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Crazy Japanese High-Speed Train Amenity: Footbaths!

Where: Japan
March 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM | by | ()

Have you ever been on a high-speed train and, out of nowhere, felt the urge to dip your feet into a nice warm bath while you watch scenery wizz by the window? Most likely your answer is "no," but now you can do just that, thanks to Japan Rail's introduction of luxury foot-baths on their trains this July.

To start, the JR East services will sport the luxury foot-baths for the high season of summer travel. Passengers on the Tokyo to Shin-Aomori route and other cities northeast of the capital will be able to relax while soaking their feet in a traditional bath.

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A Tour de France to Remember: Traveling on the TGV

Where: France
July 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM | by | ()

Now that the world's most popular cycle race has kicked off, 3-week-long the Tour de France is inspiring us to think back on our own travels throughout France. From soaking up the sun in St. Tropez to finding the best pan au chocolat on the streets of Paris, we're taking our own Tour de France, Jaunted-style.

France has one of the most extensive rail systems in the world, let alone Europe, and you can take your pick from high-speed or commuter-speed and budget or luxury. The TGV or Train à Grande Vitesse, literally translated to high-speed train, zips all around the country with top speeds of up to 200 mph, giving a great option to travelers who want to see another side to France but might be short on time.

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Bullet Trains Just Aren't Fast Enough for Japan

Where: Japan
June 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | ()

High-speed trains now run the tracks on several continents as passengers eagerly board the sleek cars to zip from here to there in just hours—or minutes. Now it looks like japan is taking the idea of high speed rail to the next level, as they’ve just completed the first tests of trains that break 300mph.

The country's bullet trains have been doing their thing for many years now, but it’s time for an upgrade. New L0 Series trains are taking things to the next level as they’re removing traditional constructs—like wheels—in favor of magnetic levitation technologies. The Central Japan Railway Company is behind the new designs and new speeds, as they hope to slash current train timelines by more than half, even those of the current bullet trains.

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London to Paris by Eurostar: Onboard the Train

April 16, 2013 at 4:45 PM | by | ()

Come 2015, it will be 20 years since Eurostar started services through the Channel Tunnel between London and Paris and Brussels. This week, we're having a look at what the rail link is like today.

We’ve told you what to expect at both London St. Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord stations, so now it’s time to talk train.

London to Paris is a journey of about two and a half hours, of which you’ll spend 20-25 minutes in the Channel Tunnel. Traveling on Eurostar, you have a choice of three classes of service: Standard, Standard Premier, and Business Premier. We’ve traveled in all of them on various occasions, and sampled both Business Premier and Standard Premier on this trip.

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London to Paris by Eurostar: Inside the Stations and Lounges

April 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | ()

Come 2015, it will be 20 years since Eurostar started services through the Channel Tunnel between London and Paris and Brussels. This week, we're having a look at what the rail link is like today.

If you've never experienced zooming along at 200 mph while watching the landscape zip by, a high-speed train journey is really something you should try and fit into any European trip (or elsewhere) if you can. It's more than a bucketlist experience; sometimes it's just the best way to get where you're going.

Last week, we hopped on the Eurostar on its most popular route between London's St. Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord train stations, and here's what happened...

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The World's Newest (and Longest) High-Speed Rail Line is Officially Open

Where: China
December 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM | by | ()

Earlier this month, we gave you a exclusive look at traveling on the high speed train that zips between Beijing and Shanghai. While we still think that line is super cool, China has given everyone even more train porn to drool over.

Just this week, the nation's newest and longest HSR (high-speed rail) line opened up between Beijing and Guangzhou cutting travel time between the two cities to a fraction.

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How Hot are German ICE Trains? So Hot.

Where: Germany
June 24, 2010 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

Shinkansen. Ave. Thalys. These names seem so magical and yet they are just a few of the great high-speed trains of the world, a group joined by Germany's fleet of sleek ICE trains. ICE, which stands for Inter-City Express, are the cool-as-cucumber white, red and silver trains you'll spy parked on tracks alongside the clunkier regular Deutschebahn trains at Hauptbahnhofs (main train stations) around the country. And, like with any great train, riding an ICE is an experience in itself; you'll feel cool just boarding one.

We aren't exactly old hats at riding the ICE, but then we aren't newbies either. They are expensive tickets—we recently paid 75 Euro for a one-way, two-hour trip from Frankfurt to Dusseldorf—but then travel around Western Europe in something as chic and as speedy as this can't come cheap. At full speed, entering a tunnel sounds like a loud smack, and that is extraordinary.

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The Space Race Moves To The Rails As Russia Gets High-Speed Trains

September 28, 2009 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

When we talk about High-Speed Trains, it's not exactly news that the United States is extremely tardy to the party. Especially now that Russia has their act together and have debuted some Siemens-built trains designed to zip, rather than chug-chug, on the route between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The Sapsan—or "Peregrine Falcon"—train will ride the rails beginning in December, with an average speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), shaving an hour off of the total travel time between the two metropoli. No doubt this train will fast become a tourist's best friend, smoothing the passage between the capitals like the TGV did for the route between Paris and Nice, or the Thalys between Brussels and Paris. The big deal here, however, is that now we're talking about Russia.

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Freccia Rossa Rides Its Inaugural Route From Milan to Rome

Where: Milan, Italy
March 25, 2009 at 12:18 PM | by | ()

Italy's new high-speed train service, Freccia Rossa ("Red Arrow"), made its inaugural high-speed rail service yesterday from Milan to Rome. The new service now lets travelers get from the fashion capital to the Eternal City in just three hours. (Currently, the trip takes about four hours.) Passengers can also get from Florence to Bologna in just 35 minutes, down from one hour.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi rode the inaugural trip, even posing in the pilot's cabin wearing the chief engineer's hat. He looks so...cute?

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Turkey Launches High-Speed Train In Hopes Of Impressing Europe

Where: Turkey
March 19, 2009 at 9:56 AM | by | ()

For a long time now, Turkey has been trying to play with the big boys in Europe. Joining the European Union couldn’t be going slower, and it wouldn’t surprise us if they never got into the club. However, one thing that may help its chances, albeit ever so slightly, is a high-speed train. If Europe has one thing going for it—it’s awesome trains—so what better way to get on their good side than to build your own?

Last week, Turkey launched the first trip of their new speedy rail transportation system, the Yuksek Hizli Tren, or YHT. Not only did the new train depart Ankara with speeds over 150 mph, but it also featured some pretty nice on-board amenities that would make even the shower-equipped A380 jealous—or not. Anyway, business class seats have access to personal televisions as well as power ports to keep your iThis and iThat all charged and ready to go.

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Speed From Canberra To Sydney (Some Day)

February 13, 2009 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

Australian planners have been worrying about Sydney and its need for another airport at some stage in the next decade or two. Some think they can give up worrying now because there's quite a tidy solution: building a high speed rail link from Canberra and its existing airport.

Although it seems crazy at the moment to imagine flying to Sydney via Canberra, the thought is that a fast train could make the trip in just 50 minutes, turning little capital Canberra into an outlying suburb of Sydney. There's talk of extending such a rail link down to Melbourne too.

The only tiny problem is the expected cost of up to A$59 billion (almost $40b), but at least it would be cheaper than alternative plans that involve building entirely new airports. All this could revolutionize the way we travel around south-east Oz, but don't hold your breath, because this exciting newness could be ten or twenty years away.

Related Stories:
· Sydney to Canberra in 50 Minutes [The Age]
· Australia Travel Guide [Jaunted]

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