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Short answer. Hyperdia is correct; you can take the Hikari 535 service at 20:33. Long answer. Hikari 535 is an irregularly-scheduled service: it does not have a regular schedule like "every day" or "every weekday", but rather it runs only on specified days, presumably when high demand is anticipated. The timetable you linked, published on JR Central's ...


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What usually happens is that originally, there is a station named X (which may or may not be named after the city where it is located). At some point it is decided that the area needs a new station, and that the new station shall just be named "Shin-X", which should be understood as meaning "the new X". Sometimes the reason why a new station is necessary is ...


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There is some confusion, top commercial speed for TGV is 320 km/hr between Paris and Lorraine (on the way to Metz, Nancy, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, or Germany). Some conventional high-speed trains run or ran at 350 in Spain and China, 400-430 with Maglev technology, but not at 500 and more. Some parts of the French high-speed network were also designed to ...


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The TGV has mandatory seat reservations That is incorrect, e.g. see https://en.oui.sncf/en/france-europe/on-board-seating-positions (mirror): When all seats are booked, you will be offered an "no fixed seat booked" seat. In this case, your ticket will have a coach number and be marked "sans place attribuée" (no fixed seat booked). Rest ...


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The Romancecar services by the Odakyu Railway in Japan... The line connects Shinjuku in Tokyo with various tourist areas towards Mt. Fuji to the southwest. The trains with passengers seats at the front of the train (only the type 7000 and 50000 trains are currently in operation) are primary used on train services to Hakone. The schedule identifies which ...


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On the way to France, the Eurostar ski train (both day and night) has three (official) stops, Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice. On the return, it has only two stops, Moûtiers and Bourg-St-Maurice. At both of these stations, there is a special platform that can be fenced off from the rest of the French rail network. There is also a special ...


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It does depend what ticket you have, and who you're with. If you are delayed on another RailTeam service, the ‘Hop on the next available train’ (HOTNAT) feature means that you may not even need to rebook (depends on the station), but if you do it'll be easy. (Keep the ticket from the delayed service though!) If you bought a domestic ticket that included ...


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It's called SAPSAN, there are 7 trains in both directions Saint-Petersburg > Moscow and Moscow > Saint-Petersburg. Here is link to schedules (Google Translate) Prices are here (translation). There are business and economy class tickets available. The average journey is no longer than 4 hours in one direction. All trains serve every day except train 154 (...


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If you read the Wikipedia articles on the stations and the Shinkansen, you will learn that "shin" means new. Stations with "shin" in their names may be Shinkansen stations, as with Shin-Osaka, or not, as with Shin-Sapporo.


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There is a minimum checkin time for Eurostar trains, which is generally 30 minutes before departure (see below for details), but it does vary. Before listing the times, it's worth thinking a little bit about how the Eurostar checkin process works, as that explains why it is as it is. When you get to the station, you need to checkin with your ticket, either ...


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It's available on most ICE routes, but not all. Cost wise there it's 4,95€ a day in standard class, though there's a small number of roaming partners with whom you can get online in standard class too (mostly T-Mobile Germany though). It used to be paid-for in first class as well, but as of late 2014, it's now free for first class customers (matching what ...


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Does not tick the first point, but here goes... ICE T, ICE 3 and ICE 3M from Germany (ICE T, Germany, Wikimedia) (View from behind the driver in an ICE T, Germany, Wikimedia) Is the driver cab sitting on top of the first carriage, or fully automated? Neither. The driver sits in front, with a transparent partition. The driver has a switch to make the ...


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Since 1 January 2017 there is Wi-Fi in all ICE-Trains. From DB-Homepage: In first class we offer you worry-free internet access. With the internet provided in first class you can work efficiently and even send and receive large mail attachments. You can also watch videos or listen to music. In second class you can use the internet for free, but ...


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As an addendum to Relaxed's excellent answer, there's only one place on the planet right now where the public can experience traveling at 500+ km/h on a train, and that's JR Central's Yamanashi maglev test track in Japan. However, test runs open to the public are scheduled only irregularly, and are extremely popular. The last runs for 2,400 lucky winners ...


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Both the XPT and the Tilt Train can go faster than 160 km/h, and have done so for short distances in trial runs. Full list here. However, in operation both are capped at a maximum of 160 km/h, and typically average out much slower (the Sydney-Melbourne XPT barely beats 80 km/h for the trip). As for why specifically 160 km/h, it's a typical cut off ...


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This one definitely does not tick all the boxes, but as asked by the OP, here comes an historic example: The SNCF X3800 "Picasso" (more details in french) was used from 1950 to 1988 in France. However, it definitely does not qualify for "high-speed" (top speed 120 km/h). It is still in use on a few heritage railway lines (see french Wikipedia page linked ...


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In such situations, it is possible (and recommended) to contact the Eurostar personnel during the voyage to have them stamp and sign your ticket to use it as proof. They even announce it ("our personnel will be passing soon, in case you have any questions..."). Then, if you do miss your train due to this delay, you can show the stamped ticket to the rail ...


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When I missed my connection I went to the ticket window, I was accepted on the next train even though, in theory, there were no seats available. I had to report to the train manager. He asked me to sit in one of those extra seats till the train was well underway and then move to any of the empty seats, as they expected other people to miss that train. I ...


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Yes, there is a similar regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 on rail passengers’ rights and obligations. Its application is mandatory for international trains operating within the EU. Member states may excempt domestic long distance traffic during a transition period. The regulation does not apply for domestic, regional traffic. Summarized, it gives the passengers ...


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I know you've already traveled, but for anyone else with the same question in the future, I'd like to give an answer. Beijing is huge and the Beijing Capital Airport is located on the north-east side of town. Tianjin is just 100 km east of the Airport; about 1.5 hours by taxi. Beijing south railway station is on the opposite side of Beijing; to go there ...


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The Sparpreis-Europa (ex-EuropaSpezial) fares might be a good solution. You can search for these using the Sparpreis-Finder. If you only want to try the ICE without necessarily going abroad, there is also a similar type of discounted fares for domestric travel. In both cases, you have to book long in advance, be somewhat flexible with timing and commit to a ...


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The Man in Seat 61 has a page that discusses how to get from London to Morocco by train and ferry. Eurostar from London to Paris, TGV from Paris to Barcelona, overnight in Barcelona, AVE and Spanish regional rail for Barcelona to Algeciras, free bus to the ferry terminal, ferry to Tangier Med Port, train/bus/taxi to the center of Tangier (or the FRS ferry ...


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They just gave me a new ticket for a later train as of February 2017 This has happened to me this February 2017 because of storm Doris: the line from Cambridge to London broke down, and I arrived 3 hours later, after the last Eurostar depart for the day (19h30). I just went to the ticket office at the station, and they gave me a free ticket for the following ...


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Yes, if you have certainty about your time of travel, then it is advisable to purchase tickets beforehand, not so much for risk of trains selling out, but more for significant savings. With the exception of some three regional trains a day the line between Florence and Rome is served by high-speed trains "Frecciarossa" or "Frecciargento". Tickets for those ...


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Disclaimer: I'm not sure if I correctly understood the question but here it goes: you can put a SNCF train ticket on hold, and buy the return journey later under certain conditions. But I'm not sure if you were expecting to combine the two trips to get a cheaper price for the round trip. You'll get both early prices but no "round trip discount" (which I'm ...


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The capacity of the oldest (and probably busiest) European high-speed line (LGV Sud-Est, Paris-Lyon, France) used to be about 12 trains/hour, i.e. a headway of 4 minutes. It's probably around 15 tph nowadays  The minimal headway is dependent on the technology used. France has used variants of the TVM system (TVM 300, TVM 430). Now most new lines are ...


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You can take a ferry from Algeciras in Spain, to Morocco. There are routes to Tangier, and to Tangier Med (located about 40 km east of Tangier), which is a shorter route. The crossing to Tangier takes about 2 hours, and sailing times, although published, are erratic. You can forget about high speed travel for this section of the journey. I don't know ...


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I can verify that the N700a trains have power sockets for the seats at the ends of the cars. Look at the bottom of the side wall under the window near your feet. Plugged in right now, actually :-)


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Basically it boils down to the fact that Eurostar can move you between Paris and London, whereas TGV cannot. It's not about the “extra cost” of Eurostar versus TGV or what Eurostar comfort is worth as this is not a choice available to anybody. Speculating a bit, there are many things that might contribute to make Eurostar expensive: Use rights for the ...


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Trains (especially trains designed with that in mind) don't need that long to accelerate, this document from Siemens states that it takes 148 seconds (a little more than 2 min) for the Velaro trainsets used in China to reach 200 km/h. The Velaro trains used by RENFE are not exactly identical and it would take even longer to reach 300 but they could still ...


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