Train arriving soon: Shenzhen to Xiamen’s sandy beaches in just 3 hoursPosted: 02/22/2013 2:10 pm
A weekend getaway to sand and sea (and maybe sunshine) without having to fight queues at airport security will soon be possible.
A new coast-to-coast high-speed rail link shuttling passengers between Shenzhen and Xiamen in Fujian province in just three hours will launch this coming September.
The new 20-stop route will skirt along several major cities along the way, including Huizhou. The line will be a big boost to for travellers. Shenzhen is a go-to destination for business while Xiamen is popular for its sandy beaches and surrounding views. It’s often seen as an alternative to the hotspot of Hainan Island.
All of this will be possible when trains begin departing from Shenzhen North Station, slashing the existing train time from a whopping 15 hours.
Life of Guangzhou believes the price of a first class ticket between Shenzhen North and Xiamen will be 190 yuan and a standard class fare will be 160 yuan one-way.
In the battle for passengers between airlines and railways (as we reported a few days ago), this new front will put pressure on Shenzhen Airlines, Hainan Airlines, China Southern and it’s subsidiary Xiamen Air, who all fly out of Bao’an Airport. Prices could well be set for a downward trend.
The latest check on September one-way airfares with eLong.com show tickets selling for 550 yuan before taxes and other fees.
Here is the station list calling at:
Guangdong province (广东省)
Shenzhen North (圳北站) – Pingshan (坪山) – Huizhou South (惠南)- Huizhou East (惠东) – Houmen (鲘门) – Shanwei (汕尾) – Lufeng (陆丰) – Kuitan (葵潭) – Puning (普宁) – Chaoyang (潮阳) – Chaoshan (潮汕) – Raoping (饶平)
Fujian province (福建省)
Zhaoan (诏安) – Yunxiao (云霄) – Zhangpu (漳浦) – Yangkui (杨奎) – Zhangzhou South (漳州南) – Jiaomei (角美) – Qianchang (前场) – Xiamen North (厦门北).
Station list: Life of Guangzhou
Image: Danny Lee