Freight trains from China, according to the New Silk Road, are currently reaching many countries around the world. The Chinese are now betting on rail transport. It is shorter than sea transport and cheaper than air transport. In the article below, we will present to which countries currently freight trains from China arrive.
Where do the freight trains from China arrive?
Freight trains from China reach many countries in Europe, Central Asia or South Asia.
China, in less than a decade, has built an impressive national high-speed rail network with instant trains and massive railway stations. Currently, Chinese are making considerable advances in expanding their rail freight networks, internationally, within the so-recognized project “One Belt One Roda.”
Thanks to the new infrastructure, rail traffic on the route connecting China and Europe in recent years has increased almost tenfold from 25,000 TEU in 2014 to 240,000 TEU in 2017.
According to the Chinese, freight trains are an ideal alternative to sea and air transport. China is rediscovering the old Silk Road and bringing this idea of trade back. Chinese plans to develop inland parts of the country to improve transport. This includes the creation of many free-trade zones inland.
The efforts of the Chinese people already show positive effects, especially among advanced technology manufacturers in Chengdu, Zhengzhou, and Chongqing. It is a better option for them to deliver goods to Europe. It will take about 15 days, and not like in the case of sea freight – about 45 days.
Rail freight from China
Currently, China has rail connections with many countries. These include: North Korea, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
It should be remembered that rail connections between some countries are not regular. However, there are documented cases where trains from China have arrived in these countries. We encourage you to read the table below, in which the countries to which China has sent its freight trains have been presented.
|Country||Capital City||Distance from Beijing||Time zone according to China|
|North Korea||Pyongyang||809 km||+ 1 h|
|Mongolia||Ulaanbaatar||1169 km||+ 0 h|
|Vietnam||Hanoi||2332 km||-1 h|
|Kyrgyzstan||Bishkek||3474 km||-2 h|
|Kazakhstan||Astana||3655 km||-2 h|
|Pakistan||Islamabad||3888 km||-3 h|
|Uzbekistan||Tashkent||3940 km||-3 h|
|Tajikistan||Dushanbe||4060 km||-3 h|
|Afghanistan||Kabul||4177 km||-3,5 h|
|Turkmenistan||Ashgabat||4943 km||-3 h|
|Azerbaijan||Baku||5554 km||-4 h|
|Iran||Tehran||5610 km||-4,5 h|
|Russia||Moscow||5800 km||-5 h|
|Georgia||Tbilisi||5852 km||-4 h|
|Finland||Helsinki||6329 km||-6 h|
|Estonia||Tallinn||6372 km||-6 h|
|Ukraine||Kiev||6458 km||-6 h|
|Belarus||Minsk||6475 km||-5 h|
|Latvia||Riga||6524 km||-6 h|
|Lithuania||Vilnius||6570 km||-6 h|
|Sweden||Stockholm||6716 km||-7 h|
|Turkey||Ankara||6841 km||-6 h|
|Poland||Warsaw||6948 km||-7 h|
|Norway||Oslo||7032 km||-7 h|
|The Hungary||Budapest||7348 km||-7 h|
|Germany||Berlin||7366 km||-7 h|
|Slovakia||Bratislava||7428 km||-7 h|
|The Czech Republic||Prague||7464 km||-7 h|
|Austria||Vienna||7469 km||-7 h|
|The Netherlands||Amsterdam||7831 km||-7 h|
|Belgium||Brussels||7971 km||-7 h|
|Italy||Rome||8134 km||-7 h|
|United Kingdom||London||8150 km||-8 h|
|France||Paris||8226 km||-7 h|
|Spain||Madrid||9233 km||-7 h|
Currently, China is ambitiously working on a railway connection with Singapore, which will pass through the Malay Peninsula.
Thanks to this project, which is also known as Kunming-Singapore, China’s freight trains will be arriving at each of the following Southeast Asian countries: