The Best Luxury Train Services, Routes, and Experiences This Year
The old-world feeling of luxury train travel has been overlooked for too long. Luxury trains were once synonymous with elite travel—but that was inevitably upset by the planes that can get you across the world in record time and the private helicopters that can pick you up directly from the roof of your hotel.
Bespoke travel, however, does not have to mean direct flights from NYC to Singapore. In fact, some of the most luxurious travel moves a lot slower, especially as we’re now seeing slow travel take hold as a trend. Easing the pace of travel creates more presence in new destinations and allows for a more immersive experience, rather than hitting four destinations in one week.
These luxury train honorees are curating a high-end experience both on and off the tracks. From the dining cars that have poached top chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants to the routes reminiscent of La Belle Epoque-era train travel, the experience onboard is slow travel at its most luxurious. As for the stops along the way, they aim to showcase the area’s essential landmarks while also carving out quieter, under-the-radar stops that informed travelers are eager to see.
These are our 2019 Legend Award luxury train honorees: