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How long shall I buy train ticket in advance?
The tickets are released online 60 days in advance, and they are released at the ticket office and train station 58 days in advance. It’s better to buy as early as possible, especially during peak seasons.
What about the levels and grades of the domestic trains in China?
G : High-Speed Electric Multiple Units (EMU) Train; C : Intercity EMU; D : Electric Multiple Units (EMU); Z : Direct Express; T : Express.
Is it difficult to buy the domestic train ticket in China?
It is difficult to define the difficulty. It depends on seasons and the city you choose. For example, tickets are very difficult to buy during the peak seasons, especially when there are a few trains running every day between the two cities. Before the Chinese New Year, tickets are almost impossible to buy from big cities to smaller cities; and after the Chinese New Year, tickets are rather difficult from smaller cities to big cities.
Do children have a special price for the train ticket?
One adult passenger can take one child under 1.2-meter tall and the child is free; if one adult passenger takes more than one child under 1.2-meter tall, the extra child or children should buy children’s tickets. Children between 1.2-meter and 1.5-meter tall should buy children’s tickets.
What should I provide if I would like to buy a train ticket from your hostel?
To each passenger, we need the correct full name on the passport and the passport number.
How and when do I need to pay if I would like to buy a train ticket from your hostel?
If you would like to buy before you arrive, you should pay with Paypal as soon as possible (or at least 25 days in advance before your departure date on the ticket if possible). You need to pay at once in cash if you buy a train ticket at our reception.
Can I cancel the train ticket and get the refund once I have bought?
If you have the ticket bought online and request the cancellation at least 15 days in advance before the train departure date (when the ticket has not been printed yet), you can cancel it; it you request the cancellation within 15 days before the train departure date (when the ticket has not been printed yet), the system will charge 5% for handling fee; once the ticket is printed, you would have to return it to the train station by yourself with your passport and get part of refund.
Can I change my train ticket if my schedule gets changed?
No. The ticket can’t be changed once it is bought. You have to cancel it and buy another one.
Can I buy train ticket from your hostel to Hong Kong, Lhasa (Tibet), and Ulan Bator?
No. I am sorry that we can NOT buy any international train ticket. You need to buy it from certain agencies. As to the ticket to Lhasa, it is always difficult and it is better to buy from some ticket agency.
How many train stations are there in Beijing?
For passengers, there are mainly four stations: Beijing Railway Station, Beijing South Railway Station, Beijing West Railway Station, and Beijing North Railway Station.
How do I know from the ticket which train station it departs in Beijing?
You will see the departure city on the train ticket: “Beijing” means “Beijing Railway Station”; “Beijing Xi” means “Beijing West Railway Station”; “Beijing Nan” means “Beijing South Railway Station”; and “Beijing Bei” means Beijing North Railway Station”.
How much time in advance should I be at the train station?
You need to arrive at the train station one hour in advance before the train departs. You need to find the right waiting room and the right entrance. Usually the entrance is open 30 minutes in advance before the train departs.
What is the process to check-in when I arrive at the train station?
First, you should pass the security check and find your train number on the big screen in the hall, and there will be waiting room numbers following the train numbers. Second, you should go to the right waiting room and find the right entrance of your train in the waiting room. There will be train numbers appearing on the screen and people waiting in lines. Then wait there and follow the people.
How can I get to the train stations easily in Beijing?
There is subway station at each train station. It is much better to take the subway to go to the train station than take a taxi, because the traffic around the train station is usually in bad condition and you need to walk a lot.
How to get to your hostel from Beijing Railway Station?
You can take the subway (Line 2) from Beijing Railway Station, choosing the direction going to Jian Guo Men (建国门); and then transfer to Line 6 at Chao Yang Men (朝阳门), choosing the direction going to Hai Dian Wu Lu Ju (海淀五路居); and then get off at Nan Luo Gu Xiang (南锣鼓巷) from Line 6. Exit from Exit A or B. Or take bus No. 104 at Beijing Railway Station (west side of the station) and get off at Bei Bing Ma Si (Bei Bing Ma Si); then cross the road, and walk to the west from any of the alleys.