Beijing West Railway Station

Beijing West Railway Station is 5 miles (8 km) from the Forbidden City, 7.5 miles (12 km) from Beijing Railway Station, and 22 miles (36 km) from the Capital International Airport.

Address: East Lianhuachi Road, Fengtai District
Beijing West Railway Station See-off Service
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Beijing West Railway Station Schedule and Ticket Booking

Most trains travelling between south central, southwest, northwest and south China are boarded here, including: Beijing-Hong Kong trains and those to/ from Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Taiyuan, Xiamen, Guilin, Urumqi and Kunming, either ordinary type or bullet type. They also include China’s southern most point: Sanya and highest point: Lhasa, respectively via Yuehai Railway and Tibet Railway.
 Major Rail Lines from West Station to:

High Speed Train Schedule
 See detailed Beijing Train Schedule
(Last Update on Nov 16, 2018)

ToNos.DurationTicket Fare (CNY)
First/ Second Class Seat
Guangzhou South
G71, G79, G65, G67...
9 departures from 07:27 to 20:35
8h1m - 10h23mCNY 1,380/ 709
G71, G79, D901 from 07:27 to 20:108h35m - 10h56mCNY 1,488/ 756
Hong Kong
G79 at 10:008h58mCNY 1,724/ 1,077
G507, G529, G71, G403...
30 departures from 06:42 to 19:00
4h17m - 6h39mCNY 832.5/ 520.5
Xi'an North
G427, G89, G651, G653...
16 departures from 06:20 to 18:55
4h20m - 6h2mCNY 824.5/ 515.5
Chengdu East
G89, G571, G307 from 06:53 to 09:387h48m - 10h4mCNY 1,246/ 778.5
G529, G421 at 07:08 and 09:0510h41m - 11h14mCNY 1,290.5/ 806
  The above schedule is for reference only. For real-time schedule and ticket booking, please click the arrival stations.

 Normal Speed Train Schedule
(Last Update on Nov 16, 2018)
ToNos.DurationTicket Fare (CNY)
Soft/ Hard Sleeper
K817, Z49, K117, T7...
5 departures from 08:01 to 22:06
21h11m - 33h40mCNY 656/ 428
T41, T55, Z75, Z151...
9 departures from 14:22 to 22:06
11h42m - 15h14mCNY 415.5/ 272.5
K21, K157, Z285, Z5 from 08:18 to 21:1019h9m - 28h30mCNY 656/ 428
Z21 at 20:0040h40mCNY 1,186/ 763
Hong Kong
Z97B at 12:4024h21mCNY 784/ 505
1. The above schedule is for reference only. For real-time schedule and ticket booking, please click the arrival stations.
2. The train from Beijing to Hong Kong departs every other day.

Station Plan

The station layout consists of a terminal building, a North Square and a South Square, interconnected by a 550-yard-long underground passage.  Location of services is shown below:
 2F: waiting hall, ticket office
 1F: ticket office, platforms
 -1F: transfer hall, subway for line 7 and line 9, taxi stand
 -2F: ticket office, taxi stand
 South Square: bus station, airport shuttle bus
 North Square: bus station, taxi stand

Map of Beijing West Railway Map, 1F and 2F Guide


How to get to West Train Station from downtown?

Bilingual Direction Board
Inside the station, there are many
bilingual boards showing directions.
 Arrival by bus:
At North Square:3, 9, 21, 40, 50, 52, 65, 67, 89, 96, 373, 374, 387, 414, 616, 661, 662, 663, 673, 694, 695, 741, 840, 843, 901, Te(2, 6, 13, 14, 18, 19), Yuntong 102, Fast Line 901, Night Line (5, 8, 14, 23, 36)
Arrive by bus:
At South Square:53, 109, 122, 309, 349, 410, 616, 820, 821, 890, 941, 982, 997, Special Line 3, Fast Line 941, Night Line 15, Night Line 22, Te 17, Airport Shuttle bus line

Bus passengers will get off on the squares at the terminal building. Ticket holders please enter the station from either south or north entrance, and take escalators to the waiting hall on 2F. Others go to the ticket office on the east side of North Square, west side of South Square, east side of 2F or northeast corner of 1F to purchase one before going up to the waiting hall.

 Arrival by subway line 7 or line 9:
Subway passengers get off on -1F of the station, and follow the sign to the station either by stairs or escalators.

 Arrival by taxi:
Passengers on taxis will get off at either north or south square.
From/ To Duration (minute) Cost (CNY)
Tiananmen Square 15 25
South Station 17 28
Capital International Airport 40 120

Note: The above duration and cost are for reference only. It excludes delays caused by traffic jams and lights.


Ticket Check and Boarding

Various check points are in the waiting hall. Passengers should find the correct check point for their tickets. Blue tickets can be checked at the automatic ticket machines, while pink ones manually punched. When boarding, both elderly and young passengers, should beware of elevated steps.

How to exit and leave West Station?

Upon arrival, all passengers will be directed to -1F transfer hall for exit from the station. At each exit, there is a LED screen showing live updates on arrival time and stopping platform to assist with meeting passengers and pick-ups. Follow bilingual direction signs to wait buses, subway, capital airport shuttle bus, and taxis to further destinations.

Guide Map of -2F

 Leave by bus:
Identify which bus you are going to take and then locate the boarding site, as there are more than one bus stop on the east of North Square and east of South Square.

 Leave via subway:
The subway station is easily located by well placed signs on the -1F.  Other connections are: -2F for subway through Exit. Exit/ Entrance A leads to North Square and Exit/ Entrance B leads to South Square.

 Leave via taxi:
Taxi stands are available in the station: one on the west side of -2F; one on the northeast side of -1F; one under the east spiral road of North Square; one at the northwest side of South Square. Please note: Taxi queues may exhaust your patience because it is difficult to take a taxi at the station.

Beijing West Subway Station
Subway Station on -1F
Taxi Stand at Beijing West Railway Station
Taxi Stand on -2F

 Popular destinations from the station:
 Tiananmen Square: Take subway line 9 to Military Museum, change to line 1 to Tiananmen East, get off and walk;

 Beijing Railway Station:
1. Take subway line 7 to Caishikou, then change to line 4 to Xuanwumen, and then transfer line 2 to the station;
2. Take bus Te2 or 67 to Xuanwumen East, change to subway line 2 to the station.
3. Take the shuttle bus between the two stations. The shuttle bus is available from 08:00 to 17:00 with a ticket price of CNY10. There are two boarding sites around the station, one to the south of east footbridge on the North Square, the other at the city bus hub on the South Square. The bus only departs when all the seats are taken.
4. Take a train to travel between if time suits. It leaves at 23:51 and arrives at 00:06. Ticket price is CNY8 for a hard seat.

 South Station: Take subway line 7 to Caishikou, and then change to line 4 to the station;
Alternative Route: Take bus Te2 or 67 to Xuanwumen East, change to subway line 4 to reach the station;

 North Station: Take subway line 9 to National Library, change to line 4 to Xizhimen, get out through Exit A1 and walk to the station;

 East Station
Take subway line 7 to Jiulongshan first and then walk about 1,000 meters (1,100 yards) northward to the destination.

 Badaling Great Wall: Go to North Station and take a train to Badaling;
Or take bus Te13 to Deshengmen and then change to bus 877 to Badaling;

 Capital International Airport:
1. Take airport shuttle bus line 7, leaving from the west side of South Square whenever all seats filled, usually less than every 30 minutes. The operation time is 4:50 to 22:00. A ride to the airport costs CNY 24.
2. Another way is taking bus Te2 or 67 to Xuanwumen East, change to subway line 2 to Dongzhimen, and then change to Airport Express Line to reach there.
Bus / Subway Search


Facilities and Services at the Station

Ticket Office
Ticket Office

 Ticket Offices:
They are located on the east side of North Square, west side of South Square, east side of 2F and northeast corner of 1F. Tickets to Hong Kong are sold at window no.6, east side of 2F. The office for transfer formalities is located on the west side -2F where ticket refunds are also processed.

 Waiting Hall:
There are 13 waiting rooms in the waiting hall on the second floor. The waiting hall is equipped with a book store, restaurants, snack stands, hot drinking water, and toilets.

Room 2 is especially for the physically challenged, with a special area for mothers and children. Passengers there are allowed to get onboard ahead of check-in to avoid crowds. Also, there are staff willing to help you with the boarding if you need it.
 See details of Train Travel in China with Kids or during Pregnancy

Room 4 and 5 are for passengers holding bullet and Z type tickets.

On the west side of North Square, there is a customs channel, leading to a special waiting room for passengers to Hong Kong.

 Left Luggage:
Electronic cabinets are distributed along the east and west sides of the waiting hall, as well as inside the waiting rooms for passengers’ convenience. It charges by luggage size and storage time metered. Left luggage can be picked up within 24 hours.

 “Red Cap” Luggage Service: It is based on the north side of 2F and North Exit 1. The service fee is CNY 10 per piece of luggage.

 Luggage Check-in and Claim:
Both are handled at North Square, check-in at the east side of the building and claims at the west side of the building.

 LED screens:
There are many LED screens showing the related information such as schedule, platform, time for arrivals and departures and waiting room.

Entrance Hall
LED Screen in the Entrance Hall
Beijing West Railway Station
LED Screen outside Waiting Room

 Information Desk:
Located on 2F, it is close to waiting room 2. Passengers can ask various questions concerning the station, bus routes, boarding, etc.

- Last modified on Sep. 09, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing West Railway Station
Asked by Kathy from USA | Sep. 08, 2018 07:49Reply
What time should we get to the Beijing West Station In first day of China’s National Holiday?
We are traveling from Beijing West Station to Xian on Oct 1,2018, at 16:00. Since this is the first day of China’s National Holiday, we assume we need to get to the station several hours ahead of our departure. We have our tickets. Suggestions?
Answers (2)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Sep. 08, 2018 23:20

It is so wise of you. We suggest you arrive at the station around 2hours before your departure time, and find the right boarding gate when you arrivel there. Wish you a nice trip.
Answered by Kathy from USA | Sep. 09, 2018 08:15

Thank you! Will do....
Asked by Adrian Sarson from ENGLAND | Sep. 08, 2018 00:25Reply
Travel to Lhasa
I am travelling to Lhasa on Saturday the 6th October at 20.00hrs. What time do I check in for the train and what platform does it leave from please. I have a soft sleeper booked with a tour from a local travel Agency
Answers (1)
Answered by Smith | Sep. 08, 2018 01:04

You could get to the station at around 18:30. As for the platform, it might be shown on the ticket. While you need to find the correct waiting room firstly, find your Train Number on the screen, then you will see the waiting room and platform. But if you hold soft sleeper tickets, you could get into the special waiting room for soft sleepers.
Asked by Venny from INDONESIA | Aug. 24, 2018 23:00Reply
Operational Hours Ticket Counter
I am planning to collect train ticket (Z19) at Beijing West Railway Station. What is the operational hours? Also, is it possible that we collect the ticket at other station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Chris | Aug. 25, 2018 01:02

As long as there are trains arrive or depart from the station, there will be ticket windows open in service. You could also collect ticket at other railway stations.
Asked by Aakash from INDIA | Jul. 24, 2018 14:53Reply
Where to leave/store my mobile phone for few hours?
Hey, I was wondering if I could store my mobile phone in the lockers as I'll be visiting the U.S. embassy and we aren't allowed to carry any electronics. And if I can where exactly I can go to store it and how do I get it back. Any help will be much appreciated.
Answers (5)
Answered by Amy | Jul. 24, 2018 19:27

There is left luggage office and self-service lockers at the West Station, near the exit, waiting room. Usually it is not recommended to put valuable belongings there, but if you do need to left our phone there, you can put it together with some other luggages there. By the way, maybe there is a place to store the phone for short moment in the embassy as well?
Answered by Aakash from INDIA | Jul. 25, 2018 01:24

No, there is no such facility at the embassy. It’s mentioned every where that we can’t bring any kind of electronics and they will not allow the entry of anyone who are in possession of the prohibited items. And about the lockers, are these without the doors (open boxes hanged to the wall) where you keep stuff in exchange of some kind of tag.. or do they have lockers which are common in china i.e. those small size metal boxes in the supermarkets? Just want to make sure that I can rely on it cause I might need my cellphone while traveling and I don’t want to leave it at home. Thanks in advance
Answered by Amy | Jul. 25, 2018 21:04

The lockers are the supermarket type, but I think these are in the waiting rooms. If you arrives by train, I am not sure how should be get into the departure floor for the waiting room. I think I saw left luggage office on B1 or B2 floor. You can use that as well
Answered by Aakash | Jul. 26, 2018 03:12

Thanks for sharing the info.
Answered by S from CHINA | Aug. 29, 2018 09:07

The embassy has small lockers at their security check where you can leave your phone.
Asked by Sarah from CHINA | Jul. 10, 2018 02:48Reply
Does airport shuttle line 7 from Beijing west railway station go to terminal 3 of Beijing Capital A?
Answers (1)
Answered by Maynard | Jul. 10, 2018 20:17

Yes, line 7. The online information says on South Square. You can try to find it after your arrival. The bus costs CNY30 per person and runs around every 30min
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