Life - How can I buy train tickets in Beijing by myself?
There are four railway stations in Beijing: Beijing Zhan (main station), Beijing Xi Zhan (west station), Beijing Nan Zhan (south station) and Beijing Bei Zhan (north station). The Beijing Zhan and Xi Zhan have ticket offices for foreigners in their international waiting rooms on the 1st floor. Passports need to be produced when booking or purchasing tickets.
The tickets are always sold 5 days in advance so you need to purchase early to be guaranteed seats. However, during peak travel seasons, such as May holiday (May 1st to May 7th), National Day (Oct 1st to 7th) and during students' vacations (late June to early September and late January to early February), we suggest you book tickets from travel agencies or your hotel ticket booking center.
Please note that you should arrive at the railway station at least one hour before departure because it is always very crowded.
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