23 of the greatest rail journeys around the world

The world's greatest train holidays to take for an amazing adventure

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With more travellers choosing trains over planes these days, we thought we'd take a look at the world's greatest rail journeys for an unforgettable holiday.

Proving that trains aren't just about getting you from A to B, the world's greatest rail journeys take in fantastic sites, picturesque towns and villages, and amazing wildlife.

We all know that rail travel provides a more eco-friendly and often more affordable way of getting around, but you don't have to compromise on style and luxury when you travel by train .

The great railway journeys of the world include incredible train holidays in the UK, such as the Scottish Highlands Jacobite , and amazing train journeys in Europe, like the Bernina Express .

They also allow you to experience the finest things in life, like the champagne and gourmet meals served on the British Pullman and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the impressive picture windows and comfy interior of the Glacier Express.

To show you why we're celebrating the beauty of great rail journeys, we've picked the very best ones in the UK and the rest of the world to take this year or next.

Whether you're looking for Swiss train holidays in summer or winter or far-flung adventures by rail, you'll love our dreamy bucket list escapes.

Check out the greatest rail journeys, from steam train rides in England to scenic rail holidays in Europe.

Jacobite Steam Train - Great rail journeys

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The wonderful Jacobite steam train takes rail holidaymakers from Fort William to Mallaig on an 84-mile steam-hauled journey through spectacular Scottish Highland scenery.

You’ll encounter craggy coastlines and sparkling loch waters on a route that’s packed with superlatives.

One highlight is passing over the amazing 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct, just like Harry Potter did in the films.

Experience the Jacobite, along with a Loch Katrine cruise and a ride on the Falkirk Wheel during a four-day Scottish steam adventure.


Venice Simplon-Orient-Express - Great rail journeys

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Perhaps the world's most famous and decadent train, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train, is a truly magnificent way to travel. Life onboard is an elegant affair of fine dining and fine wines, where conversation and music continue into the night in the fabled Bar Car 3674, and midnight brunch is served.

There are several routes to choose from that travel between some of Europe's most beautiful cities - the likes of Cannes, Rome, Florence, and Venice, with a new route that'll take skiers from Paris to the snowy slopes of the French Alps from next December, too.

Lucky passengers can gaze out of the window of their cabin and watch incredible scenery roll by from the carriages of one of the most splendid trains of all time.

Experience the thrill of this storied locomotive yourself when it journeys between Istanbul and Paris on an exceptional six-night trip.

Mont Blanc Express - Great rail journeys

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Glide through the beautiful French Alps all the way to the foot of their tallest mountain, Mont Blanc, on this magical journey that’s straight out of a postcard.

Comfortable carriages with large picture windows will let you take in all of the beautiful views as you travel from Martigny in Switzerland to the French village of Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains – with mighty Mont Blanc views along the way.

You’ll pass over arched bridges, across leafy valleys, through tunnels and by pretty pine forests, and you can connect to the Brevent cable car in Chamonix. This will take you 2,525 metres above sea level for truly spectacular panoramic views of the Chamonix Valley.

Experience the Mont Blanc Express on a relaxing six-day holiday with Good Housekeeping, which includes a stay on the shores of Lake Annecy.

British Pullman, A Belmond Train - Great rail journeys

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This opulent train is steeped in history. Its elegant carriages have starred in Hollywood films, formed part of Winston Churchill’s funeral train, and transported several members of the Royal Family.

A ride on the British Pullman, A Belmond Train will have you feeling like a royal yourself. You'll be welcomed aboard this beautifully restored 1920s train with a chilled Bellini cocktail before sitting back in a decadent art deco carriage at a table set with crisp white linens.

Enjoy a truly memorable day trip on the British Pullman with Good Housekeeping. You'll board the train at Victoria Station and take part in a captivating murder mystery as you whizz through the countryside, enjoying a seasonal five-course lunch as you go.

Trinichellu — Great rail journeys

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Crisscrossing Corsica are the little trinichellu, small trains mounted onto narrow tracks, which make their way across the island and up and down the coast between Calvi and Ile-Rousse. They're mostly used as a shuttle service for the beaches, providing passengers with glorious views as they're transported to Corsica's lovely coastline, lapped with clear water.

Board the trinichellu in Corté, and the train crosses the Eiffel bridge - or the Vecchio Viaduct to give it its official name - and it seems to zig-zag around the bends all the way to the beach at Ajaccio.

Ride the little trains of Corsica during Good Housekeeping's delightful nine-day holiday.

Bure Valley Railway - Great rail journeys

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One of Britain’s most picturesque regions, Norfolk is full of beautiful sights, from the famous Broads to its magnificent stately homes. It's also a great spot for a foodie break, with its rich agricultural heritage and long coastline. As if that wasn’t tempting enough, you can travel by train through Norfolk on a number of historic and convenient railways.

The Bure Valley Railway is one of the best. Hop on board a steam train for a nostalgic trip along Norfolk’s longest narrow-gauge railway. The 18-mile round trip runs from the quaint market town of Aylsham and bustling Wroxham, taking you through the delightful Bure Valley.

You can enjoy a ride on the Bure Valley Railway during a five-day trip to Norfolk - where you'll also tour Sandringham with Lucy Worsley.

Renon Railway — Great rail journeys

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Take a trip on the Renon Railway in the South Tyrol in northern Italy, a small, hundred-year-old train that transports passengers across the Ritten plateau on an 18-minute journey to Collalbo.

Some of the original cars are still operational, whereas others have been replaced with modern counterparts. Either way, you'll get simply superb views of the mountainous scenery.

Try the Renon Railway and other famous train journeys through the Dolomites on Good Housekeeping's delightful nine-day trip to Italy.

Bernina Express - Great rail journeys

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Another excellent rail line for soaking in the beauty of the Italian and Swiss Alps is the breathtaking Bernina Express, which offers scenic European train travel at its finest.

This world-famous alpine train route takes passengers from Tirana in Italy to St Moritz in Switzerland, passing stunning mountain tops and pristine lakes along the way.

The spacious, panoramic carriages provide a unique viewpoint for you to admire the best of Switzerland’s scenery on a rail holiday you'll never forget.

Travel on the Bernina Express on Good Housekeeping's eight-day trip to Italy and Switzerland.

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway - Great rail journeys

Transporting you through the atmospheric landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages, this great rail journey conjures up scenes from countless classics of English literature.

You’ll stop at Oakworth Station along the way, which you might recognise from the 1970 film The Railway Children . It’s barely changed in the decades since and adds to the sense of nostalgia on this charming English steam train journey.

Ride the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway during Good Housekeeping's delightful five-day walking tour of the Yorkshire Dales.

Glacier Express - Great rail journeys

Another must-do Swiss rail holiday is the Glacier Express , a wonderful train that allows you to truly appreciate the romantic scenery of the Swiss Alps. Autumn and winter are great seasons to visit, where the landscapes are enhanced by fiery orange hues or covered in a thick blanket of pristine snow.

Dubbed the world's slowest express train, it's an eight-hour experience that takes you through forests, over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels, with the majestic peaks of the Alps all around.

The large windows allow you to take in all the views, with highlights including the arches of the Landwasser Viaduct and the jagged scenes of the Rhine Gorge.

Join Good Housekeeping for a very special first-class ride on the Glacier Express with a delicious three-course meal. Journalist and former politician Michael Portillo will join you for part of this tour.

Poppy Line - Great rail journeys

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One of Britain's best heritage railways is the North Norfolk Railway, or the Poppy Line as it is also known.

The relaxed train journey takes passengers from Sheringham along the coast to Weybourne and through beautiful heathland to Holt.

Its steam trains are run by volunteers and offer a slow-paced holiday in Norfolk. You'll want to check out the 1950s waiting room and restored signal box at Sheringham Station.

Ride the Poppy Line with Lucy Worsley on a tour of Norfolk and Sandringham by rail with celebrated historian Lucy Worsley.

Avon Valley Railway - Great rail journeys

When you picture the English countryside, chances are the image in your head is a lot like the stretch of endless green from the Cotswolds to the West Country. This charming rural region is a land of rolling hills, ancient fields and pretty stone villages – and a lovely way to experience it is onboard the Avon Valley Railway.

Taking passengers between Bitton – which has been restored to match a classic Victorian station – Oldland Common and Avon Riverside, the line operates classic heritage carriages that will take you back to the glory days of rail travel.

It’s the perfect nostalgic activity for a summer afternoon!

Flamsbana - Great rail journeys

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To admire some of Norway’s most memorable mountain views without a difficult hike, simply hop onboard the Flamsbana 'Corkscrew Railway' – one of the world’s steepest standard gauge railways.

The spectacular one-hour route takes you from the village of Myrdal – 866 metres above sea level – down to Flam, on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, along tracks that spiral down the hillside.

You’ll glide past cascading waterfalls like the Kjosfossen as you head into the thickly forested valley – usually coated with glistening snow in winter – and come away with brilliant photos of your unforgettable train journey.

Royal Scotsman - Great rail journeys

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Enjoy all the magic of the Scottish Highlands in total luxury on Belmond’s opulent Royal Scotsman train, whose ten Edwardian carriages include an elegant dining room, ensuite cabins with sumptuous beds and picture windows, and even Britain’s first spa on a train – so you can relax with an indulgent beauty treatment as you chug past sky-high peaks and dramatic valleys.

You'll see the highlights of the Highlands on your journey, including Loch Lomond, Ben Nevis, the Isle of Bute and Mount Stuart, all the while savouring exquisite dishes inspired by the Scottish countryside, as well as fine wines and luxurious malt whiskies.

Rauma Railway - Great rail journeys

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Lovers of lakes and mountain scenery will want to add Norway’s Rauma Railway to their travel plans for 2023.

Stretching 114km, the route takes you from the pretty winter sports resort of Dombas all the way to the mouth of the River Rauma at Andalsnes, passing over 32 bridges and through six different tunnels.

During your journey, you’ll glide past rocky peaks, deep valleys, iconic fjords and thick forests, all of the countryside making Norway a special destination for nature lovers. The granite Kylling Bridge is a highlight, with the Rauma River tumbling over the rocks 200 feet below and the dramatic Vermafossen waterfall nearby.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - Great rail journeys

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the UK’s first-ever national park, the Peak District, on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. It’s Derbyshire's longest heritage railway and will transport you from the gorgeous stone market town of Wirksworth, all narrow lanes and listed buildings, to Duffield, at the mouth of the River Ecclesbourne in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Area.

The scenery along the way is timeless, think tumbling streams, wide valleys and rolling hills as you pass under ancient bridges and along tracks lined with wildflowers.

For lovers of British heritage railways, this is a unique experience in one of the country’s greatest landscapes.

Shinkansen - Great rail journeys

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Clean, punctual and speedy, the Shinkansen, or Japan 's bullet train, is the fastest and most comfortable route between Tokyo and Osaka, arriving in a record time of just 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Thanks to the incredible feats of engineering, your surroundings will mostly whizz past so quickly that you’ll be lucky to catch a glimpse! Riding the Tokaido Shinkansen is a fascinating cultural experience that makes for a long-haul rail holiday to remember.

The Ghan - Great rail journeys

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In 2024, one of the world’s most iconic rail journeys sees the 20th anniversary of the final section of its line opening – the portion from Alice Springs to Darwin. This is probably the best and certainly the most civilised way to discover some of Australia’s vast and breathtaking interior, with off-train experiences available en route now including the Cutta Cutta Caves and Standley Chasm as well as the likes of guided camel tours and scenic helicopter rides.

The Adelaide–Darwin trip, available in both directions, takes three days and two nights, or you can also do The Red Explorer from Adelaide or Darwin to Alice Springs (or vice versa) over two days and one night.

Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees - Great rail journeys

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Immediately recognisable by its cute little yellow carriages, this historic train has been transporting passengers high up into the rocky Pyrenees for over 100 years.

Starting out at the UNESCO walled city of Villefranche in France, the Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees, or Le Petit Train Jaune, climbs up the Tet Valley, past little mountain villages and over the arches of spectacular stone viaducts to take you high above the valleys and across the peaks.

Stopping at the historic fortress of Mont Louis, you’ll have panoramic views of the mighty Pyrenees before the train continues on its route towards the Spanish border, finishing up just a few hundred metres short of it at Bourg-Madame.

Maharajas Express - Great rail journeys

Almost half a mile long, this opulent train is a wonderful way to experience some of the loveliest sights in India in comfort and heritage style. Itineraries vary but include such must-sees as Delhi, Agra (home to the Taj Mahal), the Rajasthani cities of Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur, and Ranthambore National Park, where you may spot an elusive tiger.

On board, accommodation includes a Presidential Suite taking up an entire carriage. All cabins are decorated with rich tapestries and fabrics, antiques and semi-precious stones, but more important than these are the vast panoramic windows for drinking in the glorious views.

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Christmas Holidays 2023/2024

Christmas Holidays

Christmas Train Holidays

Eat, drink and be merry as you discover Europe in a whole new light, seeing destinations transformed by Christmas magic. We've perfected the recipe for the dream festive escape; from sipping a glass of Prosecco on Christmas Day in Italy to taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through wintry Bavaria, join us and soak up the festivities in style.

Stratford at Christmas

Austrian Christmas & Italian New Year

13 days from £2,795PP

Enjoy the festive period in two of Europe's most spectacular settings on this truly memorable rail holiday. Innsbruck at Christmas is enchanting, and Lake Garda is the perfect place to enjoy a fantastic New Year.

Stratford at Christmas

Norwich & Norfolk at Christmas

6 days from £625PP

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage trains of Norfolk over the Christmas period. Discover this charming region from your base in Norwich.

First Class Glacier Express at Christmas

First Class Glacier Express at Christmas

9 days from £2,495 per person

Discover striking wintry scenery, glamorous towns and cities, and unforgettable festive rail journeys - including a journey through the snow-capped Alps on the iconic Glacier Express.

Stratford at Christmas

Jungfrau Express All Inclusive at Christmas

7 days from £1,395PP

Discover the spectacular and remarkable beauty of the Swiss Alps at one of the most wonderful times of the year on this all inclusive rail adventure to the highest railway station in Europe.

Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express at Christmas

Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express at Christmas

7 days from £1,995 per person

Experience an unforgettable Christmas as you soak up the views from the highest train station in Europe, ascend the mighty Schilthorn, and enjoy a carriage ride through charming Grindelwald.

Italian Christmas and Swiss New Year

A Scottish Christmas

7 days from £1,175PP

Spend Christmas in Inverness, with hearty food, warming drinks, entertainment and festive cheer. Enjoy the proud cities of Edinburgh and Inverness and travel through the yuletide scenery on beautiful rail trips.

Yorkshire at Christmas

7 days from £795 per person

Enjoy all the Christmas cheer that Yorkshire has to offer based in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. This festive holiday includes fantastic rail journeys, historic Ripley Castle, picturesque Fountains Abbey and the medieval city of York, adorned with seasonal decorations.

Highlights of Canada at Christmas

11 days from £2,995 per person

Celebrate the festive season with a fabulous, cross-continental journey through the Rockies on the iconic Canadian. Discover the sights, sounds and scents of Canada at Christmastime as we explore vibrant cities lit up with cheery lights, and enjoy a wonderfully festive Christmas lunch on the snow-capped Grouse Mountain.

Christmas is the perfect time to get away and take time out to relax, and we have a plenty of options for you to choose from! Enjoy traditional Scottish hospitality in Inverness, spend Christmas Eve on board the Fichtelbergbahn, or welcome in the New Year amidst the Alps on the Glacier Express.

Chocolate box villages blanketed with fresh snow, the twinkling fairy lights of traditional Christmas Markets, dazzling fireworks lighting up the night sky, and impossibly beautiful railway journeys through enchanted icy landscapes; there is nothing quite like an escorted tour in the magical festive period. Join Rail Discoveries on a festive adventure this year and rediscover the nostalgic spirit of the festive season, as you delight in a Christmas or New Year like no other.

The welcoming twinkle of a traditional Christmas market, iconic trains steaming across pristine winter landscapes, sleigh rides through the snow, the taste of warming glühwein and sticky gingerbread, and New Year fireworks illuminating the night sky – there’s no denying the magic of the festive period. Make this year truly special when you embark on a festive rail holiday.

Iconic trains slowly winding their way through veritable winter wonderlands, charming horse-drawn carriage rides amidst soft flurries of falling snow, and warming mugs of spiced glühwein; there is no denying the captivating magic of the festive period. This year, celebrate the season in style on an unforgettable Christmas or New Year holiday. Take a look at our exciting festive departures below:

Step into Christmas with Us

Discover the magic of a festive holiday as the northern hemisphere’s transformed by the changing seasons. See familiar places in a whole different way or visit somewhere new and experience it at its shimmering best, blanketed in snow and lit up by twinkling lights. Leave the stress of the season at home this year and enjoy a Christmas that’s full of good cheer and excellent food.


From the calming waters of Lake Garda to a New Year spent across the border in Switzerland, travelling on the world-famous Jungfrau Railway, enjoy Europe at Christmas. Closer to home, savour the Christmas cheer of Yorkshire, home to the spa town of Harrogate and medieval city of York. Or why not celebrate in the heart of Stratford with two steam-hauled journeys.

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Day 1, Thursday, Dec 28th  

Settle into our 4 star Left Bank Hotel. Meet your fellow tour members for Welcome Drinks and Dinner. [D]

Day 2, Friday, Dec 29th  

Every day on a Great Trains of Europe tour begins with a full buffet breakfast [B] . Our morning sightseeing includes the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and Notre Dame, ending up at the Louvre to say hello to Mona Lisa. An afternoon optional excursion is available to the Versailles Palace of Louis XIV.

Paris & Day Trip to Somme Battlefields [B]

Day 3, Saturday, Dec 30th  

Museums? Department stores? Fashion boutiques? A very long lunch? Choices, choices. There is an optional excursion offered today to the Somme Battlefields of World War I. Here we visit sites sacred in Australia’s (and NZ’s) national history.

Day 4, Sunday, Dec 31st  

A final free day in every true romantic's favourite city. Join the crowds tonight on the Champs Elysees to celebrate the dawning of the New Year.

Interlaken - Swiss Alps & Lakes [B] [D]

Day 5, Monday, Jan 1st   ^ Top ^

Farewell Paris this morning. We begin our love affair with the Great Trains of Europe on her fastest - the French TGV - at 300kph towards the Alps and Interlaken, with stunning views of the Eiger and Jungfrau. This is our home for 4 nights. Interlaken hosts a huge street party on New Year’s Day, culminating in spectacular fireworks.

Interlaken - Swiss Alps & Lakes Day Trip on Jungfrau Rail [B]

Day 6, Tuesday, Jan 2nd  

Enjoy a late and leisurely brunch before deciding whether to do nothing or to do very little. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for some mountain railway or cable car rides to the peaks of the surrounding Alps.

Interlaken - Swiss Alps & Lakes [B]

Day 7, Wednesday, Jan 3rd  

Today we take what is one of the Great Rail Journeys of the World - the tiny red Glacier Express through the Alps as we enjoy breathtaking views from the panorama car.

To Venice [B] [D]

Day 8, Thursday, Jan 4th  

Another of Europe’s great rail journeys today. The Swiss-Italian Cisalpino takes us through the Alps past the Northern Italian lakes via Milan & on to the City of Canals, Venice, another of Europe’s truly romantic cities. Our 4 star hotel overlooks the Grand Canal. Settle in, watch the lights come on as the waterbuses chug past.

Day 9, Friday, Jan 5th  

This morning we begin to explore the art and history of Venice. Byzantine St Mark’s is considered by many to be the most beautiful church in the world and the historic Doge’s Palace and its Bridge of Sighs are “must sees.” Venice is best taken slowly, wandering along her canals and bridges.

Day 10, Saturday, Jan 6th   ^ Top ^

There is time for a gondola ride and a visit to an outer island - Burano for exquisite lace, Murano for world-famous Venetian glass. Art lovers will want to see the Tintoretto paintings in the Scula di San Rocco, the Titian in the Friary Church, and the collection of Venetian Renaissance art in the Accademia Gallery. Your Tour Leader is on hand to guide. The true romantics will take their gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs at sundown as the bells of the Campanile ring.

Venice or Day Trip to Florence [B]

Day 11, Sunday, Jan 7th  

Either another quiet day today exploring the bridges and canals of Venice or join Italy’s flagship train the Eurostar Italia for a visit to Florence , the cradle of Western civilisation and birthplace of the Renaissance.

To Innsbruck [B] [D]

Day 12, Monday, Jan 8th  

Farewell Italy, as we head back towards the Alps. This morning we join our Eurocity train for Innsbruck, as our luggage is taken on ahead. We are not staying in downtown Innsbruck, but in the beautiful Alpine Village of Igls, perched 15 minutes above. Thaw out with a glass of gluhwein in front of the roaring log fire. This is our home for 4 nights.

Innsbruck [B]

Day 13, Tuesday, Jan 9th  

Choices today. Skiing? You may choose to ski or join your Tour Leader in an exploration of Innsbruck, the Imperial city of the Hapsburgs. We commence by riding a tramcar through snow decked forests down to Innsbruck below. Explore the mediaeval quarter and take a ride up the Hungerberg rack railway for a panorama of the Alps.

Innsbruck or a Day Trip to Salzburg [B]

Day 14, Wednesday, Jan 10th  

Today, you may choose to ski, to potter about the village, to sit in front of the log fire, or to take the tram back down into Innsbruck to the shops. There is an optional excursion by Austrian InterCity train to Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg. There is plenty of time to wander the narrow cobble-stone streets or visit Mozart's house, now a museum.

Day 15, Thursday, Jan 11th   ^ Top ^

Another quiet day in our Alpine haven - a good book in front of the log fire? Alternatively, your Tour Leader will assist you if you wish to make a visit to nearby Munich or the fairytale castle of Neuschwannstein.

Prague [B] [D]

Day 16, Friday, Jan 12th  

Our luggage is collected and taken on ahead as we bid farewell to the Alps and join a EuroCity train for another of Europe's great romantic cities - Prague. Our hotel is in the historic centre.

Day 17, Saturday, Jan 13th  

Today there is a visit to Prague Castle, perched high on the hill overlooking the city. Here is also the cathedral church of St Vitus, incorporating the chapel built on the spot where Good King Wenceslas was murdered a thousand years ago. Crossing back over the Charles Bridge, we visit Prague's historic Jewish Quarter. A free afternoon for the shops or to enjoy the music.

Prague or Day Trip to DRESDEN [B]

Day 18, Sunday, Jan 14th  

A free day to continue your exploration of this fabulous city. The Old Town Square, left intact through all the wars of the twentieth century, has at least one building from every century from the twelfth to the twentieth. Prague is rich in Mozart associations. Bohemian crystal is world-famous. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional excursion to Dresden, one of Europe's cultural wonders now emerging from the ashes of World War II bombing and 44 years of Communism.

Day 19, Monday, Jan 15th  

Enjoy a last free day in magical Prague. You understand why Mozart loved it so much. Crystal and garnet are popular with shoppers. Our Farewell Dinner tonight.

Homeward Bound [B]

Day 20, Tuesday, Jan 16th   ^ Top ^

The tour ends after breakfast this morning.

Tour costs:  

$AUD 10,950 per person Twin Share. Single Room supplement $AUD 1500. Land Content only (i.e. join the tour in Paris, leave in Prague)

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Winter wonderland tour, departing december 28th 2023 also includes:, the tour cost does not include:, dreaming of a white christmas  top   .

Commences December 21st, 2023

Last family unit still available for the White Christmas Week.

Why not enjoy a White Christmas in a beautiful Swiss Alpine village (with opportunities to visit Christmas markets) before embarking on the Winter Wonderland Tour?

On your arrival at either Zurich or Geneva Airport on December 21st, there is a transfer to the picturesque Swiss Alpine village of Grindelwald, nestled under the North Face of the Eiger.

Settle in to the traditional chalet-style hotel which has been run by the same family for generations. Your hostess, current manager Gabriella, has been taking care of the Great Trains of Europe White Christmas Tour members for a number of years now. All have spoken very highly of her warm welcome, personal care and attention to detail.

A midnight service on Christmas Eve

There is a beautiful church 50 metres away with a midnight service on Christmas Eve, should you wish to attend (pictured right).

Grindelwald is a snow sports fan's heaven. But if you are not a snow bunny, there are a million other things to do. Grindelwald is a hub for the Swiss mountain train networks, and there are many gondolas and cable cars to the Alpine peaks all around. It is an easy train ride to the cities of Berne, Basel and Zurich with their Christmas markets. The village itself offers excellent shopping and a wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops for lingering lazy lunches, before returning to the hotel to read or snooze in front of the log fire.

On December 28th (is it all over so soon?) your Australian Tour Director collects you at your Swiss hotel and you are escorted on the rail journey to Paris to commence the Winter Wonderland Tour.

White Christmas Add-On Cost: $AUD$2,500 per person twin share. Single supplement $AUD600

NOTE: Your hosts are on hand to provide sightseeing suggestions and assistance, but there are no escorted activities during this relaxing week.

Winter Wonderland Tour 2023 Optional Excursions:  Top 

Somme Battlefields Tour Add $275

Dec 30th:  

Departing our Paris hotel at 7.30am, we are in the province of Picardy, in North Eastern France for morning coffee before beginning our visits to the major battle fields and cemeteries associated with the horror of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. On that one day, July 1st 1916, 60,000 Allied soldiers fell. We visit the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont Hamel, the British Memorial at Thiepval and the Australian Memorials at Pozieres and Villiers-Brettoneux. Lunch in an atmospheric French country bistro is included.

Jungfrau ‘Top of Europe’ Add $275

Jan 2nd:  

There is a very real danger of altitude sickness - we will reach an altitude of 3,400 metres.

Tour members - especially with respiratory or heart conditions - should seek medical advice before deciding to join today’s excursion.

Meet in the hotel foyer at 9.15am We commence on a cute green and yellow train as far as Lauterbrunnen where we change to a rack railway and begin seriously climbing. At Kleine Sheiddeg we change again to an even steeper rack railway and finally tunnel through the Jungfrau Mountain to arrive at the summit – the highest railway station in Europe, at 11,333 feet!

There are 3 restaurant possibilities at the top. Take a different route down, via the village of Grindelwald.

Florence Add $275

Jan 7th:  

The flagship Italian high speed train, the Frecciargento delivers us, in 2 hours, to the cradle of civilisation and birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence. After a guided sightseeing tour, including Michelangelo’s ‘David’, we are free to explore the fabulous leather shops and markets.

Salzburg Add $275

Jan 10th:  

This excursion includes the two hour rail journey from Innsbruck. On arrival in Salzburg we taxi into the old town and ride the rack railway to the top of the Hohensalzburg fortress for a panoramic view over the city. We explore the 12th century castle and upon our descent visit Salzburg cathedral where Mozart's father was organist and where the young genius first played. The Altstadt (old city) is very compact and an all-pedestrian zone. Mozart's birthplace is now a museum worth a visit.

Dresden Add $175

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Departing Prague after breakfast, our EuroCity train has us over the German border and to Dresden in a little over two hours. Dresden was said to be Germany's most beautiful city until carpet-bombed by the Allies in 1945. The baroque city is now re-emerging from the ashes. The restoration of the bell-shaped Frauenkirche cathedral has recently been completed. This is the home of Meissen porcelain, and Dresden boasts a Porcelain Museum as well as a magnificent collection of Old Masters in the Zwinger Gallery. Dresden is also home to the Semper Opera House. The city centre is quite compact and today's sightseeing is largely on foot.

Optional Excursions offered subject to a minimum of 12 persons.

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A Christmas special service on the Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway, Cornwall.

Steam and sparkle: 6 of the best Christmas railway journeys in the UK

From Santa Specials for excited children to a luxury Yuletide Evening Express for the grownups, these colourful trips will get you into the festive spirit

T here’s an affinity between trains and Christmas , but what precisely is the connection? Ghostliness comes into it – the mystique of a train in the wintry night. I think of the misty, hypnotic adaptation of Dickens’s story The Signalman, in 1976, part of the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas strand; or the ghost story in the Christmas number of the Railway magazine (that publication’s only excursion into whimsicality is always worth reading).

Advertising from 1905.

Prof Paul Salveson, founder of the Community Rail movement, has written some excellent railway ghost stories, but he thinks the more profound connection is that “trains bring us home to our loved ones, and they have a sense of warmth and comfort that cars don’t have”. He recalls, from the 1960s, “lots of “Christmas extras” taking hundreds of people home, to and from Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, often through snow-swept Pennine landscapes. Salveson finds an echo of that Christmas warmth in some stations today: for example, Paddington, with its Friday night brass band.

The trains themselves are not so warm as when they were literal fire carriers, and when trains feature on Christmas cards – which they often do – they are always steam-hauled. But in recent years, our many steam-oriented heritage railways have embraced Christmas with Dickensian relish, partly because those other child-friendly earners, Thomas the Tank Engine days, have become increasingly expensive to license.

There’s no copyright on Father Christmas (at the time of writing) and most heritage lines offer a Santa Special, while others have gone for licensed events not yet as familiar as Thomas Days, and which do vary from line to line. Professional performers are usually involved in the shows, most of which start later this month.

Here are six of the best lines for families.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Santa by Steam

Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Santa by Steam

The B&W has been doing Christmas specials “our own way” for decades. The trains run through the Glynn valley, characterised by a spokesperson as “steeply wooded, lots of trees, glimpses of white, rushing water”. Santa’s grotto will be on the train, in the former bedroom of a saloon carriage, built by the Great Western Railway in 1881 to take Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) to various racecourses and other West Country indulgences. Speaking of which, I can personally recommend the Cornish pasties dished up by the B&W. Running every weekend in December in the lead up to Christmas , and Thursday 21 and Friday 22 Dec, from £ 15.95 , bodminrailway.co.uk

East Lancashire Railway, Santa Specials

East Lancashire Railway’s Santa Spacial train, featuring a brass band.

The East Lancs is unusual in being a heritage railway based in a large town, its main station being in Bury. It’s also known for its progressive community outreach and the scale of its Christmas festivities. The gritty, part-Victorian, part-1950s Bolton Street station will become a Winter Wonderland, with a “choir” of mechanical polar bears, a “talking Christmas tree”, “red sleigh photo opportunities”, and Father Christmas supplemented by Mrs Claus and an Ice Princess. Nine trains a day over 13 days will serve an expected 40,000 visitors. They will run along the leafy Irwell valley, with Father Christmas handing out toys. Oh, and a brass band will also be on board. Santa Specials start on 25 Nov , from £ 23 , eastlancsrailway.org.uk

Caledonian Railway (Brechin), Polar Express

A still from the film Polar Express

Polar Express events are licensed entertainments based on the 2004 children’s film, extrapolated from Chris Van Allsburg’s picture book about a nocturnal train that takes a boy to the heart of Christmas. Characters from the film are portrayed, including the dancing chefs, and participants old and young are encouraged to wear their pyjamas (at least as outer garments). Of the railways offering this, the one nearest the actual pole is the Caledonian Railway (Brechin), which runs from a town of 7,000 people (Brechin) to a village of about 20 (Bridge of Dun), through agricultural scenes that have hardly changed since the line opened in 1848. Starting 18 Nov, from £28.95 plus booking fee, caledonianrailway.com

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Epping Ongar Railway, Lights Express

Epping Ongar Lights Express

“Light trains” are another standard attraction, albeit with local variations. Trains are draped in lights that change colour, illuminating the engine’s steam; there are also interior light shows, coordinated to music. This entertainment is likely to seem particularly surreal on the EO because of its coloured steam will be observable amid the trees of Epping Forest, which adjoins the line. Starting 25 Nov, from £20, eorailway.co.uk

Nene Valley Railway, Yuletide Evening Express

This train, operating only on 9 and 16 December between Wansford and Peterborough, is for age 12 and upwards, so the emphasis is on drinks (and nibbles), and the pedigree of the “luxury European coaches” involved. These include an Italian restaurant car of 1926 with marquetry panels in rich mahogany framing and fine brass luggage racks. There is also a Belgian coach from the 1930s, which played the part of a bar car in the 2010 TV film Murder on the Orient Express. The coaches are magnificent, but trainspotterish literalism obliges me to mention that there never was a bar car on the real Orient Express. (The NVR is also running Santa Specials .) Yuletide Express 9 and 16 Dec, table for two £90 , nvr.org.uk

North York Moors Railway, Santa Specials

Santa Special Train, Moorlander, steam train on a way from Pickering to Grosmont

The NYMR’s Santa Specials start from either Pickering or Grosmont stations. The former has the matt green trimmings of the inter-war LNER; the latter is in ivory and oriental blue, the strangely exotic colour scheme of BR North Eastern Region. Apparently, a strong rivalry has sprung up between the “station teams”, as to which can best supplement these historical themes with Christmas decorations. The line’s Santa Specials will feature the usual cast of characters and gift-giving, but landscape is what makes the NYMR special: lowering winter skies and the variegated shades of the moorland heather ensure that any photograph taken from (or of) its trains is a ready-made Christmas card. Starting 25 Nov , £ 30 , nymr.co.uk

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Spectacular Scotland at Christmas

The West Highland Line, the Kyle Line & the Cairngorms Line - experience a truly magical pre-Christmas circular rail tour of the Scottish Highlands in all their wintry glory, followed by a relaxing and homely Christmas in Stirling with all the trimmings and an excursion to the Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh.

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8 days from £1119

Wednesday 20 December 2023


The beautiful West Highland Line to Fort William

Tour of the Ben Nevis Distillery with a wee dram

Take an original ‘Great Rail Journey of the World’ on the spectacular Kyle Line

Cut through the Grampians on the Cairngorm Line

Enjoy a relaxing Christmas in the 4-star Stirling Highland Hotel with an entertainment programme

and visit to Stirling Castle

Boxing Day excursion to The Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh with time to explore its fabulous Christmas Market*

Also included in your tour fare:

Dinner every evening plus 2 lunches

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Travelling by train to Stirling, we meet at the Stirling Highland Hotel, enjoying a welcome tea or coffee. Explore the handsome city or enjoy the hotel's leisure facilities ahead of dinner.

An early start this morning, as we depart Stirling for Glasgow. Here we change onto the West Highland Line. Catching the railway during the seasonally limited daylight hours, we skirt the shores of Gareloch, Loch Long and Loch Lomond, with scenery becoming ever more dramatic, before we climb high across the heather of Rannoch Moor, whose splendid isolation can only be experienced by train or on foot (no roads lead here). One of the world's greatest railway journeys then descends into Fort William, in the shadow of brooding Ben Nevis. On arrival a coach takes us the short distance to the Nevis Gondola cable car which whisks us high up Aonach Mor for incredible views. The Ben Nevis Distillery then awaits for a tour and a warming 'wee dram' before checking into the Alexandra Hotel for two nights.

Today we rejoin the West Highland Line for the final part of the epic journey to Mallaig. Trundling first past the Caledonian Canal's locks, we head through rocky mountain landscapes, crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's monument and Loch Shiel are viewed before bursting out onto the Atlantic coastline of golden white sands with distant views of Rhum and Eigg. Enjoy time in Mallaig with views across the sea to Skye before returning to Fort William.

A truly stunning coach journey heads through untouched lochs and glens, past the romantic Eilean Donan Castle en route to Kyle of Lochalsh, overlooking Skye. Here we join the original 'Great Railway Journey of the World' made famous from Michael Palin's trailblazing programme - The Kyle Line. Leaving the western seascapes behind, our train climbs past lochs and forests, stopping briefly in small hamlets, before descending to Inverness, where we stay for a night at the Mercure Hotel in the city centre.

Christmas Eve Our morning train once again allows incredible daylight views of the Grampians which we cut through on the Cairngorm Line. Passing the ski resort of Aviemore and the charming town of Pitlochry, we arrive back in Stirling for included lunch at the Stirling Highland Hotel. In the afternoon we can walk to nearby Stirling Castle (entrance tickets included) or relax in the hotel, which will show a festive movie on the big screen with popcorn. Dinner is followed by live music this evening, we are treated to mulled wine and mince pies later in the evening as Christmas Day approaches.

Christmas Day After an action packed few days, unwind in the homely surroundings of the Stirling Highland, enjoy its leisure facilities and, above all, relax. At lunchtime, a sparkling wine reception precedes a sumptuous Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. The hotel organises a treasure hunt around Stirling in the afternoon or enjoy watching a festive movie. A light buffet ends the day with entertainment.

Boxing Day Our coach excursion takes us to the Royal Yacht Britannia, voted Scotland's best visitor attraction for the past 12 years. During our visit the famous floating royal residence will be proudly decorated in all its festive finery. The Royal Yacht served the Royal Family for over 44 years and travelled over one million nautical miles on 968 state visits, hosting world leaders such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan and Rajiv Gandhi. Following our fascinating visit we enjoy free time in Edinburgh, Scotland's proud capital. Take in the glorious architecture of the Royal Mile, enjoy the Boxing Day sales on Princes Street or explore Edinburgh's Christmas Market*. Back in Stirling, dinner is followed by lively Scottish entertainment to round off our festive Christmas holiday.

We bid you farewell and 'haste ye back'. *Important Note: Edinburgh Christmas market dates are subject to change and cancellation and have not been confirmed for 2022 at the time of tour compilation. We do reserve the right to make substitutions and changes to the tour itinerary should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

The Stirling Highland Hotel

Our base over Christmas is set in the heart of Stirling, just a short walk from Stirling Castle. The Highland Hotel is 4* and its restaurant boasts an AA Rosette. There is a leisure club, including swimming pool, it is a great place to relax. Built in the 19th century as the High School, this historic building still houses a working observatory in its roof. Rooms are well equipped and the restaurant and bar provide comfortable surroundings to unwind in a festive atmosphere.

The Alexandra Hotel, Fort William

Situated close by the railway station this comfortable Victorian villa hotel offers all rooms en suite with TV and radio, telephone and hospitality tray. The dining room is proud of its locally sourced Table d'Hôte menu.

Mercure Hotel, Inverness

Situated in the centre of Inverness, the 4-star Mercure hotel boasts an excellent waterside setting overlooking the River Ness. The railway station is conveniently located just 200 metres from the hotel. The recently refurbished, stylish bar and restaurant have fantastic views. The hotel also has a gymnasium. The modern bedrooms are well equipped with free Wi-Fi, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

*Please note : Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.

Join & Leave at Hotel £1139

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Single Room Supplement £175

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Holiday trains are back, including the return of the Polar Express: Holiday Events Guide 2023

Posted: November 10, 2023 | Last updated: November 10, 2023

The beloved holiday trains of Oregon and southwest Washington are back for another year of seasonal joy on the region’s scenic railroads.

This year’s schedule brings back popular rides on the Mount Hood Scenic Railroad, Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, as well as smaller events in places like Sumpter Valley and Yacolt. It also marks the return of the Polar Express ride in Clark County, which was cancelled in 2022 due to track maintenance.

Another change this year is the ticket prices to ride the holiday trains, which continue to get more expensive. Over the last five years, tickets have nearly doubled in price at some railroads, though others have largely remained the same. A family of four can now spend upwards of $276 for a ride on the more popular lines, or as little as $66 on smaller ones.

Last year, railroads attributed their price increases to a number of factors , including inflation, gas prices and the ballooning costs of operating the historic locomotives – all factors that are still at play this year.

For riders, the experience seems to still be worth the ticket price. Holiday train rides typically include some combination of music, food, activities and fun, alongside the scenic views and the general charm of riding on a train.

Here are the holiday trains running this year:

Polar Express

Based on the popular kids’ book and movie by the same name, the Polar Express Train is run by the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad in southwest Washington. The one-hour train ride includes several elements from the story, and includes gifts, singing chefs and treats.

Nov. 11-Dec. 23; $60 per person; buy tickets online at steamtrainride.com or call 360-748-9593.

Holiday Express

Run by the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, the Holiday Express train is decked out with lights, stationed at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center in southeast Portland. Passengers on the 45-minute ride along the Willamette River can purchase hot chocolate, coffee, tea, cider and cookies. Santa will also be aboard each train for photo ops.

Nov. 24-Dec. 17; $31 for adults, $25 for kids, $28 for seniors; $99 for a family of four; buy tickets online at orhf.org or call 503-233-1156.

Candy Cane Express

You can soak up the views of the stunning Oregon coast aboard the Candy Cane Express , run by the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. The one-hour train ride runs from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach and back, and includes hot chocolate and cookies. The train is decorated with lights for evening rides.

Nov. 24-Dec. 17; $40 for adults, $30 for kids; buy tickets online at oregoncoastscenic.org or call 503-842-7972.

Mount Hood Christmas Train

The Mt. Hood Railroad will again be running the Mount Hood Christmas Train, a festive experience that promises music and fun, wrapping up passengers in the Christmas spirit. The 90-minute train ride departs from the Mt. Hood Railroad depot in Hood River.

Nov. 24-Dec. 27; $64-$74 for adults, $54-$64 for kids; buy tickets online at mthoodrr.com or call 541-387-4000.

Chelatchie Christmas Train

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad in north Clark County will host its Christmas Train rides , running along the Lewis River from the station in Yacolt, Washington. This year will include another ugly sweater contest, though riders will not have the option to purchase Christmas trees on the trip.

Nov. 25-Dec. 17; $22 for adults, $16 for kids; buy tickets online at tickets.bycx.org or call 360-686-3559.

Sumpter Valley Christmas Trains

The Sumpter Valley Railroad in eastern Oregon is once again hosting its one-weekend-only Christmas Trains , roundtrip excursions that allow visitors to see Santa at the Sumpter Station and go shopping at the Sumpter Christmas Bazaar. Free cocoa, coffee and tea are provided.

Dec. 8-9; $20-$27 for adults, $13 to $18 for kids; buy tickets online at sumptervalleyrailroad.org .

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A Guide to the 2023 Holiday Season in Greater Philadelphia

From tried-and-true local traditions to brand new offerings, here’s everything to know about our region’s festive happenings this year..

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PHILADELPHIA, November 14, 2023 – With tons of dazzling light displays, holiday markets, festive shows and seasonal attractions, the holidays are a magical time in Philadelphia for both visitors and residents.

This year’s new holiday attractions include Yuletide at Devon , while staple, beloved Philadelphia attractions like Christmas Village and Longwood Gardens will also be in full swing. 

Those enjoying the holiday sights and festivities can easily stay the night with the Visit Philly Overnight Package , scoring great perks like free hotel parking (valued up to $100) and tickets to must-see attractions including The Franklin Institute or the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

Looking to make a weekend out of it? The Visit Philly 3-Day Stay package is the gift that keeps on giving: Buy two nights and get a third for free. 

New for 2023

Yuletide at Devon Devon Horse Show and Country Fairgrounds, 23 Dorset Road, Devon November 24 – December 31, 2023 (select dates)  

  • A European Christmas market, a live music festival, a community carnival or a gourmet farm-to-table dining experience … which do you choose? You don’t have to pick just one, thanks to the gorgeous (and new-for-2023) Yuletide at Devon celebration at the Devon Horse Show grounds. Experience free fair rides (including a 65-foot Ferris wheel), lots of live music, craft drinks (hot chocolate, cocktails and more), locally sourced eats, and over 35 high-end holiday fair vendors.

Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular in FDR Park FDR Park, South Broad Street November 17, 2023 – January 1, 2024 (select dates)  

  • New for 2023: The Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular touches down in a new spot, taking over South Philly’s FDR Park for a few weeks of bright lights. Take in the sights as you skate along a winding ice trail or glide down a 160-foot-long ice slide. In between “ooohs” and “ahhhs,” pop into the Mistletoe Marketplace to find that perfect gift, or grab a bite to eat and an adult beverage inside the Union Forge Lodge. Timed tickets are required, with optional add-ons available for the Ice Trail and Independence Blue Cross ice slide. 

2023 Philly Holiday Experience Multiple locations and events (Dates vary)  

  • Tree Lighting Celebration at City Hall (Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 | 7 p.m.): On the north side of City Hall, this beloved Philly tradition lights up the night by powering on the dazzling Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree. The event also features a performance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jordin Sparks, along with live music from DJ Diamond Kuts, Felicia Ponzo and Disney’s Frozen. 
  • Holiday Parade on Market Street (Saturday, December 2, 2023 | 5 p.m.): The Holiday Parade returns for its third year bigger and brighter than ever, with marching bands, festive floats, musical groups and more. As one of the nation’s only parades celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and Lunar New Year all at once, the multicultural extravaganza kicks off at 2nd and Market Streets and makes its way up to Philadelphia’s City Hall. This year, East Market hosts the official Philly Holiday Parade Watch and After Party at Chestnut Walk — the pedestrians-only throughway between 11th and 12th streets — from 5 to 9 p.m. 
  • Free Museum Day series (December 1-28, 2023): Brand new for 2023, some of Philly’s top museums, attractions and cultural institutions open their doors for free (or pay-what-you-wish) museum days throughout December. 

Must-See Philadelphia Attractions

Winter at Dilworth Park Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street (Dates vary by attraction)  

  • The Wintergarden: This open-air wonderland brings a festive touch of greenery, featuring holiday lights, reindeer topiaries, rustic woodland décor and an on-site Chaddsford Winery kiosk selling warm mulled wine (November 3, 2023 through March 17, 2024). 
  • Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market: Shop local and support more than 40 small businesses selling handmade crafts, jewelry, artwork, treats and so much more (November 10, 2023 through January 1, 2024). 
  • Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink: Lace up and practice your double axel at Dilworth Park’s popular outdoor skating rink. Tickets are required (November 10, 2023 through February 25, 2024). 
  • Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin: Grab a bite and relax at the park’s nearby chalet-style cabin, which offers seasonal dishes, cocktails, beer and more. Want a front-row view of the ice skaters? Head out to the terrace and enjoy snacks by the cozy fire pits. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go (November 10, 2023 through February 25, 2024). 

Christmas Village in Philadelphia LOVE Park, 15th & Arch streets November 18 – December 24, 2023 (select dates)  

  • LOVE Park transforms into an open-air European marketplace during the annual free-to-explore, pay-as-you-go Christmas Village in Philadelphia. More than 100 vendors set up shop in wooden huts, offering a selection of local and international gifts, including Käthe Wohlfahrt ornaments, accessories and wintry apparel. After shopping up an appetite, indulge in tasty treats like raclette sandwiches, spiced wine, apple cider, strudels and more. Across the street on the north apron of City Hall and in the City Hall courtyard, a double-decker Christmas Village Carousel, Ferris Wheel and Kids Train await. 
  • New for 2023: later operating hours, more lights, Vegan Wurst Wednesdays and more. 

Winter in Franklin Square Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street November 16, 2023 – February 25, 2024 (Dates vary by attraction)  

  • Chilly Philly Mini Golf: Center City’s only outdoor mini-golf course decks the halls and dons a parka, with 18 holes of festive lights, holiday music and iconic winter characters. Tickets are required (November 16, 2023 through January 28, 2024). 
  • Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO: These free nightly shows — inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s kite and key electricity experiment — illuminate the square every half hour with seasonal tunes (cue Mariah Carey) and choreographed light shows (November 16, 2023 through February 25, 2024). 
  • Street Curling: Calling all future Olympians! Gather your most competitive pals and aim for glory at Street Curling! Curling rinks must be rented in advance and tickets are required (November 16, 2023 through February 25, 2024).

LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue November 17 – December 31, 2023 (select dates)  

  • This immersive display transforms the Philadelphia Zoo’s day-scape into a nighttime multimedia spectacle. The zoo lights up with more than 1 million holiday lights in 16 distinct zones. Seasonal snacks, live performances, hot chocolate and adult beverages round out the feelings of winter spirit. Timed tickets are required.

Philadelphia’s 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade Benjamin Franklin Parkway Thursday, November 23, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. – Noon  

  • The nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade — originally founded in 1920 — brings larger-than-life floats, spectacular marching bands, dazzling dancers, A-listers and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 2023’s eclectic mix of talent includes national stars like Ashley Keating, the Commodores and the cast of Dancing With the Stars, alongside local performers like Lady Alma, Felicia Punzo, PHILADANCO! and the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

Holiday Garden Railway and Nighttime Express at Morris Arboretum & Gardens Morris Arboretum & Gardens, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue November 24 – December 30, 2023 (select dates)  

  • One of the country’s largest outdoor model train displays gets into the holiday spirit with the Holiday Garden Railway. Mini locomotives wind their way through a third of a mile of loops, tunnels, bridges and plenty of Philly landmark replicas — all built with natural materials and beneath a canopy of sparkly lights. The Holiday Garden Railway is included with admission to Morris Arboretum. Want more bells and whistles? See it at night — illuminated trees and all — by purchasing tickets to the Nighttime Express. 

Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Independence Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard Opens for the season Friday, November 24, 2023  

  • Experience a waterfront winter wonderland at the Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Glide around an enormous ice skating rink, snap a photo by the festive holiday tree, play games on the boardwalk and warm up with pay-as-you-go seasonal treats next to a toasty fire pit (or inside a cozy cabin). And don’t miss the star-studded tree lighting ceremony set for Friday, December 1, 2023. Entry into Winterfest is free, tickets are required to ice skate, and cabins and fire pits must be reserved in advance. 

Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Dickens Christmas Village Macy’s, 1300 Market Street November 24 – December 31, 2023  

  • The Grand Court in the National Historic Landmark Wanamaker Building has hosted the iconic Christmas Light Show since 1956. Macy’s continues this quintessential holiday tradition in 2023 with daily displays featuring thousands of twinkling lights in the shapes of snowflakes, candy canes and dancing snowmen — accompanied by seasonal sounds from the famed Wanamaker Organ. Five free shows take place Mondays through Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. On Sundays, three shows run at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Wanamaker Organ is played live during the noon and 6 p.m. showings each day (except Sundays). Recorded music accompanies all other shows. Families can also book a visit to see Philly’s vintage retelling of A Christmas Carol in the Dickens Christmas Village and snap pics with Santa. 

American Heritage Credit Union Grand Illumination American Heritage Credit Union, 2060 Red Lion Road November 25 – December 31, 2023  

  • The regal campus of the American Heritage Credit Union in Northeast Philadelphia shines brightly each holiday season with two 40-foot Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths and more than 400,000 twinkling lights. The lights flick on at dusk each night when visitors are invited to stroll the campus for free and take in the lights at their leisure. Free on-site parking is available, and a free kickoff celebration is scheduled for 7 p.m. on November 25, 2023. 

Winter Around the World: Holidays in the Park at Lemon Hill Mansion Lemon Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Drive December 2-16, 2023 (select dates)  

  • During the first two weekends (December 2-3 & 9-10, 2023), experience seasonal celebrations with international flair as a different culture is highlighted each day with festive food and music. Tickets are required. Events on the final weekend (December 15-16, 2023) are completely free thanks to our friends at Welcome America. 

Deck the Alley 2023 at Elfreth’s Alley Elfreth’s Alley Museum, 126 Elfreth’s Alley Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 2-6 p.m.  

  • The residents of Elfreth’s Alley welcome the public to tour their 18th- and 19th-century homes during the popular ticketed Deck the Alley celebration. The festive afternoon includes carolers, refreshments, beautiful holiday decorations and rare access to most of the private homes in the alley. 

New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard 

  • New Year’s Eve is a special time in Philadelphia. As the temperature dips and the year nears its end, the city rings in the new year with two unforgettable fireworks displays over the Delaware River at 6 p.m. (perfectly timed for the kiddos!) and — of course —  midnight. Stay tuned to the official Delaware River Waterfront Corporation website for full details on this year’s displays. 

Mummers Parade Monday, January 1, 2024  

  • Mum’s the word! Start the year off with one of Philly’s most famous traditions, when more than 10,000 costumed marchers — many of whom practice all year for this one-day celebration — strut their stuff on the streets of Philadelphia. The closest comparison to the festive, often-rowdy, more than 120-year-old tradition is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Stay tuned for complete details on the 2024 parade route and competitions. 

A Regional Holiday Experience

Wild Lights at the Elmwood Park Zoo Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown November 17 – December 30, 2023 (select dates)  

  • Norristown’s Elmwood Park Zoo shines (quite literally) during the holiday season, with millions of LED lights illuminating the Montco attraction’s 16 acres during Wild Lights. The walk-through experience features brilliant light displays, live entertainment, and animal meet-and-greets during the evening hours. Tickets are required. 

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024  

  • The theme for 2023’s winter extravaganza? “A Very Retro Christmas.” Turn back the clocks for this retro celebration of holiday seasons gone by at Longwood Gardens. The horticultural haven — located about an hour from Center City — lights up with hundreds of trees trimmed in throwback fashion. Think classic baubles, tons of tinsel and iconic childhood toys. Adding to the festive feel, the botanical garden’s illuminated fountains dance to the sounds of the season. Timed tickets are required. 

LuminoCity Holiday Lights Festival The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks November 17, 2023 – January 15, 2024 (select dates)  

  • One of the nation’s top traveling holiday spectaculars comes to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, which plays host to the LuminoCity Holiday Lights Festival. Celebrating a new “Golden Holiday” theme for 2023, the Immersive Wonderland of Lights is a sprawling display of magical light installations. The state-of-the-art production features bright, colorful, large-scale displays including an iconic 50-foot, fully-decorated Christmas tree. 

Seasonal Celebrations at Sesame Place Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024 (select dates)  

  • A Very Furry Christmas: The park transforms with millions of glittering lights, a Christmas parade, festive floats and performances, musical sing-alongs, light shows around a 30-foot Christmas tree, and much more (November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024). 
  • Hanukkah Celebration: Experience the Festival of Lights, play fun dreidel games and join in on the spectacular Sesame Place Menorah-lighting ceremony (December 8-10, 2023). 
  • Kwanzaa Celebration: Celebrate with your Sesame Street favorites each night of Kwanzaa, including a Kinara-lighting ceremony and the chance to learn all about the holiday’s seven principles (December 26, 2023 – January 1, 2024). 
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Ring in the new year (before bedtime) with Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and the Count as the skies above the park light up with colorful fireworks (December 31, 2023).

Holidays at Peddler’s Village Peddler’s Village, 100 Peddlers Village, Lahaska November 17, 2023 – January 14, 2024  

  • With more than 60 specialty shops perfect for holiday shopping, Peddler’s Village’s charm and beautiful, festive decorations help ring in the season — as do the attraction’s 1 million twinkling lights, set to cover its buildings and trees beginning November 17, 2023. The holiday season is also full of family-friendly events, including the Gingerbread Competition & Display, featuring over 100 handcrafted gingerbread creations on display for free and Holly Jolly Weekend, two days of free Santa-themed festivities and parades (December 2-3, 2023). 

Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley November 18, 2023 – January 27, 2024 (select dates)  

  • Millions of twinkling lights illuminate the night at this rolling Bucks County farm. Take in the show from the comfort of your car or in the open air while snuggled up in a wagon with loved ones (weather permitting, November 18 through January 8, 2024). Tickets are required. 

Holiday Lights Display at the Herr’s Snack Factory Herr’s Snack Factory, 271 Old Baltimore Pike, Nottingham November 22, 2023 – January 2, 2024  

  • The potato chip and snack food creators at Herr’s serve up a different type of treat during the holiday season: a free lighting display on the campus of Herr’s Nottingham-based factory. Guests are welcome to drive through the grounds each night after dusk to see the impressive arrangement, which features more than 600,000 lights. Plan accordingly: This is a BYO snacks situation. 

Can’t-Miss Holiday Shows

The No Name POPS: A Very Philly Christmas at the Kimmel Center Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street December 1-23, 2023 (select dates)  

  • Several Philadelphia choirs join musicians from The No Name Pops for a very festive (and very Philly) Christmas concert. Expect an upbeat program of holiday classics and pop favorites. Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañe leads the instrumental action, which is complemented by Broadway singers and dancers.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street December 8-30, 2023 (select dates)  

  • It’s just not the holidays in Philadelphia without The Nutcracker. The Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and other magical inhabitants of The Land of Sweets twirl across the stage at the Academy of Music during the Philadelphia Ballet’s annual holiday production of the George Balanchine classic. 

Q102’s Jingle Ball 2023 Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street December, 12, 2023  

  • Featuring Usher, One Republic, Big Time Rush and more at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas One and All at the Wells Fargo Center Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street Wednesday, December 13, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.  

  • In case you haven’t heard, pop superstar Mariah Carey is a pretty big fan of the holiday season. The “Queen of Christmas” brings her slew of holiday hits — including All I Want for Christmas Is You — to the stage in South Philly for a can’t-miss concert this December. 

The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents: The Glorious Sounds of Christmas at the Kimmel Center Kimmel Cultural Campus, 300 S. Broad Street December 14-16, 2023  

Do you hear what I hear? Guest conductor William Eddins leads a program of quintessential Christmas classics, including Mendelssohn’s Hark! the Herald Angels Sing and selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Have a little musician in your life? The Children’s Holiday Spectacular on December 16 features sing-alongs and special guests — including the big jolly guy himself. 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street December 17, 2023  

  • The group is embarking on their “Ghost Of Christmas Eve Tour” from Nov. 16 through Dec. 30. 

The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents: Elf in Concert at the Kimmel Center Kimmel Cultural Campus, 300 S. Broad Street December 22-23, 2023  

  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra play John Debney’s whimsical score live during two screenings of this Will Ferrell Christmas classic, which follows Buddy — a human raised by elves — on his quest to New York City for a meeting with his naughty-listed father. 

Disney on Ice Presents Magic in the Stars at the Wells Fargo Center Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street December 24, 2023 – January 1, 2024  

  • Disney characters old and new glide across the ice during this fun-filled, family-friendly skating production. Featuring the on-ice debut of Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon, this year’s show journeys through the classic worlds of Cinderella, Aladdin and Toy Story before revisiting new fan favorites like Encanto and Moana. 

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Miller Theater Miller Theater, 250 S. Broad Street December 26-31, 2023  

  • Acrobats, jugglers and aerial performers dazzle audiences during this 90-minute Broadway-style production featuring plenty of holiday elements like penguins, sugarplums, toy soldiers and an original score with fresh takes on classic seasonal tunes. 

Holiday Light Shows and Displays

Philly lights up for the holidays with a number of dazzling displays, from traditional to cutting edge, professional to DIY and everything in between. The surrounding counties also get in on the illuminated action with a number of huge displays just a short car ride from Center City. 

Below is an easy reference guide for free and ticketed holiday light displays and shows. Details on each can be found above under attractions. 

Free Holiday Light Displays & Shows:  

  • Winter at Dilworth Park 
  • Winter in Franklin Square 
  • Holidays at Peddler’s Village 
  • Christmas Village in Philadelphia 
  • Holiday Lights Display at the Herr’s Snack Factory 
  • Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest 
  • Macy’s Christmas Light Show 
  • American Heritage Credit Union Grand Illumination 

Ticketed Holiday Light Displays & Shows:  

  • Wild Lights at the Elmwood Park Zoo 
  • LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo 
  • Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular in FDR Park 
  • A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens 
  • A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place 
  • LuminoCity Holiday Lights Festival at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center 
  • Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm 
  • Holiday Garden Railway: Nighttime Express at Morris Arboretum & Gardens

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VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy. On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website, visitphilly.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages.

Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the site an effective trip-planning tool. Visitors can also find loads of inspiration on Visit Philly’s social media Channels.

Note to Editors: For high-resolution photos and high-definition B-roll of Greater Philadelphia, visit the Photos & Video section of visitphilly.com/mediacenter.

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Christmas at the Princess 2023: What's new at this family-favorite holiday lights display

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Christmas at the Princess, a beloved holiday experience and a signature annual event at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, is returning for its 14th year.

There's a lot more to see and do in 2023, including new light displays, an ice lounge and two new rides in the Twinkle Town area of the resort grounds. There will also be two 6,000-square-foot ice skating rinks, fire pits and places to enjoy sweet treats such as s'mores.

Christmas at the Princess is nationally recognized as a must visit holiday experience. USA Today readers ranked it No. 2 in a 2021 list of the top 10 Scottsdale attractions to visit in December .

And Christmas at the Princess is why CNN named Fairmont Scottsdale Princess one of 15 luxury hotels that go all out for Christmas and why Travel + Leisure featured the resort among the 20 best warm weather resorts in the world to visit at Christmas .

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When is Christmas at the Princess 2023 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess?

Christmas at the Princess opens on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, and runs through Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024.

Hours are 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 4-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays from Nov. 17 through Dec. 14. Hours are 4-11 p.m. daily from Dec. 15 through Jan. 6.

What does the Christmas at the Princess include?

Christmas at the Princess admission includes:

  • Access to light displays featuring more than 7.5 million lights.
  • Train rides aboard the Princess Express to view the light displays.
  • Attractions and activities in The Village, which has a 120-foot artificial snow slide called Snow Mountain, ice skating along the Alpine Ice Trail and, new for 2023, Nordic Nine Mini Golf. The Village also features S'moresland, where guests can toast marshmallows in a fire pit and make s'mores.
  • Complimentary fire pits, with refreshments available for purchase, are in the Winterland and Twinkle Town areas of the resort.
  • Encounters with costumed winter characters, including a graham cracker named Graham, a Christmas light named Twinkles and a yeti named Shivers.
  • A Nativity Garden with a narrated light and music show that shares the story of Christmas.

What's new for 2023 at Christmas at the Princess?

New for Christmas at the Princess 2023 is Aurora Ice, a lounge where everything is made of ice.

Guests are lent parkas to keep warm in the zero-degree temperatures inside Aurora Ice, where they can view hand-chiseled ice sculptures, sip on craft cocktails at an ice bar and play seasonal games.

Access to Aurora Ice costs extra; it costs $30 per adult and $15 per child. The cost includes one drink.

New light displays include two 20-foot-tall polar bears on Scottsdale Road, a new Christmas at the Princess sign and lights wrapped on the new palm trees along the center of Princess Drive leading into the resort, hotel spokesman John Glynn said.

Twinkle Town will feature two new rides, a sleigh and a Santa train, starting in December, he said.

The Enchanted Plaza area, home of the Christmas tree strung with 70,000 LED lights synchronized music, will feature a new seven-minute HD video show starring a new holiday character named Cocoa the Bear as he journeys to find a Christmas star. It will play every half hour from 6 to 9 p.m.

When does Santa Claus come?

Children can visit Santa Claus during Christmas at the Princess. They can have pictures taken with Santa and recite the "secret elf pledge" to spread Christmas cheer all year long.

Those who want exclusive access to Santa's workshop can try the VIP Ultimate Santa Experience, which costs $500 for up to four guests and includes activities like baking Christmas cookies and making crafts with Mrs. Claus.

Santa will be on hand Nov. 17-Dec. 24.

Is Christmas at the Princess free?

Christmas at the Princess is free for guests staying overnight at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and for children age 3 and younger.

How much does it cost to go to Christmas at the Princess?

For people who aren't staying at the resort, Christmas at the Princess admission is $35 per person. Admission does not include the cost of parking.

Some attractions, like ice skating and photos with Santa, cost extra.

A season pass for Christmas at the Princess, which includes four VIP wristbands, four unlimited ice skating passes and valet parking for one vehicle, costs $2,100.

How much is parking at the Fairmont Scottsdale?

Self-parking is $35 per vehicle. Valet parking is $120 per vehicle.

Details:  7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale. 480-585-4848,  scottsdaleprincess.com .

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Elektrostal to Kreuzlingen by train

Travel from Elektrostal (Russia) to Kreuzlingen (Switzerland) by train (2189km): schedule and information to the train connection. Compare fares and buy your ticket.

The train connection Elektrostal (Russia) - Kreuzlingen (Switzerland) goes via Poland and Germany. The overnight trains from Moscow to Germany are a good option. From Germany continue to Switzerland by direct high-speed-trains. Another option is to travel from Moscow by night train to Vienna (Austria) and to continue from there to Switzerland. Please read the following travel information and blog posts.

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To travel in Russia by train, buy your ticket online via one of the given booking links. There you find exact schedules and ticket prices. The price depends on the type of train and the time you travel and can vary a lot. For most trains you can chose your seat if you book online. And it is the easiest way if you do not speak the Russian language. Good to know: in Russia you will find very interesting long-distance trains, travelling overnight. They usually offer: 1st class sleeper with 2-berth compartments, 2nd class Kupé with 4-berth compartments and 3rd class Platskartny with open-plan dormitory cars.

1b Travelling from Moscow (Russia) to Berlin (Germany)

There are two direct night train connections from Moscow to Berlin. The journey time is 24 hours. You can buy train tickets from 160 EUR. The ticket price depends on your travel date and the category you are traveling in. You can find the exact timetable with ticket prices via the given booking links. Three times a week you can travel on these direct train connections. One train connection ends directly in Berlin (EN440 13M Strizh). The second train connection goes from Moscow via Berlin to Paris (EN452 23J). Travel reports with many photos of both trains can be found in our blog. If you want to avoid the trip through Belarus, travel from Moscow to Kiev. In Kiev, take the direct night train to Warsaw, from where you continue to Berlin.

Where to buy a ticket from Moscow to Berlin?

You will receive your suitable ticket for this route here. Most even convenient as e-ticket by e-mail. Very good and extensive support included, as well as many payment options.

Official saver fares! Official online shop of German railways (Deutsche Bahn). Train tickets for Germany and to bordering countries. Buy your saver fare tickets easily and securely here.

night train: Night trains that might be suitable for this trip. EN 23J/452 Moscow - Paris / EN 453/24J Paris - Moscow / EN 13M/440 Moscow - Berlin / EN 441/14M Berlin - Moscow

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1c Travelling from Berlin (Germany) to Kreuzlingen (Switzerland)

Up to 40 direct train connections run daily from Germany to Switzerland. Trains travel on the lines from Hamburg, Frankfurt or Stuttgart to Basel, Zurich, Bern, Interlaken and Chur. Buy cheap train tickets from Deutsche Bahn. Tickets "Super Sparpreis Europa" cost from 19 EUR. Since single trip train tickets in Switzerland can be quite expensive, the Deutsche Bahn offer is thus extremely attractive. There are also night train connections from Hamburg and Berlin to Basel and Zurich. You can find the exact timetable and ticket price via the booking links provided.

Where to buy a ticket from Berlin to Kreuzlingen?

Cheap train tickets! Buy your train ticket online on Omio. The easy to use booking system with very good prices and e-tickets.

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train company: DB Deutsche Bahn / SBB Schweizerische Bundesbahnen

train connections: popular connections travelled by other users Kreuzlingen - Berlin / Berlin - Zurich / Munich - Zurich / Hamburg - Zurich / Cologne - Zurich / Munich - Geneva / Berlin - Basel / Frankfurt am Main - Zurich / Munich - Lucerne / Cologne - Interlaken / Berlin - Lugano

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Moscow to Elektrostal by train

The journey from Moscow to Elektrostal by train is 32.4 mi and takes 1 h 3 min. There are 71 connections per day, with the first departure at 1:15am and the last at 12:46am. It is possible to travel from Moscow to Elektrostal by train for as little as or as much as . The best price for this journey is .

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Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Moscow to Elektrostal, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Moscow to Elektrostal.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Moscow to Elektrostal

The cheapest Moscow - Elektrostal train tickets can be found for as low as $35 if you’re lucky, or $54 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $77.

Find the best day to travel to Elektrostal by train

When travelling to Elektrostal by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

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