New 45-minute Express Train Links Shanghai and Hangzhou

Travel Tips — By Lauren Johnson on October 27, 2010 at 6:00 am

October 26th, 2010 marked the launch of the new high-speed ‘G’ train from Shanghai to Hangzhou, slated to take an estimated 45 minutes, a full 30 minutes faster than the usual ‘D’ train to Hangzhou.

The G trains will cost a bit more for the convenience. At 82RMB one way for a second-class seat you are looking at a 35RMB increase over the D train.

The 200km distance covered will be sped across at around 300 km/h, reaching a maximum speed of 350 km/h.

Hangzhou is one of Shanghai’s best day-trip locations, with the addition of the new ‘silver bullet’ trains you can expect day-tourism to Hangzhou to increase. Trains leave the Hongqiao Station beginning at 6:12am and returning on the last run at 9:45pm, which would give visitors to the city ample time to see the amazing West Lake, including catching a romantic sunset boat ride out into the center or the lake. The silk factories and lama temples are all eagerly awaiting the influx in tourism from Shanghai.

Tags: G train, Hangzhou, high-speed train, Transportation

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