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Singaporeans increasingly taking scenic rail route for tour packages

Demand for tour packages which include rail journeys sees increase of 20% to 30%

Published on Jan 6, 2014 7:48 AM

FORGET flying or driving. More and more Singaporeans are letting the train take the strain when they travel between cities on overseas breaks.

The demand for tour packages which include rail journeys has seen a year-on-year increase of 20 per cent to 30 per cent, local travel agencies told The Straits Times. Popular destinations for these include Europe, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Dynasty Travel, for example, has seen an increase in demand not only for its flexible "free and easy" packages, but also group tours. Last year, about 2,800 travellers opted for rail travel options in Europe, an increase of about 30 per cent from 2012.

Ms Alicia Seah, director of marketing communications for Dynasty Travel, said that while some rail tickets may cost twice as much as coach fares, customers do not mind paying more because it helps to save time.

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