Intercity train commuting passes now available

Writer: Han Ximin  |  Editor: Jane Chen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2021-08-19

Commuter train passes for Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai intercity railways started sale yesterday.

The new scheme will be more convenient to frequent travelers because they will no longer need to purchase tickets each trip and instead, they can board on trains with their ID cards.

The three railways covered by the passes are the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Intercity Railway, Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway and Zhuhai-Zhuhai Airport Intercity Railway, according to the operator Guangzhou Railway Corp.

Passengers can purchase the passes at the country's official train ticket booking website, www.12306.cn, and the official mobile ticketing app, Railway 12306. 

Passes include a Trip Pass for 20 single journeys and a Monthly Pass valid for 30 days. Trip Pass holders must use up their trips within 90 days, while Monthly Pass holders can have up to 60 trips within 30 days.

Pass holders can choose first-class and second-class seats on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Intercity Railway and second-class seats only on the Guangzhou-Zhuhai and Zhuhai-Zhuhai Airport intercity rails. 

For Trip Pass holders, they can enjoy a-5 percent discount for every single trip. For Monthly Pass holders, if they take 60 trips a month, the cost for each trip is about 30 percent less than the regular ticket price. If they have more than 50 trips a month, the cost for each trip is about 18 percent less. 

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) is speeding up the planning and construction of intercity railway networks in key urban city clusters to enhance connectivity between the three areas.

By 2025, the railway network in the Greater Bay Area will reach 4,700 kilometers in operation and under construction, covering the area's central cities such as Guangzhou and Shenzhen, according to a plan released by the National Development and Reform Commission last year.

The plan details the construction of traffic circles with one-hour access between major cities in the GBA, two-hour access from major GBA cities to prefecture-level cities in Guangdong, and three-hour access from major GBA cities to neighboring provincial capitals.