China Train Ticket Guide

China is a land of hidden wonders with some of the world’s greatest travel locations. Without a strong grasp of the language it may be frightening to ride a train or buy a train ticket. Train tickets are one of the trickier things to buy in China. There are not many websites with English that offer train tickets. Luckily since there are fixed prices that companies can charge for tickets, prices are the same year around. There are also small train ticket agencies located through the city. These agencies charge a fixed 5 RMB for each train ticket you buy. Applications such as Dong Dong trip are able to locate ticket agencies near you. You can download the free version for searching trains and ticket agencies. I would suggest that you use this app or Ctrip to figure out the train number that you plan on taking. Write down the train number then write down the Chinese characters for the two cities. This way you just have to hand them a piece of paper, and not have to yell across the counter at a Chinese lady.

Train tickets start to be sold 10 days before hand. You must bring your Passport in order to purchase. A word of advice, during the holidays, such as the days leading up to Chinese New Year (January 31) the trains are jammed packed. Since the majority of the 1.3 billion people want to return to their home towns to visit family, they begin to sell standing tickets. One of my friends purchased a train ticket online through a Chinese website, when he got to the train station, all the seats were taken. He then had to endure the 13 hour, standing train ride to Xi’an! After reading this article I hope you will feel comfortable enough to leave your Shanghai Apartment and board a train to your desired destination.

Stay tuned next week to hear about the different train types, the ticket return policy, and what to do if you want to change your train ticket. Knowing about the different train types is key, depending on how fast or slow you prefer to travel to your desired destination.

Traveling by train within China is now a convenient and quick journey, but finding the perfect home in Shanghai can be quite the opposite experience! Shanghai Properties is the most experienced, recognized, and trustworthy agency for expatriates in Shanghai. We specialize in expat housing; making sure to fulfill your every need and provide superb customer service. Go with the most trusted and experienced expatriate property agency!

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Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

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