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How To: Check the Train Schedule in China

train_old In my previous blog, I already mentioned the ins and outs of travelling by train in China. Getting the train schedule on the other hand is a bit of a pain specially if you don’t read/write Chinese.

In this blog, I will teach you how to use’s train schedule. It’s still in Chinese but I will put some English translation on the essentials here.

Step 1. Using Microsoft Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, type on the url field.

Step 2. Fill in the To & From fields by cutting and pasting from the destination list I will provide below. Click the purple button or just press enter after you fill in both fields.


Step 3. On the screen below, you’ll get the train schedule, distance, travel time and cost.

The last four columns on the right are the cost of each ticket in RMB for Hard Seat, Soft Seat, Hard Sleeper & Soft Sleeper respectively. If there’s no price, it means they don’t have those type of seats on the train.

To read the travel time the first number on the left corresponds to Hours and the one on the right is Minutes.


Top Train Destinations in China:

– Beijing (北京) – Shanghai (上海)
– Xian (西安) – Chengdu (成都)
– Harbin (哈尔滨) – Guangzhou (广州)
– Shenzhen (深圳) – Zhengzhou (郑州)
– Dalian (大连) – Chengde (承德)
– Tianjin (天津) – Urumqi (乌鲁木齐)
– Lhasa (拉萨) – Chongqing (重庆)
– Guilin (桂林) – Pingyao (平摇)
– Dunhuang (敦煌) – Datong (大同)
– Shenyang (沈阳) – Nanjing (南京)
– Suzhou (苏州) – Hangzhou (杭州)
– Changchun (长春) – Changsha (长沙)
– Kunming (昆明) – Wuhan (武汉)
– Guiyang (贵阳) – Haikou (海口)
– Nanning (南宁) – Lanzhou (兰州)
– Fuzhou (福州) – Taiyuan (太原)
– Yinchuan (银川) – Zhangjiajie (张家界)

I hope this will help you with your travel plans. Leave a comment if your destination is not on my list and I’ll be happy to add it on.

Happy Travels!


3 thoughts on “How To: Check the Train Schedule in China

  1. Why don’t you use’s train schedule?

    It has the English-Chinese cross-reference. And even a free downloadable pdf China train schedule.

  2. thanks for the tip! however, the has the cost per ticket. to each its own. I always use huochepiao. 🙂

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