There’s a new bus service planned between India and London: 12,000 miles, 70 days, crossing 18 countries

Aug 28, 2020

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Does the “longest bus journey in the world” tickle your fancy? For all you road trip fans, in May 2021, you can spend 70 days in a luxury coach traveling from Delhi to London.

It’s the first hop-on, hop-off bus service covering the marathon journey from India to England and will cover 12,000 miles.

Adventures Overland is offering 20 people the chance to take part in this bus odyssey and it will cost roughly $20,000 per person.

A bus is being boarded by a group of travellers, ready to begin their journey.
(Photo by Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images)

The journey’s start date may be postponed but owners Sanjay Madan and Tushar Agarwal are eager to get cracking.

The website says: “The last few months have altered life for all of us, and the COVID-19 pandemic will continue for a while. Keeping this in mind, we will only start accepting bookings once there is clarity with respect to travel regulations, both locally and internationally.”

The bus will depart from Delhi and drive across India before journeying into South East Asia through Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. It will then head to China and Central Asia, before finishing in Europe.

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The luxury coach has Wi-Fi and lots of legroom apparently and don’t worry, you won’t actually be sleeping on it — most nights will be spent in four or five-star hotels — hence the fairly steep ticket price.

China's Great Wall
Great Wall of China. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

While traveling through China passengers will get to meet pandas in Chengdu, walk the Great Wall, visit the Mogao Caves and experience the Gobi Desert.

From there the bus will trundle along the famed Silk Road, crossing into Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Russia is next with stops planned in Astrakhan, Volga and Moscow, as well as a day cruise on the Caspian Sea.

Finally, into Europe, passengers will take in Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland before heading to Prague, Frankfurt then Belgium.

After 68 days on the road, passengers will arrive in London for two days of sightseeing and can review all of those new passport stamps.

Included in the cost of the trip are all hotel stays, guides and fees related to visas, immigration, sightseeing and movement permits. Planned meals and daily snacks and drinks are also included in the cost. Click here to find out more about tickets and booking.

Featured photo by Mario Gutiérrez/Getty Images

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