China to Southern Europe by Rail: Cheap and Fast

The Yiwu-Madrid freight route is the seventh rail road connecting China to Europe and runs from Yiwu, through Xinjiang in Northwest China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France.

Other existing rail routes already connect China to Germany but this new railway includes Spain and France and only takes 21 days; moreover, its cheaper than air and faster than sea.

Presently, the rail is mainly being used for Chinese exports to Europe but will soon be used for exports to China as interest from western producers of pharmaceuticals, chemicals and foods has peaked.