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ETripChina Train Ticket Service

We have commitment to offer you the real-time pricing and availability from China Rail for all domestic trains and schedule of cross-border trains, creating one stop to plan and book your China rail trip. Use the above user-friendly searching box, you can check train tickets for any two linked destinations, then complete booking within 3 steps. Our train experts will reply promptly and are willing to provide extra services like tour suggestions. Call us for any urgent matters through our emergency line answered by English-speaking staff 24/7 hours.

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How to buy tickets

Input your destinations in the above searching box, follow the instructions to complete booking. Online payment is regarded as your confirmation for the booking and that can always save communication time with ETripChina.

E-ticket or Paper ticket

You can choose either e-ticket or paper ticket. Both can guarantee the seats under your name. E-Ticket enjoys more flexibility if changes occurred from your side, but requires to change to paper ticket before boarding; Paper ticket enjoys more convenience with delivery to your hotel beforehand, but requires to change or cancel at train station by ticket holder with your physical passport.

When will I get my ticket after payment

ETripChina issues upon your payment or later to 28 days prior to departure time for paper ticket and 30 days for e-ticket based on China Rail's current policy.

Book trains departing within 24 hours

ETripChina reacts promptly but tickets are always selling fast at the last minutes. Please keep your email and phone accessible to be informed for the booking status. Our working hours is from 8:00am to 22:00pm (Beijing Time).

Promised Refund

ETripChina refund fully if train tickets not available or cancellation made from China Rail; Partial refund (80 to 95% of ticket rate) if cancellation or change made from your side 2 hours before departure.

China Top Train Trips Popular routes

Give thanks to the engineers who built railways across China, their hard work has translated into some of the world's fastest, most comfortable and scenic journeys. Here are the best of China's train routes. Every rail buff needs to experience one of these 20 train trips. ETripChina travel advisors give you detailed train travel plan from their own experiences and provide extra services including tour suggestions, ground transfer and accommodation ideas.

Popular China High Speed Train Routes

China's high-speed rail (HSR network) refers to the rails with train service at speed of 200km or higher. Since high-speed rail service was introduced on April 18, 2007, China has undergone a HSR building boom. By the end of 2018, China has over 25,000 kilometers of high-speed rail lines, making it the longest HSR network in the world. High Speed Rail changes the way of travelling in China by creating a lot one hour to five hours life circle. Click to view map of China High Speed Rail.

How to Choose a Train and Seat

China’s rail network serves almost every town and city including over 19,000 kilometers of high-speed rail lines reaching nearly 550 train stations (by early 2016). It becomes true to have a budget, comfortable, fast and interesting train travel to almost your dreamed destinations in China. Here are some tips from our train experts and previous customers. You can also view further details on page how to choose train and seat.

To guarantee a comfortable and fast train ride, high-speed trains are your top options. Those trains named after G, D or C, are high-speed trains traveling at speed of 200-350km/h and mainly operating at daytime maximum to 13 hours. They have almost the same facilities onboard and type of class including Business, VIP, First and Second Class. Few overnight D trains between Beijing and Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou/Shenzhen offering soft sleeper.

The cost of seats and facilities differ a lot from each other. Business cost triple as second class , but all worth if you are planning a luxury trip as business class seats featuring two-meter space between rows, comfortable seats can be fully reclined to slightly angled position, more viewing options, power ports, premium food and more cabin staff. Firs class cost 1.7 times as second class, which looks like the first class seats on flights. Planning valuable and comfortable train travel, do consider second class which is also nice with acceptable seat space, power ports and the same clean environment.

If prefer slow pace, and not picky, you can choose normal trains named after Z, T and K. They are old type trains mainly serving long-distance for overnight trains offering almost the same facilities onboard, but differentiate from the stopping places and time of journey. These trains offer seats from Luxury Soft sleeper to soft sleeper, hard sleeper, soft seat and hard seat. For daytime trip within 8 hours, seat options is acceptable. If over 8 hours or overnight train, we recommend at least the basic hard sleepers.

Pictures of business class seat(1) - first class seat (2)- second class seat(3); soft sleeper(4) - hard sleeper(5) - hard seat(6)

Business Class First Class Second Class
Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat