The 10 longest train routes in the world

Many people are fascinated by the train. The routes cannot be long enough – especially if the train is equipped with comfortable dining and sleeping cars. Beautiful experiences and wonderful landscapes are guaranteed on long journeys.

  1. The Bernstein Express

The Bernstein Express runs over 2011 kilometers from Germany’s capital Berlin via Poland and across the Baltic States to Saint Petersburg. Because different railroad track widths have to be overcome, both train changes and minimal sections of the route must be completed by bus. This has the advantage that travelers can visit many interesting places on the special trips.

  1. The Ghan

The Ghan is Australia’s transcontinental long-distance train connecting Adelaide in South Australia via Alice Springs with Darwin in the Northern Territory. The train crosses the Australian continent over 2,979 kilometers, there are two weekly departures and the journey time is just under 50 hours.

  1. The Orient Silk Road Express

The path follows the legendary Silk Road: from Turkmen Ashgabat, the railway line leads via Samarkand in Uzbekistan to Almaty in Kazakhstan. Seven Unesco World Heritage Sites are located on either side of the 3,459-kilometer route. You have to plan 12 travel days for the trip with the Orient Silk Road Express.

  1. The Tibet Railway

The route of the Tibet Railway is significantly higher than other railway lines. The Chinese metropolis of Beijing is connected to Lhasa for over 3,700 kilometers to heights of over 5,000 meters. The entire length of the route has only been passable since early summer 2006.

  1. The Canadian

The Canadian travels over 4,300 kilometers through Canada’s vast expanses from Toronto via the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver on the Pacific. The VIA Rail train goes on a three and a half day tour three times a week.

  1. The Indian Pacific

The Trans-Australian Railway is also a superlative train: on its east-west direction, it covers 4,352 kilometers from Sydney to Perth in Western Australia. The Indian Pacific takes about 65 hours to do this.

  1. The Texas Eagle

The Texan eagle goes on North America’s longest train journey. The Amtrak train initially runs south from Chicago, Michigan to San Antonia, Texas, then west to Los Angeles. The Superliner trains take just under 69 hours to cover 4,390 kilometers.

  1. The Rovos Rail

On this route you can experience wild Africa from the wing chair, more precisely from the rear of the old, historic saloon car. Rovos Rail runs on several routes through South Africa to the Tanzanian Dar es Salaam.

The 6 100 km long route leads through Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia to the African east coast. There are stopovers at various impressive natural wonders, such as in the Rift Valley or at the Victoria Falls.

  1. Tsar gold

Tsar gold is the name of the special train that runs from Moscow along Lake Baikal in Russia through the Gobi desert to China’s capital Beijing. The route is 7,800 kilometers long. There are up to five different compartment categories on the train. The special train trip includes various excursions and takes a total of 16 days.

  1. The Transsib

The Trans-Siberian Railway continues to operate on the longest railway line in the world:

The journey from Moscow to Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean takes over 9,280 kilometers. You travel seven days in a regular scheduled train – individual or group travelers, however, plan numerous stopovers and therefore need two to three weeks for their adventure trip.

Trans-Siberian Railway

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