Duncan Peattie's Chinese Railway Timetable

Information about my Timetable

Two editions of my timetable are available; the seventh (free but not current) and the tenth (current but not free).  If you are not sure whether the current edition is worth paying for, having a look at the seventh edition may be helpful.  I also publish a Heritage Timetable based on the train service in 1956.

Seventh Edition

The seventh edition of my Chinese Railway Timetable has 200 pages and gives details for more than 3,900 trains, including every train shown in the official timetable when compiled.  The timetable contains many useful features, including an index map, an index (in Pinyin and Chinese characters) to the nearly 1,000 stations shown, information about travelling by train in China and a copyable, bilingual booking form to assist with the purchase of train tickets.

The seventh edition was published on 11 October 2011 and is based on the timetable introduced in July 2011.

As an experiment for the seventh edition I chose to make it available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence.  In simple terms this means that the seventh edition timetable pdf file may be freely copied, distributed or transmitted, complete and unaltered, for non-commercial purposes.  Details of the specific licence conditions which apply are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ and general information about Creative Commons is available at http://creativecommons.org/.  Should you wish to use the timetable other than in accordance with these conditions, for example for commercial purposes, you are welcome to contact me to discuss.

The seventh edition is available as a .pdf file (size about 2.1MB).  You can download it here or here.

If neither of the links above work for you (this can depend on your location) please contact me and I will send the file as an email attachment.

You should also download Update 1 here.

To see if the timetable is suitable for you, you may like to look at purchasers' opinions of previous editions of the timetable.


If you download the seventh edition I invite you to register with me.  This serves two purposes:

1. It gives me useful feedback about timetable users - how many there are, where they are, how they heard of me and what they use the timetable for.  Page 42 of the seventh edition gives more details of the information which is useful to me.

2. It enables you (only if you so choose) to be kept up to date with information about changes to the timetable.

Please read page 42 of the seventh edition and simply send me an email letting me know as much or as little as you wish about yourself and your use of the timetable.  Unless you explicitly ask me to keep you advised of timetable developments I will assume that you do not want any further contact.

Tenth Edition

The tenth edition of my Chinese Railway Timetable (version 1) has 388 pages and gives details for more than 6,600 trains (over 60% of which are high speed trains) including every train shown in the official timetable.  The timetable contains many useful features, including an index map, an index (in Pinyin and Chinese characters) to the 1,380 stations now shown, information about travelling by train in China and copyable, bilingual booking forms (including one specifically for high speed trains) to assist with the purchase of train tickets.

Version 1 of the tenth edition was published on 19 November 2016 and is fully updated to the CRPH timetable introduced in June 2016, with additional information from other sources.  The timetable includes the Zhengzhou - Xuzhou high speed line which opened in September 2016.  To see what's new you can download the Tenth edition editorial (.pdf file - 66kb).  This file also includes a description of how the timetable is produced.

Unlike the seventh edition, the tenth edition is a conventionally copyrighted document registered to the purchaser.  It is supplied as a .pdf file by email attachment and, apart from direct reading on a device, permits the purchaser to print from it to produce and maintain a single printed copy of the timetable for their personal use.  Copying of the file is not permitted other than for personal reasons (e.g. backup).  If you have any questions about copyright please contact me.

The timetable is generally available as a .pdf file (size 6MB) but printed timetables (in A4 or A5 format) can be made available.  If you are interested in a printed timetable please contact me.

Price information for the Tenth Edition

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