ON THE TRACKS

Food and Travel (UK) - - 200 th Issue -

As high-speed rail grows, trains are be­com­ing more time-com­pet­i­tive. In 1998, the jour­ney time from Lon­don to Manch­ester was three hours. Now it’s closer to two. Euro­pean train com­pa­nies are also ap­ply­ing dy­namic pric­ing. If you book ahead, Lon­don to Paris starts at £44 one way, while Ber­lin to Prague is from

£18. Train ex­pert and writer of blog The Man in Seat 61, Mark Smith, says: ‘A train ride can be part of your hol­i­day. The rail­way from Bel­grade to Pod­gor­ica and Bar in Mon­tene­gro is ut­terly spec­tac­u­lar.’ Com­pa­nies such as Bel­mond have em­braced this, ex­tend­ing its sleeper trains across Europe, Asia and South Amer­ica af­ter re­launch­ing the Ori­ent-Ex­press. There’s a grow­ing ap­petite for lux­ury train travel in the UK, too. GWR’s Pull­man Din­ing ser­vices have in­creased from two per day in 2006 to ten. Its menus use pro­duce sourced within 24km of the track.

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