Beijing Capital Airport Express Train

Capital Airport Express Train Facts

Airport Express Train
Capital Airport Express Train

Open Date: July 19th, 2008
Total Length: 28.1 kilometers (17.5 miles)
Highest Speed: 110km/h  (56 mi/h)
Service Hours:
T3: 06:22 – 22:52;
T2: 06:36 – 23:10;
Dongzhimen: 06:00–22:30

Single Journey Time:
T3 → Dongzhimen: 30 minutes; Dongzhimen →T3: 16 minutes
T2 → Dongzhimen: 21 minutes; Dongzhimen →T2: 35 minutes
Frequency: 10 minutes

Ticket Price: CNY25/person
Stations: 4
Route: Dongzhimen → Sanyuanqiao → T3 → T2 → Sanyuanqiao → Dongzhimen
Boarding Sites: -2F of No.2 Parking Lot in T2 of Beijing Capital Airport; 2F of No.3 Parking Lot in T3; Dongzhimen Subway Station; Sanyuanqiao Subway Station

Beijing Airport Express Train offers a rapid rail transfer between downtown area and Beijing Capital International Airport. Compared with Airport Shuttle Bus, the Airport Express is faster and more frequent. The cost is a little more expensive than the shuttle bus but much cheaper than taxi. Please note that Dongzhimen and Sanyuanqiao stations don’t allow in-town check-in. There is no station in T1, so Airport Express passengers need to walk or take the Free Cross Terminal Shuttle to T1.

Dongzhimen Station allows transfer with subway line 2 and line 13, while Sanyuanqiao is connected with subway line 10, but the transfer is not free. Passengers need to buy separate tickets. Those with large luggage are not suggested to board the Airport Express Train during peak hours because of the crowds, especially when changing to downtown subway lines.

Beijing Capital Airport Express Train
Beijing Capital Airport Express Train Map

Beijing Capital Airport Express Train Schedule

Stations To Downtown Area To Beijing Capital Airport 
First Train Last Train First Train Last Train
T3 06:22 22:52 -- --
T2 06:36 23:10 -- --
Sanyuanqiao 06:55 23:28 06:04 22:34
Dongzhimen -- -- 06:00 22:30

 Dongzhimen Station:
Surroundings: Dongzhimen Long-distance Bus Station, Guijie Street, Dongzhimen Hospital, China Youth Daily Office, Overseas Chinese History Museum of China
Nearby Bus/Subway Routes: Bus No.24, 117, 131, 413, 635, 850, 916, 935, 966, Airport Shuttle Bus Line 3, Night Bus Line 6, 10 & 32, Subway line 2 & line 13

 Sanyuanqiao Station:
Surroundings: Xiaguangli Community, Phoenix City Community, AVIC China Aero-Polytechnology Establishment
Nearby Bus/Subway Routes: Bus No.95, 131, 300, 302, 359, 401, 403, 404, 419, 536, 641, 671, 847, 850, 852, 915, 916, 918, 980, 985, 939, Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1 & Xidan Night Line, Subway line 10

How to Buy Airport Express Train Tickets

At each of the four stations, passengers could purchase a card ticket by cash from the manual ticket office or the ticket vending machines which have Chinese and English services. Please keep the ticket safe since it will be reclaimed when exiting from the express train station. The ticket fare could also be paid using the Beijing transportation smart card with a balance of more than CNY 25.

How to Take Airport Express from Downtown to Capital Airport

1. Enter into Dongzhimen subway station at ground level and take the elevator downstairs to B1
2. Purchase ticket and go through security check
3. Take the elevator downstairs to B4
4. Wait and board the Airport Express Train

How to Take Airport Express from Capital Airport to Downtown

1. Follow the signs to the Airport Express Train Station
2. Purchase a ticket and enter into the waiting platform
3. Take Airport Express to Sanyuanqiao or Dongzhimen.
4. Get off the train and return the ticket
5. Exit from the station or purchase another ticket to transfer to subway.

 Capital Airport Transfer Service: offering airport pick-up and see-off services with professional drivers.

Airport Transportation Sign
Airport Transportation Sign
Capital Airport Express Train
Interior of the Express Train

How to Get to Popular Sites by Airport Express

1. Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City: Airport Express to Dongzhimen → Subway Line 2 to Jianguomen → Subway Line 1 to Tiananmen East (Exit D)
2. Beijing Railway Station: Airport Express to Dongzhimen → Subway Line 2 to Beijing Railway Station
3. West Railway Station:
Plan A: Airport Express to Sanyuanqiao → Subway Line 10 to Liuliqiao → Line 9 to West Railway Station
Plan B: Airport Express to Dongzhimen → Subway Line 2 to Xuanwumen → Line 4 to Caishikou → Line 7 to West Railway Station
4.  South Railway Station:
Plan A: Airport Express to Dongzhimen → Subway Line 2 to Xuanwumen → Line 4 to South Railway Station
Plan B: Airport Express to Sanyuanqiao → Subway Line 10 to Jiaomenxi → Line 4 to South Railway Station
5.  North Railway Station: Airport Express to Dongzhimen → Subway Line 2 to Xizhimen (Exit A2) → Walk north around 350 meters (380 yards).

Future Construction

The west extension of Beijing Capital Airport Express Train, connecting Dongzhimen and Beixinqiao and extending for 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles), is scheduled to operate by the end of 2019. Once completed, passengers can easily transfer to subway line 5.

- Last modified on Nov. 21, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Capital Airport Express Train
Asked by John Antenorcruz from GUAM | Nov. 16, 2018 03:56Reply
Me, my wife and daughter will be in Beijing in on November 22
and plan to take the airport train to Sanyuanqiao and then take a taxi to our hotel the Sheraton 3 ring road. Would this be a good way to travel?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eva from CANADA | Nov. 18, 2018 21:50

Dear John, you can transfer to take the metro line 10 after you get off at Sanyuanqiao. And then get off at Anzhenmen. Later, take a taxi to your hotel. This way would be cheaper than your previous way.
Asked by Vinay from CHINA | Nov. 06, 2018 01:03Reply
Will metro train be availabled frequently.? Or only during timings.?
Answers (1)
Answered by Care from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 07, 2018 01:24

Yes, the metro trains run frequently and the the shortest interval is 2 minutes.
Asked by Vinay from INDIA | Nov. 06, 2018 00:58Reply
Can’t we go in metro directly frm Beijing central railway station to terminal 2 of capital airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ali from USA | Nov. 07, 2018 01:34

No, you cannot and you have to make a transfer if you take the metro. Why not take the direct airport bus? The boarding location is at BJ Railway Station East street Tongxin Building.
Asked by Sas from CZECH | Nov. 02, 2018 16:08Reply
Hello! We´d like not to change money in Hong Kong.
Is it possible to buy an Airport Express Train ticket and a subway tickets by a card or do we need a cash?
Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Ellene from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 04, 2018 22:43

Yes, it is possible but you'd better prepare some cash because no all positions can be allowed to use card to pay.
Asked by Ling Hua Pan from USA | Nov. 01, 2018 12:09Reply
what is trip plan and hotel suggested for my 20 hours of transit period in Beijing Capital Airport?
I will be arriving around 12/10/2018 4:30PM at capital airport and transit to USA SEA by Hainan Airline around 12/11/2018 4:PM. During this transition period (reserve 4 hours for traveling the Airport express and check-in/check-out, I have around 20 hours include 8-9 hours of sleep), I plan to visit Hou-Hai area. Any suggested trip plan and hotel to stay?
Answers (4)
Answered by Hailey from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 04, 2018 23:01

Old Beijing Square Hotel, located at Cangku Bar Dongcheng District, is recommended to you, because the hotel is near Houhai and some other attractions. You can book one room in advance
And get there as soon as you arrive at the airport. As you arrive at the hotel, you can take a short a rest and then go out for sightseeing about the nightlife of the Houhai. At daytime, you can visit Prince Gong Mansion, Yinding Bridge, Yandaixie Street, South Luogu Lane, Lotus Market, Wild Duck Island or have snacks at Huguo Temple…
Answered by Ling Hua Pan from USA | Nov. 20, 2018 15:11

Thanks - Hailey. Sounds a good plan. Will try to get a room at Old Square Hotel recommended but not sure which platform should I use for reservation..
Answered by Richard from CANADA | Nov. 20, 2018 18:17

The hotel is located at No. 38, Baosha Hutong, Dongcheng District. You can try to call +86 010-84025337 to book the room in advance. Hope helpful!
Answered by Ling Hua Pan from USA | Nov. 21, 2018 08:36

Appreciated. It is very helpful.
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