Trains are often regarded as the safest and most affordable mode of road transport in the world, and the opening of a new train line in Laos, Southeast Asia, has established the world’s longest continuous train ride. It is scheduled to pass through Paris, Moscow, and Beijing on its way from Lagos, in southern Portugal, to Singapore.
According to a hypothetical route estimate conducted by railway enthusiasts on Reddit with the assistance of British rail expert Mark Smith of Set61, the journey may take 21 days.
Before that, the railway journey concludes in Vietnam at a distance of around 16,988 kilometers. Travelers wishing to reach Singapore had to travel by bus from Saigon to Bangkok via Cambodia.
On December 2, a high-speed railway was launched between Kunming, China, and Vientiane, Laos’ capital. Thus, tourists seeking a lengthy train journey can now travel between Beijing and Bangkok, then on to Singapore, aboard the world’s longest continuous train voyage.
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This amazing voyage will take travelers through 13 countries, including Spain, Poland, and Belarus in Europe, and Mongolia and Thailand in Asia.
According to Smith, the long-distance travel expert, the 21-day trip includes overnight stops to get visas, paperwork, and rail connections.
Additionally, certain train stations may make brief stops in other cities. A round-trip ticket might cost up to 1,200 euros.
One of the project’s advantages is that it is environmentally friendly and considerably cuts carbon emissions. On a typical one-way flight from Lisbon, Portugal, to Singapore’s Changi Airport, around 1.67 tons of CO2 equivalent are emitted. A lengthy rail or bus ride may release only about 0.08 tons.
According to Reddit, several railways, including the Paris-Moscow canal train and the Moscow-Beijing train, may be closed owing to the coronavirus outbreak, forcing travelers to wait until travel restrictions are lifted.
Regardless of the lengthy distance, duration, and travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19 in general, it can be beneficial to experience this journey at least once in a lifetime.