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.

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- Last modified on Aug. 26, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Capital Airport Express Train
Asked by Cindy Streifel from UNITED STATES | Sep. 12, 2019 19:13Reply
How to get from airport to Guangyao Service Apartment Beijing Ritan and Americans renting apartments
Hello, we've rented a place at Guangyao Service Apartment Beijing Ritan for our upcoming trip. What train(s) will I take to get to our place? Also, do any AirBnB hosts rent to Americans? Will we have to register with the government when we get to our destination? I'm finding the whole thing very confusing! We got a great deal on our tickets but I had no idea this trip would require so much work :)
Asked by Chris Cornelissen from SWEDEN | Sep. 12, 2019 06:13Reply
go to forbidden city have 8 hours layover total
How long does it take from beijing airport to the forbidden city and back? my partner and I have only 8 hours layover is it enough to see the forbidden city?
Asked by Igor from РОССИЯ | Aug. 22, 2019 05:29Reply
From Dongsi to Beijing Capital Airport T3
Hello) I need to be at T3 at approx. 6.15-6.30 a.m. on a week-day for my international flight. What are the options of getting there from Dongsi area apart from Airport Express? And how long does it usually take for border crossing procedures?
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Answered by Tristan from NETHERLANDS | Aug. 23, 2019 01:26
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I am afraid that you cannot take the airport. First of all, the first schedule is at 06:00. Secondly, it take around half an hour on the way. Thus you are suggested to take a taxi to the airport in that early morning.
Answered by Igor from RUSSIA | Aug. 23, 2019 01:44
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Thanks. What about shuttle bus night lines #2 and #4 from Beijing International Hotel? Do they have stops at the hotel on the way to Pek?
Answered by Penny from USA | Aug. 26, 2019 01:05
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The shuttle bus night line 2 passes Dongsi Shitiao Station.
Answered by Tristan from NETHERLANDS | Aug. 26, 2019 20:45
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The night line 2 and 4 starts from airport to the downtown. And they don't have stop in that hotel. You can take shuttle bus line 3 from International Hotel station to T2 station, which takes around 1 hour with CNY30 and the first bus departs at 5:00. S
Asked by JR from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 18, 2019 01:10Reply
Can you check in your baggage on the airport express train station in Beijing?
Can you check in luggage at airport express train?
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Answered by John from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 19, 2019 20:43
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Sorry, you can't. You need to check in your luggage in the airport.
Asked by Lkhasuren from USA | Aug. 12, 2019 08:44Reply
How can I go to Wangfujing Foreign Languages Bookstore from the Beijing Int'l airport?
by subway and shuttle bus? How long does it take in the afternoon? Thanks
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Answered by Zachary from FINLAND | Aug. 13, 2019 01:30
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Upon landing, you can take Airport Express to Dongzhimen Station. Then take metro line 2 to Yonghegong Station and transfer to metro line 5 to Dengshikou Station, Exit A. Afterwards, walk west along Jinyu Hutong around 900 meters to find the destination.
Answered by Lkhasuren from USA | Aug. 15, 2019 04:37
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Thank you so much!
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