Train enthusiasts will be delighted to learn of a new route allowing passengers to travel between Portugal and Singapore. The trip will be the longest train ride on the planet, surpassing other lengthy journeys such as the Trans-Siberian Railways’ famous 5,772-mile trek.
Previously, the train line ended in Vietnam — but a new high-speed rail line between China and Laos will allow riders to reach more distant locations.
Along the way, travelers will go through Bangkok, Beijing, Paris, Moscow, and several other cities. In all, the trip will carry passengers through thirteen European and Asian countries.
At 11,654 miles, the journey will last for a minimum of 21 days.
However, if you’re imagining staying on the same train the whole time, you’ll be disappointed. The trip will require multiple service changes, meaning passengers will have to switch trains several times.
On the other hand, many travelers will be pleased by the numerous service changes. Switching trains will allow them to spend as much time as they like in each of the fantastic destinations the route passes through.
Even with the interchanges between train stations, the trip will still be more convenient than earlier options, which required lengthy bus rides.
Travelers who want to take their time experiencing a vast array of cultures across numerous countries will benefit from the new line. In the age of speedy plane travel, hopping on a train allows the curious and adventurous to take things in at a slower pace.
Currently, the route is not fully available; coronavirus-related precautions have affected many parts of the trip, shutting some sections down entirely. The Paris to Moscow section is closed until further notice.
When precautions are lifted, traveling the whole line will cost around $1,200. Rather than purchasing one ticket for the entire route, travelers will need to buy separate — but inexpensive — tickets for multiple connecting lines.