Shanghai Rail Ticketing Machines: No Longer Just at Stations

Local media including Xinhua (Chinese; via peoplerail.com) report that Shanghai Rail is considering making good on a pilot programme which has seen rail ticketing machines being introduced across the city — but no longer just at rail stations. Previously, the only place where rail ticketing was available outside stations were, well, on the Internet. 39… Continue reading Shanghai Rail Ticketing Machines: No Longer Just at Stations

E-Booking Starts Earlier on 12306.cn & Smartphone App Beginning 10 August 2016

If you wanted to get places earlier — or simply have a train ticket with you before everyone else — there’s good news from 12306.cn, the official China Railways e-ticketing service: E-ticketing (both via the 12306.cn website and the official China Railways 12306 smartphone app) will begin earlier — starting at 06:00, instead of 07:00,… Continue reading E-Booking Starts Earlier on 12306.cn & Smartphone App Beginning 10 August 2016

2015 Mid-Autumn Festival Railway Tickets Now Available

The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) and Chinese National Day (国庆节) are two of the busiest travel seasons, and due to still-warm weather conditions, a fair number of passengers from abroad are likely to be on the move. Advance booking has already begun beginning today (29 July 2015), with the first tickets being made available already at… Continue reading 2015 Mid-Autumn Festival Railway Tickets Now Available

Hefei-Fuzhou High Speed Railway Opens 28 June 2015, Ticketing Begins 08:00 on 27 June 2015

In brief:The Hefei-Fuzhou High Speed Railway will open to the general public on 28 June 2015, with ticketing to start as of 08:00 China time on 27 June 2015. The new high speed line from Hefei, Anhui to Fuzhou, Fujian, will open to the public on 28 June 2015, with ticketing for those new trains… Continue reading Hefei-Fuzhou High Speed Railway Opens 28 June 2015, Ticketing Begins 08:00 on 27 June 2015

China Railways 12306.cn Online Booking Site Implements Temporary Booking Limits Over Summer Peak Travel Season

In brief:To ensure more passengers get a ticket, the 12306.cn online booking site is restricting the number of “unverified” travellers on booking accounts. The Summer Peak Travel Season will last from 01 July 2015 through to 31 August 2015. To enable all passengers to get tickets for travel, China Railways is adjusting its online booking… Continue reading China Railways 12306.cn Online Booking Site Implements Temporary Booking Limits Over Summer Peak Travel Season

Chinese Railway Tickets to See Unified Appearance and Slight Change

The new, 2015 redesign of the Chinese railway ticket The 2009 version of the blue ticket (mainly issued at HSR stations) The 2009 version of the pink ticket (issued at other stations) Some passengers might have seen a ticket with the extra Chinese character for station, “站”, plus somewhat more cramped text and, occasionally, an… Continue reading Chinese Railway Tickets to See Unified Appearance and Slight Change

Further Details: What You Need to Know About the New “Rebook Destination” Service

Beginning tomorrow (10 June 2015), you will be able to change not just the train you were originally booked onto, but also the time, class of travel, and — as a complete novelty here — your destination. To help clarify any questions, the railways have come out with five points for attention that you should… Continue reading Further Details: What You Need to Know About the New “Rebook Destination” Service

Chinese Railways Prepares “Rebook Destination” Ticketing Service

09 June 2015 Update: There are now further details as to how this service will work. Beginning 10 June 2015, passengers will be able to benefit from a much more flexible ticket rebook option which allows travellers to change their destination. Prior to this date, it was only possible to change the date of travel,… Continue reading Chinese Railways Prepares “Rebook Destination” Ticketing Service

China Railways Adjusts Advance Ticketing Rebook and Refund Policies

The move of the railways to open up advance ticketing up to 60 days in advance has been a welcome move, but it has also meant a gold mine for ticket opportunists. This is because refund fees do not apply for tickets turned in for refunds 15 days (or earlier) prior to departure. As a… Continue reading China Railways Adjusts Advance Ticketing Rebook and Refund Policies

Ticketing Advice for the Summer Holidays from Shanghai Railway Station

Some of us are already planning for the summer holidays. For those of us in Shanghai who’d like to travel by train, the city’s railway stations has published the following ticketing advice: Booking online or via smartphone app gives you probably the most flexibility. You can choose from any train leaving in 30 minutes’ time… Continue reading Ticketing Advice for the Summer Holidays from Shanghai Railway Station