High Speed Train

From the 1st July there is now a new high speed train from Beijing to Shanghai.
The Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway is almost complete with its new 200mph high-speed rail line that links two of Chinas most important cities, Beijing and Shanghai.

Also known as the Jinghu High-Speed Railway, this amazing feat of began on April 18, 2008 and the final laying of the track was on November 15, 2010. This rail line is the world’s longest high-speed line ever constructed in a single phase. Racing along at over 200 miles per hour this service, making one stop in Nanjing South, takes just under 5 hours to make a full trip. This has taken a whopping 7 hours off the original train journey of 819 miles.

This service will mean that travellers are able to have a competitive alternative to flying – which takes 2 hours and 10 minutes, but when you including check-in and the all too often flight delays this can take up to 4 hours.

Specifications

This service is estimated to be used by 220,000 passengers each day – double the current capacity. They hope to achieve this by running trains almost every 5 minutes during peak times. The line is crosses 244 bridges, including the longest and second longest bridges in the world - the 102 mile long Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge and the Viaduct Bridge between Langfang and Qingxian at 71 miles respectively. It also passes through 22 tunnels totaling 10 miles.

According to Zhang Shuguang, the deputy chief designer of China's high-speed railway network, the designed continuous operating speed is 220 mph, with a maximum speed of up to 240 mph. The average commercial speed from Beijing to Shanghai was planned to be 210 mph. They plan to have a minimum train interval of 3 minutes.

The cost for this service is from £95.00 for second class and from £145.00 for first class.

Flights

From or
vice versa

To or
vice versa

Flight
Journey

Air fare
from (£)

       


Beijing


Chengde
Chengdu
Chongqing
Dalian
Datong
Dunhuang
Guangzhou
Guilin
Harbin
Honhot
Hangzhou
Hong Kong
Jinan
Kunming
Lhasa
Luoyang
Macau
Nanning
Nanjing
Pingyao
Qingdao
Sanya
Shenzhen
Shanghai
Suzhou
Taiyuan
Urumqi
Wenzhou
Wuhan
Xian
Xiamen
Yantai
Yichang
Taipei
Zhengzhou

 


-
2.5hrs
2.5hrs
1 hr 20 min
50 min
3 hrs 10 min
3hrs 10 min
2.5hrs
1 hr 40 min
1 hr 10 min
2hrs
3.5hrs
1 hrs
3hrs
5hrs
1hr 30min
3 hr 25 min
3 hr 30 min
1.5hrs
-
1 hr 20 min
3 hr 30 min
3 hr 10 min
2hrs
-
50 min
3 hr 55 min
2 hr 35 min
1hr 40m
2hrs 15m
2 hr 30 min
1 hr 10 min
2hrs
4 hr 30 min
1.15 hrs

-
157
167
85
55
200
182
190
111
65
129
323
77
193
252
100
325
215
115
-
78
240
166
128
-
74
218
169
123
120
183
83
143
87
83
       


Chengdu


Chongqing
Guangzhou
Guilin
Hangzhou
Hong Kong
Kunming
Lijiang
Lhasa
Nanjing
Sanya
Shenzhen
Shanghai
Qingdao
Wuhan
Xian

 


-
2hrs
1.5hrs
2 hr 10 min
2hrs
1hrs
1 hr 10 min
1 hr 55min
2hrs
2hrs
2hrs 5 min
2hrs
2hrs 20 min
1hr 25min
1hr 30 min

-
144
113
173
304
112
102
163
177
172
154
174
164
106
77
       


Chongqing


Guangzhou
Guilin
Hangzhou
Hong Kong
Kunming
Nanjing
Shanghai
Xian
Wuhan
Zhengzhou

 


1.5hrs
1hr
2hrs
2hrs
1hrs
2hrs
2hrs
1hrs
1hr 20min
1.5hrs

132
87
135
238
85
142
162
85
95
104
       


Datong


Luoyang
Pingyao
Taiyuan
Xi’an



-
-
-
-

-
-
-
-
       


Guangzhou


Guilin
Hangzhou
Hong Kong
Kunming
Luoyang
Nanjing
Shanghai
Wuhan
Xian
Yichang
Zhengzhou

 


55min
2hrs
50mins
2hrs
2hrs 10min
2hrs
2hrs
1hr 30min
2.5hrs
2hrs
2hrs

80
120
115
140
154
132
142
108
162
111
149
       


Guilin


Hangzhou
Hong Kong
Kunming
Nanjing
Sanya
Shanghai
Wuhan
Xian

 


1hr 40min
2hrs
1hrs
-
2hrs
2hrs
1hrs
2hrs

135
201
100
-
113
144
92
124
       


Hangzhou


Hong Kong
Nanjing
Shanghai
Suzhou
Wuhan
Wuxi
Xian

 


2hrs
-
-
-
1hrs
-
2hrs

214
-
-
-
85
-
128
       


Hong Kong


Kunming
Nanjing
Sanya
Shanghai
Taipei
Xian

 


2hrs
1.5hrs
1.5hrs
2.5hrs
6hrs
2hrs

196
210
182
190
228
223
       


Kunming


Dali
Guilin
Lijiang
Nanjing
Shanghai
Wuhan
Xian

 


30 min
1hrs
40mins
2.5hrs
2.5hrs
2hrs
2hrs

94
100
107
77
201
145
142
       


Nanjing


Guilin
Shanghai
Suzhou
Wuhan
Wuxi
Xian
Yichang

 


2hrs
-
-
1hrs
-
1.5hrs
-

126
-
-
87
-
1123
-
       


Shanghai


Sanya
Suzhou
Wuhan
Wuxi
Xian
Taipei
Yichang

 


2.50hrs
-
1.5hrs
-
2hrs
6hrs
1.5hrs

200
-
95
-
140
259
123
       


Suzhou


Wuxi

 


-

-
       


Xian


Wuhan
Wuxi
Yichang

 


1.5hrs
-
-

83
-
-

Trains

From or
vice versa

To or
vice versa

Train
Journey

Train fare
from (£)

       


Beijing


Chengde
Chengdu
Chongqing
Dalian
Datong
Dunhuang
Guangzhou
Guilin
Harbin
Honhot
Hangzhou
Hong Kong
Jinan
Kunming
Lhasa
Luoyang
Macau
Nanning
Nanjing
Pingyao
Qingdao
Sanya
Shenzhen
Shanghai
Suzhou
Taiyuan
Urumqi
Wenzhou
Wuhan
Xian
Xiamen
Yantai
Yichang
Taipei
Zhengzhou

 


4hrs
26hrs
25hrs
10hrs
6.5hrs
-
22hrs
24hrs
8.2hrs
10hrs 30min
9hrs
25hrs
5,5hrs
40hrs
46.5 hrs
11hrs
-
28 hrs
10 hrs
11hrs
6.2hrs
35hrs
28hrs
12hrs
11hrs
10hrs
-
30hrs
12hrs
11hrs
-
14hrs
20hrs
-
6.5hrs

17
86
88
56
33
-
91
87
63
50
98
175
38
115
270
47
-
82
55
45
38
120
96
93
86
45
-
83
62
70
-
56
68
-
46
       


Chengdu


Chongqing
Guangzhou
Guilin
Hangzhou
Hong Kong
Kunming
Lijiang
Lhasa
Nanjing
Sanya
Shenzhen
Shanghai
Qingdao
Wuhan
Xian

 


2.20hrs
28hrs
25 hrs
41hrs 50min
-
20hrs
-
46hrs
13hrs
-
-
15hrs
38hrs
17hrs
17hrs

45
94
58
100
-
58
-
195
85
-
-
98
97
65
50
       


Chongqing


Guangzhou
Guilin
Hangzhou
Hong Kong
Kunming
Nanjing
Shanghai
Xian
Wuhan
Zhengzhou

 


22.5hrs
25hrs
36.5hrs
-
22hrs
34hrs
28hrs
17hrs
16hrs
24hrs

78
70
80
-
58
76
85
48
63
65
       


Datong


Luoyang
Pingyao
Taiyuan
Xi’an



-
7hrs
5hrs
17hrs

-
40
34
54
       


Guangzhou


Guilin
Hangzhou
Hong Kong
Kunming
Luoyang
Nanjing
Shanghai
Wuhan
Xian
Yichang
Zhengzhou

 


13hrs
19hrs
2hrs
25hrs
25hrs
29hrs
23hrs
11hrs
27hrs
23hrs
17hrs

53
71
54
76
78
85
80
98
84
70
73
       


Guilin


Hangzhou
Hong Kong
Kunming
Nanjing
Sanya
Shanghai
Wuhan
Xian

 


24hrs
-
22hrs
24hrs
-
25hrs
14hrs
27hrs

83
-
67
72
-
87
62
82
       


Hangzhou


Hong Kong
Nanjing
Shanghai
Suzhou
Wuhan
Wuxi
Xian

 


-
6hrs
1hr 40min
3.5hrs
14hrs
2hrs
21hrs

-
36
18
21
61
23
70
       


Hong Kong


Kunming
Nanjing
Sanya
Shanghai
Taipei
Xian

 


-
-
-
19hrs
-
-

-
-
-
142
-
-
       


Kunming


Dali
Guilin
Lijiang
Nanjing
Shanghai
Wuhan
Xian

 


-
19hrs
6hrs
50hrs
36hrs
28hrs
36hrs

-
62
40
106
88
80
79
       


Nanjing


Guilin
Shanghai
Suzhou
Wuhan
Wuxi
Xian
Yichang

 


40hrs
2hrs
1.5hrs
3hrs
1hrs
-
-

86
33
29
50
25
-
-
       


Shanghai


Sanya
Suzhou
Wuhan
Wuxi
Xian
Taipei
Yichang

 


40hrs
40min
15hrs
1hr
14hrs
-
27hrs

102
16
58
20
68
-
82
       


Suzhou


Wuxi

 


30min

22
       


Xian


Wuhan
Wuxi
Yichang

 


15hrs
15hrs
15hrs

61
72
55

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