Peter's Post: By train from Hong Kong to Shanghai
Our travel expert answers your questions
We will be travelling to Hong Kong in June and heard there is a train to Shanghai, which takes about two hours. Please advise on the cost and how to book. — Daya Naik
There is a train, but it certainly does not cover the 1231km in two hours. The T100 train service takes around 20 hours, leaving Hong Kong at 3.15pm and arriving in Shanghai at 11.10am the next day. There are three classes of travel, the hard sleeper (six-berth compartment), the soft sleeper (four-berth) and the deluxe soft sleeper (two-berth with toilet). A one-way ticket bought at the station in Hong Kong costs $65 (about R495), $110 (R830) and $135 (R1016), but buying through an agency costs more. The current price at www.chinatripadvisor.com is $92, $145 and $175. Or try www.chinatraintickets.net and www.tiglion.net. Your hotel can also book for you. Tickets can only be reserved five to 10 days in advance. The train from Hong Kong runs on even-numbered days in January, March, June, July, September and October and on odd-numbered days in the other months this year.