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Trains in Israel – All you need to know

Fancy travelling by train around Israel? Here’s all you need to know about the trains in Israel Trains in Israel – the lowdown The trains in Israel are fast, modern and easy-to-use. Israel Railways, the national train operator, offers lots of option for getting around, particularly on the Coastal Plain. The trains are clean, modern […]

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Al Andalus Train (Palace on Wheels) – Spain

The Al Andalus train trip offers lucky passengers the chance to explore the best of Spain’s famed Andalucia region on board a five-star luxury sleeper train. Known as The Spanish Palace On Wheels, this beautifully decorated express train provides guests with a sophisticated and glamorous way to see such amazing Spanish sights as Seville’s gothic […]

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The Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees – France

The Little Yellow Train is a historic metre-gauge railway in the French Pyrenees. The train takes passengers on a spectacular journey through the stunning countryside, starting at Villefranche de Conflent and journeying to the summit at Bolquère Eyne – France’s highest railway station at 1,592 metres. Finishing its journey at Latour de Carol, high up […]

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Trenino Verde Train – Sardinia, Italy

The Trenino Verde (green train) is one of Sardinia’s hidden gems, and is a must-do for visitors to this paradise Mediterranean island. It’s easily the best way to explore Sardinia’s rugged landscapes and the exciting ports dotted all over the island. Designed especially for travellers, the line has been around for almost 150 years and […]

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Cannes to Ventimiglia Train – The Riviera Railway

The ‘Riviera Railway’ is easily one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world, journeying from glitzy Cannes on the French Riviera to the terracotta town of Ventimiglia in Italy’s Liguria. It’s an adventure of pastel-hued ports and incredible sea views, as the train hugs the Mediterranean coastline stopping at some of the most […]

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Circumetnea Train – Sicily, Italy

No trip to the Italian island of Sicily is complete without a ride on the Circumetnea Train, well, not for lovers of slow romantic train travel that is. Travelling for 110km and three hours the train travels from the island’s second largest city, Catania, to the seaside town of Riposto. It almost entirely encircles Mount […]

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The Centovalli Railway – Italy to Switzerland

The Centovalli Railway connects Locarno in Italian-speaking southern Switzerland with Domodossola in northern Italy. Known as both the ‘Centovallina’ or ‘Vigezzina’, the train offers a unique journey across both Switzerland and Italy, running through the Centovalli (meaning 100 valleys), rocky gorges and past many waterfalls. The train serves both transit traffic and tourists and is […]

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Odontotos Rack Railway – Greece

Loved by locals and travellers alike, the Odontotos Rack Railway runs from the villages of Diakopto to Kalavryta on the northern Peloponnese in southern Greece. Running on the world’s narrowest gauge (0.75m), the railway runs for 22 kilometres from Diakopto though the spectacular Vouraikos Gorge and the old Mega Spileo Monastery, stopping en route at […]

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Linha do Douro Railway – Portugal

The Linha do Douro is a popular rail route in northern Portugal that follows the Douro River from the city of Porto to the towns of Peso da Régua, Pinhao and Pocinho. The stretch between Peso da Régua and Pocinho where you can see the river and the steep valleys filled with vineyards, is one […]

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Le Train de la Rhune – Sare, South West France

Le Train de la Rhune railway is a scenic rail route in South-West France, in the beautiful Basque Country near the Spanish Border. The train takes passengers on a 10 km journey from Sare (near Saint-Jean-de-Luz) to the summit of the La Rhune Mountain, ascending to 905 metres in 35 minutes. First built in 1924, […]

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Belgrade to Bar Train – Serbia to Montenegro

The Belgrade to Bar railway line connects Serbia to Montenegro, on a journey through the Balkans that skirts Bosnia and Hercegovina’s spectacular eastern border. On the 11-hour trip passengers get to see mountainous landscapes, beautiful canyons, clear rivers and traditional working farms. The route, which opened in 1976, winds down from the Serbian capital to […]

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Altaria Train – Madrid to Granada

The popular Altaria train is a long-distance high-speed train that connects the Spanish capital Madrid with four of Spain’s most popular southern cities – Algeciras, Granada, Murcia and Cartagena. The modern Altaria trains are designed with gauge changing technology that allows them to travel on both standard and high-speed rails. This allows them to reach […]

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Zagreb to Split Train – Croatia

Croatian Railways operate a comfortable and efficient sleeper train from Zagreb to Split every day. This will give you the chance to leave the country’s famed capital city with its neo-Gothic cathedrals and buzzy café culture late at night, ready for an early morning arrival in Split. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy the glittering Adriatic […]

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Lisbon to Madrid Train – Trenhotel Lusitania

One of the pleasures of travelling around Europe by train is being able to sleep on many of the trains. One of the best-loved overnight trains is the popular Spanish sleeper train, Trenhotel Lusitania, which links Lisbon with Madrid. Every night this train departs from Lisbon, travelling via Coimbra in Portugal and Salamanca in Spain, […]

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Rome to Palermo Train – Intercity Notte (ICN)

Live la dolce vita on a glorious train ride across Italy, departing from Rome and arriving in Palermo, Sicily’s grand coastal capital. Travelling a distance of 920km and operated by the national carrier Trenitalia, the train takes connects the two cities in around 13 hours and comes with the added excitement of crossing the Strait […]

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Thello Paris to Venice Train

What could be more romantic and fabulous than a train journey from Paris to Venice? The answer is not a lot… Allowing travellers to hop between two glorious cities, Thello runs overnight trains connecting Paris and Venice in just 13 hours, 47minutes. Passengers depart from Gare de Lyon in the evening and arrive in Venice […]

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Moscow to Nice Sleeper Train – Russian Railways

The Moscow to Nice sleeper train is one of the longest rail routes in the world, stretching 2,607 km across eight countries – in fact, it’s hard to believe it’s a railway line at all. The train has been operating since 2010, the first railway line connecting Russia and the French Riviera since the days […]

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Black Sea Express Train – Bulgaria

There are few better ways to evoke nostalgia of than a steam train journey, and Bulgaria’s Black Sea Express could just be Europe’s most spectacular steam adventure. The train hails from the time of King Boris III, known as the ‘Royal Corona Express’ and used by the king as his royal railway carriages. Today the […]