When it comes to luxury trains, it seems the journey itself really is the destination. Architectural Digest takes us inside the stunning, opulent world of ultra-luxe rail lines. From Japan’s Seven Stars’ passenger suites, outfitted with floor-to-ceiling handcrafted Kumiko latticework, to the spectacular Art Deco coaches of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, each one is a total dream on rails.
A destination in their own right, the interiors boast a distinguished pedigree of international artist designs and rich art history. Beautifully restored, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express features six sleeper cars. Designed by French artist René Prou, each one is dripping in exotic woods, Art Deco marquetry, and fine metalwork. The Presidential Suite of Belmond’s Eastern and Orient Express mixes Southeast Asian influences, from Thai lacquer and teak paneling, with colonial embellishments in antique brass and inlaid wood. These expertly edited, decadently ornate rooms prove even the smallest of spaces can feel deeply luxurious. Keep scrolling to see our favorites.