Responding to rising trade volumes,
The train takes 18 days to make the 10,214-km trip, but that's more than twice as fast as maritime transport, reported China Daily.
It can also effectively save 80 percent of the cost compared with air shipments, and it's about US$489 cheaper on average compared with road transportation, which is a major incentive for the Eurasian Land Bridge, also dubbed New Silk Road.
The route reaches
The containers have to be transferred by crane to different gauges twice. First comes a change to the Russian style broad gauge line at the Kazakhstan-China border at Alashankou, in northeastern
DB Schenker, the transport and logistics arm of Deutsche Bahn (
The Zhengzhou-Europe freight route will be joined by three other cargo rail services by year-end.