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This article lists longest passenger rail services that are currently scheduled and running directly between two cities. This list is not complete due to the complexity of various railway systems, its timetables and difference in schedule administration between countries. To keep the list simple, only services that are point-to-point direct between two cities are listed. Services that require railcar exchanges, coach changes, shunting or station transfers are not listed.

Records[edit]

Trains operated by Russia's Trans-Siberian Railway holds the record for maximum number of long distance passenger trains. The longest train journey without changing is the twice monthly through-coach Moscow - Pyongyang via Khasan, Tumangan (10,175 km) completed in 210 h 20 min.[citation needed]

Top 50 train services, by distance[edit]

No Origin City
(Country)
Destination City
(Country)
Train Name
No
Operator Name Distance No. of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
1 Moscow (Russia) Vladivostok (Russia) Rossiya 002 Russian Railways 9259 km 67 Alternate days 178 hrs (~7 days)
2 Moscow (Russia) Beijing (China) via Harbin (China) Vostok 020Щ / 019Ч Russian Railways/China Railways 8984 km 44 Weekly 144 hrs (6 days)[1]
3 Moscow (Russia) Beijing (China) via Ulan Bator (Mongolia) 43 / 33 Russian Railways/Mongolian Railways/China Railways 7826 km 33 Weekly 131 hrs (~5.5 days)[1]
4 Guangzhou (China) Lhasa (China) T264 China Railways 4980 km 10 Daily 54 hrs 30 mins (~2.5 days)[1]
5 Shanghai (China) Yining (China) T206/3-T204/5 China Railways 4742 km 32 Daily 55 hrs 43 mins (~2.5 days)[2]
6 Guangzhou (China) Urumqi (China) Z136/7-Z138/5 China Railways 4684 km 31 Daily 49 hrs 34 mins (~2 days)[1]
7 Toronto (Canada) Vancouver (Canada) The Canadian 1 / 2 Via Rail 4466 km 66 Tri-weekly 86 h (~3.5 days)
8 Harbin (China) Haikou (China) K1121 China Railways 4458 km 52 Daily 65 hrs 42 mins (~3 days)[1]
9 Chicago (USA) Los Angeles (USA) Texas Eagle 21 / 22 Amtrak 4390 km 40 Tri-weekly 65 hrs 20 mins (~3 days)[3]
10 Shanghai (China) Lhasa (China) T164 China Railways 4373 km 12 Daily 48 hrs 56 mins (2 days)[1]
11 Sydney (Australia) Perth (Australia) The Indian Pacific Great Southern Railway 4352 km 26 Bi-Weekly 65 hrs (2.5 days+)
12 Dibrugarh (India) Kanyakumari (India) Dibrugarh - Kanyakumari Vivek Express / 15906 Indian Railways 4238 km 56 Weekly 82 hrs 15 mins (3.5 days)
13 Hangzhou (China) Ürümqi (China) K1595 China Railways 4168 km 34 Daily 55 hrs 50 mins
14 Changchun (China) Kunming (China) K2288 China Railways 4141 km 57 Daily 68 hrs 33 mins (~3 days)[1]
15 Shanghai (China) Urumqi (China) T52 China Railways 4077 km 24 Daily 45 hrs 16 mins (2 days)[1]
16 Emeryville (USA) Chicago (USA) California Zephyr 5 / 6 Amtrak 3924 km 32 Daily 51 hrs 20 mins (~2 days)[4]
17 Beijing (China) Lhasa (China) T27 China Railways 3753 km 9 Daily 43 hrs 51 mins (~2 days)[1]
18 Jammu (India) Kanyakumari (India) Himsagar Express/16318 Indian Railways 3715 km 71 Weekly 70 hrs 15 mins (~3 days)
19 Harbin (China) Guangzhou (China) T238 China Railways 3647 km 22 Daily 37 hrs 33 mins (~1.5 days)[1]
20 Chicago (USA) Los Angeles (USA) Southwest Chief 4 / 5 Amtrak 3645 km 31 Daily 41 hrs (~2 day)[5]
21 Lianyungang (China) Urumqi (China) K1354 China Railways 3638 km 36 Daily 48 hrs 37 mins (~2 days)[1]
22 Chicago (USA) Portland (USA) Empire Builder 27 / 28 Amtrak 3629 km 38 Daily 46 hrs (~2 day)[6]
23 Mangalore (India) Jammu (India) Navyug Express/16687 Indian Railways 3609 km 71 Weekly 68 hrs 5 mins (~3 days)[7]
24 Yeswanthpur (Bangalore) Dibrugarh (India) Yeshvantapur-Dibrugarh Express/15901 Indian Railways 3578 km 70 Weekly 68 hrs 15 mins (~3 days)[7]
25 Tirunelveli (India) Jammu (India) Tirunelveli-Jammu Express/16787 Indian Railways 3561 km 70 Bi-weekly 69 hrs 25 mins (~3 days)[7]
26 Thiruvananthapuram (India) Guwahati (India) Thiruvananthapuram-Guwahati Express/12515 Indian Railways 3552 km 23 Weekly 65 hrs (~3 days)[7]
27 Chicago (USA) Seattle (USA) Empire Builder 7 / 8 Amtrak 3549 km 39 Daily 46 hrs (~2 day)[8]
28 Chongqing North (China) Harbin (China) K1061 China Railways 3524 km 41 Daily 48 hrs 00 mins
29 Kochuveli (Thiruvananthapuram) (India) Dehradun (India) Kochuveli-Dehradun Express 12287 Indian Railways 3459 km 17 Weekly 70 hrs[7]
30 Ernakulam (Kochi) Barauni (India) Raptisagar Express /12522 Indian Railways 3441 km 61 Weekly 60 hrs 40 mins[7]
31 Chandigarh (India) Kochuveli (Thiruvananthapuram)(India) Kerala Sampark Kranti Express /12218 Indian Railways 3415 km 18 Weekly 53 hrs 50 mins[7]
32 Guwahati (India) Ernakulam(India) Guwahati - Ernakulam Express/12508 Indian Railways 3337 km 43 Weekly 59 hrs 45 mins[7]
33 Moscow (Russia) Nice (France) 017B / 018B Russian Railways 3318 km 24 Weekly 50 hrs (2 days)
34 Amritsar (India) Kochuveli (Thiruvananthapuram) (India) Amritsar-Kochuveli Express/12484 Indian Railways 3296 km 23 Weekly 60 hrs 25 mins[7]
35 Thiruvananthapuram (India) Gorakhpur (India) Raptisagar Express /12512 Indian Railways 3251 km 59 Tri-weekly 57 hrs 40 mins[7]
36 Okha (India) Rameshwaram (India) Okha-Rameshwaram Express/16734 Indian Railways 3256 km 39 Weekly 65 hrs 00 mins[1]
37 Okha (India) Guwahati (India) Dwarka Express/15635 Indian Railways 3215 km 39 Weekly 67 hrs 40 mins
38 New Orleans Los Angeles Sunset Limited 1 / 2 Amtrak 3211 km 20 Tri-weekly 48 hrs (~2 day)[9]
39 Dehradun (India) Kochuveli (Thiruvananthapuram) (India) Dehradun-Kochuveli Superfast Express/12288 Indian Railways 3157 km 25 Weekly 30 hrs 40 mins[7]
40 Wenzhou (China) Harbin (China) K553 China Railways 3137 km 43 Daily 42 hrs 56 mins
41 Beijing (China) Urumqi (China) T69 China Railways 3105 km 20 Daily 33 hrs 51 mins
42 Madurai (India) Dehradun (India) Kerala Express/12687/12687 slip Indian Railways 3086/3081 km 28/28 Weekly 53 hrs 25 mins/53 hrs 5 min (~2.5 days)
43 Thiruvananthapuram (India) Newdelhi (India) Kerala Express/12625 Indian Railways 3035 km 44 Daily 50 hrs 25 mins (~3 days)
44 Thiruvananthapuram (India) Hazrat Nizamuddin (India) Nizamuddin Express/12643 Indian Railways 3014 km 30 Weekly 50 hrs 45 mins (~3 days)
45 Bikaner (India) Kochuveli (Thiruvananthapuram) (India) Bikaner Kochuveli Express/16311 Indian Railways 3002 km 39 Weekly 54 hrs 35 mins(~2.5 days)[7]
46 Kanyakumari (India) Hazrat Nizamuddin (India) Thirukural Express/12641 Indian Railways 2922 km 23 Weekly 46 hrs 45 mins (~2 days)
47 Rameswaram (India) Varanasi (India) Rameswaram Varanasi Express/14259 Indian Railways 2796 km 34 Weekly 51 hrs 40 mins (~3 days)
48 Bikaner (India) Coimbatore (India) Bikaner Coimbatore AC Super Fast Express/22475 Indian Railways 2781 km 34 Weekly 44 hrs 20 mins (~2 days)[7]
49 Tuticorin (India) Okha (India) Tuticorin-Okha Vivek Express/19568 Indian Railways 2735 km 38 Weekly 50 hrs 40 Minutes (~2 days)
50 Tirunelveli (India) Hapa (India) Hapa Express/19577 Indian Railways 2730 km 26 Bi-Weekly 44 hrs (~2 days)

Longest train services, by country, within the country[edit]

Table below lists trains operating nationally, within a country.

Africa[edit]

Egypt[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Alexandria Aswan No. 88 Special ("Isbani") Egyptian National Railways 1100 km (approximate) 9 Daily 17 hrs

South Africa[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Pretoria Cape Town The Blue Train Luxrail 1 600 km weekly 28 hrs

Asia[edit]

China[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Beijing Moscow (Russia) 003 Trans-Siberian Rail 7622 km 33 Weekly 127 h (5 days +)
Guangzhou Lhasa T264 / T266 China Railways 4980 km 10 Daily 54 h (2 days +)
Harbin (China) Haikou (China) K1121 China Railways 4458 km 52 Daily 65 hrs 42 mins (~3 days)
Shanghai Lhasa T164 / T166 China Railways 4373 km 12 Daily 48 h (2 days)
Hangzhou Urumqi K594 / K596 China Railways 4168 km 35 Daily 56 h (2 days +)
Changchun (China) Kunming (China) K2288 China Railways 4141 km 57 Daily 68 hrs 33 mins (~3 days)
Shanghai Urumqi T52 / T54 China Railways 4077 km 24 Daily 45 h (2 days)
Beijing Lhasa T27 / T28 China Railways 3753 km 7 Daily 43 h (2 days)
Shenyang Guangzhou T12 / T14 China Railways 3011 km 16 Daily 28 h (1 day)
Beijing Nanning G421 / G422 &G529 / G530 China Railways 2489 km 24 Daily 13 h 32min
Beijing Shenzhen G71 / G72 China Railways 2400 km 17 Daily 10 h 16min
Shanghai Shenyang D196 / D194 China Railways 2014 km 15 Daily 14 h

India[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Dibrugarh Kanyakumari Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express (15905/15906) Indian Railways 4284 km 56 Weekly 82.15 hrs(~5 days)
Jammutawi Kanyakumari Himsagar Express/(16317/16318) Indian Railways 3715 km 71 Weekly 69 hrs 40 min(~3 days)
Mangalore Jammu Navyug Express/(16687/16688) Indian Railways 3609 km 61 Weekly 68 hrs(~3 days)[7]
Yeswanthpur (Bangalore) Dibrugarh Dibrugarh Express/15901 Indian Railways 3547 km 33 Weekly 68 hrs (~3 days)[7]
Tirunelveli Jammu TEN JAMMU Express/16787 Indian Railways 3561 km 70 Biweekly 70 hrs(~3 days)[7]
Thiruvananthapuram Guwahati Guwahati Express/12515 Indian Railways 3552 km 50 Weekly 65 hrs[7]
Dehradun Kochuveli(Thiruvananthapuram) Dehradun Kochuveli Super Express/12288 Indian Railways 3459 km 25 Weekly 61 hrs 10 mins[7]
Ernakulam Barauni Raptisagar Express/12522 Indian Railways 3441 km 61 Weekly 62 hrs(~3 days)[7]
Chandigarh Kochuveli(Thiruvananthapuram) Keraka Sampark Kranti Express/12218 Indian Railways 3415 km 21 Weekly 57 hrs 35 mins[7]
Guwahati Ernakulam Guwahati - Ernakulam Express/12508 Indian Railways 3337 km 43 weekly 59 hrs 45 mins
Amritsar Kochuveli(Thiruvananthapuram) Amritsar Kochuveli Express/12484 Indian Railways 3296 km 22 Weekly 57 hrs 10 min(~2.5 days)[7]
Okha Rameswaram Rameswaram-Okha Express/16733 Indian Railways 3256 km 40 weekly 65 hrs 00 mins
Thiruvananthapuram Gorakhpur Raptisagar Express/12512 Indian Railways 3248 km 60 Tri-weekly 57hrs 5 mins
Okha Guwahati Dwarka Express/15636 Indian Railways 3213 km 41 weekly 65 hrs 35 mins
Dwarka Guwahati Dwarka Express/15636 Indian Railways 3213 km 41 weekly 65 hrs 35 mins
Thiruvananthapuram Hazrat Nizamuddin Trivandrum Rajdhani Express[10]/12431 Indian Railways 3149 km 19 Tri-weekly 41hrs 25 mins
Gandhidham Kamakhya Gandhidham Kamakhya Exp/15667 Indian Railways 3111 km 33 Weekly 64 hrs 45 min(~4 days)
Dehradun Madurai Dehradun-Madurai Super Fast Express/12688 Indian Railways 3086 km 27 Weekly 53 hrs 25 min(~3 days)
Chandigarh Madurai Chandigarh-Chennai-Madurai Link Express/22688 Indian Railways 3082 km 26 Weekly 53 hrs 00 min(~3 days)
Thiruvananthapuram New Delhi Kerala Express/12625 Indian Railways 3035 km 42 Daily 50 hrs 25 mins(2 days)
Dibrugarh Chennai Dibrugarh-Chennai Express/15930 Indian Railways 3028 km 39 Weekly 61.20 hrs(2.5 days)
Bikaner Kochuveli(Thiruvananthapuram) Bikaner Kochuveli Express/16311 Indian Railways 3002 km 39 Weekly 54 hrs 35 mins(>2 days)[7]

Japan[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Osaka Sapporo Twilight Express West Japan Railway Company 1495.7 km,1508.5 km 17 special 22 hrs 45 mins

Russia[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Moscow Vladivostok Rossiya/2 Trans-Siberian Rail 9259 km 67 Alternate days 178 hrs(~7 days)
Moscow (Russia) Beijing (China) 003 Trans-Siberian Rail 7622 km 33 Weekly 127 hrs(5 days+)

Thailand[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Bangkok Singapore 951/952 Locomotive : SRT & KTMB / Service : E&O 1907 km 5 special deluxe excursion train 2days 3hrs 25mins
Bangkok Su-ngai Kolok 37/38 SRT 1174 km 27 daily 20hrs 10mins
Bangkok Su-ngai Kolok 171/172 SRT 1174 km 39 daily 21hrs 45mins
Bangkok Butterworth 35/36 SRT 1147 km 23 daily 22hrs 10mins

Europe[edit]

Finland[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Helsinki Kolari R 263/270/272 VR 995 km 16 2 to 3 times a week from 14 to 15 hrs

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France[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Paris Moscow via Berlin EN453 Russian Railways 3217 km[12] 20 3 to 5 times a week 37 hrs, 30 mins
Nice Moscow via Wien EN18 Russian Railways 3315 km[13] 17 once a week 47 hrs

Central Europe[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Basel Moscow via Berlin D50724 CNL 2854 km 6 daily 36 hrs, 53 mins
Hamburg Villach via Berlin, Prague and Vienna 172/173 Vindobona EC 1469 km 28 daily 16 hrs, 22 mins
Copenhagen Basel via Flensburg and Frankfurt Aurora CNL 1380 km 14 daily 16 hrs, 27 mins
Copenhagen Amsterdam via Flensburg and Cologne Borealis CNL 1250 km 17 daily 15 hrs, 49 mins
Amsterdam Innsbruck via Cologne and Munich Pollux CNL  ? km daily 14 hrs, 5 mins
Amsterdam Warsaw via Cologne and Berlin Jan Kiepura CNL  ? km daily 16 hrs, 6 mins

Italy[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Palermo Turin 1944 Trenitalia 1564 km N/A daily 22 hrs, 13 mins

Romania[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Constanta Satu Mare 1840 CFR 902 km 32 daily 19 hrs, 11 mins

Sweden[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Göteborg Luleå 91+92 SJ 1519 km 23 daily 18 hrs, 30 mins
Stockholm Narvik (Norway) 93+94 SJ 1465 km 25 daily 20 hrs, 40 mins

United Kingdom[edit]

Origin City Destination Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Aberdeen Penzance 1V60 CrossCountry 1162 km 49 Daily 13 hrs 23 mins

North America[edit]

Canada[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Toronto Vancouver The Canadian 1 / 2 Via Rail 4466 km 66 Tri-weekly 86 h (3.5 days)
Winnipeg Churchill 693 / 692 Via Rail 1697 km 53 Bi-weekly 45 h (2 days)
Montreal Halifax The Ocean 14 / 15 Via Rail 1346 km 25 Tri-weekly 23 h 43 mins (1 day)

United States[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Chicago Los Angeles Texas Eagle 421 / 422 Amtrak 4390 km 40 Tri-weekly 65 hrs 20 mins (~3 days)[14]
Emeryville Chicago California Zephyr 5 / 6 Amtrak 3924 km 32 Daily 51 hrs 20 mins (~2 days)
Chicago Los Angeles Southwest Chief 4 / 5 Amtrak 3645 km 31 Daily 41 hrs (~2 day)[15]
Chicago Portland Empire Builder 27 / 28 Amtrak 3629 km 38 Daily 46 hrs (~2 day)[16]
Chicago Seattle Empire Builder 7 / 8 Amtrak 3549 km 39 Daily 46 hrs (~2 day)[17]
New Orleans Los Angeles Sunset Limited 1 / 2 Amtrak 3211 km 20 Tri-weekly 48 hrs (~2 day)[18]
New York Miami Silver Star 91 / 92 Amtrak 2449 km 36 Daily 36 hrs (~1.5 day)[19]
New York Miami Silver Meteor 97 / 98 Amtrak 2235 km 31 Daily 28 hrs (~1 day)[20]

South America[edit]

Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

Origin City Destination City Train Name/No Operator Name Distance No.of Stops Frequency Scheduled running time
Sydney Perth The Indian Pacific Great Southern Railway 4352 km 26 Bi-Weekly 65 hrs (2.5 days+)
Adelaide Darwin The Ghan Great Southern Railway 2979 km 4 Bi-Weekly to Bi-Monthly 54 hrs
Brisbane Cairns The Sunlander Queensland Railways 1680 km N/A 3 times per week 31 hrs

Now Dibrugargh to Kanyakumari Vivek Express is the longest route running train (approx. 4200 km) in India

Longest non-stop train services, by distance & country[edit]

No Origin City(Country) Destination City(Country) Train Name/No Operator Name Distance Frequency Running Time Average Speed
1 Kochi (India) Delhi (India) Ernakulam H.Nizamuddin Duronto Express / 12283 / 12284 Indian Railways 2943 km Weekly 41hrs 55min 70 km/h
2 Chennai (India) Delhi (India) Chennai-H.nizamuddin duronto express/12269 Indian Railways 2174  km Twice a Week 27hrs 55min 77 km/h
3 Beijing West (China) Changsha Station (China) Z17 / Z18 China Railway 1587 km Daily 13hrs 11min 120 km/h
4 Lorton, Virginia (United States) Sanford, Florida (United States) Auto Train, 52/53 Amtrak 1376 km Daily[21] 17hrs 30min 79 km/h
5 Ashford International (United Kingdom) Avignon Centre (France) 9084 / 9087 Eurostar 1000 km (approximately) One per week, July to September.[22][23] 4hrs 52min Southbound
5hrs 10min Northbound
200 km/h (approximately)

Longest high-speed rail service[edit]

The China Railways G/1276/7-G1278/5 Harbin-Wuhan train (2446 km, 14 1/2 hours), which began service on December 10, 2014, became the longest high-speed rail service in the world.[24] It overtook the G1202 Harbin-Shanghai (2421 km, 12 hours), which had set the previous record on December 28, 2012.[24]

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