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At present, China has international trains to/from Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) in Mongolia, Moscow and Vladivostok in Russia, Pyongyang in North Korea, Hanoi in Vietnam, and Almaty (Alam-Ata) and Astana in Kazakhstan. Their tickets can only be bought at the departure stations. TravelChinaGuide offers China international train ticket booking service for the trains from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, Moscow and Pyongyang, and those from Nanning to Hanoi.

The international railways from China to Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan and Nepal are under construction or planning. When completed, more international trains will be available to these countries.

Beijing - Moscow Train
K3/ 4: Beijing-Ulaanbaatar-Moscow
Train T8701
T8701/ 8702: Nanning-Hanoi

Beijing - Ulaanbaatar - Moscow

Beijing - Manzhouli - Moscow

Beijing - Ulaanbaatar

Beijing - Pyongyang

Nanning - Hanoi

4652/4653: Hohhot → Ulaanbaatar
4654/4651: Ulaanbaatar → Hohhot

Beijing - Hanoi

Harbin - Vladivostok

K9795/K9796: Urumqi - Almaty
K9797/K9798: Urumqi - Astana

Erlian - Ulaanbaatar D887/D888:
Kunming - Vientiane

 International railways under construction/planning from China to:

Purchase an International Rail Ticket

International Ticket Sample
International Ticket Sample (Click to enlarge)
Passengers could purchase tickets at the railway station directly. However, it is always difficult for passengers to purchase on the spot since they are needed urgently. Therefore, it is advisable to book through travel agencies which are commissioned to sell international rail tickets. The travel agencies may require relevant service charge.

Booking: International rail tickets can be booked by travelers themselves at designated ticket counters 30 days in advance; it is available 60 days in advance for group passengers (over six). A deposit of CNY100 per ticket is required but this will be returned to you when you actually pay for your bookings. After booking, individual passengers should pay in full 7 days ahead of the departure date; group passengers should pay for it 14 days in advance. Otherwise, the booking will be canceled automatically and the deposit will not be returned.

Purchase: Tickets are released 7 days ahead of departure date (14 days in advance for group passengers). Passenger’s valid passport is required for ticket purchasing. You should obtain the visa to your destination (if require) before boarding, and a transit visa may also be required if the train travels through more than two countries. 

 Note: For individual passengers, we suggest that you skip booking at designated counters at railway stations in person mentioned above, as the process may be a little difficult, especially when some staff do not speak English.  Instead, we suggest that you book your tickets at least seven days in advance with travel agencies like TCG. For those who like to make early travel plans, agencies are best choices as they accept early booking. However, it is advisable for group passengers to make a reservation 60 days in advance.

Refund/Change an International Rail Ticket

The refund or change of tickets can be handled by yourself at the railway stations.
1. 72 hours ahead of the scheduled departure: 80% of the fare will be refund. No service charge is refunded.
2. Less than 72 hours ahead of the scheduled departure time: 80% of the seat fare or 20% of the sleeper fare will be refund. No service charge is refunded.
3. Less than 3 hours after the departure: 80% of a seat fare will be refund but no fare will be refund for a sleeper one. No service charge is refunded.
 Please note the return may not be allowed if you book through an agency. You'd better confirm the regulations of the specific agency before booking.

Beijing - Ulaanbaatar Train
Beijing - Ulaanbaatar Train
Beijing to Ulan Bator Train
K23/ 24: Beijing-Ulaanbaatar

Baggage Allowance

1. An adult is allowed to take at most 35kg of carry-on baggage for free while a child under 12 years old is allowed to take 15kg of baggage for free. The total of the length, width and height of each baggage can not exceed 200cm.The overweighted part has to be consigned, or a fine of CNY 100 per kilogram will be imposed.
2. The baggage consignment should be handled in the morning before the departure date in the Beijing Railway Station International Train Baggage Consignment Counter (west wing of the station building). The custom office is closed on weekends, so passengers leaving on Monday should check their baggage in advance on Friday.
3. The consignment procedure needs  the passenger’s passport and ticket. To consign a bicycle, leave it unlocked and unpacked.
4. The consignment charge is CNY 7.5 / kg for the Beijing-Ulaanbaatar train. Each bicycle costs CNY 150. The charge on Beijing-Moscow is CNY 16.8 / kg and a bicycle costs CNY 200. The price is adjusted to the changes of international exchange rate.

 Further Reading:
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- Last updated on Jun. 26, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on International Trains from/to China
Asked by Jenny | Nov. 02, 2023 01:47Reply
Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar
which train can I take from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar? Is K4 , or others ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jessica | Nov. 02, 2023 18:59

As I know, K4 has not resumed yet.
Asked by Muto from JAPAN | Jun. 26, 2023 20:33Reply
Is the train between Beijing and Ulaanbaatar still closed?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fiona | Jun. 26, 2023 20:56

I'm afraid so. It is still out of service.
Asked by Jess from SWITZERLAND | May. 20, 2023 14:10Reply
Train from Nanning to Hanoi
Hi! Are the trains from Nanning to Hanoi operating and can they be booked here? How long will it take to get a confirmation of the ticket? When will the ticket be issued? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Dave | May. 21, 2023 18:55

Hi there, the Nanning to Hanoi trains are still out of service. Sorry for that:(
Asked by Nomingoo Newton from UNITED STATES | Feb. 28, 2019 18:55Reply
We are flying from USA to Beijing, and same day take the train to Mongolia Ulan-Bator . There is 4 of us , do we need Chinese Visa for that , and how we gonna get the train ticked?
Answers (1)
Answered by Toby | Mar. 01, 2019 01:43

It is too risky for 24 hours visa free transit. In fact, for the tickets, you need to buy it in advance, so you need to find an online agent for this service. For this website, they will deliver the paper tickets to your hotel. So you need to have a hotel booked too.
Asked by Samarth Jain from INDIA | Dec. 26, 2018 19:31Reply
Travel from Beijing to Hong Kong , where is Immigration Check done?
Hi. Thank You Travel Guide China. I'm an Indian Passport holder and I have a valid visa for both China and Hong Kong. I am travelling from Beijing to Hong Kong. I want to know where and how my Immigration Check will be done?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Dec. 27, 2018 01:03

Thank you for your inquiry.
If you take the direct overnight sleeper train from Beijing to HK, the immigration check will be done at both Beijing West Station before boarding and at Hung Hom Station after your arrival.

If you take the high speed ride, the immigration check will be done at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station only after your arrival. The immigration for both mainland side and HK side will be proceed there in West Kowloon Station. Hope these information can help you!
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