Don't know anything about the company but the prices seem to have a 60% mark-up.
Do you think I should buy the ticket after I have arrived in Beijing?
I really don't know what the situation is regarding availability of tickets. If you feel it is necessary to purchase before you arrive perhaps your hotel's travel desk can help for a small commission.
This is the second post I've seen today on this subject and in each case the service charges, either overt or very much covert as in this instance, have been ridiculously high.
Thanks for the advice, Qupnicely. I'm so glad that you are around to answer my questions.
You can also try www.chinatripadvisor.com www.chinatraintickets.net www.china-train-ticket.com These aren't personal recommendations but other options for you to look at prices. All the web train ticketing agencies put a big mark up on tickets.
They also don't post overseas so you need a physical address in China for them to send the tickets too. The ticketing agencies also can not buy a ticket before they come on sale.
You don't say which train you want a ticket for. Some of the luxury D class sleeper trains come on sale 20 days before & other classes of trains 5 to 10 days before. If you are going to be in Beijing a few days before departure you should be okay to buy your tickets when you arrive rather than have to use an expensive online ticket agency.
You can either go to the train station - Beijing main & west stations have an English speaking counter. The easiest way is to get your hotel to buy your tickets for you. They should only charge a small commission.
Yeah, that's the website I went to. I've been confirmed with the reservation for "D" train, but I'm not sure about paying USD 128 online. Basically, I'm not sure if this website is legitimate.
The websites I mentioned are legitimate. I have not heard of the one you are going to be using - chinaticketonline.
As I said all the booking site's will "confirm" a ticket but even they can not actually purchase a ticket until they come on sale & the tickets are released.
It's the same as chinatripadvisor - no connection with this site, as far as I know.
I wouldn't dream of paying $128 for a $79 ticket - what a rip-off!
We also recommend asking your hotel front desk to assist with the train ticket purchase. They would normally charge a RMB 20 - 30 booking fee, which is very reasonable.
It may also be worth it to check flights on ctrip.com, or elong.net for good deals as sometimes flights are cheaper than the trains.
When you are looking at that much to buy a train ticket on a website it is certainly cheaper to buy an air ticket! That route is always discounted for flights.
Qupnicely I so agree - that is a big rip off.