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It can be challenging to take a train in China with children. Preparation needs to be made in advance to ensure you have a smooth trip. It is not recommended to take babies under 3 months of age on a long-distance train ride, especially during peak travel periods.
According to China Rail’s policy, children under 12 years of age cannot travel on a train alone and should be accompanied by an adult. A child’s ticket can be booked online. The fares for children’s tickets are as below:
According to the China rail’s policy, children under 12 year-old cannot travel on a train alone and should be accompanied by adults. Child’s ticket can be booked online. The fare of a child’s ticket is as below:
Read more about how to buy train tickets in China.
Traveling by train is safe, comfortable and affordable for most people. If you prepare well in advance, a train trip with kids can also be fun and relaxed. The tips below may be helpful.
It is recommended to avoid train-travel during Chinese holidays. The overcrowded train stations and noisy carriages make it difficult to take good care of babies.
Day-time high-speed trains and overnight bullet trains are best. High-speed trains are nearly always more punctual, comfortable and stable than normal-speed trains. Diaper-changing tables are available on high-speed trains.
If you need to travel on a long-distance train, an overnight high-speed train may be best.
Avoid hard seat and hard sleeper if you are going to travel with children. Soft sleeper is quieter and provides more privacy.
Food on board is expensive and not very tasty, with limited choice. It is advisable to bring your own food and beverage for children. Boiling water is provided at the end of each carriage, so bring one or two bottles for your babies.
Foldable portable strollers can be brought on board. Remember to bring a baby-blanket in case the air-conditioning on the train is too strong.