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Five Continents, Five Extraordinary Train Rides

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Jungfrau railway
Jungfrau railway through the Swiss Alps. (Getty Images)

 

We here at RealClearLife are fans of train travel. (Indeed, we’ve even told how you can get one of your own.) With that in mind, we decided to highlight a route on five different continents. Discover travel options where getting there is a major chunk of the fun.

Europe: Switzerland’s Jungfraubahn
It’s a quick, easy way to savor the beauty of the Alps. This hourly train takes a 50-minute trek up the north face of Eiger, heads across Mönch, and at last reaches Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station at 11,332 feet.

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Africa: Capetown to Johannesburg
This one’s a little longer, stretching 956 miles and lasting 26 hours. Still, it’s unique way to witness South Africa, whether you go the more budget route with the Premier Classe train or get upscale with the Blue Train.

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Asia: Bangkok to the River Kwai
For under $3, spend two and a half hours traveling 82 miles in Thailand. (And yes, by going to the River Kwai you will have an amazing excuse to whistle this song.)

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South America: Ecuador’s Alausi to Palmira
It’s a 50-mile journey that lets you take on the mountains of Ecuador as memorably as the Jungfraubahn allows you to experience the Alps. As you ride, think of how passengers once had the option of riding on the roof.

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North America: The California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco
This one clocks in at 52 hours over 2,437 miles. See America, already.

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And if you demand even more train rides, click here.

RealClearLife Staff