The 16 Ultimate European Journeys by regular Express Trains

Europe's Most Epic Express Train Journeys
Where were these pictures taken?

This guide to Europe’s most wonderful express train routes, taken by DIRECT regular trains between fabulous cities, inevitably features easy to access journeys - likely to be on many exploring Europe by train itineraries.

Other guides to Europe’s most scenic journeys tend to include special trains, such as The Glacier or Bernina  Expresses along with journeys slightly off the beaten track - because spectacular landscapes don’t tend to be compatible with fast express train travel.
But in Europe some regular express trains can’t avoid mountains or coasts, or have to follow routes through deep river valleys - so it's those we have focused on with this list!

What also makes these guides different from the norm, is that the images aren't of the trains taking these routes, instead they were taken from the train, so give an insight into the journey experience.
Plus each of the journeys guides also have access to the PRACTICAL INFORMATION such as the station, train and ticket details.

Oh and the context for left/right is facing the direction of travel.
Most of these journeys can of course be enjoyed in either direction, so flip the left/right advice if you will travelling in the opposite direction.

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THE JOURNEYS

1: London <> Penzance
The Best Express Train Journeys in Europe includes London to Penzance
Britain's most spectacular westward rail journey - rolling countryside, sea views and some fabulous views from bridges.


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2: Köln/Cologne <> Klagenfurt
The Best Express Train Journeys in Europe includes Koln to Klagenfurt
The only rail journey that travels through both the Rhine Gorge in Germany and on the incredible Tauern route in Austria.


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3: Malaga <> Barcelona 
The Best Express Train Journeys in Europe includes Malaga to Barcelona
Five hours of rushing across the landscapes of Spain on Europe's most thrilling high speed rail journey.


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4: Marseille <> Genova/Genoa
The Best Express Train Journeys in Europe includes Marseille to Genoa

The only train journey that travels along both the French and Italian Riviera coastlines.

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5: Milano <> Geneve
The Best Express Train Journeys in Europe includes Milan to Geneva

Travel by both Lake Maggiore and Lake Geneva and through the mountain valleys in between.

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6: Milano <> Zurich
The train between Milan and Zurich is included on our ultimate express train journeys list

Spectacular views of no less than five Swiss lakes.


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7: München/Munich <> Venezia/Venice
By train from Munich to Venice is one of Europe's greatest train journeys
More than three hours of spellbinding views including the passage through the Brennero Pass.

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8: Oslo <> Bergen
The Best Express Train Journeys in Europe includes Oslo to Bergen

Plateaus in the mountains above the tree line, crystal lakes, rivers and fjords - this journey has them all!

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9: Paris <> Torino/Turin
The Best Express Train Journeys in Europe includes Paris to Turin

The only train journey which features both a high speed section and a stunning passage through the Alps.


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10: Rome and Naples <> Sicily
The Best Express Train Journeys in Europe includes Naples to Catania
With more than four hours of sea views, this is Europe's ultimate coastal train journey.

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11: Salzburg <> Zagreb
The Best Express Train Journeys in Europe includes Salzburg to Zagreb

End-to-end incredible scenery - the Tauern route in Austria, beautiful Slovenia and the Sava River gorge.

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12: Vienna/Wien <> Ljubljana
The Vienna to Ljubljana route is one of Europe's ultimate express train journeys
The only route which includes both the The Semmering Railway and the River Sava gorge

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13: Vienna/Wien <> Venice/Venezia
Vienna to Venice is one of Europe's greatest train journeys
More than three hours of glorious Austrian scenery plus Italian mountain peaks and the lovely arrival at journey's end

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14: York <> Aberdeen
The York to Aberdeen route is one of Europe's ultimate express train journeys

Four of the world's best views from railway bridges and more than three hours of coastal landscapes.

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15: Zagreb <> Wien/Vienna
The Zurich to Graz route is one of Europe's ultimate express train journeys

Through the stunning valleys in Slovenia and then over the Semmering Railway in Austria.

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16: Zurich <> Graz:

The only train that travels over the epic Arlberg route and then through the mountains east of Innsbruck.

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The inclusions above aren't quite a comprehensive list, as ShowMeTheJourney wanted to illustrate each journey with recently captured images and videos.

So at a future date we plan to add these fabulous express train routes:

RIIMINI - BARI (though SMTJ has travelled the northern part of this route).

ATHENS - THESSALONIKI

BEOGRAD - BAR

SAN REMO TO ROMA (though SMTJ has travelled on the most spectacular part of this route).

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Where were the pictures taken?:

From clockwise top left, they were taken at;

(i) Heading through the Brennero Pass on a  München/Munich - Venezia/Venice journey
(ii) Near Flam station on the Oslo - Bergen
(iii) Between Bad Gastein and Spittal on the  Salzburg - Zagreb journey
(iv) East of St Raphael on the Marseille to Genova/Genoa route
(v) Travelling by the River Sava on the Wien/Vienna to Ljubljana route
(vi) The bridges over the Tyne on the  York - Aberdeen journey
(vii) Passing the Wallensee on the Zurich - Graz journey
(viii) Through the foothills of the Italian alps on the Paris - Torino/Turin route

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This is one of more than 100 train travel guides available on ShowMeTheJourney, which will make it easier to take the train journeys you want or need to make.

As always, all images were captured on trips taken by ShowMeTheJourney.