traintickets in august
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jul 4, 2011 8:04 PM Last Post By: 889
Jul 4, 2011 8:05 AM
traintickets in augusthi,
Tried to prebook a trainticket through my hostel in Beijing. A ticket to Pingyao. I didn't get a very clear answer back.
First question, is it possible to book a ticket like that or do you need to be there because of the passport thing.
Second question, the hostel told me it might be very difficult to get a trainticket. Anybody got experience booking traintickets in august. Is it really that difficult, should I be worried about getting stuck in Beijing?
Any alternatives, plane for example? After Pingyao I want to go to Xian. But if it is too difficult I go straight to Xian and after that to Yunnan.
Hope to hear from somebody, just for some peace of mind! i'm getting worried about this.
Thanks a lot!
Jul 4, 2011 8:15 AM
1Yes it will be difficult, especially on that route. August is a busy time. For some train tickets you do now need to show an ID card when buying a train ticket- not sure about the Pingyao one. But anyone can buy the ticket as long as they have your passport number. You can only buy the tickets 10 days in advance. Hostels and hotels generally want the money before they will buy the tickets for you. As an alternative to the overnight train to Pingyao, you could catch the fast train to Taiyuan - easier to get tickets, and then train or bus to Pingyao. From Pingyao to Xi'an it is also hard to get overnight train tickets. Hostels in Pingyao will try to get them for you, but often you will end up catching a bus, or going to Taiyuan and flying.
Jul 4, 2011 8:55 AM
Jul 4, 2011 10:18 AM
3Thanks so much.
is it wiser to skip Pingyao en save it for another time? go straight to Xian??
Jul 4, 2011 10:36 AM
4I quite like Pingyao, although parts of it are very touristy. If you stay in the old town, in a courtyard hotel or hostel, it is very different to other places you will probably see. The walk on the city walls is worth the entrance ticket, although some of the other attractions (included in the single ticket) become to be a little monotonous after seeing a couple of old bank buildings. Even if you have to go via Taiyuan it is not such a big deal - there is an excellent museum there if you have a few hours to wait.
Jul 4, 2011 8:04 PM
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