Arrivals & Departures Around the world in eight great rail journeys

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Sit back, relax and see the world from the comfort and convenience of a train with eight great rail journeys, priced from $125.

Rail Plus has released its take on Around the World in 80 Days with Around the World in Eight Rail Journeys, covering Europe, the US, Peru, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, China and Australia.

The world tour starts with the The Ghan, connecting Adelaide to Darwin through Australia’s red centre. The three-day, two-night journey in Gold Twin Service costs from $1690 per person.

Across the ditch in New Zealand, the Northern Explorer travels through the North Island’s green farmlands, past rugged coasts, mountains and beech forests. 

It's from $185 per person for the 10.5 hour journey.

Across the South Pacific Ocean in Peru, the Vistadome ferries passengers from Cusco up to Machu Picchu. The 1.5 hour journey costs from $125 per person. 

In the US, the Amtrak USA Rail Pass offers options for those with a little or a lot of time. 

Starting at eight segments over 15 days, pass holders can hop on and off as they please, while exploring different parts of the country. The pass costs from $652 per person. 

In Canada, travellers can use the Canrailpass for seven or 10 trips in 60 days. Depending on the number of trips planned, prices start at $877 per person. 

For the ever-popular option of rail travel in Europe, the single Eurail Global Flexi Pass allows access to countless trains in up to 28 countries across the continent. A five days in one month Eurail Global Flexi Pass costs from $617 per person. 

In China, the Beijing to Hong Kong train will take passengers through China’s interior, via a number of villages and cities. The overnight service in standard class costs from $191 per person.

The Japan Rail Pass for seven, 14 or 21 days allows travellers to hop on and off trains across the length and breadth of the country (pictured at top). A seven-day pass costs from $352 per person.

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