Top 10 Longest Train Rides in the World
Hundreds of millions of people used to travel on the train around the world. Trains are the oldest and cheapest form of transport for long distance travelling. It offers comfortable, spacious and enjoyable journey when compared to other transport mediums. Trans-Siberian is the longest railway journey in the world.
In addition to passenger transportation, trains also allow large quantities of goods to be transported and serve an important role in the economy of imports and exports. There are so many trains in the world, it’s difficult to choose.
Here is the list of top 10 longest train rides in the world:
1. Chinese Train Services
Chinese Train services contain 3 longest train services in the world. The train which operates on this route is T 264, which takes 2 and a half days and covers approximately 5000 kilometers. It is located in China and the main purpose of this train is for the journey of passengers. The train will depart once a day and is the longest after the Trans-Siberian Railway.
2. Toronto to Vancouver, Canada
Toronto to Vancouver is located in Canada is the 5th longest train journey in the world. This train service is well known as Canadian and it covers almost 4,446 kilometers.It is a passenger train which is operated by Via Rail Canada. It is the most scenic train journeyin the world which takes almost 3 days to reach the final destination. The train will leave 3 times a week which is the longest train service in North America.
3. Sao Paulo Metro, Brazil
Brazil’s railway network is divided into private and public operators in 2007 and had become nationalized in 1957 with the creation of RFFSA. The main concentration of the rail services is predominantly urban and suburban areas. Sao Paulo Metro is the biggest among the 8 Brazilian metro cities.
In 2012, the Brazilian government announced the construction of 10,000 km of new lines consisting of high-speed transport and passenger lines in 2042. A high-speed 511 km train line between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro was planned for development in the country, but the project had not yet taken off.
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4. Trans-Siberian Express
Trans-Siberian Express is one of the longest trains in the world. It is a six-day train journey which starts in Moscow and ends in Vladivostok. It crosses the time zone and the landscape will also change constantly from the Ural Mountains to Lake Baikal and the steppes those who want to travel in between. The departure of the train will take place for every 2 days.
The itinerary of the train will be Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan Ude Ulaan Baatar, Vladivostok. It is a 6-day journey along the shore of the freshwater lake in Russia.
5. The Indian Pacific
The Indian Pacific is to travel along the width of Australia. It covers almost 2,704 miles which starts from Perth and ends in Sydney. You can enjoy the Australian outback from the comfort of your seat and can even experience waterfalls of Blue mountains, forests and off-train excursions which should be added in the travellers list while heading to the east of Australia. It had a stop in Adelaide which is a ghost town of cook and a broken hill. The duration of the journey will be 4 days.
6. Vivek Express
Vivek Express is one the longest train journey in India and one of the world’s largest train journey. It travels a total distance of 2,650 miles which starts in Dibrugarh and ends in Kanyakumari. It is India’s southern trip which had 57 stops in total. It takes 80 plus hours to complete the journey which means three and four days which covers at an average speed of 32 miles per hour.
Vivek Express is an express train chain in the Indian Railway network. The train was announced in the 2011-12 Railway Budget by the then Minister of Railways. It is the 16th longest train in the world.
7. Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express
Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express is the luxurious and beautiful train trip in Asia. The itinerary of the train will be from Singapore, Bangkok, Malaysia and Thailand. It is a 4-day trip which will carry you through River Kwai, tropical rain forests, golden temples, mountain passes and remote villages.
It is a 4 days trip, but it can be carried out in 3 days if you have chosen the other route. It covers a total distance of 1,200 miles which is built in Japan. It is used to run in New Zealand which is known as a silver star. They turn the cabin into a luxury, perfect private accommodation, if you are travelling alone or with a partner.
8. Blue Train
Blue Train is the main attraction for viewing the spectacular forests, farmlands and vineyards in South Africa and it crosses the country in just one day. It covers a total distance of 994 miles which starts from Pretoria and ends in cape town. It is the fastest moving luxury train with facilities like Cuban cigars, butler services and gourmet dinners. The total duration of the journey will be 27 hours which is the spot wild game.
Peking – Lhasa will start in Peking, China and it covers a total distance of 1,240 miles. The total duration of the journey is 3-4 days which starts in China and ends in Tibet. It is the highest railway in the world with an average height of around 5076 meters above sea level. You will be passed around 30 stations during the trip to Tibetan plateau. Half of this station has a viewpoint where you can enjoy the most spectacular views of Tibet and its mountains.
10. Maharajas’ Express
Maharaja Express is the luxurious train which offers 4-pan Indian itineraries. It contains 20 Deluxe cabins, 4 suites 18 junior suites and Presidential Suite Cabin. It covers a total distance of 2591 km and the destinations covered are Mumbai, Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra and Delhi.
Maharaja Express Train is the prestigious winner of “World’s Best Luxury Train “ Award. From the desert kingdom of Rajasthan to the Western Ghats in Maharashtra and from the holy Ghats of Varanasi to the temples of the Khajuraho Klasik, each of the distinctive trips offered by the Maharajas Express is worth doing.
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11. Palace on Wheels
Palace on Wheels is a luxurious train inspired by the lifestyles of Maharajas in India. It covers a total distance of around 2,411 km. The total duration of the journey will be 7 nights/ 8 days. Destinations covered by the train are Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra and Delhi.
Palace on Wheels contains two dining restaurants named as Maharajah and Maharani Restaurants. Experience the vibrant hues of the kingdom and culture of Rajasthan along with visits to World Heritage Sites, the Taj Mahal in Agra when you travel on Palace on Wheels, the most respected luxury train in India.
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