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
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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 Jul 11, 2019)

ToTrainsDurationTicket Fare (CNY)
First/ Second Class Seat
Guangzhou South
G71, G79, G65, G67...
11 departures from 07:26 to 20:35
8h5m - 10h23mCNY 1,380/ 709
USD 203/ 104
G71, G79, D901, D903...
6 departures from 07:26 to 20:25
8h37m - 11h15mCNY 1,479.5/ 756
USD 218/ 111
Hong Kong
G79 at 10:008h58mCNY 1,724/ 1,077
USD 254/ 158
G507, G485, G71, G403...
33 departures from 06:42 to 19:00
4h17m - 6h39mCNY 832.5/ 520.5
USD 122/ 77
Xi'an North
G651, G653, G671, G571...
20 departures from 06:27 to 18:55
4h20m - 6h27mCNY 824.5/ 515.5
USD 121/ 76
Chengdu East
G571, G307, G349, G89 from 06:53 to 15:137h45m - 9h58mCNY 1,246/ 778.5
USD 183/ 114
G529, G421 at 08:34 and 09:058h27m - 10h33mCNY 1,286.5/ 804
USD 189/ 118
  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 Jul 11, 2019)
ToTrainsDurationTicket Fare (CNY)
Soft/ Hard Sleeper
K817, Z49, K117, T7...
5 departures from 08:01 to 22:06
21h28m - 33h31mCNY 674/ 428
USD 99/ 63
T41, T55, Z151, T7...
9 departures from 14:22 to 22:06
11h42m - 15h14mCNY 415.5/ 272.5
USD 61/ 40
K21, K157, Z5, Z285 from 08:18 to 21:0819h9m - 28h31mCNY 674/ 428
USD 99/ 63
Z21 at 20:0040h45mCNY 1,189/ 765
USD 175/ 113
Hong Kong
Z97B at 12:4024h21mCNY 784/ 505
USD 115/ 74
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 Station, 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 Jul. 10, 2019 -
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    Train service was great. The note in mandarin advising that we needed to pick up tickets worked well.

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