From London to Singapore by Train in 40 Days

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When I first started RailTravel Station, the original purpose was to document such an overland trip. However, due to circumstances, I was not able to proceed with the trip as I had originally planned, as there were other issues I considered more important to complete first.

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* Route map edited to feature only destinations of my journey.

Finally, I was on my way backpacking across Europe and Asia, departing at the end of April 2016 and arriving back in June 2016. The London to Singapore overland trip by train has been completed successfully by many, and is considered one of the most adventurous and interesting rail routes in the world. It was also the best time for me to travel as I was still eligible for youth discounts for travel in the UK (so now you can roughly guess my age).

I had mentally (and also on an Excel sheet) planned this trip for about 6 years now, so it was relatively easy for me to start sorting out my tickets and times. This planning was done with my own knowledge and sources online, typically for Asian routes, and also with assistance from an excellent railway travel website and some email correspondence with The Man in Seat Sixty-One, especially for European routes which I was not exactly familiar with.

From train rides to tuk-tuks, Vatican City to Angkor Wat, Eurostar to ETS. 40 days, 14 countries, 23 cities, 27 train journeys, 17 nights spent on overnight travels, 1 incredible, memorable and epic journey.

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  1. Hello there!
    I hope you will publish your 40 days journey in details as in the price, place and all. Have fun! Will be waiting for your updates. Hoping that my request is not burdening you.

  2. Hi there, this looks like a dream to me. If you don’t mind me asking, how did you save up for a trip like this?

  3. That’s what me and my bestfriend have planned when we returned back to Malaysia once we finished our study in UK. Will be patiently waiting for your full updates once you landed back to Singapore. Have fun! 😀
    P/s: if you don’t mind please update every single thing later on as in where you stay, price etc. 😀

  4. Found your website before going on a 3-month Europe trip in June. Hope to see some interesting stories and get some useful information.
    Have a safe trip!

  5. I agreed, make a stop at Irkutsk for Lake Baikal, its really beautiful!!

    I did the Russia >> Singapore 2 years back and i still miss Lake Baikal.

    Oh and Mongolia!! It seems that you are not stopping at Mongolia?

    Haha i had a blog like you but i got busy and lazy to update. Maybe its tine for me to get a laptop and start writing again!

  6. May you have an amazing and blessed journey with many adventures and exciting moments. Was daydreaming about Venice last week so do spare a thought for a Malaysian girl who longs to (but for practical reasons can’t) to satisfy her wanderlust.

  7. there is a story of Thai twin ladies who manage to travel from London back to Bangkok by Rail using info from Seat61 and they have written a book about their journey.

    1. I just checked online at Seat61, which link you just referred about Thai twin ladies i look for?

  8. Wow….enjoy your 40 days trip. I bet it’s going to be one of your most priceless journey! Enjoy and stay safe!!

  9. looking forward for your journey updates…am sure your experience will inspired others and the choice of station to start on will be vary…:-)

  10. Have an awesome trip that add colors to your lufe journey. Looking forward to your sharing which will help many others to fulfill their dream trip too. Play safe and have fun

  11. Wow, im thinking of doing the other way round, that is from Malaysia to Londo overland.
    Will definifely follow ur blog. Stopover in Mongolia & Irkutsk for Lake Baikal will be fun. I just came back from winter lake baikal and it’s just too beautiful.
    Good luck & stay safe.

    1. hi im actually working on a similar trip which you have in mind…..maybe we could get in touch….my contact number 019 262 4694 dave….tks

  12. its gonna be an interesting journey thats for sure, wish you all the best and any chance of me travelling with you….:-)

  13. That’s what I have been thinking to do! Was planning to take train back to SG from London by train after omplete my study two years ago..but failed…hope you will share more! Im looking forward to reading your exciting trip!

  14. Hi everyone,

    I am looking for for adventurous people who is keen to cross London to Singapore on train in August.

    If anybody knows someone interested, please let me know… I started to organize it by myself, but it would be great have a nice companion.


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