If you’re looking for something epic to do this year, taking on one, some, or all of the world’s longest train journeys could be an option?
1. Moscow to Vladivostok
Covering 9259 km, and taking 178 hrs (7 days), the Russian Railways operated Moscow to Vladivostok train takes you 67 stops from Russia’s capital city in the West of the country to the Far East. With Russia spanning 2 continents, this train will take you from Europe to Asia without leaving Russia.
2. Moscow to Beijing via Harbin
Trains operated by Russia’s Trans-Siberian Railway hold the record for the maximum number of long distance passenger trains. As such, the 2nd longest rail journey in the world also operates from Moscow, this time running to Beijing, and also passing through Harbin. Covering 8984 km, and lasting 144 hrs (6 days), this joint Russian & China Railways journey stops 44 times, departing weekly.
3. Moscow to Beijing via Ulan Bator
The Trans-Mongolian route from Moscow to Beijing via Ulan Bator, covers a distance of 7826 km. A popular journey because of it’s itinerary, taking in Russian, Mongolia, and China over a distance of 7826 km, this rail route lasts for 131 hrs (5 days).
4. Guangzhou to Lhasa
Guangzhou (China) to Lhasa (Tibet), operated by Qing Tibet Railway, is the longest train journey in the world outside of the Trans-Siberian Railway. At 4980 km, making 10 stops, and lasting 54.5 hrs (2.25 days), this could be the perfect long distance rail journey for someone who have already experienced the Trans-Siberian.
5. Toronto to Vancouver
If you want to cross North America without flying, then the 4466 km journey from Toronto to Vancouver is an option. Making 66 stops along the way, this VIA Rail operated train takes 86 hrs (3.5 days) to complete… a staggering 1.25 days longer than Guangzhou to Lhasa, despite the Canadian distance being somewhat shorter.
6. Shanghai to Lhasa
Another journey operated by Qing Tibet Railway, Shanghai to Lhasa covers a distance of 4373 km, lasting just under 49 hrs (2 days).
7. Sydney to Perth
Experiencing the Great Southern Railway from the East coast of Australia to the West will take you a 4352 km, and last 65 hrs (2.5 days), stopping 26 times. Train departs Bi-Weekly.
8. Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari
The Indian Railways operated train from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari covers a distance of 4286 km, stopping 52 times, and just under 83 hrs (3.5 days).
9. Shanghai to Urumqi
Another China based rail journey, this LongHai Railways operated train from Shanghai to Urumqi runs 4077 km, stopping 24 times, departing daily, and lasting 45 hrs 15 mins (2 days).
10. Emeryville to Chicago
From Emeryville California to Chicago Illinois, this is the longest rail journey in the USA, a country not typically known for having such an extensive rail network like it’s European neighbours across the pond. This Amtrak operated journey covering 3924 km, and lasting 52 hrs (2 days+) could be the perfect opportunity to experience a different style of transport in the USA than the typical road trip or domestic flight.