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China Train Types

China’s trains are classified as:

G trains (high-speed trains, “Gaosu 高速” in Chinese) are the fastest and most comfortable trains in China with a speed of 250–400 km/h, for example G101 from Beijing South to Shanghai Hongqiao.
D trains (bullet trains, “Dongche 动车” in Chinese) are the next fastest trains in China after G trains, usually running at a speed of 200–250 km/h, for example D333 from Beijing South to Qingdao.
C trains (“Chengji 城际” in Chinese) are high-speed intercity trains running for a short distance between two nearby cities with a top speed of 350 km/h, e.g. C2003 from Beijing South to Tianjin.
Z trains (“Zhida kuaiche 直达快车” in Chinese) are direct express trains with a top speed of 160 km/h, for example Z19 from Beijing West to Xi’an.
T trains (“Tekuai lieche 特快列车” in Chinese) are express trains travelling at a top speed of 140 km/h. There are usually a limited number of stops along their routes, e.g. T321 from Shenyang North to Baotou.
K trains (“Kuaisu lieche 快速列车” in Chinese) are literally called ‘fast trains’ with a top speed of 120 km/h, e.g. K5 from Xi’an to Chengdu.

Trains with just numbers are the slowest trains in China, running at a top speed of 100 km/h, e.g. the 2063 from Qinhuangdao to Linfen.

You can use the English-version booking engine above to book and pay for your China train tickets online.

Easy Booking Process

Book
Enter your departure and arrival cities, and departure date on the booking engine. Next select your train and seat class. Finally, fill in the booking form with passenger’s personal details.

Payment
Proceed to payment. You will receive a confirmation email with a payment link shortly afterwards.

Get Tickets
After receiving payment, China Highlights will purchase the ticket and send it to you (E-tickets by email or deliver paper tickets to your hotel).

How to Board a Chinese Train?

Follow the steps below to board your train in China after buying train tickets:

  1. Go to the right station: In some large cities there are more than one train station, for example Guangzhou has three train stations (Guangzhou Station, Guangzhou East and Guangzhou South). Inspect your ticket for which station to board your train.
  2. Pass through the security control: When arriving at your station, you need to go through the security check at the entrance. Put bags on the X-ray machine conveyor belt.
  3. Find the right waiting lounge: After entering the station, you need to find your waiting lounge. Read the electronic message board, which shows where the waiting lounge is for your train.
  4. Go to the platform: About 10 minutes before the train departs, an announcement will be broadcast and the gate to the platform will be opened, where tickets will be checked. Station staff and barriers will direct passengers to the appropriate platform.
  5. Board your train: At your platform find your carriage’s door, whose number is marked on your train ticket (before 车 and your seat/bunk number on the right) and board your train there.

Popular Train Routes

  • Beijing - Shanghai
  • Shanghai - Suzhou
  • Shanghai - Nanjing
  • Shanghai - Hangzhou
  • Shanghai - Yiwu
  • Chengdu - Xian
  • Beijing - Pingyao
  • Beijing - Datong
  • Pingyao - Xian
  • Beijing - Xian
  • Shanghai - Xian

Note: The booking engine is powered by China Highlights, and China Highlights will be responsible for responding to your enquiries, handling orders and delivering your tickets.

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