Now Open: Guangzhou – Zhuhai Intercity Railway

Guangzhou South Railway Station

That Guangzhou South Railway Station (广州南站) is getting busier and busier…

Presently home to the Wuhan-Guangzhou (Wuguang) High Speed Railway (HSR; 武广高铁), the super-big station in southern Guangzhou today has a fair bit of new rail traffic to contend with: the Guangzhou-Zhuhai (Guangzhu) Intercity Railway (广珠城轨) is now officially reality (two days behind schedule, in fact…).

This is a weird line, though. The intercity railway splits halfway through, creating two branches. One’s off to Zhuhai, the other’s off to Jiangmen and Xinhui. Lines start splitting shortly after Xiaolan Railway Station (小榄站).

If you’re headed to the Xinhui branch, your train will go through:

  • Guangzhou South (广州南)
  • Beijiao (北滘)
  • Shunde (顺德)
  • Ronggui (容桂)
  • Xiaolan (小榄)
  • Guzhen (古镇)
  • Jiangmen (江门)
  • Xinhui (新会)

If you’re headed for Zhuhai (presently the train ends a stop before central Zhuhai at Zhuhai North), your trek will run through the following stops:

  • Guangzhou South (广州南)
  • Beijiao (北滘)
  • Shunde (顺德)
  • Ronggui (容桂)
  • Xiaolan (小榄)
  • Dongsheng (东升)
  • Zhongshan North (中山北)
  • Zhongshan (中山)
  • Nanlang (南朗)
  • Zhuhai North (珠海北)

There are also options to connect this line through Zhuhai to Macao!

CRH1A trains (8-car sets) will run on this line, and their speed tops out at 200 km/h. Given that this is an all-new line, we will have to leave this new railway line as a non-HSR line (the International Railways Union defines HSR as lines where trains run at 250 km/h on new lines; it’s 200 km/h on existing lines only).

The cheapest tickets go for CNY 4.00 for kids in Standard (Second) Class, while the most expensive ticket won’t set you back anything more than CNY 44.00 in First Class. (That’s for through rides from Guangzhou South to Zhuhai North.) First Class riders also have the option to travel in compartments, which to those of us who want a bit more privacy is indeed a good idea! Web vox populi regards these prices as “reasonable”. (Indeed, if you’re Shenzhen-bound to Hong Kong, your First Class ticket is CNY 100, in essence double of the highest fare here!)

Automated ticket machines are available for riders throughout; if you favour the human factor, you can also buy tickets from the more “traditional” counters. The only thing missing are the trains: trains leave on average every 30 minutes or so (which is not a lot of trains in any one day)!

This item was first posted in a constituent site which was later merged with Tracking China. It was posted before 2012 and may contain outdated content. If a specific date/timestamp was not found, the default used instead is at 12 noon Beijing time.

By David Feng

David Feng — founder and publisher, Tracking China, a Street Level China website.

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