China Trains

With the second longest rail network in the world, and by far the longest high-speed network, Trains in China are a way of life. And with good reason too, the high-speed rail network is truly impressive and is simply a must when visiting China. Some people are daunted by the thought of taking a train in a country where they don’t speak the language, but generally speaking it’s pretty easy – check out the guides below to get you started!

Yinchuan Lanzhou
Beijing Pingyao
Hangzhou Shaoxing
Quanzhou Chaoshan
Beijing Shijiazhuang
Hangzhou Nanjing
Lanzhou Yinchuan
Nanjing Tianjin
Zhuhai Zhongshan
Quanzhou Shanghai
Kunming Chuxiong
Ningbo Yuyao2

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Types of Trains

G-Train - China

G Trains

The fastest and newest of the high-speed trains, G trains reach speeds of up to 350km/h on some routes, and 300km/h on most others.

D-Train - China

D Trains

Also considered high-speed trains, these run at speeds of between 200-250km/h. Otherwise, the trains have not much difference to G trains.

C-Train - China

C Trains

These are basically G-trains, but they are on designated intercity routes. They are more aimed at commuters, rather than long-distance travelers. Maximum speed is 250km/h, although most are slower.

Z-Train - China

Z Trains

Direct express trains with a top speed of around 160 km/h. These are not considered high speed, and typically don’t have a lot of intermediate stops.

K-Train - China

K Trains

The “standard” non-high speed train, the K train travels at around 120km/h, and typically makes quite a few intermediate stops.

T-Train - China

T Trains

A non-high speed train with a top speed of around 140km/h. They are basically like the standard K train, just a little bit faster.

O-Train - China

Ordinary Trains

Trains with a number only, and no designated letter. Rarer are rarer these days, these trains are typically only found in remote areas.

L-Train - China

L Trains

These are temporary trains, typically put on over the holiday periods.