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All you need to know about the Seven Stars in Kyushu Train

Each month we look at dream bucket list rail journeys we’d all like to experience at least once in our lives. We’re kicking off with the Seven Stars in Kyushu Train in Japan, one of the most luxurious railway journeys in the world. Where does the Seven Stars in Kyushu Train go? Kyushu Island is […]

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East Asia

Tokyo to Osaka Train – The Tokaido Shinkansen

The Tokaido Shinkansen is a high-speed train line connecting the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Osaka. It’s without a doubt the most exciting and efficient way of travelling between these thriving cities, with trains taking just 2 hours, 24 minutes to travel 397km – reaching speeds of 285km/h. Three types of trains operate along the […]

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india

Nilgiri Mountain Railway – India

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a historical and beautiful journey through southern India’s Tamil Nadu state, dating back to 1908. The exclusive toy train was built by the British as a holiday train, taking them from the blazing heat of lowland Tamil Nadu to the hilltop station of Udhagamandalam (Ooty) with its luscious shaded surroundings. […]

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india

Mandovi Express – Mumbai to Goa

The Mandovi Express is a daily train that runs on India’s Konkan Railway, whisking passengers away from the crowds of Mumbai to the beaches of Goa. Running between Mumbai CST to Madagon, the train is named after the great Mandovi River, sandwiched between the Sahyadari hills and the Arabian sea and hugging India’s southwest coastline. […]

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East Asia

Hong Kong to Beijing by High Speed Train

Travelling between Hong Kong and Beijing is easy thanks to a pair of modern and efficient high-speed trains that connect Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station (and vice versa). The journey takes approximately 9 hours on a fast bullet train or you can take a slower train overnight on the same route. The […]

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india

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – India

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (also known as the Toy Train), is a heritage rail route that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in India’s West Bengal state. The historical rail route is 150 years old, traversing 88 kilometres of track and using zigzags and loops to ascend into the cool foothills of the Himalayas. Operated […]

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sri lanka

Colombo to Kandy Train – Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka may only be a small country, but it manages to pack in some epic rail journeys. One of the most epic, and a must-do on any itinerary, is the three-hour trip from Colombo to Kandy, travelling 115 kilomteres from the coast to the hill country. The train whisks passengers away from the bustling […]

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East Asia

Beijing to Badaling and Great Wall of China Train

Visitors to China will find it very easy to travel by train from Beijing to the Great Wall of China. Badaling is the most famous section of the Great Wall of China and you can get there on an easy 20-minute journey, travelling 38 miles on one of the many comfortable S2 trains that travel […]

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East Asia

Beijing to Shanghai Train – China

Passengers on the Beijing to Shanghai train can enjoy the trip of a lifetime on the world’s fastest passenger train. Travelling at an astonishing speed of 350 km/h (217 mph) and travelling for 1,318 kilometres (819 miles), you will be transported between Beijing and Shanghai in a speedy 4 hours and 18 minutes. The line, which […]

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Southeast Asia

Death Railway – Bangkok to Nam Tok

Death Railway is a heritage rail route in Thailand, journeying from Bangkok to northern Nam Tok via the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. The railway gets its name for the tragic circumstances in which it was built, constructed by the Empire of Japan during WWII using allied prisoners of war and other slave labourers. […]

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East Asia Northern Europe

Tsar’s Gold Trans-Siberian Train, Moscow to Beijing

On board the Tsar’s Gold Trans-Siberian private train, you’ll enjoy one of the most iconic railway journeys in the world. Travelling along the popular Trans-Mongolian route, this grand five-star journey will take you from Moscow to Beijing on one of the world’s most luxurious trains. This trip allows guests to enjoy the best sights of […]

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Asia & India india

The Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train, India

Gliding like a blue limousine through the lush forests and historic cities of India, the Deccan Odyssey luxury train is one of the most sought-after rail experiences in Asia. Operated by of the Golden Eagle Luxury Train company (think the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian and Danube Express), passengers are in safe, white-gloved hands, as they travel […]

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Asia & India East Asia

A Complete Guide to the Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the greatest railways in the world, spanning three countries and two continents. Transporting both passengers and freight, it’s a safe and popular route for all travellers, even those going solo. The term ‘Trans-Siberian Railway’ actually covers three lines across Siberia, the Trans-Mongolian, Trans-Manchurian and Trans-Siberian, all with the same […]

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Southeast Asia

The Reunification Express, Vietnam

One of the world’s best train journeys takes place on the Reunification Express – a two-day journey from Hanoi to Saigon that travels through Hue, Danang and Nha Trang. The French colonialists built the line but it now celebrates the reunification of the two nations severed by the Vietnam War. On a 34-hour overnight journey […]

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East Asia

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Beijing to Lhasa

Reaching altitudes of over 5,000m, the Qinghai-Tibet is the highest railway line in the world, a construction masterpiece battling obstacles like lack of oxygen and permafrost. The route cost US$4.2 billion to build and is often hailed as the ‘sky road’, taking guests from China’s capital Beijing to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Numbered the […]

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East Asia Northern Europe

The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

The Trans-Siberian Express is undoubtedly the most famous train route in the world, a journey from the west to the far east shrouded in intrigue and mystery. The railway actually encompasses three routes, the Trans-Siberian (from Moscow to Vladivostok), Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian, both to Beijing. The most luxurious and comfortable way to make this fabled […]

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Asia & India East Asia

Seven Stars in Kyushu Train, Japan

Japan’s subtropical Kyushu island is one of active volcanoes, bubbling hot springs, stunning coastline and incredible cuisine, and there’s way to travel it quite like the ultra-opulent Seven Stars in Kyushu – one of the most luxurious trains in the Far East. The seven-car train gets its name from the seven prefectures of Kyushu Island, […]

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Asia & India india

Maharajas’ Express Luxury Train, India

The Maharajas’ Express is a five-star luxury train that runs on four circuits around North-West and Central India, covering more than 12 destinations. Its most popular routes concentrate on India’s Golden Triangle between Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and the train covers many of the key destinations in the state of Rajasthan.  The Maharajas’ Express has been voted […]

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Asia & India india

Golden Chariot Luxury Train, India

As the only luxury train in South India, the Golden Chariot is really something special. The train has been awarded the title of ‘Asia’s Leading Luxury Train’, taking guests on an adventure around the three main states of southern India on an excursion-packed itinerary. Operated by the State Government of Karnataka & Ministry of Railways, […]

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Asia & India

Eastern & Oriental Express – Belmond

Operated by luxury leisure group Belmond, the Eastern & Oriental Express takes travellers on a voyage of decadence and discovery through the sun-dipped landscapes and cities of Southeast Asia. Running several times a month, all year round, itineraries are available between Bangkok and Singapore and Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur (and return), venturing through rice paddy […]