In December, it was announced that a new record for the world’s longest train route has been set. Indeed, this is the route from Lagos in Portugal, all the way to Singapore in Asia, vice versa.
Wonderfully, this game-changing route was brought to life by the opening of a railway connection from Laos to Boten on the Chinese border, which connects travellers to Bangkok and Malaysia.
According to travel experts the 11,654-mile journey could be done in 21 days. Meanwhile, the route includes little changes and some overnight stays in iconic cities. Wherever you decide to begin, we’ve compiled a list of the 15 must-see places on the world’s longest train route.
1. Lagos, Portugal
Let’s say you start off in Lagos to end your trip in Singapore. Before riding along the stunning coast of Portugal, chillout in this beach town. Normally frequented with European tourists, expect clear blue waters, sandy coves, and the Atlantic ocean at your feet.
2. Lisbon, Portugal
From fascinating street art, beaches and castles on its doorstep, along with a great culture and nightlife scene…Lisbon is a must-see on the world’s longest train route. Additionally, Portugal was recently crowned the best country for remote working in 2022. Therefore, you could work and travel.
3. Bilbao, Spain
Famed for the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao is a stunning industrial port city, surrounded by mountains, in the north of Spain. With a large variety of bars and restaurants, eat tapas until your hearts content and indulge on the finest Spanish wines. Equally, there’s lots of attractions to keep you entertained.
4. Paris, France
The European city of love is a must-see if you’ve never been. Visit stunning shopping malls like the Galleries’ Lafayette, take pictures at the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, make all your dreams come through at Disneyland, and much more.
5. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
This destination is one of the best romantic places to visit in the world. It’s the most popular castle in Europe, where Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella took their influence. Naturally, you can’t miss this one. Although, it’s a totally-worth-it 4 hour drive from Frankfurt.
6. Berlin, Germany
The capital of Germany is a fascinating city when it comes to history and culture. From the Berlin Wall to its Holocaust memorials, reminders of the Cold War, and more…history nerds will be in their element. Subsequently, one can enjoy museums, theatres, an epic food and art scene, to name a few.
7. Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw boasts an array of fun and educational things to do. For example, see the horrors of the World War sites such as Oskar Schindler’s Factory and the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Alternatively, the enchanting Crooked Forest and the colourful Old Town Market houses are a must-visit.
8. Moscow, Russia
The most popular site to see in Moscow is the phenomenal Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square. Indeed, it showcases the uniqueness of Russian architecture and designs, as well as other exclusive landmarks like the Kremlin Museum, art galleries and more.
9. Lake Baikal, Russia
Just north of the Mongolian border, visit the deepest and oldest lake on the planet. Famed for crystal clear water and rare wildlife, it’s often mistaken for the ocean for how large it is. During the winter, the lake freezes over so well that people have been known to walk and drive across it. The closest train station is Irkutsk.
10. The Great Wall Of China
After stopping in Beijing, take a quick train to Badaling Railway Station. Here, you’ll find a 20-minute walk to the iconic Great Wall. As one of the largest constructions ever-made, it’s a must-see for all travellers. In recent years, a thrilling slide was built for eager adventurists to slide from the top, offering spectacular views.
11. Kunming, China
Most travellers stop off here to get a mix of old and new world culture. However, the most famous place to visit is the Shilin Stone Forest, which is just one hour out of the city. Of course, this UNESCO Global Geopark is breathtaking and a must-visit on the world’s longest train route.
12. Bangkok, Thailand
Known for its bustling street life, pleasant markets, cultural landmarks such as Wat Sam Phran Temple, skyscrapers, Asia’s Red Light District and more…you won’t be bored here.
13. Penang, Malaysia
Famous for its sandy beaches, delicious food scene, epic buildings, to name a few. If you’ve got extra cash and you’re feeling adventurous, why not take a detour with a 55-minute flight to the Perhentain Islands. Certainly, the ultimate tropical getaway with world-class jungle adventures, sea escapades, and more.
14. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Singapore was just crowned the most instagrammable place in the world. From vibrant hawker stalls, futuristic buildings and unique experiences…you’ll be spoilt for choice. Visit our sister site, Secret Singapore, for things to do.
Please note that some connecting train routes are suspended due to COVID-19. Consequently, always keep updated with travel restrictions to plan this route.