Policy Modifications and Train Travel Tips

With grasslands in the near, snow-capped mountians in the far, blue sky with clouds in the high, train travel is a best way to explore the haunting natural beauty of Tibet.

1. Ticket Expiration on Train’s Leaving

If travelers could not aboard the train on time (before the train leaves the station), the tickets they hold will become invalid and won’t be refunded as well. So ticket changing or refunding should be done before the train sets off.

However, there are two exceptions:

A. If travelers are sick or wounded, they can take relevant certificates (certificates from hospitals) and ask for the station master’s approval to make their ticket changed or refunded in 2 hours after the train departs.

B. This new policy is only applicable to ordinary trains, not to the express trains (high-speed railways). So those who buy tickets for high-speed rails still can change or refund the tickets in one day.

2. Child Ticket Standards Changed

Children less than 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) are free to board the train in adults’ accompany; one child with one adult. But if a grown-up takes more than one children, he should buy half-priced tickets for the other children.

Children whose height is from 1.2 meters to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) should buy half-priced tickets. The height is 10 centimeters (4 inches) higher than the previous requirement.

A child, taller than 1.5 meters, has to purchase a full price ticket according to the new regulation.

Note: In China, children are legally defined as people less than 18 years old; children without adult’s company are not allowed to take train rides.

3. Luggage Requirements Reset

In accordance to the modifications, the sum of external dimension (the length, width and height) of every piece of luggage should not exceed 1.60 meters (5.3 feet). If the luggage is beyond the dimension requirement, it should be consigned.

There is also a weight requirement to the luggage. One adult could take pieces of luggage totally less than 20 kilograms, a child less than 10 kilograms.

4. No Ticket Reclamation at the Exit

Passengers need not to return tickets, but can keep their tickets after showing them to the railway clerks at the station exit.

China Odyssey Tours suggests that railway travelers should check the traffic and weather conditions of their destinations in advance and get to the station at least 30 minutes earlier to ensure a smooth journey.