This year’s “May Day” holiday starts from May 1st to May 5th, with a total of 5 days. According to China Railway regulation, passengers can make reservations for train tickets 15 days ahead. Train tickets for the first day of the holiday will be available on April 17th. Those who plan to travel by train should remember to buy tickets in advance.
It is learned that tourists mainly focus on short-distance travel or visiting relatives during the “May Day” holiday, and a large number of passengers are students. During the five-day holiday, many citizens have already been eager to travel to make up for the regret of not traveling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it is predicted that tickets from Wuhu to some cities will be relatively tight during this period, and high-speed train tickets in some popular destinations may be hard to book.
If you haven’t chosen the alternate ticket purchase service, you can take advantage of loopholes in terms of timing. According to the railway sector, when tickets go on sale, if a passenger fails to pay within 30 minutes after locking the ticket, it will be returned to the system for re-sale. Usually, one to two days before the train departs, some passengers may change their destinations or apply for refunds due to changes in their itinerary, especially during the period from 22:00 to 23:00, which is the peak time for refunds. Passengers who have not grabbed their tickets can wait for the chance during this time. In addition, the ticketing system will release some remaining tickets one to two days before the departure, which is a good timing for everyone to buy tickets. Passengers should keep an eye on the information released on the official website of 12306 China Railway, and many additional trains will be opened during holidays. You can also choose alternative routes to the final destination if all direct tickets are sold out.
Translated by Wang Mengxiao from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government