High-speed rail travel gaining momentum in Asia

High-speed rail travel is one of the most common ways for tourists to get around the continent in Asia. From the Eastern and Oriental Express to the Jungle Train and the speedy service between Shanghai and Beijing, it is a fun way for travellers to experience a different method of transport when going from one country to another, with the views often making a train trip more than worthwhile.

However, the use of train travel sometimes loses its appeal amongst travellers once the distance hits about 1000 km. A combination of price and time tend to factor into tourists’ thoughts if they are thinking of booking a train ticket for a journey of this distance.

However, recent reports have indicated that travellers are becoming more comfortable with traveling longer distances by rail for a less expensive price tag. This growth has been very noticeable in China, a country that has the fastest high-speed trains. The country itself is very devoted to extremely quick travel, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. For example, a traveler going from Beijing to Shanghai will spend a fairly light 4 hours and 28 minutes on their ride. In 2015, for instance, 910 million Chinese travelled by all forms of rail – more than twice the 415.4 million who flew, according to the Journal of Advanced Transportation.

What’s more, rail travel begins to become increasingly attractive in the context of ever-growing mindfulness of the environmental impact of travel. With travellers now thinking twice about burning jet fuel for the sake of a quicker journey time, staying on the ground and hopping on a train can sometimes be considered the more desirable option.