If you have filled your shopping bags and seen the wonderful sights and modern marvels of Shenzhen, maybe, you’d like to take a quick trip to explore afar. Well, that’s actually pretty easy to do, of course, you can get to anywhere you want via bus or plane, but how about the glitzy new high-speed trains? Let’s explore.
There are three types of high-speed trains:
C series trains (top speed 250kph) – fast intercity trains
D series trains (top speed 250kph) – fast long distance trains.
G series trains (top speed 350kph) – very fast long distance trains.
Both offer first and second class seating, the first class gives you a wider seat, slightly softer with most seeming to have a power outlet to charge your phone etc. In many cases, the cost difference is not great.
There are four HSR (High Speed Rail) lines servicing Shenzhen:
Jingguangshengang HSR – major cities serviced include: Shenzhen-Dongguan-Guangzhou-Qingyuan-Shaoguan-Chenzhou-Hengyang-Zhuzhou-Changsha-Yueyang-Xianning-Wuhan-Xiaogan-Xinyang-Zhumadian-Luohe-Xuchang-Zhengzhou-Xinxiang-Hebi-Anyang-Handan-Xingtai-Shijiazhuang-Baoding-Beijing
Hangfushen HSR – cities serviced include: Shenzhen-Huizhou-Shanwei-Jieyang-Shantou-Chaozhou-Zhangzhou-Xiamen-Quanzhou-Putian-Fuzhou-Ningde-Wenzhou-Taizhou-Ningbo-Shaoxing-Hangzhou
Guangshen Railway – cities/stations serviced include: Hong Kong-Shenzhen-Zhangmutao-Chanping-Shilong-Guangzhou East-Guangzhou
Guangshen’gang XRL – cities/stations serviced include: Guangzhou South – Qingshen – Humen – Guanmingchen – Shenzhen North – Shenzhen Futian – Hong Kong West Kowloon (2018)
Shenzhen-Zhanjiang High-speed Railway – cities: Shenzhen, Xiaolan, Guzhen, Waihai, Jiangmen South, Shuangshui, Taishan, Kaiping, Enping, Dahuai, Heshan, Yangjiang, Yangxi, Mata, Guanzhu, Dianbai, and Maoming East.
There are four stations for high-speed trains in Shenzhen:
Shenzhen Station – at Luohu, offers C trains that head to Guangzhou Railway Station and Guangzhou East Railway Station on the Guangshen Railway. More station details here
Shenzhen Futian Railway Station – at Futian, offers high-speed G & C trains, on the Guangshen’gang XRL and Jingguangshengang HSR line, to Guangzhou South, Humen, Beijing West, Changsha South, Fuzhou, Guilin, Wuhan, Zhengzhou East, Shenzhen North, Shenzhen Pingshan, Xiamen, Xian. It is also a station on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). More station details here
Shenzhen North Station – at Longhua, offers D and G trains on the Guangshen’gang XRL
and Jingguangshengang HSR line which terminates at Beijing. One of these trains takes a turn at Zhengzhou and goes to Xi’an. It also offers G trains to Hangzhou on the Hangfushen HSR. Major destinations include Hong Kong, Beijing, Changsha, Fuzhou, Guilin, Guangzhou South, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Xian, Wuhan, and Zhengzhou. It is also a station on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). More station details here.
Shenzhen Pingshan Railway Station – at Pingshan, offers D & G trains all the way to Hangzhou on the Hangfushen HSR line.
From either SZ North or Pingshan, there is also a D train that runs to Nanjing servicing over 30 cities along the way, a D train that goes to Longyan, and also a D train that terminates at Shanghai Hongqiao.
You can search train timetables and routes at:
It’s reported that in the future Shenzhen station (Louhu) will become a station for intercity trains within Guangdong, and older long-distance trains will move to Shenzhen East station. There will be a new HSR to Maoming, and the high-speed rail into Hong Kong will open 2018. Xili Railway Station will also be upgraded to accept high-speed trains and surpass Shenzhen North Station in capacity.
Map: Train Stations in Shenzhen
China High Speed Rail network map
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