Guide to Buying Train Tickets for 2020 Spring Festival Travel Rush

Authors: Go Chengdu

2019-12-18 recommends that you book train tickets as early as possible.
With the 2020 Spring Festival travel rush just around the corner, we recommend that you book train tickets as early as possible.
About 440 million trips are expected to be made by rail during the Spring Festival travel rush in the coming year, according to the national railway operator on December 11.
The upcoming 40-day Spring Festival travel rush, also known as "chunyun", will kick off on January 10 and end on February 28, 2020. It is a special period in China. The Chinese transport system faces huge pressure as tens of millions of people head home for the Spring Festival with their families. During this time of year, it's very hard to book and purchase tickets, especially train tickets.
It will see 32.5 million more trips compared with the previous year. To enhance railway capacity, more than 100 additional high-speed train services will be scheduled to operate each night, according to rail authorities.
Train tickets for the first day of chunyun was on sale from December 12, 2019. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone 30 days in advance of travel, or at railway stations, ticket agencies and self-ticketing machines 28 days ahead of time. That is to say, the tickets will be available at ticket service windows from December 14.
Ways to Purchase Tickets
1. Visit the official website of China Railway:
2. Through official cell phone application: "铁路12306"
3. Dial 95105105
4. Through online agencies, eg.;
5. Visit local railway ticket agencies
6. Visit ticket windows or purchase through ticket machines at local railway stations
During the Spring Festival rush, the odds of getting a ticket through the internet are higher than purchasing tickets at railway stations or through ticket agencies. If you book through the Internet, you need to pick up the train ticket at the railway station by showing a passport or an ID card.
You are recommended to arrive at the station 60 minutes prior to departure, since it will take a longer time to get the ticket than usual as the station is likely to be crowded with people.
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