The World’s Most Luxurious Trains

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In a burst of nostalgia, it looks like luxury train travel is back in style.

The Greenbrier, an award-winning resort in West Virginia, recently announced plans for a luxury train to transport guests from Washington, DC at a cost of around $650 for a roundtrip ticket.

And China just unveiled its design for a luxury high-speed rail from Beijing to Shanghai with fully reclining seats and uniformed stewards.

We’ve put together a list of other great train rides that offer unmatched luxury, incredible scenery, or both.

Maybe getting there really is half the fun.

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title=”#1 GLACIER EXPRESS: This train takes passengers across 80 miles in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 6,670 feet”
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title=”#2 PRIDE OF AFRICA: Arguably the most luxurious train in the world, the Pride of Africa travels from Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam”
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title=”#3 THE ROYAL SCOTSMAN: With a 4 day all-inclusive round trip costing $6,620, this is the most expensive train ride out there”
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title=”#4 PALACE ON WHEELS: An all-inclusive ride from Delhi to Rajasthan starts at $2,380″
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title=”#5 FLAM RAILWAY: This train takes passengers on a 20-kilometer descent from nearly 3,000 feet into the fjords of Norway’s Flam village”
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title=”One of the steepest railway lines in the world, a roundtrip journey over waterfalls and valleys costs $56″
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title=”#6 VENICE-SIMPLON-ORIENT EXPRESS: This train connects London, Venice, Rome, Budapest and Prague”
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title=”A 6 day/5 night trip, with sightseeing and meals included, starts at at $ 5,656″
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title=”#7 TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY: The most famous and alluring train trip out there, this 6,000-mile railroad connects Moscow and Beijing”
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title=”#8 HIRAM BINGHAM: This daylong, roundtrip journey in 1920’s Pullman style luxury takes travellers from Cuzco to Machu Picchu”
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title=”#9 ALASKA RAILROAD: A stunning, glacial 5 day tour costs $2,000″
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title=”#10 THE GHAN: Australia’s legendary train takes travellers on a 2979 km, 2-day trip through the heart of the continent”
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title=”#11 DANUBE EXPRESS: This ride, where passengers can have their own butlers, may be the best way to see Central Europe”
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title=”#12 HARMONY: This newly unveiled luxury train will transport passengers from Beijing to Shanghai at speeds of up to 350mph”
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title=”#14 BLUE TRAIN: This South African locomotive carries just 84 passengers”
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title=”The 994 mile, 27-hour journey from Pretoria to Cape Town costs around $2,000″
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title=”#15 THE DARJEELING-HIMALAYAN RAILWAY: This steam-powered train carries passengers across India from Siliguri to Darjeeling”
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title=”Nicknamed the “toy train,” the locomotive takes riders on a 53-mile, 7.5 hour trip”
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title=”#16 NAPA VALLEY TRAIN: This antique train runs on 25 miles of track in the heart of California’s Napa Valley”
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title=”With a winery tour and a gourmet on-board lunch, the trip costs around $150″
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title=”#17: GREENBRIER PRESIDENTIAL EXPRESS: Set to launch in 2012, this train will transport riders from Washington DC to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, which has a golf club and casino”
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