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?

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.

Price Adjustment for High-Speed Train Tickets
Published on Jul. 2nd, 2018
A new round of high-speed rail price changes will begin on July 5. Ticket prices of several routes to popular tourist destinations, such as Guiyang - Guangzhou Railway, Nanning - Guangzhou Railway, Chongqing - Guiyang Raiway, will rise by 20%.

Summer Travel Rush in 2018
Published on Jun. 28th, 2018
The summer travel rush in 2018 begins from July 1st and ends on August 31st. During this time, it is expected that 647 million passengers will travel by train, a year-on-year increase of 45.9 million passengers. On average, 10.43 million passengers will travel by train every day. Tickets are sold out quicky during the summer travel rush. If you plan to travel by train during this time, it is advisable that you book train tickets as early as possible.

Train D321/D322 Will Change Its Terminus To Beijing Station
Published on Jun. 28th, 2018
From July 1st, terminal stations of overnight bullet trains between Beijing and Shanghai, D321/D322, will be changed to Beijing Railway Station (originally was Beijing South Station). The other terminal station Shanghai Station remains. Besides, Tianjin West will be added to the train route. Intermediate stations of this train are Tianjin West, Nanjing and Suzhou.

China Rail Timetable Will Be Updated From July
Published on Jun. 19th, 2018
China Rail will amend its timetables from July 1st, 2018. There will be changes in train numbers, departure times, and intermediate stations. Some rail lines, such as Guangzhou-Nanning, Xi'an-Chengdu, and Guiyang-Guanghou, will increase the number of trains in service. Meanwhile, new high-speed rail services, including Xi'an-Kunming, Fuzhou-Guangzhou, Fuzhou-Shenzhen, Jinhua-Shijiazhuang, and Jinhua-Nanchang, will be added to the network.