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22 Top Chinese Phrases for China Train Travel

The following 22 phrases should help you break the language barrier while journeying by train in China. They are split into four sections for easy reference:

Show Chinese people the appropriate characters for what you want if you are not confident with speaking Chinese. We have a guide to pinyin pronunciation to help you.

On the Way to the Station

China train station concourseChina train station concourse

Please double-check your train station name, as there could be more than one station in the city.

1. Excuse me. Where can I take the bus/metro to the train station?

请问,去火车站的公车/地铁在哪里乘坐?

Qǐngwèn, qù huǒchēzhàn de gōngchē/dìtiě zài nǎlǐ chéngzuò?

2. Please take me to the train station, thanks! (for taxis)

请带我去火车站,谢谢!

Qǐng dài wǒ qù huǒchēzhàn, xiè xie!

3. Excuse me, is there a shuttle bus to the train station? (at an airport)

请问,有去火车站的机场大巴吗?

Qǐngwèn, yǒu qù huǒchēzhàn de jīchǎng dàbā ma?

4. How long will it take to go to the train station from here?

 从这里到火车站需要多久?

Cóng zhèlǐ dào huǒchēzhàn xūyào duōjiǔ?

At the Train Station

5. Where is the ticket office, please?

China train station ticket changes and refunds areaChina train station ticket changes and refunds area

请问,售票厅在哪里?

Qǐngwèn, shòupiàotīng zài nǎlǐ?

6. Excuse me, which one is the English speaking window please?

请问,哪个是英语窗口?

Qǐngwèn, nǎ ge shì yīngyǔ chuāngkǒu?

7. This is my booking number and passport; I need to get the ticket.

这是我的订票号和护照,我需要取票.

Zhè shì wǒde dìngpiàohào hé hùzhào, wǒ xūyào qǔ piào.

8. I missed my train, is it possible to change my ticket for a later train?

我错过了火车,我能改签吗?

Wǒ cuòguòle huǒchē, wǒ néng gǎiqiān ma?

9. Which window is for ticket refunds?

请问,哪个是退票窗口?

Qǐngwèn, nǎ ge shì tuì piào chuāngkǒu?

10. Where is the waiting hall/bathroom, please?

China train station waiting areaChina train station waiting area

请问,候车大厅/卫生间在哪里?

Qǐngwèn, hòuchē dàtīng / wèishēngjiān zài nǎlǐ?

11. Will you please help me find a xiaohongmao (porter)?

你能帮我找个小红帽(行李员)吗?

Nǐ néng bāng wǒ zhǎo gè xiǎohóngmào (xíngliyuán) ma?

After ticket and passport inspection and a security check, you will need to get to the waiting hall. If you have heavy luggage with you that you wish to get some help/priority entering, you can look for a xiaohongmao (colloquial for a porter with red cap— you may prefer to use formal term for porter xingliyuan) that will take your luggage and accompany you to the train. The tariff is around 10 yuan per suitcase.

On the Train

China railway station red and blue ticket linesThere are two types of tickets, red and blue, and there are two queues for the machine check-in, before you go to the platform.

12. Where is my seat, please? (while showing your ticket) 

请问,我的座位在哪里?

Qǐngwèn, wǒde zuòwèi zài nǎlǐ?

13. Excuse me, my companion(s) and I are in separated seats, would you mind changing seats with us? 

对不起,我和我的同伴座位不在一起,请问,你是否愿意和我们换一下座位?

Duìbuqǐ, wǒ hé wǒde tóngbàn zuòwèi bú zài yī qǐ, qǐng wèn nǐ shì fǒu yuànyì hé wǒmen huàn yī xià zuòwèi?

14. Where is the dining car, please? 

请问,餐车在哪里?

Qǐng wèn cān chē zài nǎ lǐ ?

15. Where do I go to replace a (lost) ticket, please?  

请问,去哪里补票?(for those who lost their tickets after boarding)

Qǐngwèn, qù nǎlǐ bǔpiào?

16. May I ask if the train is delayed, and when it will reach a city? 

请问,火车有晚点吗,什么时候到A (your city) ?

Qǐng wèn huǒchē yǒu wǎn diǎn ma, shénme shí hou dào (name of your city) ?

17. Will you please inform me 10 mins before my arrival, thanks a lot! 

请在到站前10分钟提醒我准备下车,谢谢!

Qǐng zài dào zhàn qián 10 fènzhōng tíxǐng wǒ zhǔn bèi xià chē,xiè xiè!

After the Journey

18. Where is the exit, please? 

请问,出站口在哪里?

ExitExit

Qǐngwèn, chūzhànkǒu zài nǎ lǐ?

19. I have to transit here; which way should I go, please? (showing your ticket)

我要转火车,请问,我应该怎么走?

Wǒ yāo zhuǎn huǒchē; qǐngwèn, wǒ yīnggāi zěnme zǒu?

20. Excuse me, where could I deposit my luggage? 

请问,我可以在哪里寄存行李?

Qǐngwèn, wǒ kěyǐ zài nǎlǐ jìcún xíngli?

21. Excuse me, is there a shuttle bus to the airport please? 

请问,这里有去机场的大巴吗?

Qǐngwèn, zhèlǐ yǒu qù jīchǎng de dàbā ma?

22. Where do I go for the bus station / subway station, please? 

请问,公车站/地铁站怎么走?

Qǐngwèn, gōngchēzhàn /dìtiězhàn zěnme zǒu?

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