Whether gliding through the Rockies or labouring up the Andes, our pick of spectacular railway trips gets a green light for all budgets
Somewhat greedily, the Swiss boast three world-class rail journeys: the Glacier Express, the Bernina Express and, most spectacular of all, the Jungfraubahn. Climbing to over 3,000 metres, the hourly train scoots up the north face of the Eiger before sliding across Mönch and scaling the Jungfrau to pull in at Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. Built in 1912, the line provides the most extraordinary views of the Alps you’ll ever see from a train window over the 50-minute journey. Jungfraujoch station is pretty special too – like something off the set of a science-fiction film.
• From £101 return from Kleine Scheidegg, discount cards available, sbb.ch