China has one of the biggest and busiest rail networks in the world with train links to almost every town and city. Chinese trains are a safe, comfortable and cheap way to travel around the country making a Chinese train journey an experience in itself during your visit.
Chinese trains generally have 4 classes on overnight and longer journeys:
Soft Sleeper – 4 berth compartments with 2 upper and 2 lower beds by night and converting to 2 sofas for daytime use.
Hard Sleeper – Open plan carriage with bays of 6 bunks (upper, middle & lower) on each side. On newer carriages hard sleeper carriages look similar to soft sleeper but hold 6 berths instead of 4. Hard sleeper bunks are reasonably well padded and bedding is supplied.
Soft Seat – Equivalent to first and second class seats on a European train. Soft seat usually has a configuration of 2 and 2.
Hard Seat – Although found on all trains this seat is used primarily on daytime short distance intercity trains and have a configuration of 3 and 3.
New high speed bullet trains operate between several cities offering train journeys at speeds over 300km/h. On these trains the seats are classified 1st class and 2nd class seat equivalent to business and economy on a plane. Ticket reservations open 10 days before departure for C, D, G or Z category express trains, but only 5 days in advance for K or T category trains. If the train you want starts its journey somewhere else and calls at your boarding station in the middle then limited tickets may only be available 2 days before departure.
Domestic Train Ticket Reservation
E-ticket, collect paper ticket in train station
You can change or cancel the E-ticket easily before collecting the paper ticket before departure date.
No need China address to receive paper ticket, E-ticket Number sent by email.
No worry about ticket lose in hotel reception or during delivery.
Need time to collect paper ticket in any train station before you can board the train.
Things You Need to Know Before Booking a China Train Ticket
Make sure you input exactly the Same Name and Passport Number in the booking form, if one letter is different than what on your passport, you can Not collect your paper ticket and you will Not be able to aboard the train.
If you choose collect ticket by yourself, you need carry your passport and the E-Ticket Number to collect the Paper Ticket (like a boarding card in airport) in the train station ticket collection window or any train ticket office in China before you can aboard the train.
Train ticket can be issued(confirmed) within 30 days before the departure date, you can make a booking earlier to guarantee the ticket availability.
Make sure you reach the train station at least one hour before the departure time, because the train ticket is Not refundable Nor changeable if you missed your train (after the departure time).