China High Speed Train (Bullet Train)
Over 2,800 pairs of bullet trains numbered by G, D or C run daily connecting over 550 cities in China and covering 33 of the country's 34 provinces. Beijing-Shanghai high speed train link the two megacities 1,318 km (819 mi) away in just 4.5 hours.
By the end of 2022, China keeps the world's largest high speed rail (HSR) network with a length totaling over 42,000 km (26,100 mi). The world's longest HSR line, Beijing - Hong Kong High Speed Railway, extends 2,440 km (1,516 mi).
Top China High Speed Train Travel Routes:
- Hong Kong - Guangzhou
- Guangzhou - Hong Kong
- Beijing - Shanghai
- Shanghai - Beijing
- Beijing - Xi'an
- Shanghai - Hangzhou
- Hangzhou - Shanghai
- Xi'an - Beijing
- Shenzhen - Hong Kong
- Hong Kong - Shenzhen
- Suzhou - Shanghai
- Guangzhou - Shenzhen
- Guilin - Guangzhou
- Xi'an - Shanghai
- Shanghai - Nanjing
- Shanghai - Suzhou
- Shenzhen - Guilin
- Pingyao - Xi'an
- Guangzhou - Guilin
- Nanjing - Shanghai
- Beijing - Pingyao
- Xi'an - Chengdu
- Shenzhen - Guangzhou
- Shanghai - Xi'an
- Shanghai - Huangshan
- Xi'an - Luoyang
- Guangzhou - Yangshuo
- Luoyang - Xi'an
- Shanghai - Yiwu
- Beijing - Guangzhou
- Beijing - Harbin
- Beijing - Tianjin
- Shanghai - Ningbo
- Tianjin - Beijing
- Chengdu - Xi'an
- Ningbo - Shanghai
- Kunming - Dali
- Harbin - Beijing
- Yiwu - Shanghai
- Shanghai - Changzhou
- Shanghai - Guangzhou
- Guangzhou - Zhuhai
- Chengdu - Chongqing
- Hong Kong - Shanghai
- Hong Kong - Beijing
- Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong
See also: 8 Most Scenic Train Rides in China
Why travel by high speed trains?
4. Reasonablely priced:
Tickets on bullet trains are generally divided into four types - second class seat, first class seat, business class seat, and VIP seat. On a few overnight D trains, sleepers are provided, and sometimes standing room tickets are available when all seats are sold out. On some short inter-city HSR lines, China Rail Pass is available, which is a prepaid card for self-service check-in at a railway station.
China High Speed Train Types
The types mainly include the popularized Hexiehao and the new type Fuxinghao.
|Hexiehao (CRH)||Fuxinghao (CR)|
|Top Speed||300 km/h (186 mph)||300-350 km/h (186-217 mph)|
|Appearance||Silver or white with blue belt||Silver with red belt, or white with golden belt|
|Space||370 cm high; narrower legroom||405 cm high; wider legroom|
|Electrical Socket||Standard type under the seats||Standard and USB types beside the seats|
|Wifi||Partially available||Available on all|
|Types in Service||CRH380A, CRH380B, CRH2, CRH3C… numbered by G, D or C||CR400AF & CR400BF numbered by G or C|
Facilities on these highballs are of high standard, similar to those on an airplane. The seats can be rotated towards the moving direction; the seatback can be adjusted to a wanted angle; each passenger is offered a foldable small table; electrical sockets are available; and it is even possible to use Wi-Fi.
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Since the earliest high speed rail line, Beijing - Tianjin Inter-City High Speed Rail Line opened in 2008, China has developed a dense high speed railway network reaching 42,000 km (26,100 mi), accounting for 2/3 of the world's high-speed rail tracks.
There are mainly four north-south and four east-west trunk lines, and some inter-city lines, greatly shortening the travel time within China.
According to the plan, the high speed rail will reach 43,000 km (26,719 mi) by 2025. The network will include eight north-south and eight east-west trunk lines, linking all the big and medium-sized cities with a population of 500,000.
Major High Speed Rail Lines
|Line||Open Date||Length (km)||Speed (km/h)|
|300 - 350|
|Beijing-Guangzhou||2012/12/26||2,298||200 - 300|
|Beijing-Xi'an||2012/12/26||1,216||250 - 300|
|Shanghai-Guangzhou||2014/12/10||1,647||250 - 300|
|Shanghai-Kunming||2016/12/28||2,252||300 - 300|
|Xi'an-Shanghai||2016/9/10||1,509||250 - 300|
|Guangzhou - Shenzhen - Hong Kong||2018/9/23||141||200 - 300|
|Line||Open Date||Length (km)||Speed (km/h)|
Currently, 16 countries and regions worldwide have bullet trains running on their land, including China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and United Kingdom. The total length has reached 40,000 km (24,855 mi) and the speed varies from 200 km/h (124 mph) to 350 km/h (217 mph). China high speed train tickets are the lowest among all.
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My wife and I enjoyed our business class train from Hong Kong and Guangzhou. You were very fast to issue our tickets. Keep in touch.
If you plan to buy it at the station, you are advised to be there at least 1.5-2 hours before departure. Please be aware that the tickets may be sold out at that time and you can only get a "standing" ticket.
We are sorry that China Railway Company cannot send notification of train cancellation to all passengers. You can check the train schedule list instead. If the train is no longer on the schedule/sale list, it is cancelled. Sorry about the inconvenience.
For train tickets, they will only be confirmed 30 days within your each departure date. Oder can be cancelled freely if you send your cancellation request more than 30 days in advance. Hope this information can help you. Wish you a nice day!
For pssport holders, you need to go through manual channel. The station staff will get your passport checked and scaned. Hope this information can help you.
Normally the trains should stop at Wuhan, however, due to an urgent adjustment by railway company and government, the trains will only passby but without stop at Wuhan.