Sick of being at home like the rest of us? Was your vacation ruined due to the current COVID-19 pandemic or are you looking for a change of scenery? If you said yes to any of the above, then start planning a virtual getaway to any (or all) of the countries that you’ve ever wanted to visit. I don’t know about you but any time I travel the world, I find so much peace in hopping on a train, grabbing a window seat, and enjoying the ride. What’s amazing about technology these days is that we can go on train rides from home thanks to the magic of the internet. If we can go to virtual museums, zoos, aquariums, national parks, and even amusement parks around the world, then why not go for a train ride?
All aboard for 10 virtual train rides you can take across the world from the comfort of your home.
The Jacobite Steam Train in Scotland is an 84-mile round trip and has been described as the greatest railway journey of its kind. It will take you past a long list of remarkable views like the country’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, a number of villages and stations, many bodies of water, and even the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct. That’s right Harry Potter fans, you can view this infamous location from the movies as it overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument.
The Puffing Billy Railway is just an hour outside of Melbourne, Australia and it takes you on a historic yet relaxing ride through the Dandenong Ranges, over the Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge, and many other great sites.
The Flåm Railway in Norway is a 12-mile journey from the end of Aurlandsfjord to the highest mountain located at Myrdal station. You will be captivated as you pass by waterfalls, farms, ravines, valleys, and snow-capped mountain tops. This train ride is Norway in a nutshell and you won’t regret it!
Geibi Line to Fukuen Line in Japan will give you a true taste of the countryside. As you are passing through a dark mountain tunnel, and the mountainous area of the Chūgoku region, you’ll notice some stunning bridges.
North Wales Coast Line takes you on a gorgeous journey from England to Wales. Starting out in the city of Chester, it zips over the Welsh border and passes lavish countryside before continuing west. As you take a ride on this vintage train, prepare to be mesmerized by the beauty of the Welsh coast.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado is North America’s highest train. As you board the station in Manitou Springs, the train climbs the peak in minutes. Let me remind you that Colorado’s Pikes Peak sits 14,110 feet above sea level so you’ll see pristine valleys, peaks, creeks, and nature as far as the eye can see.
The 7 Express Line, also known as the Flushing Express in New York City travels from Queens to Manhattan. It will provide you with outside and underground views but don’t be mistaken. This is not the hustle and bustle of commuting during rush hour on high traffic transit lines — it’s front window footage offers some pretty amazing views of the city.
The Belgrade-Bar Railway, which travels between Serbia’s capital and Montenegro will take you through 102 tunnels and 96 bridges. Starting out in the town of Bar, close to the Adriatic Sea, then travelling through the longest tunnel, which is 20,246 feet, not to mention going over the highway railway bridge that you will find in Europe. As you ride through the magical mountains of Montenegro, be sure to grab a window seat for this trip of a lifetime.
Bernina Railway is a single-track railway that starts in the spa resort of St. Moritz, Switzerland and ends in Tirano, Italy. As you journey through The Alps witnessing these breathtaking views of quaint villages, beautiful bridges, tunnels, cliffs, and clear blue waters, you will be in a virtual bliss. The Bernina Railway is both the highest railway alpine crossing in Europe and the highest adhesion railway on the continent. Talk about an experience!
The Ferrocarril Central Andino S.A is a railway in Peru that takes you on a 335km ride through 66 tunnels and over 59 bridges. As one of the world’s most scenic railroads in the world, you’ll begin your journey in Chosica and end in the Andes. Travelling through some of the most scenic parts of the line, you’ll ride over the Puente Infiernillo Bridge that passes through tight canyons with lots of steep rocks.
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