For facilitating train ticket booking procedure, China Railway Bureau offers train ticket online booking service since late 2011. And the official portal of CRB is www.12306.cn, which currently is the only access to online ticket booking in China. Passengers can take their tickets at 10 days ahead of the train departure time. And during the high season of railway transportation, especially the period of Chinese lunar spring festival, the booking time can be 12 days before the departure time. Travelers can book tickets online anywhere and anytime.
As the reform of China railway service, all ticket buyers have to purchase tickets in their own real name. The Railway Bureau formally implements its real-name ticket sales system on January 1, 2012, and anyone wanting to get a ticket online needs input their ID number or Passport number. Once you succeed in ticket booking, you will get a train ticket code online.
How to use the e-train ticket code? It has two ways; one is for domestic passengers and the other for travelers abroad. Travelers overseas who get e-train ticket should exchange their e-train tickets for a paper ticket with their passports at the departure stations or train ticket offices in the departure cities.