Business Class Seat on Chinese High Speed Trains

Business class seats are available on some high speed trains in China. The carriages are usually located in the fore or back part of the train and separated from other carriages by automatic doors to provide a quiet environment. There are two or three seats in a row with the arrangement of 2+1 AC-F, 2+0 AC or 1+1 AF. Seats A and F are located by the window. A ticket for business class is typically double the price of a seat in first class and three times the price for a second class ticket. The business class seats are particularly ideal for business people and high-end users with sufficient travel budgets.

What does the Business Class Seat look like?

Business class seats are sofa-like leather armchairs, independent from each other. They can be adjusted from sitting angle to flat angle, with a total length of 180 - 190 cm (71 - 75 in), allowing the majority of the passengers to lie down and have a good rest. The interval between two rows is 200cm (79 in), so there is no worry of interrupting the passengers of the other rows when lying down. The head rest is the same width of the armchair and can be used as a pillow when the passenger is lying flat. Blankets and waist pillows are also provided and passengers can ask the attendant should they require them. All seats are also rotatable so passengers can choose which direction to sit towards.

On the armrest, passengers can find a tray table, a multimedia entertainment pad and a power port. There is also a reading lamp on one side of the chair with a dimming system. Passengers can press the buzzer to call the attendant when they need help.

The luggage racks are on both sides of the carriage above the chairs. The floor is covered by carpet and the light in the carriages is warm. Restrooms for business class passengers only are outside the carriages and have both hot and cold water.

Business Class Seats
China Train Business Class Passengers
Free beverages are provided onboard.

Special Facilities and Services for Business Class Seat Passengers

Special Waiting Area at Railway Stations

At some big railway stations, business class seat passengers may have a special waiting area, which is relatively quiet. Free Wi-Fi, free beverages, free snacks, newspapers and magazines are offered in the special waiting area.

Priority of Earlier Boarding

A business class ticket also entitles passengers to earlier boarding priority and at some departure stations, there may be railway staff guiding them through the VIP channel.

Free Porter Service

China Train Business Class SeatPorter service can be found at some big stations and business class seat passengers may enjoy this service for free at some stations.

Free Travel Bag

For some long-distance trips, passengers will be provided with a pair of disposable cotton slippers, a travel package with earplugs, earphones, blindfold, wet wipes, shoe covers and a bag of snacks.

Free Beverages

On some lines, free beverages may also be provided. Passengers can choose the beverages they want and free refills are available.

Free Meals

If the trip covers meal time, a free meal may be provided for business class passengers.


Who the Business Class Seats are recommended to?

From the information above, you now know that a seat in business class carriage offers quality comfort, space and excellent services and facilities. It is also the most expensive ticket available. A business class seat on a China high speed train is the equivalent of a first class seat on an airplane. They are recommended to passengers with sufficient travel budgets and high demand of travel experiences.

- Last updated on Dec. 14, 2022 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Business Class Seat on Chinese High Speed Trains
Asked by Nick from USA | Jun. 14, 2020 02:07Reply
Will there be an oversees train soon?
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Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jun. 14, 2020 18:41

We are sorry for the inconvnience caused, but at this moment, there is no news for when the international trains will be available again.
Asked by Richard from USA | Apr. 21, 2020 08:16Reply
Business Class Amenities
Will all Business Class Amenities be offered if I asked for it
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Answered by Amanda | Apr. 21, 2020 17:19

Not always available. The VIP waiting room is available in some stations, not all. Earlier boarding is usually OK at most station. Free porter service, to be honest, I did not find it at station. Free meal and other advantages are for long distance trip, can be different for each train. However, try to ask for them on train otherwise you may not know what is included for that trip.
Asked by Richard Lee from USA | Jan. 02, 2020 22:25Reply
Business class seats on High Speed rail from HK Kowloon station to Guilin
Are there any Business class seats from Kowloon station to Guilin ?
How much do Business class seats cost versus the other classes of seats ?
Are there free drinks and Meals on the Business class car ?
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Answered by Brooke from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 03, 2020 03:06

There is business class seat set up on the train, but hard to get. Business class seat is RMB1138 per person, one way. First class seat is RMB607 and RMB379 for second class. Not sure about the food, did not tried it.
Asked by Jayden from BRUNEI | Dec. 21, 2019 09:39Reply
Hi, is there any train from shenzhen to hong kong? would like to know the exact stations for both
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Answered by Sarah from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 22, 2019 23:38

Yes, over 90 trains a day. Some of them use Shenzhen North Station and some of them use Futian Station, but all of them will stop at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station.
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