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 Dec. 28, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Capital Airport Express Train
Asked by makmur from INDONESIA | Dec. 27, 2018 01:59Reply
Beijing Capital Airport shuttle bus line 10
Shuttle bus line 10 stop at overseas Chinese building. But I search google map can't find the address. Please inform.
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Answered by Landon from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 28, 2018 17:48
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The address is No.2, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District.
Asked by Yashi from GERMANY | Dec. 24, 2018 04:15Reply
I have a layover of 9 hrs in Beijing Capital Airport.
Hi,
Would it make sense to visit Tian’anmen Sq? My flight arrives at 4:40 am and leaves at 13:40?
Thanks for any infos
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Answered by Natalie from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 25, 2018 19:14
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Yes, it is possible to visit Tian'anmen Square during this layover.
Take airport express to get to Dongzhimen Station first. Then transfer to metro line 2 to Qianmen Station, Exit A. Afterwards, walk northeast around 250 meters to find the destination. The return way is the same.
Asked by IQBAL ADDETIA from CANADA | Dec. 20, 2018 13:49Reply
Visit to Beijing Forbidden City or Tiananmen square within 8 hours
I arrive at Beijing airport at 0715 hours and leave at 1520 hours. Do I have enough time to visit Forbidden city or Tiananmen square? Thank You
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Answered by Joanna from CANADA | Dec. 20, 2018 23:03
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I am afraid that you don't have enough time to tour around Forbidden City. But you can make full use of the transfer time to visit Tian'anmen Square. In addition, remember to come back to the airport at least 2 hours in advance before the departure.
Asked by david calzada from SPAIN | Dec. 19, 2018 12:05Reply
I will arrive in Beijing Capital Airport on Sunday the 23rd at 4:30 AM.
And I have the departure flight at 1:00 PM. Hong Kong address, will I have time to visit the forbidden city?
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Answered by Peyton from FINLAND | Dec. 19, 2018 17:30
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Oh, you are advised to stay at the airport. Because the opening hours of Forbidden City is from 08:30. And you still need to go back to the airport at least 2 hours in advance. Thus you don't have enough time to tour around.
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