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Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

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Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

Hello, can anyone advise what is the best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai? Can train tickets be purchased on the day of travel at the Hangzhou train station or best to buy in advance?

I read somewhere that tourists are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and have them delivered to the hotel. Is this advisable? Are the companies (agents) reliable? They seem to charge a huge fee (higher than the train tickets itself!!).

Thanks

Dublin, California
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1. Re: Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

You can try to buy the tickets on the day of travel. It's probably best to buy them at least one maybe two days ahead. Just do it yourself at the train station.

Australia
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2. Re: Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

Thanks.. Unfortunately we arrive late in the evening & will spend a night in Hangzhou before travelling to Shanghai the next day ... and I just found out that it's a National public holiday (1/10), so - to expect large local crowds travelling & train tickets might be sold out early?

Dublin, California
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3. Re: Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

I think the major traveling day should be the day before Oct 1. But still you should expect very large number of train travelers on Oct 1. Maybe you should contact your hotel and see if they can get tickets for you and how much they charge.

Saudi Arabia
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4. Re: Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

Ask at the hotel, perhaps they can help. Otherwise, they may be able to suggest an agent that does sell rail tickets.

Magog, Canada
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5. Re: Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

Wow, this is a bad time to travel to China.

Australia
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6. Re: Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

Thanks for the replies! Jean-Pierre.. yes, only found out about the holiday after purchasing non refundable tickets!! (lucky us)

Magog, Canada
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7. Re: Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

It will be an experience. Get ready for this: chinasmack.com/2011/pictures/national-day-go…

Australia
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8. Re: Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

*Faint*

Hangzhou, China
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9. Re: Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

Ask the hotel concierge to book yr ticket in advance, and u have to send them a copy of yr passport as the real name railway ticket policy. All the major tourist cities aill be full of domestic tourists, enjoy yr trip.

Australia
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reviews: 27
10. Re: Best way to buy a train ticket from Hangzhou to Shanghai?

Thanks Lilian. I have tried emailing the hotel but no reply yet.