8 Unforgettable European Train Trips That Might Make You Rethink Your Travel Plans

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Trains are old, slow and way more exciting that you’d expect. Before you write off train trips as the way your ancestors traveled because options were few, consider some of these incredible European train trips, and you may just have to adjust your travel plans.

#1. Oslo to Bergen: The Bergen Railway

If you’ve only got time for one train trip in Europe, the Bergen Railway should be a top priority. With the highest altitude of all of the train rides between two cities in Europe, you’ll spend most of your time gawking at the drastic landscapes and snapping photos on this seven-hour journey.

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#2. Moscow to Paris: For Every Budget

Travel in VIP style or simply enjoy the comfort of a tourist car with your friends and family — whichever option you choose for the Moscow to Paris trip, you won’t be disappointed. In a little less than 39 hours, you’ll experience the sites of Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France — all in a setting far more comfortable than an airplane.

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#3. London to Venice: The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Old doesn’t mean uncomfortable on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE). Sixteen million dollars went into the restoration of this luxurious train dating back to the Roaring Twenties, so you can awake every morning to panoramic views of Paris and the French Alps from the comfort of your lavish cabin room.

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Photo credit: Kabelleger/David Gubler

#4. Istanbul to Prague: The Danube Express

Travelers looking for the ultimate train experience will fall in love with this 10-day adventure on the always-elegant Danube Express. Depart from Istanbul and visit the most enchanting parts of Bulgaria, Transylvania, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Poland en route to Prague. The trip includes a three-night stay in a stunning Budapest B&B to stretch your legs and take in the Art Nouveau architecture.

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Photo credit: Simon Pielow

#5. London to Paris: Eurostar Disneyland Paris

Make your trip to Disneyland Paris a little more magical with a Eurostar train ride from London. Kids will love the adventure of a real European train, and in just under three hours, you’ll be at the park gates ready for an afternoon of Disney excitement.

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Photo credit: Tom Bricker

#6. Moscow to Vladivostok: Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

Long described as the world’s greatest train journey — the Trans-Siberian Railway spans from Moscow to Vladivostok and includes an unforgettable visit to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia in between. This 15-day train ride is the ideal combination of Golden Eagle luxury and the rustic appeal of Russia’s landscape.

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Photo credit: Simon Pielow

#7. Zermatt to St. Moritz: The Glacier Express

Known as the slowest express train in the world, the Glacier Express will take you on a 7 1/2-hour journey across nearly 300 bridges and through 91 tunnels to eastern Switzerland. Gaze out of the train’s massive windows at the unforgettable scenery as the tracks traverse seemingly impossible mountainsides.

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Photo credit: Indraneel Biswas

#8. Munich to Nuremberg: The Inter-City Express

Don’t have a lot of time to spare on your European vacation? Take the one-hour journey from Munich to Nuremberg at nearly 200 mph on an Inter-City Express (ICE) train. These ultra-fast trains now travel between other major cities in France, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland as well, so you can get from Point A to Point B in record time.

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Photo credit: misterbenben

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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves.

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