Here’s What That Post About Taking a Train Across the USA for $213 Doesn’t Tell You
Eric Fadden

I once took a train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, right before they shut down the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in Singapore. Honestly it wasn’t all that romantic as people make train rides out to be. A journey that could have lasted a mere 45 minutes by plane, or 4 hours by car, or 5 hours by coach, this journey took us almost 12 hours inclusive of unscheduled stop time (that happened anyway). And every time the train stopped, it seemed like the airconditioning stopped too. It was so stuffy. We had sleeper bunks, and it was especially stuffy when you drew the privacy curtains shut.

Don’t get me wrong. I love trains and I am all for train rides. I’ve taken some really fun short train rides in different countries around the world, from an hour long up to five hours. And I enjoyed them! But I cannot imagine wanting to coop myself up on a train for days on end, with limited food options and unchanging scenery.

If you have dough to blow, however, check out the Eastern & Oriental Express. Looks pretty luxurious to me (also costs about 8.3x more money than what I can afford for a train ride).

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