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Shortest route through all world capitals

We are visiting the capitals of all countries with the shortest possible total trip distance, starting and ending in Dublin, Ireland. Going eastwards from Dublin, can you name the capitals we will pass through in order?
Both the country and capital(s) will be accepted
Distance is from the previous capital to the current country's capital(s)
Names according to the World Capitals Quiz
Data from WolframAlpha
Quiz by Simon1006
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Last updated: May 22, 2024
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Distance [km]
Capital
Distance [mi]
N/A
Dublin/Ireland
N/A
461
London/United Kingdom
287
360
Amsterdam/Netherlands
223
173
Brussels/Belgium
107
264
Paris/France
164
286
Luxembourg/Luxembourg
178
312
Bern/Switzerland
194
159
Vaduz/Liechtenstein
99
412
Monaco/Monaco
256
498
Andorra la Vella/Andorra
310
494
Madrid/Spain
307
501
Lisbon/Portugal
311
564
Rabat/Morocco
350
947
Algiers/Algeria
587
633
Tunis/Tunisia
393
518
Tripoli/Libya
322
356
Valletta/Malta
221
691
Rome/Italy
429
0
Vatican City/Vatican City
0
226
San Marino/San Marino
140
286
Ljubljana/Slovenia
178
117
Zagreb/Croatia
73
300
Budapest/Hungary
187
160
Bratislava/Slovakia
99
55
Vienna/Austria
34
252
Prague/Czech Republic
157
281
Berlin/Germany
175
356
Copenhagen/Denmark
221
485
Oslo/Norway
301
417
Stockholm/Sweden
259
395
Helsinki/Finland
246
80
Tallinn/Estonia
50
282
Riga/Latvia
175
559
Warsaw/Poland
347
394
Vilnius/Lithuania
245
174
Minsk/Belarus
108
672
Moscow/Russia
418
752
Kiev/Ukraine
467
403
Chișinău/Moldova
250
359
Bucharest/Romania
223
297
Sofia/Bulgaria
184
175
Skopje/North Macedonia
109
77
Pristina/Kosovo
48
243
Belgrade/Serbia
151
191
Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina
119
175
Podgorica/Montenegro
109
130
Tirana/Albania
81
496
Athens/Greece
308
1,117
Cairo/Egypt
694
434
Jerusalem/Israel
269
65
Amman/Jordan
40
178
Damascus/Syria
111
81
Beirut/Lebanon
51
240
Nicosia/Cyprus
149
530
Ankara/Turkey
329
992
Yerevan/Armenia
616
173
Tbilisi/Georgia
107
444
Baku/Azerbaijan
276
774
Ashgabat/Turkmenistan
481
667
Tehran/Iran
414
696
Baghdad/Iraq
432
556
Kuwait City/Kuwait
345
536
Riyadh/Saudi Arabia
334
430
Manama/Bahrain
267
141
Doha/Qatar
88
301
Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates
187
424
Muscat/Oman
263
1,949
New Delhi/India
1,211
686
Islamabad/Pakistan
426
369
Kabul/Afghanistan
229
445
Dushanbe/Tajikistan
277
310
Tashkent/Uzbekistan
192
476
Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan
296
952
Astana/NurSultan/Kazakhstan
592
2,555
Ulaanbaatar/Mongolia
1,587
1,163
Beijing/China
723
815
Pyongyang/North Korea
506
196
Seoul/South Korea
122
1,165
Tokyo/Japan
724
2,104
Taipei/Taiwan
1,307
1,161
Manila/Philippines
721
1,267
Bandar Seri Begawan/Brunei
788
2,196
Ngerulmud/Palau
1,364
2,597
Palikir/Micronesia (Fed. States)
1,614
1,460
Majuro/Marshall Islands
907
666
South Tarawa/Kiribati
414
704
Yaren/Nauru
437
1,254
Honiara/Solomon Islands
779
1,290
Port Vila/Vanuatu
801
1,070
Suva/Fiji
665
1,078
Funafuti/Tuvalu
670
1,151
Apia/Samoa
715
890
Nukuʻalofa/Tonga
553
2,438
Wellington/New Zealand
1,514
2,328
Canberra/Australia
1,447
2,882
Port Moresby/Papua New Guinea
1,791
2,373
Dili/East Timor
1,475
2,081
Jakarta/Indonesia
1,293
902
Singapore/Singapore
561
Distance [km]
Capital
Distance [mi]
309
Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia
192
998
Phnom Penh/Cambodia
620
534
Bangkok/Thailand
332
520
Vientiane/Laos
323
478
Hanoi/Vietnam
297
1,027
Naypyidaw/Myanmar
639
732
Dhaka/Bangladesh
455
416
Thimphu/Bhutan
259
427
Kathmandu/Nepal
265
2,380
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte/Sri Lanka
1,480
767
Malé/Maldives
476
2,232
Victoria/Seychelles
1,387
1,742
Port Louis/Mauritius
1,082
1,056
Antananarivo/Madagascar
656
921
Moroni/Comoros
572
1,545
Mogadishu/Somalia
960
1,064
Addis Ababa/Ethiopia
661
561
Djibouti/Djibouti
348
441
Sana'a/Yemen
274
567
Asmara/Eritrea
352
682
Khartoum/Sudan
424
1,184
Juba/South Sudan
736
512
Kampala/Uganda
318
377
Kigali/Rwanda
234
164
Gitega/Burundi
102
803
Nairobi/Kenya
499
552
Dodoma/Tanzania
343
893
Lilongwe/Malawi
555
605
Lusaka/Zambia
376
388
Harare/Zimbabwe
241
909
Maputo/Mozambique
565
158
Mbabane/eSwatini
98
491
Maseru/Lesotho
305
406\135\998
Pretoria/South Africa
252\84\620
263
Gaborone/Botswana
163
927
Windhoek/Namibia
576
1,579
Luanda/Angola
981
545
Kinshasa/D.R. Congo
338
12
Brazzaville/R. Congo
7
828
Libreville/Gabon
515
304
São Tomé/São Tomé and Principe
189
441
Malabo/Equatorial Guinea
247
307
Yaoundé/Cameroon
191
781
Bangui/Central African Republic
485
951
N'Djamena/Chad
591
904
Abuja/Nigeria
563
599\625
Porto-Novo/Benin
372\388
155
Lomé/Togo
97
171
Accra/Ghana
106
914
Niamey/Niger
568
413
Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso
257
702
Bamako/Mali
436
704
Yamoussoukro/Cote d'Ivoire
438
608
Monrovia/Liberia
378
361
Freetown/Sierra Leone
224
138
Conakry/Guinea
86
334
Bissau/Guinea-Bissau
207
197
Banjul/Gambia
123
178
Dakar/Senegal
110
389
Nouakchott/Mauritania
242
876
Praia/Cape Verde
544
4,331
Brasilia/Brazil
2,691
1,457
Asunción/Paraguay
906
1,087
Montevideo/Uruguay
676
207
Buenos Aires/Argentina
129
1,141
Santiago/Chile
709
1,900\1,698
La Paz/Bolivia
1,180\1,055
1,475
Lima/Peru
916
1,339
Quito/Ecuador
832
735
Bogotá/Colombia
457
1,022
Caracas/Venezuela
635
592
Saint George's/Grenada
368
158
Port-of-Spain/Trinidad and Tobago
98
559
Georgetown/Guyana
348
345
Paramaribo/Suriname
214
935
Bridgetown/Barbados
581
174
Kingstown/St. Vincent and the Grenadines
108
97
Castries/St. Lucia
60
151
Roseau/Dominica
94
209
Saint John's/Antigua and Barbuda
130
95
Basseterre/St. Kitts and Nevis
59
774
Santo Domingo/Dominican Republic
481
248
Port-au-Prince/Haiti
154
483
Kingston/Jamaica
300
1,047
Panama City/Panama
650
514
San José/Costa Rica
319
340
Managua/Nicaragua
211
238
Tegucigalpa/Honduras
148
222
San Salvador/El Salvador
138
174
Guatemala City/Guatemala
108
1,057
Mexico City/Mexico
657
1,113
Belmopan/Belize
692
940
Havana/Cuba
584
550
Nassau/Bahamas
342
1,544
Washington D.C./United States
959
730
Ottawa/Canada
453
3,863
Reykjavik/Iceland
2400
1,494
Dublin/Ireland
928
14 Comments
+1
Level 25
Dec 6, 2018
There is a shortest route.. how can i explain it?
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Level 65
May 22, 2024
I have finally fixed the description ;)
+1
Level 75
Aug 2, 2021
There is at least one error in the quiz. The distance from Tokyo/Japan to Taipei/Taiwan is about 1330 miles and thus much shorter than to Palakir/Micronesia (2307 miles). Also Manila/Philippines (1749 miles) and Ngerulmund/Palau (1958 miles) are closer to Tokyo than Palakir.

There might be other errors, but I got stuck on this one...

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Level 75
Aug 2, 2021
Found 4 other errors.

- Mogadishu/Somalia (837) is closer to Victoria/Seychelles than Port Louis/Mauritus (1082)

- Dodoma/Tanzania (638) is closer to Moroni/Comoros than Mogadishu/Somalia (960)

- Abuja/Nigeria (452) is closer to Yaounde/Cameroon than Bangui/CAR (486)

- Yamousoukro/Ivory COast is closer to Accra/Ghana than Niamey/Niger (571)

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Level 65
Aug 2, 2021
I think I didn't explain it correctly. It's not about which capital is closer to the current one, it's about the route through all capitals which has the shortest total length. So indeed Taipei is closer to Tokyo than Palikir, but the total length of the route first visiting Oceania and then going to Taipei via the Philippines is shorter.

Accra is the best one to show this: if we'd keep going to the closest one, we'd end up in Dakar without having visited Niamey, Ouagadougou and Bamako. To visit them we'd need to backtrack before jumping to South America, then from Niamey. The total length is then a lot longer than visiting Niamey and Ouagadougou first from Accra, before continuing down the coast

+2
Level 25
May 25, 2022
found a way to reduce:

1) Skopje between Sofia and Pristina (instead of between Tirana and Athens)

2) Tokyo-Taipei-Manila-Bandar-Ngerulmud-Palikir.......P.Moresby-Dili-Jakarta-Singapore

+1
Level 65
May 30, 2022
You are indeed correct on both of those. I'll update the quiz, thank you!
+2
Level 89
Oct 4, 2022
This is one very ambitious quiz. Cheers and nominated.
+3
Level 76
May 28, 2024
Excellent!
+1
Level 70
May 28, 2024
This is amazing! For those who think there are mistakes: this is a shortest route *overall*. There are other quizzes where the point is to find the nearest capital to each capital and make your way across the 196 countries that way. I find this much more interesting though!
+2
Level 54
May 28, 2024
That was certainly something to think about... I think this quiz would benefit greatly from having a map, where the trace gets drawn as you complete the quiz.
+1
Level 65
May 28, 2024
That is a great idea indeed. This is one of my older quizzes (from way before I started doing SVGs), but it might be good to give it that update soon indeed!
+1
Level 70
May 28, 2024
Love the idea!
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Level 56
May 28, 2024
This was fun! I would just like to say though anyone who skipped one and carried on is a big fat CHEAT