How to read China train tickets: eTickets and printed tickets
Since Dec 2019, the electronic tickets have been available on most train routes in the Mainland of China.
It means international travellers can show their passports, likes Chinese ID or travel permit to the Mainland of China, to check in and board the train directly, and don't need to go to ticket office to collect the printed tickets anymore.
How to use passport to check in and board your train? Please click here.
If the passengers still need the printed tickets, they can go to station ticket office 70 minutes prior to the departure, and then show passport and the confirmation number to pick up the tickets. The confirmation number will be in the our confirmation email
The paper tickets are included one train ticket without seat and boarding gate (ticket check) information, and one printed receipt (ticket notice) with seat and boarding gate (ticket check) information as below.
Train ticket is different from air ticket, Main of train information, including station, date, boarding gate, seat class, is printed in Chinese and pinyin, not English.
New train ticket and receipt pictures, Click for larger.
Train printed tickets to or from Hong Kong
But for the train routes to Hong Kong from the Mainland of China, or for the train routes to the Mainland of China from Hong Kong, the passengers still need to go to station ticket office to pick up the printed tickets as below, and then show the tickets to check in and board the train.
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Train printed tickets on a few train routes.
For a few train routes in the Mainland of China, the passengers still need to go to station ticket office to pick up the train paper tickets as below, and then show the tickets to check in and board the train.
There are two old types of China bullet train tickets, printed in blue and red. Most tickets are printed by blue, and a few tickets are printed by red.