Soft Sleeper, as the name suggests, is softer than hard sleeper. But more importantly, the compartment is more spacious with only four berths inside, two upper and two lower; the berth is wider and longer, about 30 inches (75cm) and 75 inches (190cm) respectively; the compartment has a door, which separates it from the aisle and provides a quiet and private room for the passengers inside.
Soft sleeper ticket price is about 1.5 times of that of hard sleeper, and a lower berth costs more than an upper berth.
Soft sleeper China train carriage has a luggage closet above the door in each compartment. The luggage rack inside the compartment is about 16 inches (40cm) high and 20 inches (50cm) wide, just big enough for a 20-inch suitcase. The larger luggage can be put under the lower berth or the table between the two lower berths.
What’s more, on a small table between the two lower bunks, there is a tray for litter and a thermos. On some routes, you may also find a plug under the table for your laptop and mobile phone. Disposable slippers are also provided for passengers. Foldable seats are also available by the windows in the aisle.
A soft sleeper train carriage in China has 9 compartments. With four bunks inside each, soft sleeper beds inside a carriage are numbered from 1 to 36. The even numbers are the upper bunks while the odd numbers are the lower bunks. If you travel with friends, remember to tell the conductor that you wish to stay in the same compartment. As in other carriage types, the dustbin, toilet, smoking area, wash-basins, mirror, drinkable water heater and fire extinguisher are at the end of the carriage. However, a D train (bullet type) does not have a smoking area, as it is not allowed to smoke on it, not even in toilet. Some trains (like D ones) has the seat type toilet and also provides toilet paper, but this is not universal and soft sleeper carriages in most trains still use the squat type toilet without toilet paper.
China Train Soft Sleeper Vs. Hard Sleeper
|Soft Sleeper||Hard Sleeper|
|private compartments with lockable doors; recommended for passengers having sleep problems||open compartments without doors; less privacy|
|4 berths in a compartment; the beds are wider, longer, and more comfortable, suitable for big guys.||6 berths in each compartment; the beds are short and narrow.|
|All passengers can sit up on their berths.||Passengers in the middle or upper berths cannot sit straight.|
|luggage closet above the door inside the compartment||luggage rack above the aisle outside the compartment|
|both western style and squat toilets||squat type toilets|
|more facilities including reading lights, coat hangers, and controller for air-conditioner, broadcasting volume, and light||only basic facilities like beddings, a tray for litter and a thermos|
|one socket in each compartment||a few sockets in each carriage|
|50% more expensive than a hard sleeper berth||cheapest among all sleepers|
See detailed introduction on Hard Sleeper
Luxury Soft Sleeper
There is also luggage rack inside some compartments, but is only 16 inches (40cm) high. The bigger suitcases can be put under the lower berth or inside the closet. Facilities such as thermos, tray for litter, rubbish bin, LCD TV, headphone, temperature control, reading lamp, and slippers are available.
Each bed in luxury soft sleeper carriage is numbered. The odd number is upper bunk and the even number is lower bunk. Some luxury soft sleeper carriages have four-bed compartments at each end, so bunks No.1 – 4 and No. 21 – 24 are soft sleeper beds, and luxury soft sleeper beds count from No. 5 to No. 20.
Facilities in luxury soft sleeper carriages are the same as those of the soft sleeper carriages.
1. The compartments in soft sleeper or luxury soft sleeper carriages are lockable, so passengers actually share a small room with others. If you feel uncomfortable to be in a room with passengers of the opposite sex, especially during an overnight trip, you can try to ask the conductor arrange an all-female or all-male compartment for you when you buy the ticket at the railway station or ticket window (bunks can not be chosen when booking online or through telephone).
2. For foreign passengers wishing to have a good rest during the trip, we recommend soft sleeper or luxury soft sleeper rather than hard sleeper. The compartment provides more room for you to move around and also gives some privacy.
(Last update in October, 2016)
|Train No.||Route||Train No.||Route|
|T109/110||Beijing ↔ Shanghai||Z43/Z44, Z19/Z20||Beijing West ↔ Xian|
|Beijing West ↔ Guangzhou||Z157/Z158, Z15/Z16||Beijing ↔ Harbin|
|Z97/Z98||Beijing West ↔ Hung Hom||T31/T32||Beijing ↔ Hangzhou|
|K53/K54, T47/T48, Z157/Z158||Beijing ↔ Shenyang North||Z29/Z30||Beijing ↔ Yangzhou|
|Z35/Z36, Z97/Z98, Z201/Z202, Z37/Z38, T289/T290||Beijing West ↔ Wuchang||Z55/Z56, Z277/Z278, K601/K602||Beijing ↔ Taiyuan|
|T47/T48||Beijing ↔ Qiqihar||Z55/Z56||Beijing West ↔ Lanzhou|
|T63/T64, Z225/Z227||Beijing ↔ Hefei||Z157/Z158, Z63/Z64, Z61/Z62||Beijing ↔ Changchun|
|Z201/Z202||Beijing West ↔ Sanya||Z133/Z134, Z65/Z66, Z67/Z68||Beijing West ↔ Nanchang|
|T289/T290||Beijing West ↔ Nanning||Z133/Z134||Beijing West ↔ Jinggangshan|
|D931*/D933*, D935*/D937*, D941*/D943*||Shanghai Hongqiao ↔ Guangzhou South||T77/T78||Shanghai South ↔ Guilin North|
|Z99/Z100||Shanghai ↔ Hung Hom||Z196/Z198||Shanghai ↔ Taiyuan|
|Z92/Z94||Xian ↔ Shanghai||D306/D308||Xian North ↔ Shanghai|
|Z86/Z88||Xian ↔ Hangzhou||Z157/Z158||Harbin ↔ Taizhou|
|Z192/Z194||Shenyang North ↔ Taiyuan||T47/T48, T311/T312||Shenyang North ↔ Qiqihar|
|T6601/T6602, Y667/Y668, Z6205/Z6206||Lanzhou ↔ Jiayuguan|
Note: "*" only available on every Friday to next Monday.