• Japan is testing the world's fastest bullet train – the 400km/h Alfa-X

    Japan is pushing the limits of rail travel as it begins testing the fastest-ever shinkansen bullet train, capable of speeds of as much as 400km/h (249 miles per hour). Called the Alfa-X, the train is scheduled to go into service in 2030. Rail company JR East plans to operate it at 360km/h. Tha...

    POSTED 10 May, 2019 32 Comments

  • How to get from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, Guangzhou via high-speed rail

    The new High Speed Rail line between Hong Kong and mainland China (sometimes also known as the Express Rail Link) connects the bustling metropolis to China's sprawling 25,000km network of high-speed rail lines. One of the most attractive destinations for business travellers from Hong Kong will...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • High speed rail from Hong Kong to China to tempt business travellers

    China's sprawling bullet train network will extend to Hong Kong on September 23, providing a direct connection to 44 mainland destinations. With the addition of services from Guangzhou and Shenzhen – the major cities closest to Hong Kong – what’s now a daylong train trip to Bei...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 27 Comments

  • Do we really need a Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail link?

    Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said he’ll cancel a planned high-speed railway that was intended to reduce journey times between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore from about five hours to 90 minutes. Bloomberg Opinion columnists David Fickling and Adam Minter debate the topic....

    POSTED 31 May, 2018 8 Comments

  • High-speed rail now rivals air travel on key Asian, European routes

    Across Asia and Europe, high-speed rail is providing a competitive alternative to air travel on the same routes, in terms of price and the all-important barometer of time. Put that together with the environmental benefits that flow from not burning jet fuel, and staying on the ground begins to ma...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2018 30 Comments

  • What will it be like to travel in the Hyperloop at 1,120km/h?

    You're seated in a sealed pod that's levitating inside the partial vacuum of a seemingly endless tunnel, and hurtling along at over 1,000km per hour. The Hyperloop concept sounds pretty spectacular from just about any angle, but for travellers it'll be a bit of a snooze. The passenger pods have...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2016 11 Comments

  • Sydney-Melbourne in three hours on 350km/h, $200bn bullet train

    It's the Aussie bullet train which would let you travel between Sydney and Melbourne in under three hours, hurtling along a dedicated high-speed line at speeds up to 350km/h. The cost? A whopping $200 billion. The pitch? Built by a private consortium and funded by land development along the 900...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2016 66 Comments

  • Japan's bullet trains battle airlines with first class seats, lounges

    Japan's high-speed trains are gearing up with high-speed luxe in an renewed attempt to fight domestic airlines on the most profitable routes. This weekend saw the opening of the newest line in Japan's bullet train network, linking Tokyo for the first time by high-speed rail to the northern islan...

    POSTED 30 Mar, 2016 22 Comments

  • Photos: Eurostar trains get a mod make-over

    The first of Eurostar's refreshed trains rolls out of the workshop this week, and is expected to make its debut darting between London and Paris in early August. It's a much-needed make-over for the trains, which entered service when the cross-channel tunnel opened in 1994. In addition to ref...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2015 10 Comments

  • Singapore-Kuala Lumpur 'bullet train' delayed to at least 2023

    It's the announcement which nobody wanted to hear, although few were surprised: "The 2020 express train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur has been delayed. By several years, in fact. We don't know when it'll actually arrive, but we apologise for any inconvenience caused." Yes, the high-speed track ...

    POSTED 6 May, 2015 3 Comments

  • When the train beats the plane

    We compare a British Airways flight against the high-speed Eurostar train on the London-Paris route. Think of travelling for business and for most people it's airports rather than train stations that spring to mind. That's especially so in Australia, where a "high-speed train" is one that skips...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2014 19 Comments

  • Paris to get high-speed Charles de Gaulle Airport Express train

    The good news: Paris' super-busy Charles de Gaulle international airport is getting an express train to run non-stop into the city centre in just 20 minutes. The not-so-good news: it's almost a decade away, with the 32km line not expected to open until 2023. ironically, the Charles de...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2014 4 Comments

  • Eurostar sees boost from Aussie travellers

    An increasing number of Australians are favouring high-speed rail over air travel, says Eurostar, with sales revenue from ticket bookings growing by a solid 37 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2012. The number of business passengers travelling on Eurost...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2013 9 Comments

  • London-Frankfurt direct high-speed train service still on track

    Plans for a direct high-speed train service between London and Frankfurt remain on track, with a "tentative starting date of 2016" says German rail operator Deutsche Bahn. Unlike the current service, which requires travelling on the Eurostar from London but changing trains at Brussels, trav...

    POSTED 17 May, 2013 4 Comments

  • Australian bullet train: Govt study backs $114bn 45-year project

    Sydney to Melbourne, or Brisbane, in under three hours: that’s the promise of Australia’s high-speed rail line, according to a Government study to be released today. Carrying a stunning price tag of A$114b, the line wouldn’t be complete until around 2060, although the primary S...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2013 52 Comments

  • Canberra Airport's $11bn high-speed rail plan

    Canberra Airport is continuing its campaign to become a de facto second airport for Sydney, with this week's release of a report promoting a high-speed rail link between the nation's capital and the harbour city. "What may have once seemed like a pie-in-the-sky idea – a high speed rail sol...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2012 2 Comments

  • France's TGV high-speed trains: everything you need to know

    When travelling around France on business, the 320 km/h high-speed TGV trains are faster and more comfortable than flying between just about any pair of cities. With a TGV station inside Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport (and many other airports), you can be off the plane and onto the train in re...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • Feds push ahead on Sydney's second airport

    The federal government will size up Wilton for Sydney's second airport, despite opposition from NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell to any such airport within the Sydney basin. Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the government will begin a "detailed investigation into the suitab...

    POSTED 8 May, 2012 0 Comments

  • Canberra Airport backs bullet train role as second Sydney airport

    Canberra Airport has enthusiastically welcomed plans by the NSW Premier to build a high-speed train line between Sydney and Canberra and entrench the national's capital as a de facto second airport for Sydney. Canberra Airport chief Steven Byron expects a Sydney-Canberra bullet train w...

    POSTED 10 Apr, 2012 7 Comments

  • Photo gallery: Italy

    With its sleek lines and Ferrari-red colour scheme, Italy’s new high-speed Italo trains look fast even when they’re sitting at the platform. Of course, once it pins the needle at 300 kilometres per hour the Italo almost becomes a blink-and-you-miss-it experience. The bullet trains...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2011 1 Comment

  • Eurostar: Business Premier vs Standard Premier vs Standard class

    If you’re travelling by train between London and Pairs – or London and Brussels, for that matter – there are three Eurostar classes to choose from. We’re already reviewed the top Business Premier class, so what’s different in the mid-range Standard Premier class and...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2011 1 Comment

  • Review: Eurostar Business Premier class, London to Paris

    When you're hopping around Europe on business, flying isn't the only option – even for the relatively short trip from London to Paris. In fact, especially for shuttling between those two cities, the high-speed Eurostar train makes extraordinary sense: Australian Business Traveller&nbs...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2011 0 Comments

  • Review: Eurostar Business Premier Lounge, London

    As high-speed rail increasingly becomes a true alternative to flying for the business traveller, part of the competitive equation is a business lounge. On a recent visit to London Australian Business Traveller checked out Eurostar’s Business Premier Lounge at St Pancras International Stati...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2011 0 Comments

  • Lufthansa's high speed rail "flight" from Frankfurt to Cologne

    Lufthansa no longer flies the 150 km from Frankfurt to Cologne, and instead reserves an entire car on thirteen 300km/h high-speed trains a day in each direction for its international connecting passengers. So if you're connecting to Cologne on Lufthansa, this is how you'll get there. It's calle...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2011 7 Comments

  • Direct high speed trains from London to Germany & Holland in 2013

    IN BRIEF | Business travellers in Europe will see faster connections between Germany and the UK when Deutsche Bahn, the German rail operator, starts direct high-speed train services through the Channel Tunnel from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium to London in 2013. The thrice-daily train ser...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2011 1 Comment

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