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As Japan flags off $10,000-a-ride train, here are five most luxurious rail journeys

Japan’s Train Suite Shiki-shima set off on its maiden voyage on May 1.

travel Updated: May 03, 2017 17:04 IST
Ahaan Gupta
Ahaan Gupta
Hindustan Times, New delhi
luxury travel,luxury trains,Japan
This picture taken on March 16, 2017, shows a crew member introducing a suite room of the Train Suite Shiki-Shima, operated by East Japan Railway, in Tokyo during a press preview. (AFP)

A Japanese railway company has launched a new luxury sleeper train with sky views, bathtubs and dark wood interiors, joining the race for well-heeled tourists.

The top suite on the 10-car “Train Suite Shiki-shima” sells for $10,000, or Rs 6 lakh-plus, per person for a four-day trip from Tokyo to Hokkaido, East Japan Railway Co said.

A Rs 6,41,425 for a one-way ticket is unfathomable for most people in India, who take trains for a few hundred rupees. It set forth on its maiden voyage on May 1, and is booked out until March 2018. With this new craze, let’s take a look at five of other expensive and luxurious trains.

1. The Palace on Wheels: With tickets at a mindboggling Rs 3,60,647 each, this train that takes you on a week-long tour through places such as Jaipur and Agra, is one of the most expensive trains in the world, operating right here in India.

The Palace on Wheels (Courtesy/

2. Maharaja Express: Another train that operates in the Indian subcontinent with a route that operates mainly in Rajasthan. With ticket prices at Rs 2,26,491, this train was awarded as a World Leading Luxury Train in 2012.

The Mayur Mahal restaurant on the Maharaja Express. (Courtesy/

3. The Royal Scotsman: The next train on the list operates in Scotland, with the start and end at Edinburgh. The train carries only 36 passengers at a time and it costs Rs 1,48,273 to enjoy the services.

A cabin on The Royal Scotsman. (Courtesy/

4. Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express: Starting its operation in 2007, a ride on this train will provide you with the opportunity to see the largest freshwater in the world freshwater lake, Lake Baikal. With a price of Rs 1,43,322, it is the most expensive train in Russia. The train starts at Moscow and finishes at Vladivostok.

The Golden eagle Trans-Siberian Express (Courtesy/

5. Pride of Africa: Nine days, 2,000 miles, 72 passengers and exquisite wildlife. The offerings of this South African luxury train are quite enticing. With a price of Rs 1,38,839 it offers wild life lovers, who are willing to shell out the cash, a once in a lifetime experience.

A room on the Pride of Africa. (Courtesy/

It’s commonly thought trains are the cheapest way to travel. Well we guess it’s time to rethink that one.

First Published: May 03, 2017 13:08 IST