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The Ghan and Indian Pacific voted in world's most Instagrammable rail journeys

Are you guilty of hunting out the dreamiest destinations while you wander the globe in search of connection and beauty? Have you ever thought about an Instagrammable train journey? Because two of Australia's most iconic rail experiences have just been voted two of the best in the world.

Are you guilty of hunting out the dreamiest destinations while you wander the globe in search of connection and beauty? Have you ever thought about an Instagrammable train journey? Because two of Australia’s most iconic rail experiences have just been voted two of the best in the world.

Social media platforms have without a doubt changed the way we all look at travel.

When heading abroad it’s not uncommon to find people googling for the most instagrammable locations and ‘secret’ spots to share on their own social platforms. #wishyouwerehere.

But have you ever considered #doinitfortheGram with a scenic rail trip? If the answer is no, you might want to consider it.

A new study by Club Med has revealed the most instagrammable and luxurious train trips from around the globe.

After rounding the best luxury train destinations in terms of reviews, ticket price and sights you’ll see – they also pulled social rankings from both Instagram and Pinterest.

Club Med then gave each of these data values a score, which they then added up for the final index score. The index score is out of a total of 100.

Here’s who made the gram for the most aesthetic luxury train journeys.

1 The Rocky Mountaineer: Banff to Vancouver 83
2 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London to Venice 80
3 The Canadian: Toronto to Vancouver 78
4 The Ghan: Adelaide to Darwin 70
5 Flåm Railway, Europe, Flam to Myrdal 68
6 Glacier Express, Europe 65
7 Bernina Express, Europe 65
8 The Presidential Train, Portugal 63
9 Indian Pacific, Australia & New Zealand 60
10 Rovos Rail: Southern and eastern Africa 58
11 Golden Pass Panoramic Express, Europe 53
12 Golden Eagle: Moscow to Vladivostok 53
13 Seven Stars: Kyushu, Japan 48
14 Maharajas’ Express: Delhi to Mumbai 48
15 Deccan Odyssey, Asia 35
16 Belmond Andean Explorer, Peru 33
17 Blue Train: Pretoria to Cape Town 30
18 The Belmond British Pullman, Europe 28
19 The Transcantabrico Gran Lujo: San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela 25
20 Golden Eagle Danube Express, Europe 13

The Ghan is ranked as the fourth most instagrammable train journey, as well as the fourth most luxurious train in the world.

The unique experience allows you to discover the red centre of Australia that will leave memories for a lifetime even for the most seasoned traveller.

Unforgettable views of the Australian outback create the perfect snapshot for that holiday dreamin’ Instagram post.

Whilst travelling on The Ghan there are multiple opportunities for a perfect snap to upload to social media.

Indian Pacific, image credit: Andrew Gregory
Indian Pacific. Image: Andrew Gregory

The Indian Pacific is ranked as the ninth most Instagrammable train journey, and the eleventh most luxury train in the world. 

The views of the desert, goldfields and rocky valleys provide a feast for the eyes whilst aboard this journey, so make sure you have your camera on you at all times!

Estelle Giraudeau, Club Med, Managing Director, UK & Northern Europe, said “Unlike planes, when you travel by train you are able to see the ever-changing landscape rolling by”.

Isn’t that the truth?

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