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1. Posted by velviabe (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Has anyone travelled by bus in China? I supposse it´s much cheaper than train,but, it works ok?


2. Posted by beckysh (Budding Member 20 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think it really depends on where you travel in China and what kind of buses you choose. In my opinion, traveling by train is still safer, more reliable and comfortable than traveling by bus in China. However, Bus is more convenient for the short distant travel, and in some areas, traveling by bus or rental car are the only choice because there's no railway available.

My suggestion is that plan your itinerary first, and then other people can give you more specific recommendation based on your destinations.

Good luck!

3. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Having visited China a few times, i fully agree with post no.#2.

4. Posted by jlynchie (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Travelling by train is much better. Buses can be more expensive than train travel and take around the same time. A good train table in english can be found at:

Travel hard sleeper on longer trips. It's cheap and comfortable. You'll have to book a couple of days in advance. Long distances just arent comfortable on buses. I had a great 24 hr trip between changsha and beijiing in which the driver got lost. Also bus stations can (and do) change so it's difficult to know where you're going to end up which is never fun. Just realised I sound like an advert for china rail but it is that much better!!!

5. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I presume you mean long-distance buses, not the intra-city buses. Train travel is often cheaper and more reliable than buses, and also safer as well. I'd pick trains over buses wherever possible.

6. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Having done both in the last few weeks I can say it really depends where, when and how far you are traveling.

Hard seat trains are uncomfortable and often packed on long distance trips, but soft seats, or sleepers of either type are good. Buses are decent if you want a little more personal space (I've yet to travel on train that wasn't full)or if don't fit the typical sized chinese seat (my shoulders are way too wide).

And the schedules are varied too.. for example you can get a train from Luoyang to Keifang only at certain times a day (4 trains I believe) but the bus runs every half hour but costs a little more.

I think you'll probably want to play it by ear.