13 Most Incredible Express Train Journeys in Europe

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

Hopefully they’ll settle train or plane and train or car debates in favour of taking the train.

Other to Europe’s most scenic journeys inevitably tend to include special trains, such as The Glacier or Bernina  Expresses and other journeys slightly off the beaten track - because spectacular landscapes don’t tend to be compatible with fast 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!

Fans of awe-inspiring engineering will also appreciate that how the railway line has been constructed, can also give a journey a wow factor.

Europe's Most Epic Express Train Journeys

Images clockwise from top left:
(i) München/Munich - Venezia/Venice
(ii) Oslo - Bergen
(iii) Salzburg - Zagreb
(iv) Marseille To Genova/Genoa
(v) Salzburg - Zagreb
(vi) York - Aberdeen
(vii) Zurich - Graz
(viii) Paris - Torino/Turin

These routes have been selected partially because to enjoy each of them you can take a direct train and yes you’ll be on that train for more than three hours – these journeys wouldn’t be so epic if they were shorter.

Though the main reason for their inclusion is that they offer sustained scenic wonders or have multiple highlights scattered along the journey – all of which we have been fortunate to take, snapping pictures from the windows along the way.

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.
All these journeys can of course be enjoyed in either direction, so flip the left/right advice if you will travelling in the opposite direction.

presented in alphabetical order because you'll have your own favourite - and we couldn't agree on what ours was:

London to Penzance:
The Best Express Train Journeys in Europe

Köln/Cologne To Klagenfurt:

Malaga to Barcelona: 

Marseille to Genova/Genoa:

Milano To Geneve:

Milano To Zurich:

München/Munich - Venezia/Venice:

Paris - Torino/Turin:



Salzburg - Zagreb:

York To Aberdeen:

Zagreb to Wien/Vienna:

Zurich To Graz:

The inclusions above aren't a comprehensive list, as we wanted to illustrate each journey with images we have captured (and to add videos at a future date).

We had taken some alternative fabulous journeys before digital cameras were available and other journeys had to be taken in bad weather.

So at a future date we plan to add these express train routes and more.

RIIMINI - BARI (though we have travelled the northern part of this route)



SAN REMO TO ROMA (we have travelled on the most spectcular part of this route)