Train Numbers (and why the letters are more important)

Train Ticket

Before you go buying any old ticket from the ticket booth, it’s very important to know what all the characters and numbers all over your pink, or blue, ticket mean. Following is an explanation of the train number and the different classes of train.

The most import part of the train number is not the numbers, but the letter. The letter informs the passengers of the speed and quality of the train, as well as the amount of stops it will most likely make.

  • No Letter Trains: These trains are numbered with no letters, just four numbers (2374). They are slow, because they stop at every station they pass, and they often don’t have air conditioning (usually they have heating in the winter though).
  • K, T, and Z Trains: These trains start with either K, T, or Z followed by 2 to 4 numbers (K18, T382, Z1533). They make less stops, making them faster, with making the most stops and Z making the least. These trains have air conditioning.
  • D Trains: These trains are similar to the previous with the exception that they are built to go 125 mph (200 km per hour). They are commonly called bullet trains.
  • G Trains: These trains are similar to D Trains, only faster: 218 mph (350 km per hour).
  • L Trains: These trains are temporary, usually running during holidays.

Now that you understand this you can make a better decision as to what kind of train you want to use. Keep in mind that just because there are many different types of trains doesn’t mean that all of them are offered in between each different location. With this in mind, it may be more important to you to look at the seat type and the price.

The next post will go into more detail about the sitting/sleeping accommodations.


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