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Useful Chinese Phrases for Train Travel

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How to get to the train station

  • Please send me to this train station. (Show the Chinese name of the station to the taxi driver.)
  • Excuse me. Where can I take the bus or subway to the train station? (show the station name in Chinese)
  • Would you please tell me when we arrive at the train station? Thank you! (asking when you are on a bus or subway to the train station)
  • Excuse me. Is shuttle bus available to this train station? (asking at an airport)
  • Excuse me. Where is this train station?
  • How long will it take to this train station?

Buy / collect / refund / change ticket at the train station

  • Excuse me. Where is the ticket office?
  • Which ticket window offers English service?
  • A second class seat ticket from Shanghai to Beijing on train G6 on May 10th, please.
  • Where can I change a train ticket?
  • I missed my train. Can I change my ticket for a later train?
  • Excuse me. Where can I arrange ticket cancellation and refund?
  • G Train - High Speed Train / D Train / Normal Train
  • First Class Seat / Second Class Seat / Business Class Seat
  • Soft Sleeper / Deluxe Soft Sleeper / Hard Sleeper / Soft Seat / Hard Seat
  • Upper Berth / Middle Berth / Lower Berth
  • Child Ticket / Adult Ticket

How to take the train

  • Excuse me. Where is the entrance to the railway station?
  • Could you please tell me where I should wait for my train? (show your ticket)
  • Waiting for Boarding
  • Could you please tell me which boarding gate I should go to for this ticket? (show your ticket)
  • Ticket Checking
  • Could you tell me which platform I should go to? (show your ticket)
  • Could you please help me find a luggage porter?
  • Where is the Information Desk?
  • Where is the bathroom?

On the Train

  • Excuse me. Could you tell me which coach I should board? (show your ticket)
  • Could you please tell me where my seat/berth is?
  • Hello! Would you mind exchanging the seat/berth with me? I want to stay together with my companion.
  • Where is the dining car?
  • Where should I go to report a lost ticket?
  • Is this train delayed?
  • Could you please remind me to prepare for getting off 10 minutes before the arrival of my destination?

Get off the train

  • Excuse me. Where is the exit?
  • Where can I take a taxi?
  • Where can I take the subway?
  • Where is the bus station?
  • Is there a shuttle bus or subway to the airport?
  • Where is the left-luggage office?
Further Reading:
China Train Travel - A Beginner’s Guide
- Last updated on Jul. 20, 2023 by Catherine He -
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