Rail travel includes everything from heritage steam trains to high-speed bullet trains, from sightseeing or dinner trains to the convenience of speed as a means of modern transport.
See Tips for rail travel if you have never been on a train or your last trip is some time in the pastRailroads emerged in the 19th century, as the first widely available means of fast land transportation, and has put its mark on most countries and cities, even before the rise of the automobile. In Russia, the Trans-Siberian Railway was the only coast-to-coast land transport until a Trans-Siberian Highway opened in the early 21st century; in Canada, the country was unified only by rail until the Trans-Canada Highway was completed in 1961.
The availability and quality of rail infrastructure varies greatly between countries. While countries such as Germany and Japan have an excellent rail network both in and between cities, passenger rail service in the United States has fallen far behind its road network, and some countries are completely devoid of rail.
Rail travellers might encounter timetables and information being available in local languages only, poorly translated information or hard to understand ticketing requirements.
Public transportation networks are usually made up of local rail services, together with urban rail systems, such as streetcars and rapid transit, as well as buses.
- Heritage railways
Steam - while associated with heritage railways, there are still regular steam train services, especially in Africa and East Asia.
Urban rail adventures - Some of the more interesting urban rail experiences in the world
- High-speed rail in China
- High-speed rail in South Korea
- Rail travel in India
- Rail travel in Japan
- Trans-Siberian Railway
- Seishun 18 Ticket (Japan)
- Rail travel in Europe
- European rail passes
- Rail travel in France
- Rail travel in Germany
- Rail travel in the United Kingdom
- Rail travel in Ireland
- Rail travel in the Netherlands
- Rail and bus travel in Sweden
- Rail travel in Switzerland
- Rail travel in the Czech Republic