China - Myanmar Railway
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China - Myanmar Train Running Route
Kunming - Ruili Railway: It consists of Kunming - Dali Railroad and Dali - Ruili Railroad. The former section has been in service for a long time and the highest running speed is 75 mph (120 km/h). Duration is 5 to 8 hours. The latter section, about 205 miles (330 km), has been in construction since 1st December 2015. The planned top speed is 87 mph (140km/h). After it's built, the travel time between Dali and Ruili will be reduced to 2 hours from current 7 hours. The planned stations along the way include Yangbi, Yongping, Naoshan, Longling, Mangshi, and Dehong.
Ruili (Namhkam) - Yangon: Unfortunately the construction of this section inside Myanmar has not been decided and is still under negotiation.
In addition, there were plans to build a railway road between Kunming and Kyaukpyu, the deep-sea port in Myanmar, also via Ruili; and is also still under negotiation.
Benefits China - Myanmar Railway will Bring
How to travel between the two countries currently
Aside from travel by air, one can also travel by coach. Please note that you can only enter Myanmar by land with a tour group and you should apply for a visa in advance. First, you can take a coach from Kunming West Coach Station to Ruili, which will take about 10 hours and the ticket fare is approximately CNY 300, after this you would need to find a travel agency to join a tour group. The travel agent can then apply for a visa which costs about CNY 700 and takes around five working days. This will make travel via land cost more time and money and therefore not an optimal choice.
Other International Trains between China and nearby Countries
International railways under construction/planning from China to: