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High-Speed Sleeper Trains Change the Travel Between Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai



High-speed sleeper trains launch June 15 cut travel time between Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai in half, enhance connectivity and offer a unique overnight travel experience.

Hong Kong – In a landmark development for regional transportation, high-speed sleeper trains are set to commence operations between Hong Kong and both Beijing and Shanghai, significantly reducing travel times and enhancing connectivity. As reported by the South China Morning Post, these innovative services promise to cut journey durations by half compared to existing sleeper trains.

Expedited Travel Times

According to China Railway, the new overnight trains will make the trip to Beijing’s West station in just 12 hours and 30 minutes, and to Shanghai Hongqiao station in only 11 hours and 14 minutes. This remarkable improvement means that travelers can depart Hong Kong in the evening and arrive at their destinations early the next morning, fresh and ready for the day ahead. The Beijing-bound service departs Hong Kong at 6:24 pm and arrives at 6:53 am, while the Shanghai service leaves at 7:49 pm, reaching its destination at 6:45 am. These routes will operate from Friday to Monday, catering to both business and leisure travelers.

Enhancing Regional Connectivity

Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu has lauded the introduction of these high-speed sleeper trains, highlighting their convenience and speed. “These services will save travelers time and hotel costs,” he noted, emphasizing the broader significance of fostering personal and business connections between Hong Kong and the mainland. The trains are poised to play a crucial role in the integration and exchange between these regions, bolstering economic and cultural ties.

Cost and Convenience

While ticket prices have not yet been officially announced, they are expected to be comparable to airline fares. This pricing strategy aims to offer a competitive alternative to air travel, providing passengers with a cost-effective option that also eliminates the need for overnight accommodation. Estimates suggest sleeper berths may start around HK$937 (US$120) for Beijing and HK$682 (US$87) for Shanghai, with premium options available for those seeking additional comfort.

A New Era of Travel

This new high-speed sleeper service represents a significant leap forward in travel convenience and efficiency. By allowing passengers to travel overnight and arrive at their destinations in the morning, the service not only saves time but also offers a unique and comfortable travel experience. Travelers can look forward to a seamless journey that combines speed, convenience, and the charm of overnight train travel. As we approach the launch date, more details regarding pricing and booking options will be released. This exciting development marks a new chapter in regional travel, promising to transform the way people journey between Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. Stay tuned for further updates and prepare to embark on a new era of high-speed travel.

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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