Train Types in China

Written by Vivi Updated Aug. 3, 2021

The train is a kind of common vehicle that runs on its special railway line. It consists of many carriages and is popular with passengers because of its high speed and low ticket price.
Generally, the train number starts with letters, which represent the types of trains.


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High-speed bullet trains, inter-city trains, and bullet trains are the fastest and the most comfortable high-speed trains of today’s modern society. Most of Their running speed can reach 200-300km/h in the daytime while 200km/h at night.

China High speed bullet train
China High-speed bullet train

Train types

1. High-speed bullet train

High-speed bullet train is one of the fastest long-distance passenger trains of China.

High-speed bullet train

Its max speed can reach 350km/h, but when running in different lines, the speed of train is limited to 200-300km/h.

2. Inter-city train

Inter-city trains are also one of the fastest trains in China and is used for short-distance passenger transportation between close cities.

For example, the routine of driving of Beijing-Tianjin inter-city train is 120 Km.

3. Bullet train

It’s also called China Railway High-speed (CRH ), which is mainly running on the fast and frequent main line between two large cities with the fastest speed per hour at 250 km/h.

4. Non-stop express train

Among the long-distance passenger trains, Non-stop express train ranks only second to high-speed bullet train with a max speed of 160km/h. Generally, it leaves the departure station for the terminal directly, with no stop midway.

5. Express train

Generally, the express train has a few stops midway, most of which are in large cities. The max speed of the express train is 140km/h. Most express trains have air-conditioning, and the seats can be classified into soft sleepers, hard sleepers, upholstered seats, and hard seats.

6. Fast train

Its max speed is 120km/h, with more stops midway than the express train.

7. Temporary train

Temporary train operates at the peak season of travel, such as Spring Festival or National Day. These trains will not appear on the official train timetable. If you have other choices, it’s recommended that you’d better not take the temporary train because its slowness will make you delayed.

China Ordinary train
China Ordinary train

8. Ordinary train

The train number of this kind of train is only four figures without letters. It’s the slowest train among all kinds of trains, which has no air-conditioning.

Moreover, this kind of train always stops at many small stations, which may consume all of your patients.

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