Traveling in China by train is one of the most economical and safety way.Due to some reasons,booking China train ticket used to be a tough job, especially during the Chinese Spring Festival eve. This has gone since official China train ticket booking website was launched in the late of 2011.People are able to book China train tickets online, such as the train between Beijing, Shanghai, Beijing,Xian etc. Not only China citizen can book the China train ticket online directly, but foreigners providing passport information can book the train ticket online as well.The advantage of booking train ticket online is that it allows you to buy the tickets 60 Days in advance of your departure date (since 7th December 2014) which is longer that buying from train ticket agent which is only 10 days before the departure date. That is why people, especial the young people prefer to buy train ticket online.However,as there is not English version Train ticket booking website, few foreigners book the ticket online by themselves. After reading this article,I believe you will be able to book China train tickets online by yourselves.
1.When paying online, you need a China bank credit cared or debit card. Anyone who dont have China bank card can email me for help. Just show me your full name ,your passport number, date and train NO. , I can book the ticket and pay for you first, then you just return the money via paypal. Please note that I need to charge 20% of the total price to cover the paypal surcharge (paypal will charge 5% per transaction and $35 if I withdraw money from Paypal to my China bank account).
2.If booking successfully, I will receive a confirmation email from the website,and forward it to you with the booking reference number. You can get your tickets by this number and your passport from any railway station or train ticket agents in China.
3.Train ticket agents(火车票代售点） at Beijing International Airport :
Terminal 2: Arrival floor, opposite to No.9 gate
Teminal3: China Railway Travel Service (中国铁道旅行社3号航站楼门市部）
4. Train ticket agents(火车票代售点） at Shanghai Pudong International Airport：
B06 Room,Maglev Station, Pudong Airport（浦东东机场中步行道磁悬浮站B06室）
If you are able to make the payment by your China Bank Account ,Just follow this tutorial,you will find it is not hard to book China train tickets online.
Instruction on booking China train tickets online step by step.
1.First, register you account on official China train ticket booking website: http://www.12306.cn
- install CA
- click “Buy Ticket”
- agree the policy
2. Fill in your new user registration information
After you submit your information,check your email.you will receive an “activate account” email from 12306. then activate your account by clicking the link.
3. Return to the homepage, click “Buy Ticket”again, login your account, you will see “Book Ticket”as below ,then Search for the train you like
4.Search Trains (take Beijing–Shanghai for example)—–> Choose the train No. and click Book Button (预订)
5.Show ticket price and fill in your personal information and submit
6.Check the ticket information (date, price, ticket class) and confirm
7.Make the Payment online
Currently, they only support China Bank’s card, like ICBC, CMB, BOC. If anyone have problem of making the payment, please feel free to contact me, I am pleased to help you for the payment.
After you make the payment successfully, you will receive an email about your train ticket’s information. you will find an e-ticket number in the email, such E7879xxxx. Keep this number.
8.Get your train ticket at ticket agent or railway station
When you book China train tickets online successfully, you can get the ticket the day your departure from railway station ticket office. For guarantee, I suggest you get the ticket from the train ticket agent nearby in advance. 5RMB per ticket will be charged if taking ticket from ticket agent.