TICKETS of G17, a high-speed train from Shenzhen North Station to Beijing West Railway Station, the world?s longest high-speed rail, went on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The train departs from Shenzhen at 7:56 a.m. and arrives in Beijing at 6:21 p.m. The 2,400-kilometer route, which will be in service from Dec. 26, is expected to cut travel times between the two metropolises to 10 hours 21 minutes.
Passengers can buy tickets for travel 10 days in advance at ticket offices, 12 days in advance through an online ticketing system (www.12306.cn) or by telephone (95105105).
Ticket prices range from 940 yuan (US$151) to 2,927 yuan, based on the type of seat. An air ticket from Shenzhen to Beijing costs 1,930 yuan.
Also on Thursday, tickets for high-speed trains from Beijing to Guangzhou went on sale.
Ticket prices for the 2,298-kilometer Beijing-Guangzhou route range from 865 yuan to 2,727 yuan, based on the speed of the train and the type of seat.
According to the Beijing Railway Bureau, the total price of tickets for the G trains to Guangzhou, which will run at 300 kilometers per hour, will range from 865 yuan to 2,972 yuan, while the price of tickets for the D trains, which will run at 250 km/h, will range from 712 yuan to 2,130 yuan.
Beijing-Shenzhen and Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail line will be put into service next Wednesday. China now has more than 7,500 kilometers of high-speed railway lines in operation, ranking first in the world.