(CNN) – It’s been a good year for fans of rail travel, with speedy new train services opening around the world, linking major cities and slashing rail journey times. Whether travelers are looking for an alternative to flying, or just want a faster train ride, these services are offering new travel opportunities.
New high speed trains to explore:
The XRL, the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link opened in September.
The Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway — Israel’s first electric train line — partially opened in September.
Officially opened last month, this high-speed rail line will link the Moroccan cities of Tangier and Casablanca via the capital city of Rabat, and Kenitra in the north.
In April 2018, Eurostar launched the first ever direct service between London and Amsterdam, which takes three hours and 41 minutes.
in 2019, the railway will introduce a new route that will take passengers between Baku and the Turkish cities of Ankara and Istanbul — the first direct train link between Azerbaijan and Turkey that doesn’t require stops in Georgia, which shares borders with the two countries.