Recent research conducted by Rocky Mountaineer has revealed that some of the UK’s commuter rail routes now cost as much per kilometre as several of the world’s most luxurious train journeys in far-flung holiday destinations including Australia, Canada and South Africa.

For 9p less per kilometre than the packed commuter train from Bedford to London St Pancras, Brits could recline in luxury on Australia’s Indian Pacific Train, with views of the Blue Mountains.

Alternatively for 55p more per kilometre than a ticket from London Euston to Birmingham New Street, commuters could swap the snack trolley for gourmet meals and unlimited drinks onboard Rocky Mountaineer’s SilverLeaf Service on the train’s First Passage to the West route, which runs from Vancouver to Banff through the the Canadian Rockies.

For added luxury, a GoldLeaf Service journey for two people along the First Passage to the West route, priced from £1,344.66 per person, would now set a couple back £2,262.68 less than a single annual season ticket from Cambridge to London King’s Cross – nearly half of the total £4,952 price tag.

GoldLeaf journeys are inclusive of unlimited cocktails, three-course cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, reclining heated seating, 360-degree glass domed cars and the opportunity to spot Canadian wildlife.

In addition, until March 2, the luxury rail operator is offering more value per kilometre, rewarding couples booking their journey with up to £380 in credit. Applicable to 2018 packages of five or more days on select dates, the offer can be applied to extra hotel nights, additional meals, meal plans and airport transfers.

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