China Highlights Train Ticket Service

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

There are 3 types of high-speed trains, including categories C, D and G.

How to buy train tickets

There are several ways. Booking with China Highlights is recommended.

train types and seat class

Choose between high-speed and ordinary trains.


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 choose our delivery service.

how to board the train

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

how to process your first train trip

Book with China Highlights to make your first train journey smooth.


Popular Train Routes

Popular Train Routes

What's New?

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-Speed Train Service is Scheduled to Begin in September
Published on Aug. 15th, 2018
High-speed trains connecting Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong are expected to begin operating in September. There will be seven stops along the way: Guangzhou South, Qingsheng, Humen, Guangmingcheng, Shenzhen North, Futian and West Kowloon. After this service begins, journeys from Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin or Yangshuo to Hong Kong will be possible by high-speed train. Journey times will be greatly reduced.

Qingdao - Lianyungang High-Speed Railway is About to Operate
Published on Aug. 8th, 2018
Qingdao to Lianyungang High-Speed Railway is expected to operate in November 2018. This 195-kilometer-long railway is expected to operate at a average speed of 200 kilometers per hour. It has 10 stops along the way: Qingdao, Hongdao, Yanghekou, Jiaonan, Dongjiakou, Liangcheng, Rizhao North, Kuishanzhen, Lanshan West, Liangyungang.

Large Passenger Flow in the Summer Vacation
Published on Jul. 30th, 2018
With the increase in the number of students and tourists during the summer holiday, the railway departments is facing a large summer passenger flow. In the following days, student travelers will continue to increase. If you plan to travel by train during July and August, it is advisable that you book the tickets as early as possible and arrive at the station early for boarding.

E-Tickets Are Being Used on Harbin-Dalian and Changchun-Jilin High-Speed Railways
Published on Jul. 17th, 2018
Passengers who take trains on Harbin-Dalian and Changchun-Jilin High-Speed Railways can board the train with Chinese ID cards. That means passengers who book high-speed train tickets online for these trains: Harbin-Dalian, Dalian-Anshan, Harbin-Changchun and Changchun-Jilin, don't need to collect paper tickets before boarding. They can get on the train with e-tickfets, just like taking a plane. In 2019, Electronic train tickets will be used nationwide. But foreign passengers with passports still need to collect paper tickets before boarding.