The World's Longest Train Journeys

The Trans-Siberian Railways services are popular among tourists to Russia.
The Trans-Siberian Railways services are popular among tourists to Russia.

Rail transportation is one of the oldest forms of modern transport. Even today, it is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. In many places, trains are often the cheapest option for long distance travel across land. Furthermore, it can also be comfortable and enjoyable as trains tend to be spacious and allow passengers to observe their surroundings. In addition to passenger transport, trains also allow large amounts of goods to be transported and serve an important role in the economy of imports and exports. The world's longest rail journey is the Trans-Siberian Railway. 

Longest Train Services

Trans-Siberian Railway

The longest train service in the world is known as the Trans-Siberian Railway. It runs from Moscow, Russia to Vladivostok, Russia. This train service is used for both tourist transportation and transporting goods across the country, and is the most important train service in Russia. Approximately 30% of Russia’s exports travel through this train service. The total time it takes this train to get from start to finish is nearly six days and in this time it covers over 9,000 kilometers.

Chinese Train Services

After the Trans-Siberian Railway, the next three longest train services in the world are located in China with the longest being the service from Guangzhou to Lhasa. The Train that operates on this route is the T264, and it is operated by China Railways. The primary purpose of this train is to serve as a passenger mover, and a train departs on this route once a day. The time this train takes to reach its final destination is approximately 2 and a half days and in this time it covers almost 5000 kilometers.

Toronto to Vancouver, Canada

Another long train service is found in Canada between Toronto and Vancouver. The train that runs this route is called the Canadian, and it is operated by Via Rail Canada. This train is a passenger train, and it is known to be one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. The total time it takes for this train to reach its final destination is over three days and the distance it covers in this time is 4,446 kilometers. This journey is the longest train service in North America, and it is the fifth longest train service in the world. A train on this route leaves three times a week.

Tourism Aspect of Train Services

All of these train services attract many tourists, both domestic and international. The Trans-Siberian Railway is very popular for international visitors, but it also attracts a large number of Russians. Similar can be said about all these trains as they attract many domestic and international tourists. It is not always that the tourists use these services to get from one place to another, but often they avail these services to enjoy the experience. The main reason for this is the scenic settings of these train routes. With all this is mind, it can be safe to say that train services are a big part of the tourism industry.

Longest Train Services In The World

RankOrigin City-Destination CityTrain Number-OperatorDistance Covered (in km)Scheduled Running Time
1Moscow (Russia) to Vladivostok (Russia) 1 / 2, 99 / 100, Russian Railways92895d 20h
2 Guangzhou (China) to Lhasa (China) T264, China Railways49802d 6h 30m
3Shanghai (China) to Yining (China) T206/3-T204/5, China Railways47422d 7h 43m
4 Guangzhou (China) to Urumqi (China) Z136/7-Z138/5, China Railways46842d 1h 34m
5Toronto (Canada) to Vancouver (Canada) The Canadian 1 / 2, Via Rail44663d 14h

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