North Korea Trains

Beijing - Pyongyang Trains: K27/ K28

Train No.: Beijing → Pyongyang: K27 (In China), 51 (In North Korea); Pyongyang → Beijing: K28 (In China), 52 (In North Korea)
Departure: 17:27 from Beijing Railway Station every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 09:55 from Pyongyang Railway Station every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Arrival: 18:15 in Pyongyang the second day; 08:38 in Beijing the second day
Duration: 24 hours and 48 minutes for China to North Korea train K27/ 51; 22 hours and 43 minutes for North Korea to China train K28/ 52
Passing by: China, North Korea
Length: 1,364 kilometers (848 miles)
Operator: China Beijing Railway Bureau, Korean State Railway of North Korea

Beijing to Pyongyang Train Schedule: K27

(Last update on July 30th, 2019)
Stations Arrival Departure
Beijing --- 17:27
Shenyang 03:18 03:40
Dandong 07:22 10:00
Sinuiju 10:40 12:39
Pyongyang 18:15 ---

 Kind Reminder:
Please make sure your visa for North Korea is valid when passing through the China-North Korea border.

Pyongyang to Beijing Train Schedule: K28

(Last update on July 30th, 2019)

Stations Arrival Departure
Pyongyang --- 09:55
Sinuiju 15:02 16:43
Dandong 16:23 18:31
Shenyang 22:07 22:24
Beijing 08:38 ---

1. All the time listed above is local time;
2. This timetable is for reference only. Please refer to railway stations for the final schedule. 

Ticket Fare to Major Stations

Soft Sleeper  Hard Sleeper 

Beijing to Pyongyang by China Train

Individual CNY 1,476 CNY 1,017
Group  CNY 1,160 CNY 806

Beijing to Pyongyang by North Korea Train

Individual  --- CNY 1,061
Group  --- CNY 850

Beijing to Sinuiju by China Train

Individual  CNY 1,201 CNY 832 
Group  CNY 948  CNY 663

Beijing to Sinuiju by North Korea Train

Individual  --- CNY 869
Group  --- CNY 700
1. Group tickets are only available for groups with at least six group members;
2. The above ticket price is for reference only.

How to Buy the Ticket

To get an international railway ticket, an individual passenger needs to book it first either through designated ticket counters at railway stations or from commissioned agencies like at most 30 days prior to departure; the ticket is then issued at most 10 days prior. Group passengers can book the tickets at most 60 days ahead of departure and the tickets are printed at most 20 days ahead.
 See details of Purchase an International Rail Ticket

Basic Information

Put into service on May 21st, 1954, K27/K28 is currently the only pair of direct passenger trains connecting China and North Korea. The trains operated by China depart from Beijing every Monday and Thursday and return from Pyongyang every Wednesday and Saturday; those operated by North Korea leave Beijing every Wednesday and Saturday and depart from Pyongyang every Monday and Thursday. Actually, the Chinese trains are running daily forth and back between Beijing and Dandong with 14 carriages, including 7 hard sleeper carriages, 4 hard seat carriages, 1 soft sleeper carriage, 1 dining carriage and 1 luggage carriage. On Mondays and Thursdays, a soft sleeper carriage and a hard sleeper carriage with international passengers are joined on, which are unloaded at Dandong and then join onto another locomotive to Pyongyang. When returns back to Dandong from Pyongyang, they are unloaded and joined back onto the train to Beijing.


1. Passengers need to apply for a North Korean visa before getting onboard;
2. K27/28 run daily within China between Beijing and Dandong. But only those departing/returning on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays connect Beijing with Pyongyang;
3. North Korean carriages have no soft sleepers while Chinese carriages have both soft sleepers and hard sleepers;
4. Due to lack of electricity, delay happens a lot in North Korea, whose railway system is powered by electricity;
5. Because of border check, the train may stop longer than scheduled in Dandong and Sinuiju;
6. Electronic products with communication function like laptop, radio, MP3 and MP4 are not allowed to bring into North Korea. The prohibited items also include telescope and SLR camera lens with a focal length of over 150mm. Cell phones without GPS are allowed;
7. In addition to K27, passengers can also go to Dandong to take another daily train No.98 to Pyongyang. It departs from Dandong at 10:00 and arrives in Pyongyang at 15:30.

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- Last updated on Jul. 18, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Beijing - Pyongyang Trains: K27/ K28
Asked by Anup from INDIAA | Nov. 11, 2019 23:26Reply
Cost of Tour Package : Bejing/Pyongyang/Bejing by Train & Flight
Request to Mail me the above details with breakup
(b). Hard Berth only
(c). North Korean Visa Fees
(d). Planned to travel from India, so desired to be mailed how to and when I shall pay you?
regards & Thanks

Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Nov. 12, 2019 01:05

Thank you for your inquiry.

We are sorry that we cannot offer tour package to North Korean. We can only offer train ticket booking for trip from Beijing to Pyongyang. If you are interested in single way train ticket booking, you can submit your booking request on our website directly.
Asked by Dave from CHINA | Oct. 18, 2019 05:47Reply
Heating in trains
Are the N Korean trains heated in winter?
Answers (1)
Answered by Finlay | Oct. 22, 2019 01:20

yes, but not sure if there is a fixed starting date or just by temperature
Asked by tarjan from CHINA | Aug. 13, 2019 21:11Reply
i am going to Pyongyang from dandong, China. can you tell me baggage allowance ?
weight restiction... please....
i have 2 -trunk, total weight can be 35kg. is it possible? please explain me kindly, thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Johnny from MALDIVES | Aug. 15, 2019 19:17

It should be fine, the policy says 35kg per person and the size should be within 200cm. There is no policy about pieces of luggage.
Asked by Kazim Goker from TURKEY | Jul. 22, 2018 20:36Reply
Dandong-Pyongyang -Dandong Train Ticket
Is it possible to buy soft/hard seat ticket?
Go September 5 return September 9
If so how much per person? We are a group of 6-8 person.
Answers (3)
Answered by Isabella from USA | Jul. 22, 2018 22:41

I think only the Dandong-Pyongyang trip cannot booked online in advance, not the return trip. By the way, as I know you need to join a group tour to visit Pyongyang so your travel agent should be able to arrange the around trip tickets for you.
Answered by Kazim Goker from TURKEY | Jul. 22, 2018 23:34

No we are an invited group and we will get the visas by ourself. We just want to go by train this time not by flight.. My question is can u buy/book our Dandong-Pyongyang tickets? If not how can we buy? Thanks
Answered by Natalia from RUSSIA | Jul. 23, 2018 19:51

I asked about this trip before with this website, they said the ticket from Beijing to Pyonggang will be accepted first and if there are beds still available when the departure date is approaching, the booking from Dandong will be accepted. Thus it would be hard for them to arrange this trip. The better way would be contact a local agent in Dandong or you can buy the ticket at Dandong CITS ticket office directly. The office is close to the Dandong Railway Station.

By the way, I think there is no seat but only bed for sale on this K27
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