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World's Best Family Train Trips

How are you planning to spend your vacation with your family? Explore new places with your family and kids riding family-friendly trains. Train travel is a wonderful choice for you and your families because it is a more civilized and more relaxed mode of transport.

You can enjoy a splendid view of nature from the panoramic windows of trains with your family. Hurry up! Don’t waste time and start planning to visit new places with your kids through family trains.

10 Best Train Rides for Kids that Every Family Take at Least Once

1. Ethan Allen Express Train, Vermont

Ethan Allen Express

The Ethan Allen Express starting from New York City takes you to the destination Rutland, Vermont in just six hours.

Enjoy amazing views when the train passes through the Hudson River valley. You can enjoy yourself with your family the scenic beauty of Vermont’s villages, farms and Green Mountains.

You will get the opportunity to access world class ski resorts, cycling and motor bike networks, and hiking trails. There is only one train every day in each direction.

Though weekday trains leave Rutland at 7:45 a.m., weekend trains depart from Rutland after 5 p.m. The departure time from New York City is an early evening just before 6 p.m.

Ethan Allen Express Facility

Enjoy mesmerizing views from comfortable leather seats with footrests. You will be served non-alcoholic beverages with snacks.

What to see during Journeys?

The train passes through Rutland Historic District, Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum, Procotors Theatre, Riverwalk Park, Fort Yard Yatch Basin, Hudson River, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. You will also see along the way Mid- Hudson Children’s Museum, Upper Landing park, Madison Square garden and Manhattan.

2. Swiss Chocolate Train, Switzerland

Swiss Chocolate Train

Switzerland’s first-class-only excursion train, the Chocolate train, runs from Montreux to Cailler Nestle. This train meets the appetite of railways enthusiasts as well as ‘sweet tooth’.

The Chocolate train departs from Montreux at 8:57 a.m. and returns to the starting point at 5:38 p.m. The total time taken by the train to cover Montreux - Oberland - Bernois is 7 hours 30 minutes.

Swiss Chocolate Train Facility

Enjoy with your family the scenic beauty of Switzerland from comfortable couches of the Chocolate train. You will be served coffee and chocolate croissants onboard. This train offers you the opportunity to free admission to the chocolate factory of Nestle Cailer in Broc.

What to see during Journeys?

You can enjoy the scenic views of the bucolic countryside and vineyards. This train can take you to the medieval cheesemaking town of Gruyeres. In Gruyeres, you can take a bus ride to the local castle and cheese factory. Board the train again for Cailer-Nestle Chocolate factory.

Here you can observe chocolate production and purchase Nestle or Caller chocolate bars at factory prices. Don’t forget to visit the Castle of Chillon.

3. Darjeeling Toy Train, India

Darjeeling Toy Train

Experience and enjoy with your family a joyride on the Darjeeling toy train that takes you from New Jalpaiguri station to Darjeeling town covering 88 km. 1881 Darjeeling toy train was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

The train passes through Siliguri, Karseong and ghoom, which is the highest railway station in Asia. You will experience thrilling when the train passes through exhilarating loops and reverses.

Batasia Loop between Ghoom and Darjeeling, 450 minor bridges and 5 major bridges by Darjeeling toy train will make you feel amazing. The age old diesel engines and compartments will create nostalgic feelings within you.

What to see during Journeys:?

You will see along the route agricultural plains, dense forest, hills, tea garden and Himalayan Pine trees. Batasia loop offers a panoramic view of Darjeeling and Mount Kanchenjunga. There are railway museums at Ghoom, Sukna and Kurseong.

4. Belmond Grand Hibernian Train, Ireland

Belmond Grand Hibernian

Explore Ireland riding Belmond Grand Hibernian train. This train is the first luxury overnight train in Ireland. Discover the wonders of Emerald Isle from Belmond Grand Hibernian luxury train.

Belmond Grand Hibernian, which covers Dublin-Belfast-Waterford- Dublin in two-night weekend tours, is known as “The Taste of Ireland”. “The Legends and Loughs”, covering the route Dublin- Cork- Killarney - Galway - Westport, return to Dublin in four nights in weekdays.

Additionally, “Grand Tour of Ireland” takes full six nights to run from Dublin to Waterford to Dublin.

Belmond Grand Hibernian Train Facility

The travelers on Belmond Grand Hibernian train encompass the whole Ireland from unmatched comfort and style. Meals and beverages are served on the train.

What to see during Journeys?

You will discover a wide variety of attractions along the way. Attractions include the Titanic experience, the Jameson experience, Connemara national park, Blarney castle and Gardens.

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5. Grand Canyon Railway, United State

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon train takes you from Williams, Arizona to Grand Canyon national park. The Cataract Creek Gang keeps your family entertained with music. The Grand Canyon train covers one round trip daily. It carries hundreds of passengers every day.

Grand Canyon Train Facility

Enjoy the countryside and priceless experience from the comforts of classic Grand Canyon Train.

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You will experience a nostalgic trip with musicians, guides who share historical and regional knowledge and stage an old-fashioned train robbery. There are unique passenger cars in the Grand Canyon Railway.

Each car is equipped with restrooms. Attendants serve passengers with their necessary things.

What to see during Journeys?

Attractions include the Cataract Creek Gang and 12,000 foot San Francisco peaks.

6. Bernina Express Train, Switzerland

Bernina Express

The Bernina Express connects Chur in Switzerland with Tirano in Italy. It passes through the Swiss Engadin Alps. You will have panoramic views of World Heritage Site from Bernina Express. The Rhaetian Railway Company operates and manages the train. The Bernina Express line was constructed between 1908 and 1910.

Until 1940s, the Bernina express ran independently. Any season be it summer or spring or autumn is ideal time to take this ride.

Bernina Express Train Facility

You can have breathtaking views of Switzerland from panoramic couches of Bernina express. Coaches are equipped with enlarged windows and multi-lingual audio box. There are snack trolley, shops, audio system, shower/WC on the train.

What to see during Journeys?

The Bernina Express passes through UNESCO World heritage Site and mountains. The Bernina express routes cover the Albula line and the Bernina line. Total time taken to pass through World Heritage site is 4 hours. It crosses 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and the Bernina Pass, which is 2,253 metres above sea level.

7. Eurostar Train, France

Eurostar Train

Eurostar train will take you to Disneyland Paris from London in just 2 hr. 49 minutes. Your family will travel in comfort in high-speed train, Eurostar. The train will depart from St. Pancras International Station, where you will go through scanner and check-ins.

Verification of identity card and travel documents is compulsory at Schengen Area. If you book Eurostar train tickets from London to Disneyland Paris in advance, you will get tickets at an affordable price.

Some eurostart trains provide direct service from London to Marne-la-Vallee-Chessy station. Some trains stop at Ebbsfleet or Ashford as well.

Eurostar Train Facility

If you board on Standard class, your kids can move around. Onboard bar, Café Metropole, drinks, meals and snacks offers for your family. In Standard Premier class, you will be served a delicious meal packed in a paper picnic bag. Free WiFi is available onboard.

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What to see during Journeys?

Attractions include magical Disneyland for your kids. If you are a thrill-seeker or Frozen fanatic or a daydreamer, Disneyland is an ideal place for you.

8. Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railboard, Colorado

Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railboard

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railboard connects Durango and Silverton in US state of Colorado covering 45.2 miles. The railway is declared as Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and National Historic Landmark. The train crosses the Animas river 5 times throughout the trip.

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railboard Facility

Enjoy with your family the adventure of traveling by a steam-powered, coal-fired locomotive. Cowboys and settlers of the Old West will give you nostalgic feelings.

What to see during Journeys?

Explore history with the sight-seeing and sounds of yesteryear from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railboard, Colorado. Have fun with your family on this train and enjoy breathtaking views of canyons in San Juan National Forest. D&SNG Museum will make your journey on this train unforgettable.

9. Rocky Mountaineer Train, Canada

Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer is the only luxurious way to travel from Canadian Rockies to Western Canada. The train runs from April to October. The train operates in two ways: one from Banff to Vancouver and the other from Jasper to Vancouver through Canadian Rockies.

From Banff, your family has two day routes, which includes an overnight in a hotel in Kamloops.

From Jasper, three day tour includes an overnight stay at hotels in Whistler and Quesnei. There is no option to spend night at the Rocky Mountaineer train because you may miss amazing views of Canadian Rockies at night.

Rocky Mountaineer Train Facility

In 2020, the Rocky Mountaineer is offering two types of services: Silver Leaf service and Gold Leaf service. Silver Leaf couch is characterized by over-sized windows, reclining seats, hot breakfasts, temperature-controlled comfort, non-alcoholic beverages and onboard attendants.

Gold Leaf couch is characterized by dome windows, reclining seats, spiral staircase, separate dining area, temperate controlled comfort and beverages.

What to see during Journeys?

Enjoy with your family the sights of Canadian Rockies from luxury train Rocky Mountaineer. Attractions include Vancouver, Victoria island city, and Butchart Gardens.

10. Alaska Railboard, Alaska

Alaska Railboard

Alaska Railboard connects Anchorage with Denali. Enjoy the unobstructed views of Alaska with your family from Alaska Railboard. It is a truly magical experience. You will enjoy unique adventures, leisurely tours and breathtaking views. Time to travel Alaska by Alaska Railboard is 6 days.

Alaska Railboard Facility

You and your family will be offered delicious cuisine and beverages onboard. ave fun on glass domed luxury rail car. Many railcars, enlarged windows and an open-air platform will offer you the ultimate viewing experience.

What to see during Journeys?

Attractions on this route include Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, North America’s tallest peak, Mount Mckinley(20,320 ft high).