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Quick Guide on China Train

How to Buy Train Tickets in China?
The selling period of China train tickets are 20 days before the departure day for bookings online and by telephone; and 18 days in advance for train ticket windows at train stations and local train ticket offices.

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How to Choose Train Types And Seat Class in China?
Trains are classified by speed and service in China, represented by a train code. A train code is made up of a letter (G, D, C, Z, T, K, or no letter), which indicates a train’s type, and a number.

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What You Need to Know Before Booking

China is now known to have the world’s vastest and fastest train network. Being possibly the most economic means of travel, train is flavored domestically and it is still highly likely to encounter ticket shortage during important festivals and national holidays. That being said, the railway system is not necessarily friendly to foreigners. Here are some articles that would help you understand what to expect for booking trains in China:

China High-speed trains

High-speed trains include categories C, D and G.

How to buy train tickets

There are several ways to buy train tickets in China. Booking with China Highlights is recommended.

train types and seat class

Choose between high-speed trains and ordinary trains, and between different classes of seat, according to your needs.


How to Read a Train Ticket

When you read a ticket, please pay attention to the Chinese character and pinyin after a place name. Directions: north, south, east, and west are printed in pinyin on tickets instead of English, respectively Bei, Nan, Dong, and Xi. For example Beijing South Railway Station will be printed as Beijing Nan () on a ticket (see the second ticket below), Beijing East is showed as Beijing Dong (), Beijing West (Beijing Xi, ), and Beijing North (Beijing Bei, ). Please make sure you are going to the correct train station. How to Read a Train Ticket?

Tips for Your China Train Trip

Taking a train in China is very different from in western countries. The article below may help make your journey smoother and more convenient.

how to collect train tickets

Collect your tickets from the station or have them delivered to your hotel (or personal address) in China.

how to board the train

Here are a few steps to follow when getting on or off a train.

how to process your first train trip

Book tickets with China Highlights, and make your first train journey in China smooth and hassle-free.


Popular Train Routes

Popular Train Routes

What's New?

The Lanzhou - Chongqing High-Speed Railway Line Is Opening This Year!
Published on June 29th, 2017
Construction of the Lanzhou to Chongqing high-speed railway line was completed on June 19th and will open for service by the end of this year. The train journey from Lanzhou to Chongqing will be shortened from 21 hours to 6.5 hours.

China Rail Timetables will Be Revised from July 2017 Onwards
Published on June 2nd, 2017
China Rail will adjust timetables nationally from July 1st, 2017. Tickets for trains departing before June 28th are currently available for purchase. Tickets for train journeys on and after June 28th will be available for purchase from June 6th.

The first high-speed train on the Silk Road is about to run!
Published on May 18th, 2017
A service from Baoji to Lanzhou will start running later this year (2017). It will take only 3 hours from Xi’an to Lanzhou!