Railway to Offer Discounts on Ticket Prices
Passengers of high speed trains can now enjoy discounts of up to 20 percent on the Beijing-Guangzhou and Guangzhou Shenzhen lines from July 10 to August 31. The discounts will apply to business class seats, first class and VIP seats at pre determined times. Passengers between Shenzhen and Guangzhou can get discount of 39 yuan while those traveling between Guangzhou and Beijing can get 500 yuan in discounts.
The discount plans will involve 65 trains plying the Beijing Guangzhou Shenzhen route including 32 trains departing and arriving from the Guangzhou South Railway Station. Fares for first class on this route after discount is now at 1,005 yuan or 219 yuan more for a second class ticket. Fare for business class on the G531 train from Shijazhuang going to Guangzhou usually costs 2,479 yuan but have gone down to 1,984 yuan after discount.
13 trains running between Shenzhen and Guangzhou offers discounts and seven of these trains traveling from Guangzhou to Shenzhen that departs before noontime. While the remaining six trains travel to Guangzhou and departs Shenzhen at 8 pm.
Residents are taking advantage of this discounted prices since majority of them are planning trips this summer. While many were surprised on the discount offering saying that this was the first time the railway to offer such promotion. While other residents said that the discounts should not be limited to business, VIP or first class seats only but should be also applied to second class seats. Some residents are even asking that the discounts should also be extended during off peak travel seasons as well.