What are the longest train journeys in the world?

A train arrives at Xuchang East Station on December 26, 2012 in Xuchang, China, during the opening of the world’s longest high-speed rail line. (Getty Images)

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It has been nine years to the day since the longest high-speed rail line in the world was officially opened.

On December 26, 2012, the railway line between Beijing and Guangzhou was inaugurated in China.

When it began, the route was 2,298 km (1,428 miles) and featured 35 stops, with trains running at 300 km / h (187 mph).

This reduced a 22 hour trip to less than 10 hours.

Here are some of the longest train journeys around the world.

The Trans-Siberian Railway (5,772 miles)

A train travels along the Trans-Siberian Railway near Maganskaya Station outside of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, June 4, 2019. REUTERS / Ilya Naymushin

A train travels along the Trans-Siberian Railway near Maganskaya Station outside of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. (Reuters)

The longest railway line in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs through Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok, which is next to the Sea of ​​Japan.

The famous road was built between 1891 and 1916 at the request of Emperor Alexander III and his son, who would become Emperor Nicholas II.


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The Trans-Siberian Railway stretches 9,289 km (5,772 miles) and is operated by Russian Railways.

It spans a record eight time zones and it takes eight days to complete the entire trip.

Moscow to Pyongyang (6,379 miles)

TUMANGANG, NORTH KOREA - AUG 19: A customs officer is seen on the No.100 train from Moscow to Pyongyang at Tumangang Station on August 19, 2015 in Tumangang, North Korea.  North Korea and South Korea reached an agreement today to ease tensions following an exchange of artillery fire at the demilitarized border last week.  (Photo by Xiaolu Chu / Getty Images)

A customs officer on the train from Moscow to Pyongyang at Tumangang station in North Korea in August 2015 (Getty Images)

Technically, it was the longest rail service in the world, until February 2020, when services between Russia and North Korea were suspended.

He used much of the Trans-Siberian route for his trip.

Operated by the Korean State Railways, it spanned 10,267 km (6,379 miles) and had 157 stops, in eight and a half days.

Toronto to Vancouver (2,775 miles)

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 15: Passengers aboard the Canadian, a Via Rail train from Toronto to Vancouver, look both sides of the dining car to see the sights while still in Ontario.  (Bernard Weil / Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Passengers aboard the Canadian, a Via Rail train from Toronto to Vancouver in Canada. (Getty Images)

Almost all of the 20 longest rail services in the world are in Russia or China, but the 17th stretches 4,466 km (2,775 miles) across Canada.

Operated by Via Rail and its transcontinental passenger train, The Canadian, it connects Union Station in Toronto and Pacific Central Station in Vancouver.

The journey takes approximately 95 hours.

Chicago to Los Angeles (2,727 miles)

Amtrak's Texas Eagle train waits to leave the station in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Michael Hibblen / Miami Herald / Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

The Amtrak Texas Eagle train waiting to leave the station in San Antonio, Texas. (Getty Images)

Slightly shorter than the trip to Canada, at 4,390 km (2,727 miles), this is the longest service through the United States.

It consists of two trains, the Texas Eagle from Chicago, Illinois, to San Antonio, Texas, followed by the Sunset Limited from San Antonio to Los Angeles, California.

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The trip operated by Amtrak is a 65-hour trip through seven states: Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Sydney to Perth (2,704 miles)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 9: The Great Southern Railway Indian Pacific arrives at Rawlinna Station on December 9, 2011 in Rawlinna, Australia.  The Great Southern Railway's Indian Pacific runs the 4,352 km between Sydney and Perth twice a week, crosses three states, and features the world's longest straight stretch of railway on the Nullarbor Plain.  Now in its ninth year, the Indian Pacific Outback Christmas Journey takes 65 hours to reach its destination while traveling through the Australian Outback to support remote regional communities as well as the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images)

The Indian Pacific arriving at Rawlinna station in Australia. (Getty Images)

The Indian Pacific service, operated by the luxury rail company Journey Beyond, between the cities of Sydney and Perth, stretches 4,352 km (2,704 miles) across Australia.

Opened in 1970, the Indian Pacific comprises the longest straight line of railroad in the world, a 478 km (297 mile) section above the Nullarbor Plain.

The trip lasts 75 hours and the train has a Platinum and Gold service.

The train also has a railcar service that carries passenger cars between Adelaide and Perth.

Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari (2,621 miles)

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India - January 2017: Stop signs at the end of the railway tracks on the station.

Kanyakumari Station in India, where passengers can start or end their journey on the country’s longest rail service, the Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express. (Getty)

The Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express operates in India from Dibrugarh in the northeast to Kanyakumari in the south.

The weekly train service covers 4,218 km (2,621 miles) and traverses nine states in 80 hours.

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