to travel during peak tourism season, it is best to pre-book your tickets. Many trains allow you to pre-book many months in prior to your departure date.

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