Hi all, I'm tearing my hair out here and I desperately need some help. To cut a long story short, Wifey & I are currently in Vietnam and we want to book a deluxe soft-sleeper, (it's our anniversary), from Hong Kong to Beijing. There seems to be no end of information and timetables regarding it but we don't seem to be able to find a way to actually book it. We've trawled internet sites like KCR & china-train-ticket.net and made various phone calls to inaudible information lines but we just can't find a way to book the damned thing. The price also seems to vary wildly, we've been quoted anything from 88 pounds each to 150! If anyone can help I'll be eternally grateful.
Hi, Just booked a ticket form Hong Kong tot Beijing myself at China Trip Advisor (http://www.chinatripadvisor.com/english) seemed pretty ok to me, but I will find out for sure when (or if) I pick up the tickets at Hong Kong Airport.
Another helpful site is The Man in Seat 61 (http://www.seat61.com). This is where I found the China Trip Advisor site. I'll quote a bit about booking train tickets in China online:
How to book - via www.chinatripadvisor.com or www.china-train-ticket.com
If you want to book a Chinese train in advance from outside China, you can do this with several agencies, including www.chinatripadvisor.com or www.china-train-ticket.com. Tickets cannot be posted abroad, but can be delivered to your hotel in China to be picked up when you get there. This will cost more than you'd pay at the ticket office, but if you really need to be on a particular train on a particular date, it can be worth booking ahead, especially at peak times, such as around the time of the the Spring Festival, 1st May, or 1st October. Fares are shown below. Both agencies are reputable, and chinatripadvisor has been recommended by at least one seat61 correspondent. If you have any feedback from using either of these agencies, please e-mail me.
Hope this was helpful to you and I might see you in Hong Kong or Beijing!
My daughter and I took the sleeper from HK to Beijing last summer. We booked it in HK (where I was living) at a CTS office for a nominal fee. I don't think you can book these trains from an outside service - you have to be in the city.
T & Z trains are the best. You can depart from the HK Hung Hom station and not have to stop and go thru immigration - there is a deluxe fast train from there to Beijing - overnight & it takes about 24 hours. Don't know if you can get a 2 berth cabin or not, but they usually have 4 berth cabins available. They are very nice & clean.
You can save a few bucks if you take public transport to the border and catch the train from Shenzhen. Probably not worth the effort even though that's the way we did it.
We paid $97 US from Shenzhen to Beijing, it will be slightly more from Hung Hom. When you get to HK go to the nearest CTS office and have them book it for you. There is one in the Shun Tak Center in Sheung Wan, and another office on Queens Road in Central. They have a website so you can get the exact addresses / phone numbers.
Hope this helps,
p.s. Here is my blog entry for the trip to Beijing