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More high-speed trains roll out discount on tickets

By Jin Dan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-08-17 13:13

More high-speed trains roll out discount on tickets

A new intercity train CRH6F leaves Ningbo for Yuyao in East China's Zhejiang province on June 14, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

If you travel a lot for work or leisure in southeastern China's coastal provinces, there is good news for you. More high-speed railway lines are offering discount on tickets.

A ticket booked for G7536 high-speed train from Wenzhou to Ningbo in East China's Zhejiang province within 30 days before the departure date will get 32 percent off the original price for a second-class seat at 66 yuan ($10).

And from September 1, these discounts will be available on other routes, such as Ningbo to Hangzhou, the host city of G20 summit in 2016, Ningbo to Shanghai, and Xiamen in Fujian to Ningbo in Zhejiang.

But this is not the first time that the authorities are offering tickets at discounted rates. Floating ticket prices were actually launched on April 21. They were offered on some bullet trains running at 200 to 250 kilometers per hour. These steps accord with a document issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to improve pricing policy of high-speed railway.

According to the document, ticket prices can float based on the number of passengers within the price cap set by the railway authorities.

Insiders think floating prices can improve efficiency of high-speed railway operation. Discounts may attract passengers with flexible schedules to opt for less crowded trains.

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