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Beijing-Guangzhou High Speed Train

The Beijing-Guangzhou High Speed Railway, short for Jingguang High Speed Railway, cut the duration between the two cities to about 8 hours. 

As an important north-south rail line of China high speed railway, it connects Beijing West Railway Station and Guangzhou South Railway Station with a total distance of 1,428 miles (2,298 km). It is the longest  high speed railway in the world, going through 28 China cities, including Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, and Wuhan. The speed was designed to be 217 miles/h (350 km/h), but it is down to 186 miles/h (300 km/h) in real operation.

 Beijing to Guangzhou High Speed Train Schedule  
(Last update on Jan. 23rd, 2017)
 Beijing Schedule
Nos. Duration
G71, G79, G65, G67, G69 from 07:40 to 13:05 8h3m-10h5m
D901*, D903*, D909*, D927*, D921*, D923* from 20:10 to 20:35 10h8-10h23m

 Guangzhou to Beijing Bullet Train Timetable
(Last update on Jan. 23rd, 2017)
 Guangzhou Schedule
Nos. Duration
G72, G66, G68, G80, G70 from 08:27 to 12:50 8h-9h54m
D922*, D924*, D902*, D904*, D910*, D928* from 20:05 to 20:30  10h35m-10h48m
1. "*" They are overnight sleeper trains only available every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Free dinner is offered onboard. In addition, one passenger is allowed to book a whole compartment on these carriages, and women-only compartments are set for female passengers' convenience.
2. The above timetable is for reference only. Please use the search tool on top of this page for the most up-to-date schedule.

  Ticket Price (CNY)
G Type D Type
Business Class Seat First Class Seat Second Class Seat Soft Sleeper Second Class Seat
2,724 1,380    862 1,190 709

Note: The above soft sleeper fare is the full price of lower berth. Discounts may be available in low seasons. Please search for the real-time price by the tool on page top.

Beijing-Guangzhou High-speed Train
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Beijing-Guangzhou High-speed Railway Map
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Jingguang High Speed Railway consists of four sections:

Second Class Seat
Second Class Seat
  Jingshizheng Section: 
This section has a length of  431 miles (693 km), going across 14 stations, including Beijing West, Zhuozhou East, Gaobeidian East, Baoding East, Zhengding Airport, Shijiazhuang, Gaoyi West, Xingtai East, Handan East, Anyang East, Hebi East, Xinxiang East, and Zhengzhou East. With its operation, the travel time has been reduced to 1 - 2 hours  from Beijing to Shijiazhuang and 2.5 - 4 hours to Zhengzhou.

 Zhengwu Section: 
With its operation, the travel time between Wuhan and Zhengzhou has been reduced from 4 - 8 hours to about 2 - 3.5 hours. Additionally, it takes only about 4 - 6 hours between Beijing and Wuhan via the high speed rail. It runs for 333 miles (536km) with 8 stations, namely Zhengzhou East, Xuchang East, Luohe West, Zhumadian West, Minggang East, Xinyang East, Xiaogan North, and Hengdian East.

  Wuguang High Speed Railway
This section is 601 miles (9968 km) in length via 16 stations, including Wuhan, Xianning North, Chibi North, Yueyang East, Miluo East, Changsha South, Zhuzhou West, Hengshan West, Hengyang East, Leiyang West, Chenzhou West, Shaoguan, Yingde West, Qingyuan, Guangzhou North, and Guangzhou South. Travel time has been shortened from 11 - 19 hours to 3.5 -5 hours or so between Guangzhou and Wuhan via this high speed railroad. What's more, the travel time has been cut to about 2 - 3 hours between Guangzhou and Changsha and 1 - 2.5 hours between Changsha and Wuhan by high speed service.

  Guangshen High Speed Railway:
This line connects Guangzhou South Station and Shenzhen North Station. The trains can finish the 63 miles (102 km) trip in about half an hour. There are 6 stations along this section, including Guangzhou South Station, Qingsheng Station, Humen Station, Guangmingcheng Station, Shenzhen North Station, and Futian Station.

 Special Facilities
First Class Seat
First Class Seat

 There are power supplies for all classes.
 A business class seat is comparable with a first class seat on a plane. These seats can be adjusted flat for passengers to lie down. They can also be rotated. Each business class seat is equipped with an independent electronic screen and reading light. 
 In addition to the regular luggage rack above seats, there are closet for large pieces of luggage at the connection of two carriages.

Considering economic issues, it is better to choose the bullet train for a comparatively short journey and take a flight for a long journey. For example, the rail journey from Beijing to Zhengzhou only takes about 2. hours and the price for a second class seat is CNY310 (usually cheaper than a flight). However, flight is recommended for the trip from Beijing to Guangzhou since the duration is only about 3 hours and the airfare is always discounted; if traveling by high speed rail, it takes at least 8 hours and costs CNY862 for a second class seat. Therefore, Wuhan can be considered as the cut-off point along Jingguang high speed railway for passengers choosing between flight and rail.

 Normal Trains along the Way
 Beijing to Guangzhou Train : K599, Z35, Z97, Z201
 Guangzhou to Beijing Train : Z202, K600, Z36, Z98
 Duration: 21.5-30h
 Ticket Price: CNY1,445 for luxury soft sleeper, CNY784 for soft sleeper, CNY456 for hard sleeper, and CNY251 for hard seat.

Compared with bullet ones, they run at a much lower speed of 99 mi/h (160 km/h) or 75 mil/h (120 km/h) and take longer time on the way. In the case, you’d better book a sleeper, so that you can have a good rest to travel energetically upon arrival.
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See also: 8 Most Scenic Train Rides in China, Beijing-Guangzhou Train vs. Flight
Beijing-Guangzhou Flight: Real-time schedule and ticket booking.