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The Most Expensive Train Journeys in the World

The Gulf Rail 2012 Exhibition and Conference is taking place at the Dubai World Trade Center until the 19th. Keeping in fashion, Kipp takes a look at some of the world's most expensive train journeys. All aboard. . .

April 17, 2012 4:06 by

  • County of Origin:  Russia

    How much? $22,195 (Dh81,512) for a single room or $15,795 (Dh58,000) per person for a twin cabin.

    Year of launch: April 2007
    Highlights: The Golden Eagle ­ a fully en-suite private train ­ takes its travelers almost 6,000 miles (10,000 kilometers) in 15 days, with frequent stops for day trips. The Express also features the Imperial Suites these are the most spacious cabins available on the train which come complete with a king-size bed, lounge, power shower, under-floor heating, LCD screens and on-call butler.
  • Where: South Africa

    Cost: $5,440 – $11,000. (Dh19,978- Dh40, 398)

    Year of Launch: 1989

    Highlights:  While you zip through excellent countryside taking as
    many photographs as your camera will allow you, be sure to enjoy the
    laundry service and salons aboard the Pride of Africa.

  • County of Origin: India

    Cost: Starting at $800 (Dh2,938) per person per day, if you opted for something fancier you could end up shelling out $2,500 (Dh9,182) per
    person per day for the presidential suite.

    Year of launch: 2010

    Highlights: The presidential suite takes up an entire carriage of its  own, with two bedrooms, two showers with a bath and a large living
    room. The Maharajas' Express is comprehensively insured for fire, earthquake, theft and terrorism. All guests are covered under an
    umbrella insurance cover.

  • County of Origin: Singapore

    Cost: £1330 (Dh7,744) per person in a Pullman cabin, £1880 (Dh10,946) in a Stateroom, or £2740 (Dh15,953) in a Presidential Suite.

    Year of launch: 1993

    Highlights:  The Eastern and Oriental Express has been awarded a place on the World's Top 25 Trains list by The Society of International
    Railway Travelers. Travelers aboard this marvelous train are treated to panoramic views of the landscapes of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia
    and Laos.

  • Cost: Costs $8,799 (Dh32,317) per person

    Year of launch: 2008

    Highlights: This exclusive private train accommodates just 50 passengers. The Danube Express was originally built for the ruling
    elite of Hungary’s government in the 1950’s but later refurbished in 2008 for public usage. The sprawling VIP suite was once the private
    carriage of János Kádár, Hungary's last communist leader, who was famously averse to air travel.

  • County of Origin: Canada

    Cost: A six-day getaway starts at approx $8,000 per person (Dh29,380)

    Year of launch: 1881, refurbished carriages in 1920

    Highlights: The Royal Canadian Pacific has been host to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Jacqueline Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt and
    Winston Churchill. Think five-star hospitality, think vintage business carts and cabins decked in wood paneling.

  • County of Origin: South Africa

    Cost: A one-way trip costs $1,735 (Dh6,372) per person

    Year of launch: 1998

    Highlights: The Blue has been voted the “world’s leading luxury train” at the World Travel Awards for four years running. The train has been
    called a "magnificent moving five-star hotel" and features the Blue Train Boutique: a high fashion jewellery boutique.


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