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Quick Guide on Train Travel in China
China train system boasts over 124,000 km (77,000 mi) long railway, including the world's largest high speed train network connecting more than 500 cities across the country, and the highest speed can reach 350 km/h (217 mph). To plan a budget, convenient and safe travel, China train is your best choice. Start to search the timetable and book your tickets now!
- High Speed Trains The 22,000 km's (13,600 mi) high speed rail enables more than 2,300 pairs of daily bullet trains in operation, connecting almost every large city and top tourist destinations.
- First Class Seat vs. Second Class Seat First class carriage has four seats in a row while second class carriage has five, hence a first class seat is bigger and more comfortable. But its ticket price is 20%-40% higher than that of a second class seat.
- How to buy tickets Two methods: book with an online agency as early as possible to ensure the best seat/berth; purchase at a railway station with your original passport at most 28 days in advance.
- How to collect tickets Two ways: deliver to a hotel you reserved in China; pick up by yourself at a railway station with your original passport and pickup number.
- How to read a China train ticket Here are clear samples and explanations teaching passengers how to read the information on a ticket, including the station names and departure time.
- How to take a train in China Arrive at the right station an hour before departure, go through the security check, find your waiting room, and then wait for the check-in.
- What to do if refund, change or lose a ticket Tickets can be refunded or changed both before and after issuing, while a lost one can only be refunded after the journey.
- Weight & size limit for carry-on luggage 20 kg (44 pounds) per adult and 10 kg (22 pounds) per child, with the total length of each item within 130cm (51 in).
Best China Train Travel Routes:
- Beijing-Shanghai: 4.5 - 6 hours
- Beijing-Tianjin: 35 - 50 minutes
- Beijing-Xian: 5 - 6 hours
- Beijing-Guangzhou: 8 - 10 hours
- Shanghai-Guangzhou: 7 - 8.5 hours
- Shanghai-Hangzhou: 1 hour
- Shanghai-Suzhou: 23 - 44 minutes
- Guangzhou-Guilin: 2.5 hours
- Guangzhou-Hong Kong: 2 hours
- Guangzhou-Shenzhen: 30 minutes
- Xian-Shanghai: 6 - 7.5 hours
- Xian-Chengdu: 3 - 4.5 hours
2018 Spring Festival Travel Rush Kicked off on February 1st
The 2018 Spring Festival Travel Rush, also known as "Chunyun", has begun since February 1st, 2018. According to China Railway Corporation, 8.14 million trips were made by railway on the first day, setting a new record. It's expected the number in the following days will be higher, especially around February 16, the lunar New Year's Day. Temporary trains, including overnight high speed sleepers, will be put into use for passengers' convenience.
During the days of Spring Travel Rush, namely, from February 1 to March 12 this year, passenger traffic is huge in nearly all railway stations. It requires more time for picking up tickets, security check, and entering the station. Therefore, please collect your ticket in advance and arrive at the railway station at least two hours before.
Chongqing - Guiyang High Speed Railway to Operate since January 25, 2018
Chongqing - Guiyang High Speed Railway, currently under test run, is expected to operate since January 25, 2018. Tickets are available since January 19, 2018.
Once opened, the railway will shorten the journey between Chongqing and Guiyang to 2 hours only and Chengdu and Guiyang to 3.5 hours. A second class seat costs CNY 129 between Chongqing and Guiyang; and CNY 275 between Chengdu and Guiyang.
Altogether 38 pairs of high speed trains will run along this way, including those between Guiyang North and Xian North, Guiyang North and Chengdu East, Guiyang North and Chongqing West, and Chengdu East and Kunming South.
As the railway starts from Chongqing West Railway Station to Guiyang North Railway Station, the newly-built Chongqing West Railway Station will be put into service on the open date.