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List of top 10 longest train routes in the world

List of top 10 longest train routes in the world

Traveling across continents, these epic adventures offer the perfect opportunity to explore and appreciate different cultures. While patience is tested during days of travel, the memories created are destined to last a lifetime.

From extreme cold regions to scorching hot landscapes, these journeys are not for the faint-hearted but promise unforgettable stories for those adventurous souls.

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Here are the top 10 longest train routes in the world:

Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

The Trans-Siberian Railway, spanning from Moscow to Vladivostok, holds the title of the world’s longest railway line, encompassing a remarkable journey of eight days and seven nights through eight time zones. The expedition offers captivating views of Siberian landscapes, including forests, steppes, the Ural Mountains, and the awe-inspiring Lake Baikal.

Beijing-Moscow Railway, China/Russia/Mongolia

A breathtaking six-day expedition along the Beijing-Moscow Railway, the world’s second-longest railway line, commencing from Moscow and concluding in Beijing. This scenic journey traverses four countries—China, Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, unveiling captivating landscapes such as the Gobi Desert, the Great Wall of China, and the majestic Altai Mountains.

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The Maharajas’ Express, India

This train, commencing its trip from Mumbai, covers a distance of over 3,285 kilometers, showcasing princely states, majestic forts, and vibrant cultural treasures before culminating in the vibrant city of Delhi. A seven-day journey across the landscapes of Rajasthan in India aboard the Maharajas’ Express. For those seeking a more condensed experience, the train offers a shorter four-day and three-night version of this extraordinary royal expedition.

Toronto-Vancouver Train, Canada

The Toronto to Vancouver train trip is a four-day journey which is the longest train route in Canada. Covering a distance of 2740 miles, this scenic route traverses four provinces—Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, offering breathtaking views of the Canadian Shield, the majestic Rocky Mountains, and the serene expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

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Indian Pacific, Australia

The Indian Pacific, a renowned train journey in Australia, spans four days and three nights from Sydney to Perth. Covering three states—Western Australia, South Australia, and New South Wales—the expedition unveils the vast landscapes of the Outback, the expansive Nullarbor Plain, and the scenic Blue Mountains.

California Zephyr, United States

The longest train route in the United States, spanning 2,438 miles, is the journey from Chicago to San Francisco. Taking three days and two nights, the expedition crosses through eight states: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California. En route, passengers are treated to breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, and the Mojave Desert.

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Eastern and Oriental Express, Thailand/Singapore

The Eastern and Oriental Express, renowned as one of the most luxurious train journeys globally, embarks on a four-day and three-night expedition from Singapore to Thailand. This voyage covers two countries, Thailand and Singapore, offering picturesque views of the jungles of Malaysia, the temples of Angkor Wat, and the idyllic beaches of Phuket along the way.

The Ghan, Australia

The Ghan, one of Australia’s most iconic train journeys, spans three days and two nights from the starting point in Australia to its endpoint in Darwin. Covering three states—South Australia, Northern Territory, and Western Australia—the expedition unveils the breathtaking landscapes of the Outback, the majestic MacDonnell Ranges, and the expansive Nullarbor Plain along the way.

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Shanghai-Lhasa Railway, China

The Shanghai-Lhasa Railway, one of the world’s highest railways reaching an altitude of 5,072 meters (16,640 feet) at Tanggula Pass, offers a breathtaking journey that spans two days and 30 hours from Shanghai to Lhasa. The expedition showcases the awe-inspiring scenery of Tibet, featuring prominent landmarks such as the Himalayas, the Yellow River, and the picturesque Qinghai Lake along the way.

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The Blue Train, South Africa

Spanning a distance of 1,600 kilometers (994 miles) over 27 hours, the Blue Train offers a luxurious two-day rail journey from Pretoria to Cape Town. This opulent experience unfolds through diverse landscapes, featuring the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains and the expansive plains of the Karoo. Indulge in gourmet dining, and spa treatments, and enjoy breathtaking views from the comfort of your private suite.