China High-Speed Train - China Bullet Train
High-speed trains in China, also known as bullet trains, have running speeds of 200-350 km/h (124 – 217 mph). They have a prefixed letter of G, D or C in the train numbers, which also indicate high-speed train types. High-speed trains connect most major and tourist cities. They have become one of the most popular transportation options when traveling around China.
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Categories of High-Speed Train
There are four kinds of seat classes on daytime high-speed trains and three kinds of seat classes on overnight high-speed trains.
Most Chinese train numbers start with a letter, which indicates the category of the train. High-speed train numbers start with the letters G, D, or C.
- G trains (Gaotie, 高铁) are China's top-quality and the fastest high-speed trains with modern facilities. They all run during the daytime. The running speed is between 250 km/h to 300 km/h.
- D trains (Dongche, 动车) and 'D' category the next fastest. A few overnight D-trains are equipped as high-quality 200 km/h sleeper trains.
- C trains (Chengji, 城际), Photos of G-category train. Photos of D category sleeper train.
Seat Classes on a China Bullet Train
There are seven kinds of seat classes on high-speed trains.
Second Class Seat
The second class is the most common and cheapest ticket class for high-speed trains. Space is like the economy class on an airplane. It's a good choice if you are planning a low-budget China tour.
First Class Seat
First-class is recommended for travelers who want to experience a comfortable journey on a high-speed train, and don't want to pay too much for it. The ticket price of China high-speed train first-class seats is usually 20% to 40% higher than that of the second-class seats.
Business Class Seat
Business-class is the most luxurious and most expensive on China high-speed trains. It is spacious, with two meters (6.6 feet) of space between the rows. They are as first-class on an airplane. Business-class seats are equipped with complete facilities. The sofa-like leather chairs can be electrically reclined to a flat position so that you can lie down completely.
Superior Class Seat
Superior class is only available on certain high-speed trains in China. These are very comfortable with enough space and good facilities. Each carriage has 16 seats - eight seats at each end. It is in the best position for sightseeing. Each row has three seats, as found in a business class carriage.
Soft sleepers are only available on long-distance overnight high-speed trains. Such as Beijing to Shanghai D trains and Beijing to Guangzhou D trains, etc.
Soft sleeper provides more moving space than an airplane and passengers can lie down to travel more comfortably. It also leaves more time for sightseeing or working during the day.
Also read China High-Speed Rail Network.
Popular China High-Speed Train Travel Routes
- Distance: 1,318 kilometers (817 miles)
- Travel time: 4-6 hours for G trains, 12 hours for D trains
- Terminals: Beijing South and Shanghai Hongqiao railway stations for G trains, Beijing Railway Station and Shanghai/Shanghai South railway stations for D trains
- Main stops: Beijing, Tianjin, Jinan, Nanjing, Shanghai
- Distance: 1,200 kilometers (744 miles)
- Travel time: 4-6 hours
- Terminals: Beijing West Railway Station, Xi’an North Railway Station
- Main stops: Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xi’an
Shanghai – Hangzhou High-Speed Railway
- Distance: 166 kilometers (103 miles)
- Travel time: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours
- Terminals: Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Hangzhou Railway Station, Hangzhou East Railway Station
- Main stops: Shanghai, Jiaxing, Hangzhou
- Distance: 142 kilometers (88 miles)
- Travel time: about hours
- Terminals: Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station, Guangzhou South Railway Station
- Main stops: Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Hong Kong
Guangzhou – Shenzhen High-Speed Railway
- Distance: 102 kilometers (63 miles)
- Travel time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
- Terminals: Guangzhou South Railway Station, Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou East Railway Station, Shenzhen Railway Station, Shenzhen North Railway Station