What first class looks like on 12 trains from around the world

Business Insider Lifestyle 1 month ago

There seems something luxurious and old-fashioned about booking a first-class, scenic train trip.

From spacious suites to sparkling dining rooms, train companies around the world offer different first-class experiences to keep you comfortable while you watch the world go by.

Stay in the most deluxe cabin onboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, for instance, and you'll find yourself surrounded by old-world opulence — as well as access to a private marble bathroom.

First-class travel on one of Japan's bullet trains offers automated reclining seats and complimentary dining service, while on some Amtrak trains, traveling in the highest class simply makes for a more spacious seating arrangement.

Here's what first class looks like on 12 trains, from some of the world's most luxurious locomotives to contemporary, comfortable cabins.

The Eastern & Oriental Express travels through Southeast Asia. Its Presidential Suite comes with a minibar and massive picture window.

The Presidential Suite appears even more elegant at night. The couches fold out to become beds, and attendants equip the suite with bathrobes and slippers for the ultimate luxury experience.

Suite cabins onboard the Andean Explorer train are ornately decorated and include a double bed, closet, and elegant en-suite bathroom.

Travelers in the GoldLeaf class onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, which travels through the Canadian Rockies, can relax in a stunning glass-ceiling coach.

First-class cars on Renfe and SNCF's high-speed trains, which travel through France and Spain, have spacious seats and huge windows.

On Eurostar trains, first class, or "standard premier," offers complimentary food and a larger luggage allowance compared with other classes.

The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express offers a luxurious experience in its highest-class cabin, the Imperial Suite. The cabin has a lounge area and includes in-cabin dining and laundry service.

On the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which travels through Italy and Western Europe, the Grand Suites have 24-hour butler service and marble en-suite bathrooms.

One of the Grand Suites on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is the Istanbul Suite, which has hand-carved wall details.

First-class cars on Japan's Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train have automated reclining seats with footrests.

On the Italo high-speed train, traveling in "prima" class includes free wine and Prosecco and reclining seats.

Amtrak's newest Acela train, which will travel from Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, in 2021, offers a modern, first-class experience.

One of China's high-speed trains, Fuxing, offers comfy seats and attendants who serve food and drinks throughout the journey.

France's TGV train offers first-class cars with more spacious seating plans than its regular class.

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