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!


Types of Trains

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.

G-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.

D-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.

C-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.

Z-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.

K-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.

T-Train - China

Ordinary Trains

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

Ordinary Train - China

L Trains

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

L Train - China