Trains have long been an Railway attractive means of travel, whether it was England’s elegant and fast Mallard steam trains of the late 1930s or modern high-speed rail systems such as Japan’s Shinkansen, France’s TGV or Germany’s ICE.
From the speed and comfort to the stunning views that can be enjoyed, train travel is always an amazing experience. Reporting from statista.com, the following are the seven longest train lines in the world that offer an unforgettable travel experience.
Trans-Siberian Express: Moscow to Vladivostok (Russia)
The Trans-Siberian Express, which connects Moscow with Russia’s far east, remains the world’s longest direct rail route, at 9,259 kilometers or 5,753 miles.
The journey passes through the Ural Mountains, Siberian birch forests, and Lake Baikal, and takes six days.
The Canadian: Toronto to Vancouver (Canada)
The second longest route without changes can be found in Canada with the journey from Toronto to Vancouver covering 4,466 kilometers or 2,775 miles.
This trip offers views of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, Canadian Shield forests and stunning Canadian landscapes.
Shanghai to Lhasa (China)
Ranking third is China, where the line between Shanghai and Lhasa covers 4,373 kilometers or 2,717 miles.
The train departs from global financial hub Shanghai, heading to the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa, on the Tibetan Plateau.
Indian Pacific: Sydney to Perth (Australia)
The Indian Pacific is the longest railway line in Australia with a distance of around 2,704 miles or 4,351 kilometers.
This trip spanned four days and three nights. Passengers will explore Australia’s natural beauty, from the Nullarbor wilderness to the forests and waterfalls of the Blue Mountains.
Vivek Express: Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari (India)
Vivek Express is the longest train journey in India, stretching for 2,633 miles or about 4,237 kilometers. This trip takes about 82 hours, or about four days. Passengers will pass through 59 stations from Dibrugarh, Assam in northeast India to Kanyakumari at the southern tip of the country.
California Zephyr: Emeryville (San Francisco) to Chicago
The California Zephyr railroad is one of the longest train journeys in the United States. This journey stretches for 2,438 miles or around 3,920 kilometers and takes 51 hours.
This route covers the Colorado river, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, offering stunning natural views.
Paris-Moscow Express: Paris (France) to Moscow (Russia)
The Paris-Moscow Express train line is the longest route in Europe. This journey stretches approximately 1,998 miles or 3,216 kilometers and takes 48 hours.
During the trip, passengers will pass through several major cities in Europe, including Belarus. This train journey offers a unique and unforgettable experience, allowing passengers to see the stunning views along the route.