New Railway to Challenge Air and Bus Services
The new high speed railway between Shenzhen and Xiamen is expected to open this Saturday. A first class fare will cost 181 yuan, while a second class seat is set at 150.5 yuan. Tickets prices are based in the information that was released by the official railway ticketing website of China.
Although the Guangdong Railway group has yet to confirm the ticket prices, an unidentified spokesperson for the company said the opening date if the railway is set for Saturday and tickets are being sold starting today. There will be seven trains traveling from Yangtze River Delta cities going to Shenzhen namely the D2283 and D2281 coming from Hongqiao Station and Shanghai. The D2291 from Hangzhou East Station will be stopping at the Pingshan Station in Shenzhen before reaching the Shenzhen North Railway Station.
The remaining four trains the D2287 and D2285 from Shanghai, the D2293 from Wengzhou and the D2289 from Nanjing will be plying the Shenzhen North Railway Station without any stops. The whole trip takes 11 hours and 51 minutes from Shenzhen and Shanghai and 12 hours and 52 minutes including Nanjing. Four trains will be traveling between Shenzhen and Xiamen and eight trains between Shenzhen and Fuzhou.
The fastest trip on the high speed rail will be from Shenzhen to Xiamen at 3 hours and 27 minutes and the slowest trip clocks at 3 hours and 58 minutes. A pair of high speed trains is added from Nanchang and Shenzhen after the railway opens. The opening of the the high speed trains is said to be a challenge to bus and air services since a plane fare between Shenzhen to Xiamen is at 800 yuan and bus fare is around 300 yuan.