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11 Tips for Finding Affordable Rail Tickets

Are you planning your next adventure on the rails, and concerned about the potential costs? Here´s a comprehensive look on how to snag cheaper train tickets, from innovative booking strategies to secret deals. So all aboard!

Book Early: The Early Bird Gets the Worm!

Booking your tickets as far ahead as possible can lead to significant savings. Rail companies typically release their tickets 12 weeks in advance, and that's when you can grab the cheapest seats. The reason behind this is simple. The

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Cherry-Blossoms-at-Himeji-Castle-Japan-scaled.jpgCherry blossoms at Himeji Castle (April 2023)


I’m writing today to tell you about another Japan Railways “rail pass,” in particular about my recent experiences using the Seishun 18 Ticket (青春18きっぷ). As for why there have been some Japan-related posts lately, well– I’ve been in Tokyo for a couple of weeks.

What is the Seishun 18 Ticket? It´s essentially a cheaper version of the JR Pass that is only available during three different times in one calendar year:

Ticket Validity Period Dates Ti
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Luxurious Train Tours of India

9009087681?profile=originalphoto: Alexander Mazurkevich

Since the 19th century, Indian railways have entranced intrigued authors, entranced dreamers, inspired filmmakers and of course tourists who love to see India from deep by experiencing its local life. Covering a long distance from east to west and from north to south, Indian railways carry more than 20 million daily passengers, on 17,000 trains operating on 65,000 km of track at different speeds - different types of trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duranto, Gatiman,

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Dalat - A Classic Train

For a long time tourists to Da Lat often toured the mountainous city by walking, biking, carriage riding or driving an old Vespa. Now they can take another means of transport - the classic train that will surely bring a wonderful experience. It is a really good chance for any visitor to behold the charming plateau city on the old train running slowly along mountain slopes, through flower farms, hamlets and hills of pine trees.

To turn Dalat into a convalescent paradise in Indochina, in 1908 the F

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The Allure of Mountain Railways



The whole purpose of a railway is to reduce the friction of the wheels, to enable a heavier load to be carried for the same amount of power. That lack of friction works against the train if it has a steep slope to climb or descend. The usual way is to tunnel through the hill, avoiding the slope altogether.


This, though, is very expensive, and, when they built the railway westward from Sydney in the 1860s, Engineer-in-Chief John Whitton did not have the money available to him to tunnel through A

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We had not been on a train in years, so when invited to experience a weekend getaway on the rails that was “drive free,” we jumped at the opportunity. The adventure entailed making our way to the Diridon Train Station in San Jose, California, and boarding the southbound Amtrak Coast Starlight train bound for Santa Barbara. Here’s how it all went:

Checking baggage


Coast Starlight passengers are allowed to check two bags each, with similar baggage restrictions to those of the airlines. However, our

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A Walk in Austria's Tyrol


Whoever built that hut meant it to last. Four-square and stolid, it stood on the mountain, defying anything the elements might throw at it. This was a real chalet, a world away from the tacky ‘shally’ of the holiday camp.


It was still used for its rightful purpose, too. From within came a lowing, and the dull ‘tong’ of cattle bells. In former times, there’d have been accommodation on an upper story for the herder and maybe his family, for it’s a long, hard climb from the village. But, today, if

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Norway's Otofen Railway


We didn’t stay very long in Narvik. No sooner had our cruise ship tied up, than we were on to a bus to the railway station. Our objective was a scenic ride on the Otofen Railway. . It doesn’t seem to receive as much publicity as other scenic routes in Norway, probably because it’s operated by Swedish Railways.

The port and the railway owe their existence to the discovery of iron ore in 1902 in Kiruna, in Sweden. It was a convenient port from which to ship the ore, rather than convey it all the wa

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Italian Train Encounters



Nithin Coca is a Freelance Writer and author whose traveled to over 44 countries. This is an excerpt from his first book, Traveling Softly and Quietly, now for sale on Amazon.

I looked up as a cute girl walked up and said something in Italian to the man in front of me and then put her bag on the rack above and sat down in our booth. With lightly tanned skin, medium-dark neck-length brown hair, well dressed in a beige suit that went down to her knees, she was very pretty. I wondered if she spoke

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Train Holidays - A Unique Way to Explore Europe

Traversing Europe by train is fast becoming one of the most popular ways of experiencing the continent. It is extremely comfortable, leisurely and convenient, as well as being well-priced. InterRail, for example, is immensely popular with students (particularly travel bloggers) who are looking to explore Europe, from the beaches of Normandy to the vodka-ridden pubs of Eastern Europe, on a budget. In addition, many modern trains provide superb amenities and reasonably friendly service, often putt

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The romance of traveling by train never fades. Trains mean a journey. The feeling of travel while sitting on a train is unique. The scenery flows past in a way not like from an airplane or in a car – especially if you’re the one driving and you can’t sightsee, but also because a train crosses countryside instead of following busy roads.

Steam Trains evoke romance of travel

Steam trains especially conjure up romantic images of long black locomotives puffing their smoky way across vast plains in Africa, India or the North American pra

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Sugar Cane Train Maui Steam

Releasing steam - photo credit: Stephany Wiestling

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My 6 year old boy loves trains, much like any other boy his age, so we HAD to ride the Sugar Cane Train while in Maui.

Initially, our hotel concierge suggested we take the train to Lahaina and then walk to our whale watching tour spot.  However, upon talking to the gal at the Pacific Whale Foundation who said it’s about a 6 mile walk and too far for a little one, we did our train ride into Lahaina on a sig

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I can’t say I’ve really visited Tennant Creek. I only know from hearsay that it’s not the sort of place you take your mother for a Mothers’ Day treat. Nevertheless, our train did stop there for a considerable time in the ‘small hours’, while we slept soundly in our sleeper berths.

The reason was twofold; it ensured that passengers saw as much of the Australian landscape by daylight as possible, and that the train arrived in Alice Springs at a fairly civilised hour.

You see, you don’t take an Aust

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Sure, Costa Rica has plenty of gorgeous beaches, and they are a big draw for visitors. On the other hand, the country’s interior is bursting with amazing tropical landscape, sights to see and things not to miss.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

There are active volcanoes, towering rugged mountains, lush valleys, rushing rivers, waterfalls, and breathtaking rainforest and cloud forest.

One sight to see and definitely not to miss is the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Located in Costa Rica’s Central Highlands in the Tilaran Mountain Rang

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Night Train To Zurich

I’ve woken up partially several times throughout the night, starting as we entered Austria and the ticket checker wanted to see tickets.  That must have been Villach.  That’s when the bozos got on and started reading something in German that must have been hilarious, since everybody was laughing so hard.  I don’t know why getting on a train means it’s party time.  I just wanted to sleep.  That’s not easy when the seats don’t lean back and all the lights are on.  Fortunately no one’s sitting next

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India has got a number of luxury trains. The Indian royals were for famous for their love of luxury trains. No sooner the luxury trains came in vogue with European royalty during the late 18th century, the Indian princes were not to be left behind. The train presents a superb chance to explore the fabulous royal destinations of Rajasthan. Savor the regal attractions of Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, etc, besides visiting the iconic Indian attraction of Taj Mahal.  The comforts abroad the t

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9008611452?profile=originalDiscover the Rail Way. On May 7, 2011, the 4th will be a free coast-to-coast celebration.  Take the Amtrak Downeaster from Boston Mass. to Old Orchard Beach Maine, and enjoy your stay at the Atlantic Birches Inn, an elegant Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Stay two nights during the week of May 7, 2011 show us your train stub at our Southern Maine Bed and Breakfast and we will pay for half your fare from Boston to our Old Orchard Beach Inn.  

Old Orchard Beach Maine trains are now traveling eig

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All Aboard the Fastest Train in India

We left our B&B so early this morning that we missed the second B. We got across Delhi with no traffic in sight until we got within a block of the train station. Then the throngs appeared. Tuk Tuks and taxis were moving in eight directions. Everyone was honking horns, and there were a thousand people carrying huge bags, balancing bags on their heads and pushing and swarming across the street all trying to be the first lemming into the train station. It took thirty minutes to cover the last block

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Amtrak's AutoTrain is wonderfully family friendly, and kids are utterly enamored with trains. At the Lorton,VA station - the northern terminus - there is even a playground.
The train goes to Sanford, FL, just outside Orlando © 2010 Karen

The idea of long-distance train travel invariably evokes a sense of romance and nostalgia for the golden years when trains were the high-tech way to travel.

That spirit is still alive here in the United States in perhaps the most une

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