You won’t be surprised to find out that this 11,654-mile trip – the new longest rail journey on the planet – takes a whopping 21 days to complete. And also that you will have to change services... quite a few times.
Starting in Lagos in Portugal, the trip will involve switching trains in places like Paris, Moscow, Beijing and Bangkok. Big gap-yah energy. But if you’ve got a long-awaited chunk of time off on the cards, a few days in each of those cities sounds like a great way to spend it. Gap yah? More like gap yeaah.
The journey only recently became the longest rail trip on the planet thanks to a new 260-mile line between Laos and China. From China’s Mohan station (in Yunnan), travellers will then be able to make it down to Singapore on a different train.
The previous longest rail journey in the world was thought to be an epic trip from London to Singapore – at least, according to train blogger The Man in Seat 61 – and involved taking the Trans-Siberian Express across Russia. However, this new route beats it by a good thousand miles.
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