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Luggage Space on China Trains

Generally, in a seat class carriage, the luggage racks are above the seats on each side of the coach. They can hold suitcases as big as 28’’.

On high speed trains, there are closets for big baggage at the connection of two coaches; behind the last row of the seats, there is space for large baggage, too.

In sleeper carriages, the luggage racks are either above the aisles or above the doors inside the compartment. There is also luggage space under the lower berth or table.
Narrow rack in the soft sleeper carriage
Luggage Rack on G Train
Luggage Rack on D Train

High Speed Trains (C, D & G types)

• In the seat carriages (first, second, VIP and business classes), there are two luggage racks over seats, one at either side of the coach. The rack is 40–50 cm (15.7–19.6 inches) wide and 50–60 cm (19.6–23.6 inches) high. The largest suitcase it can hold is 28”.

Passengers traveling with large bags or suitcases over 28” can place them at the closets at the connection between two carriages, or behind the last row of seats. If you sit at the first row, there is room for your large bags or suitcases in front of your seats, too.

Kind Reminder: Carry your valuable items with you if you are far from your luggage; keep an eye on it, especially when passengers are getting on and off at a station.
Luggage Closets
Luggage closet at connection of
two carriages is about 1 m high
Luggage Room Behind Seats
Luggage room behind last row
is about 30-40 cm wide
• In the soft sleeper coaches, there is no luggage rack or closet. Passengers can only place their carry-ons under the table or under the lower berths. The lower berth is about 25 cm (9.8 inches) high above the floor and the table is about 70 cm (27.6 inches) high.

• In the deluxe soft sleeper coaches, the luggage can be put under the lower berth which is also about 25 cm (9.8 inches) high or under the table which is 70 cm (27.6 inches) high. There is a closet opposite the berths to hang overcoats and store small bags.

• In the newly-adopted bullet sleeper trains, the luggage space is set under the lower berth, which can hold six 17’’ suitcases or two 25’’ suitcases at the same time. There is also a table beside each berth to put small bags.


Normal Trains (Z, T, K, Y, S, L, and numbered-only types)

• In hard sleeper coaches: The rack is over the aisle and is 53 cm (20.9 inches) wide. There is also room for luggage under the 70 cm (27.6 inches) high table and 25 cm (9.8 inches) high lower berths. Some hard sleeper coaches have closets inside the compartment, but the space there is much smaller than a rack.
Luggage Rack in Hard Sleeper Coach
The rack in hard sleeper coach
is 53 cm wide; a 28" luggage
can be placed on it
Closet for Luggage in Hard Sleepr Coach
The closet in some hard sleeper
compartment has smaller space
than a rack
• In soft sleeper coaches: The luggage closet is inside the compartment above the door. It is about 50 cm (19.9 inches) wide and 40 cm (15.7 inches) high. You can also put your baggage under the table (70 cm or 27.6 inches) or the lower berths (25-30 cm or 9.8-11.8 inches).
Luggage Rack in Soft Sleeper Compartment
The closet in soft sleeper
compartment is 50cm wide
and 40cm high. It is over the
door, and it is not easy to put
large or heavy case in it
Room for Luggage in Soft Sleeper Compartment
The table is 70cm high and is
enough for a large trolley case
the bed is about 25cm only
24" or smaller case can be
put under it
China Train Luggage Size
International standard luggage
with the linear dimensions within
158cm(length:67cm, width:63cm,
height: 28 cm) almost take the
whole aisle between two berths
• In deluxe soft sleeper coaches: The closet for your baggage is above the door and is as large as that in soft sleeper compartments. There is also luggage space under the lower berth or table. In addition, there is a closet for clothes opposite the berths.

• In hard seat coaches: Luggage racks are over the seats at both sides of the carriage. The rack is 55 cm (22 inches) wide and a large 28” suitcase can be placed on it. What's more, the 70 cm (27.6 inches) high table and 30 cm(11.8 inches) high seat provide room for baggage.
Luggage Rack over Hard Seats
Luggage racks over hard seats
are 55 cm (22 inches) wide,
enough for a 28'' suitcase
Luggage Space in Hard Seat Coach
Passengers can put their luggage
under the table or the seat
in the hard seat coach.

• In soft seat coaches: The rack is also over the seats on two sides of the coach and there is no room for extremely large items, either. Passengers should consign the large ones in advance.

Further Reading:

China Tours by Rail
China Train Baggage Allowance and Transportation 
China Train Travel - A Beginner’s Guide

- Last updated on May. 30, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Luggage Space on China Trains
Asked by Ivy Cheung from CANADA | Dec. 29, 2019 03:09Reply
Train & Luggage
Want to know if there is check in luggage service for these two train ...

1. Speed train from Shanghai to Yichang D952
2. Local train from Chongqing to Kunming K691

Answers (1)
Answered by Megan from USA | Dec. 29, 2019 17:26

No luggage service on any G and D trains, possibly on K691. However, it is not an easy thing to arrange checked luggage on trains. It is better to take all your luggage with you into the train.
Asked by Mi from USA | Dec. 01, 2019 20:35Reply
Can you bring skis on the high speed trains?
Answers (1)
Answered by WONG | Dec. 02, 2019 18:52

It depends on the size, if it is not too large you could take it on the train. Pack it to rod-shaped, the limitation is less than 200 cm (79 inches).
Asked by Stella Ng from SINGAPORE | Nov. 07, 2019 22:55Reply
Luggage Space in High Speed Train
I have booked a 1st class Shanghai to HangZhou high speed train ticket.
Is there a space to put my 26" luggage?

Answers (1)
Answered by Sanchia | Nov. 08, 2019 01:57

I think it should fit the rack above seats, if not, there is space for large sized luggage at the front or end of the carriage
Asked by peterw1688gmail.com from USA | Oct. 15, 2019 19:34Reply
golf bags and luggage
We have a group of 24 golfers from USA and will board train in Shenzhen to Nanning. Where do we put our luggage and golf bags on the 2nd class section?
Answers (1)
Answered by Willis | Oct. 16, 2019 02:53

24 golf bags did take a lot space, the space lack for large sized luggage cannot work for that much. YOu can ony try to arrange them on the luggage racks above seats.
Asked by Chase M. Thomas from UNITED STATES | Sep. 10, 2019 07:22Reply
Oversized items
Is there any storage space on the train for bicycles and things like that?
Answers (1)
Answered by Charles | Sep. 10, 2019 17:33

No, in fact bicycles is not allowed on the train.
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