Most people looking for the best views from European train windows head to France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and/or Germany. While many scenic train routes in these areas are beautiful, the continent’s more popular scenic lines can cost as much as $150 for a one-way journey.
But if you’re willing to live without the spotless carriages, painstaking punctuality, a fully stocked dining cart and clinical efficiency, there’s a journey that offers Europe’s best views, fascinating history, remarkable engineering, and a truly incredible scenic rail experience — all for a fraction of the cost. The train in question doesn’t have fancy marketing or carefully considered branding. Initially created to ferry Marshall Josip Tito’s Blue Train across the mountains, the Montenegro Express has possibly the best scenic train route in Europe.