Train tickets in China can be divided into two types: the blue ones and red ones. The information shown on them are exactly the same. The difference is that the blue ones are magnetic tickets which can be recognised by automatic ticket checking machines. While red ones are ordinary paper tickets that can only be checked manually when checking in.

Important information on a train ticket include:

  • Passenger’s name and passport number
  • Train number
  • Travel date and departure time
  • Departure and arrival stations
  • Seat class and seat number

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China Train Travel FAQs

How many days in advance can I book China train tickets?

Answer: China train tickets released 30 days before departure online. At train stations and ticket agencies, tickets go on sale 28 days in advance.

But you can book tickets with China Highlights more than 30 days ahead. Actually, it is recommended that you book tickets with us as early as possible, especially during Chinese holidays and peak periods.

I cannot find a train for my route, what can I do?

Answer: Please call us or send us an email. Our experienced travel advisor may be able to help you find a solution.

Can you buy international train tickets?

Answer: Yes, we can buy international tickets on rail routes including Siberian rail routes (Beijing–Ulaabaatar, Beijing–Moscow and Ulaabaatar–Moscow, etc.), Beijing–Hanoi, Nanning–Hanoi, Beijing–Pyongyang and Urumqi to Almaty/Astana. Please search the train schedule and make a booking at China Highlights train ticket booking.

Can I book e-tickets for trains in China?

Answer: Currently, foreign passengers with passports have to use paper tickets for boarding.

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