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Beijing - Datong Train

Nearly 20 pairs of non-bullet trains are running between Beijing Railway Station/ West Railway Station and Datong Railway Station everyday. Although the distance between is only around 230 miles (370 kilometers), the duration varies from 6 to 7.5 hours since the top speed is only 99 mph (160 km/h). The high speed trains are scheduled to run between Beijing and Datong in 2019, cutting the rail travel time to around 100 minutes.

As an alternative, there are usually 2 pairs of flights a day between the two cities with duration of about only 1 hour. A good discount ticket during off season can be cheap. But in most of the year, it is much more expensive than the railway ticket.

Beijing to Datong Train Schedule:

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
260300:18 - 06:336h15m
K5502:48 - 08:576h9m
K96102:54 - 09:086h14m
K71103:36 - 09:355h59m
K26309:25 - 15:556h30m
K61710:24 - 17:487h24m
Z28311:00 - 16:595h59m
K39511:07 - 17:076h00m
K117713:33 - 20:016h28m
K61514:16 - 20:436h27m
Z17915:00 - 21:016h1m
K57320:35 - 02:41+6h6m
K4120:45 - 03:07+6h22m
K59721:28 - 03:34+6h6m
K8922:17 - 04:19+6h2m
Z31722:50 - 04:54+6h4m
K69523:32 - 06:05+6h33m
K88523:43 - 05:48+6h5m
See more Beijing Schedule 
 (Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Train No.Departure - ArrivalTravel Time
K9001:39 - 07:255h46m
K26401:57 - 08:216h24m
K57403:03 - 08:585h55m
Z18003:37 - 09:496h12m
K39603:55 - 09:556h00m
K117804:34 - 12:157h41m
K88605:04 - 11:256h21m
K61607:16 - 13:166h00m
K71207:56 - 13:555h59m
Z28412:39 - 18:315h52m
K61813:00 - 19:356h35m
K4213:26 - 19:396h13m
Z31815:38 - 21:506h12m
K69616:30 - 22:356h5m
260421:59 - 04:13+6h14m
K96222:13 - 04:37+6h24m
K5622:27 - 04:27+6h00m
K59823:03 - 04:54+5h51m
See more Datong Schedule

1. "+" indicates the secnod day.
2. The timetable listed above is for reference only. You can search for the real-time schedule by the tool on top this this page.

Ticket Price

(Last Update on May 7, 2019)
Soft SleeperHard SleeperHard Seat
CNY 158.5 - 197.5
USD 24 - 30
CNY 101.5 - 107.5
USD 15 - 16
CNY 47.5 - 53.5
USD 7 - 8

Beijing - Datong Railway Map
Beijing - Datong Railway Map

Passengers need to be careful about the departure and arrival stations as these rides use different stations. Please double check your station before departure to avoid unnecessary inconvenience on the traveling day.

2603/ 2604, K961/ K962, K615/ K616 and K41/ K42 depart from/ stop at Beijing Railway Station which is around 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) away from the city center, Tiananmen Square. It can be reached by subway Line 2 as well as buses.

K217/ 218, K573/ K574, K597/ K598 and 1133/ 134 choose Beijing West Railway Station for stop. Public transport around is convenient as it is connected with subway Line 7 and Line 9.

The rest 2 rides, 1458/ 1456 and K1595 depart from/ stop at Changping North Railway station which is not as frequently used as the other 2 stations. It is in Changping District and around 1.2km to Changping subway station and around 43km away from Beijng city center.

Stopovers along the way: Nankou, Kangzhuang, Shacheng, Xuanhua, Shalingzi West, Chaigoupu, Tianzhen, Yanggao

If you are gonging to travel overnight, it is advisable to plan your trip and book the ticket in advance since these overnight ones are usually popular among Chinese people and their tickets are usually in great demand. For an overnight trip, it is more recommended to book a berth like soft sleeper or hard sleeper instead of seat. Hard seat carriages can be crowded during busy dates.

Passengers who hold the sleeper tickets will be offered a plastic card as boarding pass when board the train and your paper ticket will be changed back when your destination is approaching. In this way, passengers will not oversleep and miss their destination. Passengers who booked seats need to pay attention to the broadcast to make preparation for leaving in advance.

After boarding, passengers can arrange their luggage on luggage rack above seats or under lower berths. Please take your valuables with you. For travelers who are not in favor of simple Chinese food, it would be good to prepare some food on your own before boarding.

 Major Rail Lines from Beijing to:

 Major Rail Lines from Datong to:
- Last modified on Apr. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing - Datong Train
Asked by Hosea | Apr. 01, 2019 04:04Reply
Which station in Beijing is closer to downtown area, particularly Wangfujing?
Answers (1)
Answered by Paddy from USA | Apr. 01, 2019 18:44

All the stations are in downtown area, but from Wangfujing, the nearest one is main station, about 4km between only.
Asked by Wendy from MALAYSIA | Mar. 20, 2019 01:47Reply
Bullet Trains
Have the bullet trains from Beijing to Datong started?
Answers (1)
Answered by Maynard from CAMBODIA | Mar. 20, 2019 03:21

Not yet, I think it is still under construction
Asked by Jerome from MEXICO | Oct. 25, 2018 02:43Reply
Can I still find a counter for ticket collection around midnight?
We are about to take the 2603 at 00:18am from Beijing to Datong on Nov 6. How early in advance should we be at the station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Paul | Oct. 26, 2018 02:46

Yes, Beijing Railway Station works 24 hours a day. You can always find counters in service though may not as much as day time. In case, you need time to find the direction at that midnight time, maybe it is better to reach there around 1 or 1.5 hours in advance.
Asked by Kambalah from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 03, 2017 16:34Reply
Hi, can I just walk in any time of the day to buy train ticket for Beijing to Datong.ty
Answers (1)
Answered by Kalinda from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 04, 2017 02:40

It depends on the working time of the station. I think Beijing railway station should be working 24 hours a day.
Asked by Kambalah from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 03, 2017 16:30Reply
Hi, what month are usually consider off seasons to buy plane ticket from Beijing to Datong.ty
Answers (1)
Answered by Kalinda | Sep. 04, 2017 02:49

Usually winter should be off season for travel in beijing or datong. But the ticket price is hard to say, sometimes like a month or two in advance, there may also good discount ticket offered. You can check the price often.
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