How many days in advance should I book my train tickets?
Reservations open 30 days (for online bookings) before departure for all long-distance express trains and most of the high-speed or bullet trains. We recommend you to book the train tickets as soon as the reservation opens.
You cannot buy tickets before reservations open. The booking horizon increased from 18 days to 28 days for stations, and from 20 to 30 days for online bookings, as from 30 December 2016. Read more about China trains.