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Taking a Train in Xiamen and China

Updated: 04 May 2007
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China has one of the biggest and busiest rail networks in the world. The best Chinese trains are very safe, modern and comfortable. Xiamen has two railway stations, which are Xiamen Railway Station next to Walmart Supermarket and Xiamen North Station in Jimei District. Beijing has five railway stations but Beijing's West Railway Station at Lianhuachi is the newest and largest. Each station has lines running to almost all provincial capitals, and to all China's major cities. There are four kinds of seats available: soft berths, hard berths, soft seats, and hard seats. Most overnight trains have dining cars.
 
Purchasing Train Tickets
 
You can book your train ticket by yourself but the process can be rather confusing and time-consuming. It is more convenient to book your train tickets by a travel agency such as Apple Travel next to Marco Polo Hotel or http://appletravel.cn/index.php. They can help you to make train reservations if you send them an e-mail request.

Because from June to August it is the tourist period, send them an e-mail request as soon as possible you know when you are leaving or at least 2 weeks before that they can reserve the train tickets at your convenient dates and requirement.

Reservations for the best Z-category express trains open 20 days in advance, but for most other trains bookings only open between 4 and 10 days before departure. The rules appear to vary. However, you can't buy a ticket before bookings open.

If you opt to book your ticket by yourself, the process can be rather challenging. Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway station do however have special counters, which sell tickets to foreigners and overseas Chinese for up to five days in advance. When purchasing your own, remember to bring your passport or ID. 
 
Getting to Xiamen Railway Station and Xiamen North Station
 
Xiamen Railway Station, located at the intersection of Xiahe Road and Hudong Road, can be easily reached by many buses such as the No.16, No.18, No.21, No.25, No.28 and No.37. Connected to the mainland by the transportation trunk line of the Ying-Xia (Yingtan-Xiamen) Railway Line across the Xiamen Bridge, Xiamen has direct trains to most of the main cities in Fujian Province.
 
Xiamen North Station (formerly known as Xiamen New Railway Station), was put into use on April 26, 2010. Located in Houxi Town, Jimei District, it is one of the major stations for bullet trains on Fuzhou-Xiamen high-speed railway. Bus No. 64, 690, 790, 980, 集5, 集7, 集10 and 厦50 can take you directly to the station.
 
Trains also depart for most major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi'an, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Chongqing, and Kunming. In the peak seasons, there are also special tourist trains between Xiamen and Wuyishan, a hot tourist destination featuring the famous Wuyishan Mountain.
 
It's about 37 hours to Beijing, 14 hours to Guangzhou, 30 hours to Xi'an by regular train, and 8 hours to Shanghai by high-speed trains. 
   
SOURCE: WOX Travel & Apple Travel
 
 
CONTACT:  
 
Apple Travel Xiamen Office (Main Office)
Address Shop 18-20,Guanren Rd (behind the Marco Polo Hotel)
361006 Xiamen,
Fujian Province, China
Reservations: (86-592) 5074168
Fax: (86-592) 5052948
Email:
linda@appletravel.cn
Skype: linda2006appletravel
Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 08:30-18:00 Sat. 09:00-17:00 Sun. 13:00-17:00 
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train ticket by yourself but the process can be rather confusing and time-consuming. It is more convenient to book your train tickets by a travel agency such as Apple