Beijing–Guilin High-Speed Railway Is NOW OPEN
Beijing–Guilin High-Speed Railway (HSR) officially began operation on December 28, 2013. The 1,985-km-long line links two of China's most popular tourism cities: Beijing and Guilin.
G530 HSR trains depart daily from Guilin Railway Station at 12:15 daily and arrive at Beijing West Railway Station at 22:51. The G529 service departs from Beijing West Railway Station at 07:46 and arrives at Guillin Railway Station at 18:18.
The ticket prices between Guilin and Beijing are as follows:
- Business class seat: 2,530 yuan ($415)
- First-class seat: 1,250 yuan ($205)
- Second-class seat: 806 yuan ($132)
More Convenience for North–South Travel
The opening of Guilin's first HSR makes northward travel more convenient. The travel time between Beijing and Guilin has been shortened from 26 hours to 10½ hours, and a second-class seat ticket is approximately 50% of the cost of a flight.
Guilin to Changsha now only needs about three hours, saving about 4 hours. There is no flight between Guilin and Changsha, expected to have the world's tallest building this year, only old and slow trains.
Guilin to Wuhan now only needs five hours six minutes; so a tour including Guilin and the Yangtze River will become easier. The main Yangtze cruise route is between Chongqing and Yichang, which is close to Wuhan with convenient transport. Before tourists would reach Wuhan by a twice-the-price flight or a more-than-twice-the-time train. See our recommended Guilin and Yangtze Tour.
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