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Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province, and a significant railway hub in Northeast China is the famous Ice City and important gateway to Russia by land. It is notable for the dazzling ice and snow world with beautiful sculptures, a fabulous winter destination where travelers can enjoy bustling recreations with great fun.
Based on the opened Harbin Dalian High Speed Railway and Harbin Qiqihar High Speed Railway, Harbin is connected with Shenyang, Jilin, Dalian, Dandong, Qiqihar and major cities in Northeast provinces, and other large cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Jinan, Shijiazhuang in northern China. Soon the Harbin Mudanjiang Passenger Dedicated Line and a intercity railway between Harbin and Suihua will be completed. Besides, a high speed railway from Harbin to Vladivostok, Russia is planning as part of One Belt & One Road.
There are both normal trains and high speed trains travelers can take to get to Harbin. And roughly, there are more than 100 high speed trains running from/to Harbin every day. Most destinations are located in north regions of China. After visiting landmarks and finishing interesting winter activities in Harbin, you can have a further exploration to Inner Mongolia in the west by conventional trains or have an overland driving to Russia from the north border areas. Please note that Xian and Guangzhou has no high speed trains to Harbin yet.
Harbin High Speed Rail Map
Capital Beijing is usually chosen as the ideal departure city to take high speed train journey to Harbin, not only because it has convenient traffic link with most major cities, but also for its massive iconic attractions and World Heritages. Also, Tianjin, Dalian, Shenyang, Changchun are popular starting point to Harbin within a few hours. Since the Shanghai Harbin High Speed Train takes more than 11 hours, it’s highly suggested to visit major tourist cities en route to reduce the tediousness during the long journey or take a time-saving flight directly.
Railway Stations: Beijing South/Beijing - Harbin West/ Harbin
Distance: 1,331 km/827 miles
Duration: about 7~ 8.5 hours
With highly developed transportation with cities in home and abroad, Beijing is the most convenient city heading to Harbin. If you plan to spend a winter holiday differently and join the Frozen World in reality, you could catch high speed trains all the way north to Harbin, crossing Tianjin, Qinhuangdao, Shenyang and Changchun. Then your winter will turn to be super colorful and lively with various kinds of ice and snow sculptures, ice lanterns and exciting winter activities.
Every day, there are 2 G trains and 4 D trains running from Beijing to Harbin. And the G trains travels nearly 7 hours, about 1 ~ 1.5 hours faster than the D trains. Passengers taking G trains will depart from Beijing South Station and arrive at Harbin West Station. Meanwhile, those bullet trains leave from Beijing Railway Station and stop at Harbin Railway Station and Harbin West Railway Station after 7.5 ~ 8.5 hours’ riding.
Colorful Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin
Railway Stations: Shanghai Hongqiao - Harbin West
Distance: 2,422 km/1,505 miles
Duration: 12 hours 15 minutes
At present, Shanghai is another south destination that Harbin is directly linked with. Compared to the previous normal trains for nearly 24 hours, the high speed train journey from Shanghai to Harbin has been greatly shortened to half the duration. As the only daily high speed train to Harbin, G1204 train departs at 09:39am and terminates in Harbin at 21:54pm. Because this 2422km-long journey takes over 12 hours onboard, passengers are recommended to stop by Nanjing, transfer in Beijing or take a 3 hours’ flight to Harbin.
Railway Stations: Shenyang North/Shenyang – Harbin West/ Harbin
Distance: 543 km/337 miles
Duration: 2 hours 16 minutes ~ 2 hours 49 minutes
Shenyang is the capital city of Liaoning Province, which is located in the south of Harbin. With the operation of the 921km-long Harbin Dalian High Speed Railway, Harbin and Shenyang, Changchun, Dalian are conveniently connected with each other in northeast China. It takes less than 3 hours to travel to Harbin from Shenyang, passing through Changchun of Jilin Province.
Between 08:00 am in the morning to 21:00pm in the evening, there are more than 30 trains available, including over 20 G trains and several D trains. G701 train is the first train as well as the fastest train from Shenyang to Harbin, costing less than 2.5 hours. G731 is the last train that arrives in Harbin at midnight.
The Imperial Palace of Qing Dynasty in Shenyang
Except the three cities listed above, there are some other cities tourists can choose to get to Harbin by high speed trains, such as the coastal metropolis neighbor of Beijing - Tianjin (9 trains for about 6.5 hours), a major seaport of Liaoning Province - Dalian (17 trains for 3.5~4.5 hours), Nanjing (1 train for 10.5 hours), Suzhou (1 train for nearly 12 hours), Jinan (3 trains for more than 8 hours), Qinhuangdao (11 trains for 5~6 hours), Shijiazhuang (3 trains for around 8.5 hours), Wuhan (1 train for 12.5 hours), Zhengzhou (2 trains for 10~11 hours), etc. In addition, you can go around Harbin, to Qiqihar within 2 hours (over 30 D trains available), to Hunchun within 5 hours - a window city bordering China, Russia and North Korea.
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Harbin has 5 train stations used for passenger transportation, including Harbin West Railway station, Harbin Railway Station, Harbin North Railway Station, Harbin East Railway Station and Xiangfang Railway Station. Harbin Railway Station, Harbin West Railway Station and Harbin East Railway Station are the mainly used railway stations for tourists.
Harbin Railway Station
Address: No.1, Tielu Street, Nangang District, Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province (黑龙江省哈尔滨市南岗区铁路街1号, 哈尔滨站)
Harbin Railway Station, the second largest railway hub in Northeast China, is located in the city center of Harbin. There are five railways meet here, including Beijing-Harbin Railway Line, Harbin-Suifenhe Line, Harbin-Manzhouli Railway Line, Harbin-Bei’an Railway Line, and Lafa-Harbin Railway Line.
Travelers to Yabuli Ski Resort can also take a train here. The train journey from Harbin to Yabuli takes about 3 hours.
Harbin West Railway Station
Address: No.501, Harbin Avenue, Nangang District, Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province (黑龙江省哈尔滨市南岗区哈尔滨大街501号, 哈尔滨西站)
Harbin West is the most frequently used high speed train station in Heilongjiang Province, which handles trains to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenyang, Dalian, Qingdao, Jilin, and Shenyang. You can get to the station by local bus, coach, Metro Line 3 and taxi, and transfer to Harbin Ice and Snow World within 30 minutes.
Harbin East Railway Station
Address: No.1, Huashu Street, Daowai District, Harbin (哈尔滨市道外区桦树街1号, 哈尔滨东站)
Harbin East Railway Station is settled on the east end of Harbin Metro Line 1. From this station, you can catch high speed trains to Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Shenyang, etc.
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