Chinese trains are a safe, comfortable & cheap way to travel around China, and a Chinese train journey is an experience in itself, in contrast with less reliable and environmentally-unfriendly internal flights. Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (local trains in Hong Kong plus through trains HK to Beijing & Shanghai):
This page will help you understand & plan train travel in China, & arrange your train tickets. Reservations usually open 30 days before departure for online bookings and 28 days before departure for sale at stations, for most long-distance trains.
So you should buy tickets through one of the following reliable recommended agencies, who charge a small fee. Or buy from a local train ticket agency for an RMB 5 fee.
Small local ticketing agencies are located all over town. You'll find these train availability boards at all main station ticket offices and they're not hard to read, even though they're in Chinese.
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China has one of the biggest and busiest rail networks in the world, and trains link almost every town & city.
Photos in this section are courtesy of Sunil Mehta.
Back to top Chinese trains link virtually all main cities and towns in China, and are a safe, comfortable & civilised way to travel, even for families or women travelling alone.
The office is to the right of the main building, accessed directly from the forecourt. You can collect from any ticket window, although there's an English speaking window if you like... Beijing station is in central Beijing, 3 km from Tiananmen Square.
Yes they do, and most long-distance trains get fully-booked days ahead.
So book as many days ahead as you can or pre-arrange tickets online as explained below.
As I write this, most Beijing-Shanghai trains are sold out for the day after tomorrow, but a few trains still have seats left the day after that. First the good news: Chinese Railways launched online booking in 2011 at
Now the bad news: Foreigners cannot buy tickets at it's only in Chinese and only accepts Chinese bank cards (although if you happen to be an ex-pat with a Chinese bank card and a basic knowledge of Mandarin, you can follow these instructions for using 12306here).