/ / / / / /

The World's Newest (and Longest) High-Speed Rail Line is Officially Open

Where: China
December 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM | by | ()

Earlier this month, we gave you a exclusive look at traveling on the high speed train that zips between Beijing and Shanghai. While we still think that line is super cool, China has given everyone even more train porn to drool over.

Just this week, the nation's newest and longest HSR (high-speed rail) line opened up between Beijing and Guangzhou cutting travel time between the two cities to a fraction.

It's nearly a Christmas present to the country, as Chinese officials only just unwrapped their new toy—which sends passengers between the nation's capital and its third largest metropolis—this weekend. The journey, which previously lasted a grueling 22 hours, will now total 8 hours with the HSR. Just don't expect much scenery; the train's top speed of 350 km/hour or 217 miles/hour, should make the country go by in a blur.

There are ticket prices for all budgets, ranging from 865 CNY ($138 USD) for second-class (economy) to 1,383 CNY ($222 USD) for first class. The high-rollers will fork over 2,972 CNY ($476 USD) each way for the premium VIP level. These prices are on par with airfares between the cities, but it takes about half the time via air travel. The train, however, has the advantage of not requiring travel out to an airport as well.

All of this sounds like good news, but the great news is that with around two more years of hard work, this rail line will continue on to connect Hong Kong and Beijing.

[Photo: Jason D for Jaunted]

Archived Comments:

Why do I need a subject?

There already is a train between Beijing and Hong Kong, but it's not an HSR.

Hells yeah

Super fast premium VIP train travel!! Sold! I super excited to give this a go.