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Prague to Budapest Train – EuroNight Metropol

The EuroNight Metropol is a comfortable, efficient overnight train ride that links Prague and Budapest in both directions, giving passengers a comfortable night’s sleep at a reasonable price. One of the most popular Prague to Budapest train routes is the Metropol sleeper, which offers passengers a great overnight ride with a wide variety of ticket […]

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The Hoorn–Medemblik Heritage Railway – Netherlands

The Hoorn–Medemblik Heritage Railway is a popular heritage railway in the Netherlands. Run by the Museumstoomtram Hoorn Medemblik, it runs 20 kilometres from Hoorn to Medemblik through the Westfrisian countryside. The railway is famous for its vintage steam engines including the 7742 Bello locomotive, the only preserved light steam engine in the Netherlands. As well as enjoying a trip on some of […]

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The Hollentalbahn Railway – Germany

The Hollentalbahn translates into ‘Hell Valley Railway’ in English but don’t let this put you off. This fantastic railway is one of the best ways of travelling through Germany’s picturesque Black Forest and seeing some of the most dramatic scenery in the country. On a 66-mile route, you will travel between the historic towns of […]

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The Glacier Express – Switzerland

The Glacier Express is the window to the Alps, a train snaking past snow-capped peaks, lush Swiss meadows and chocolate box towns. Not only is the scenery absolutely fantastic, but the train’s amenities are too, offering gourmet three-course lunches, clean, comfortable carriages and panoramic views. The route takes you from Zermatt at the foot of […]

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Semmering Railway – Austrian Alps

It’s not just the journey through Austria’s eastern Alps that’s spectacular; the Semmering Railway itself is very special. Built between 1848 and 1854, the Railway boasts sixteen viaducts, fifteen tunnels and 100 bridges on the 42-kilometre journey between Gloggnitz and Murzzuschlag. This was the world’s first mountain railway and given the considerable engineering feat in […]

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Schynige Platte Railway – Switzerland

The Schynige Platte Railway is a scenic mountain railway that travels from Wilderswil up to the vantage point of Schynige Platte, located in the Bernese Highlands area of Switzerland. Covering just 7.3km, the route climbs to a height of 1,420 metres, offering passengers spectacular views of alpine pastures, forests and the glittering lakes Thun and […]

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Mont Blanc Express – Switzerland

The Mont Blanc Express is a scenic mountain train that takes passengers across the Alps and Alpine villages, across Switzerland and France, linking Martigny and Chamonix at the foothills of Mont Blanc. The train has connected these regions for more than a century, stopping at key places and tourist attractions in the Chamonix valley and […]

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Mainz to Cologne by Train – Germany

The Rhine Valley is known the world over as one of Germany’s most scenic regions. So travelling by rail along this iconic river is a must-do when you find yourself next in Germany. The most scenic stretch of the river lies between the cities of Mainz and Cologne and it’s an easy journey in each […]

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Jungfrau Railway – Switzerland

Known as the ‘top of Europe’, the Jungfrau Railway is certainly not for the fainthearted, a nine-kilometre journey ascending 11,332 ft to the highest railway station in Europe. The railway was built in 1912, running from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch, a viewing and adventure platform located between the Bernese Highlands and the Valais in Switzerland. […]

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Harz Railway – Germany

Arguably the greatest steam railway in the world, the Harz Railway, with three interconnecting lines, travels for 86 miles, stopping at 48 stations through the fairytale villages of Germany’s famous Harz mountains. This is Europe’s longest railway network and while other steam trains are now run for tourists only, this line serves the locals too. […]

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Gotthard Panorama Express – Switzerland

The Gotthard Panorama Express isn’t just a train journey, it’s an epic adventure across the water and land by both train and boat. Known as the Wilhelm Tell Express until 2016, the route journeys from Lucerne to the lake town of Lugano in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region. The journey takes 5 hours, 30 minutes and […]

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Golden Pass Train – Switzerland

The Golden Pass railway route is a rail journey made up of three segments around some of Switzerland’s most stunning scenery. The whole journey takes around 5 hours, 30 minutes, starting in the medieval city of Lucerne and finishing in ritzy Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva. Unlike the Bernina Express and Glacier Express […]

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Flam Railway – Norway’s Fjords by Train

The Flam Railway is one of Norway’s most spectacular visitor attractions. In 2014 it was voted by Lonely Planet as the world’s most beautiful train journey and every year visitors from around the world enjoy a ride on this magnificent railway. The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the world’s longest […]

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Drachenfels Railway – Germany

The Drachenfels Railway is a popular rack railway line in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. The line runs from Konigswinter to the summit of the Drachenfels (Dragon) mountain at an altitude of 948 ft. The journey takes visitors to the top of the Drachenfels Mountain and past the Schloss Drachenburg Villa, which is said to have inspired the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The […]

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The Chocolate Train – Switzerland

The Chocolate Train almost doesn’t sound real, but it is, and it’s every sweet-toothed traveller’s dream. The train runs between Montreux and the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory at Broc, Switzerland, whisking guests away on an epicurean adventure in grand vintage 1915 Pullman carriages. The journey takes 7 hours 30 minutes and starts in Montreux, before travelling […]

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Bernina Express – Switzerland to Italy

The Bernina Express is one of Switzerland’s most famous and scenic rail routes, giving railway travellers a breathtaking journey through the Swiss Engadin Alps on the centuries-old Rhaetian Railway. The train connects Switzerland’s postcard Alpine city Chur with Italy’s Tirano on a narrow-gauge train with panoramic carriages. Ride it in winter for snowy peaks and […]

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Achensee Steam Cog Railway – Austria

Visitors to Tyrol in Austria will love a trip back in time on the Achensee Railway. For over 130 years, this long metre-gauge cog railway has been operating over its 6.8 km route that runs between Jenbach and Seespitz on Lake Achensee. The journey covers a height difference of 400 metres with an inclination of […]

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The Nordland Railway – Trondheim to Bodo

At almost ten hours, the Nordland Railway between Trondheim and Bodo is Norway‘s longest continuous train service. The 729km route crosses 293 bridges, travels through 154 tunnels and even crosses the Arctic circle on its journey northwards. In the winter passengers will get to the chance to see the country’s incredible northern lights, and in the summer […]

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Helsinki to Rovaniemi Train – Santa Claus Express

The Santa Claus Express, (or Helsinki to Rovaniemi train) almost doesn’t sounds real, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a magical train ride from a children’s fairytale. However, it’s very much a real thing, and is one of the most exciting and comfortable train journeys to take in northern Europe. The train is […]

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Prague to Krakow Train – EuroNight Sleeper

Interrailing across Europe is one of life’s greatest pleasures, being able to jump from exciting city to the next so comfortably and easily. One of those trains is the safe and the cosy EuroNight sleeper Prague to Krakow train, connecting the Czech Republic capital Prague with Poland’s art capital Krakow. Affectionately known as the Chopin […]