Freight Trains from China – list of countries

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.

Why trains?

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.

Rail connections

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:

  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore

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