Are you getting bored of the virtual city landscapes around the world? No more going around inside the massive museums? Well, this weekend, we got you covered with a new guide on Virtual Train Rides that you can take from your couch and travel through the beautiful sceneries around the world – Norway, Switzerland or Italy, or both, you name it. These will offer viewers a chance to zone out and calm the mind while seeing new landscapes, some of us had never experienced (of course, some of you have) in real life. But it’s your chance now. Grab your favourite drink (coffee or tea) and take a look at them beneath. And hey, don’t forget to enter the full screen!
1The Flåm Railway, Norway
Considered to be one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, this 12-mile route will take you from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal station. Along the way, you’ll pass Norway’s most beautiful waterfalls, deep ravines, snow-capped mountains, and high-altitude farms, and the most moody climate of it is watching the weather go from sun to rain.
2Geibi to Fukuen, Japan
Emerge yourself into the Japanese countryside as you take a train from Hiroshima, an iconic city of World War II, to Fuchū Station through this route. It passes through the mountainous area of the Chūgoku region, so expect to see stunning bridges and long, dark tunnels trimming through marvellous mountains.
3Bernina Railway, Switzerland to Italy
Your trip will start from St. Moritz, Switzerland and ends in Tirano, Italy via the high-mountain Bernina Pass on a sunny day. The route will take you through lovely villages alongside giddy cliffs and gassy blue waters. On the way, you will experience the highest railway alpine crossing in Europe and the highest adhesion railway on the continent. Get ready, you will dive into the wizarding world of Harry Potter soon.
4Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Colorado, United States
If you’ve ever dreamed of making it to the top of Colorado’s Pikes Peak, which sits 14,115 feet above sea level, this is your chance now. Get on North America’s highest train as it travels from the station in Manitou Springs and climbs the well-known peak in a matter of minutes, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the dizzying ride cause it’s a fast-motion ride.
5Belgrade–Bar Railway, Montenegro
Start your journey in the town of Bar, near the Adriatic Sea before passing through its longest tunnel over the highest railway bridge in Europe. You will end your trip in the town of Bijelo Polje through 102 tunnels and 96 bridges later.
6North Wales Coast Line, England to Wales
Take a ride along the beautiful Wales coast on a British Rail Class 175. This virtual experience will take you to the city of Chester, England then quickly pass over the border into Wales, passing through the laverish countryside before hitting the coast and to the west.
7Nordland Line, Norway
The ride will start from the Trondheim Fjord in Trondheim and you will get snowier as you head farther north. You will pass, eventually, into the Arctic Circle before ending in the municipality of Fauske. If cold and snow don’t sound appealing, you can experience the trip in one of the other three seasons here.
8Ferrocarril Central Andino, Peru
This is one of the world’s most scenic railroads connecting the Ferrocarril Central Andino to the Pacific port of Callao and the capital city of Lima with Huancayo and Cerro de Pasco. These four virtual journeys begin in Chosica and end near the Galera railway station in the Andes. Traverse the massive Puente Carrión bridge, climbs from Matucana to San Mateo, one of the most scenic parts of the line, takes travelers over the Puente Infiernillo bridge, which passes through a tight canyon with high rock walls on either side through one of the world’s highest railroad tunnels.
97 Express Line, New York, United States
Take a train with this cab-view video of the New York City subway. The 7 Express Line travels from Queens to Manhattan, providing outside and underground views along the way. And if you’re into trains, keep in mind that this footage was shot on one of the line’s R62A trains, which have since been returned to the 6 train.
10Sarajevo–Ploče Railway, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Explore the Balkan country of Bosnia and Herzegovina by train, starting in Čapljina. Dip into Croatia before crossing the border back into Bosnia and Herzegovina and end your trip in the country’s capital, Sarajevo. Watch over the Neretva River and pass through tight, mountainous terrain and over the Bradina Pass on your way.
11South Western Railway, England
Start your journey on the London Underground at London Waterloo station. Head west, pass through south toward Southampton and end at Southampton Central station. Experience the London you’ve never imagined before moving into the vibrant, green countryside all along the way.
12Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado, United States
This historic route will take you from one mountain town to another, passing over a high-alpine mountain pass. Take a ride on the three-foot-wide narrow-gauge heritage railroad as it traverses over 45 miles between Durango and Silverton. Enjoy the breathtaking journey along a narrow ledge cut into a sheer cliff face far above the Animas River as it chugs high up into the Colorado mountains and heads down the mountain pass into the Wild West town of Silverton.
13Wengernalp Railway, Switzerland
Experience a driver’s view of the stunning route from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg. In this journey, you will cross picturesque Swiss villages and slopes over the trees as you climb up into snow-covered mountains and deep valleys.