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As the busiest train transportation hub in China, Beijing has many railway trunks passing through the city. Traveling to and from the city by train cannot be more convenient. Every day over seven-hundred trains run to and fro, linking the city with almost every corner of the country. There are even several high-speed trains shuttling daily between Beijing and major destinations such as Shanghai, Xian, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Harbin. In addition, there are inter-city bullet trains between Beijing and Tianjin, whose running time is about half an hour. However, the busy rail transportation in the city also makes it difficult to get train tickets, especially during major holidays such as National Day and Spring Festival. Passengers are advised to buy tickets in advance during these time periods.
Beijing Train On Multiple Unit Train
Here below is a schedule of some of the high-speed trains:
Departure (Beijing)
Arrival Duration (Approximation)
"G" Trains
"D" Trains
Beijing Railway Station
Harbin ---
8 -9 hours
Shenyang --- 5 -6 hours
Changchun --- 6.5 - 8 hours
West Railway Station Wuhan 5 - 5.5 hours ---
Xian 5.5 -6 hours ---
Guangzhou 8 - 9.5 hours ---
South Railway Station Shanghai 5 - 5.5 hours 9 - 12 hours
Qingdao Less than 5 hours 5.5 - 6 hours
Hangzhou 5 -7 hours ---
Nanjing 4 - 4.5 hours 7 - 9 hours
 See details of the Beijing Train Schedule

Beijing has five railway stations in total including the East Railway Station for cargo and four others for passenger transportation:

 Beijing Railway Station: Located between Chongwen Gate and Dongbian Gate near the city center, this station, originally built in 1901, is the oldest one in the city. It now mainly operates trains to Shanghai, cities in the northeast provinces, and some southeastward trains to Shandong. International trains to Pyongyang, Ulan Bator and Moscow also depart from this station.

 West Railway Station: Located at East Lianhuachi Road near the 3rd West Ring Road, this station is one of the largest railway stations in the country. Every day, there are over two-hundred trains passing through the station, transporting passengers mainly from / to destinations in the south, southwest and northwest regions of China including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Xian, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Guilin, Hangzhou and Urumqi. Also, the Beijing-Guangzhou High-Speed Train and Beijing-Xian High-Speed Train operate from this station. The station is connected with subway line No. 9.
Beijing Railway Station
Beijing Railway Station
West Railway Station
West Railway Station
 South Railway Station: Located at the junction of the Xicheng, Dongcheng and Fengtai districts, it is the departure and arrival station of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Train and the Beijing-Tianjin Inter-City High-Speed Train. As China’s first modern, large-scale railway station for passenger transportation, its passenger flow ranks third in the world and is reputed to be the “Largest Railway Station in Asia”. It also operates trains to Nanjing, Suzhou and to destinations in Hebei province and Shandong province. The station can be reached by subway line Nos. 4 and 14.

 North Railway Station: Located at Xizhimen in Xicheng District, it is one of the stations along China’s first self-designed and self-built main railway line, the Beijing – Zhangjiakou Railway Line. The present station has been rebuilt and was put into service on January 17th, 2009. It now operates trains to the Badaling Great Wall, Baotou, Hohhot, Tongliao and Manzhouli. Passengers can get to the station by subway line Nos. 2, 4 and 13.