St Petersburg to Moscow: The "Red Arrow" is another one of those iconic Russian trains, one that's been running between the country's two most famous cities since 1931. It's a little gaudy and over-the-top, but that's what you're paying for here: train travel from another era, when things had to look good as well as work properly.

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Trans-Siberian railway: This is the classic, bucket-list train trip, and one that's easily accessible for those on a budget.

Lonely Planet Top 5 unmissable journeys by rail - This picture: The Golden Eagle takes the Trans-Siberian route past Lake Baikal, which holds nearly a fifth of Earth’s unfrozen fresh water. Image by Golden Eagle Luxury Trains LTD.

St Petersburg to Moscow: The "Red Arrow" is another one of those iconic Russian trains, one that's been running between the country's two most famous cities since 1931. It's a little gaudy and over-the-top, but that's what you're paying for here: train travel from another era, when things had to look good as well as work properly.

St Petersburg to Moscow: The "Red Arrow" is one of those iconic Russian trains,

Beijing to Lhasa: This two-night trip covers nearly 4000 kilometres, takes in the world's highest railway line and the world's highest station. A Train from Lhasa Railway Station travels on the Tibetan grasslands near Lhasa, Tibet.

Want to experience a great train journey without the price tag? Here are nine of the best and cheapest train trips to take.

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Chennai to Mumbai: This isn't a party train, and it isn't a tourist train – it's a 24-hour window into everything the "real India" has to offer. As you chug across the country, passing town after town, city after city, with life lived large out the window, there are equally interesting things going on inside.

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Hanoi to Saigon: This is a journey through the two different Vietnams, and one that runs along coastal rails through Hue, Danang and Nha Trang, before arriving in Saigon (pictured) two nights after departure. This has to be the best way to get around Vietnam; though really, any form of transport that gets you off the road is good.

Want to experience a great train journey without the price tag? Here are nine of the best and cheapest train trips to take.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai: This night train is an absolute riot, from the crush on the station platform before departure to the party that will inevitably be happening within an hour in the dining car. You can mix with Thais from all walks of life on this 10-hour journey north, either while relaxing on a bunk bed in your carriage, or dancing on a table while drinking Thai whisky in the dining car.

Want to experience a great train journey without the price tag? Here are nine of the best and cheapest train trips to take.


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