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

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
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.
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
The Palace on Wheels ( Courtesy/thepalaceonwheels.com )

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.
The Mayur Mahal restaurant on the Maharaja Express. ( Courtesy/the-maharajas.com )

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.
A cabin on The Royal Scotsman. ( Courtesy/belmond.com/royal-scotsman-train )

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
The Golden eagle Trans-Siberian Express ( Courtesy/goldeneagleluxurytrains.com )

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.
A room on the Pride of Africa. ( Courtesy/luxurytrainclub.com )

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

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