High-speed “G” train service from Shanghai to Hangzhou is slated to begin on October 26th, making it that much easier to take in the views of West Lake, eat some dongporou and walk through the Longjing tea fields.
The 202km distance should only take in the neighborhood of 45 minutes to cover, with train speeds topping out around 350 km/h (even if their max speed is 416.6 km/h). Compared to the current quickest time, that is a 33-minute improvement, unless it ends up like the new G train to Nanjing.
However, with higher speeds come higher prices we’re afraid. A second-class ticket rings up at 82RMB, which is a 35RMB increase from its D train cousin. Almost all of the 40 new trains (some have been dubbed the “silver bullet” but unfortunately the original silver bullet won’t be served) will be departing from Hongqiao Station running from 6:12am to 9:45pm. Repeat. That’s Hongqiao Station, so make sure to check your ticket and not end up at Shanghai’s other railway ports.