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 Mar. 07, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Capital Airport Express Train
Asked by Devin from USA | Mar. 04, 2019 22:02Reply
I land in Beijing Capital Airport at 18:40 on a Friday night
And my next flight isn't until 13:45 the following day. I will be staying in a hotel inside the airport. Ideally, I would like to go checkout BJ as much as I can in the time that I have. Do you have any recommendations for something I can do in the evening hours after I am finished at the airport? I will be catching the Airport Express downtown. I know the last train back to the airport is at 22:30. If I were to stay out later than that, do you have other transportation recommendations on getting back to the airport after midnight?

Thank you so much for any feedback!

Answers (1)
Answered by Joshua from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 07, 2019 00:55

You can tour around Wangfujing Street and Tian'anmen Square during your layover. You can find many special local foods and nice souvenirs. After 22:30, I am afraid that you need to take a taxi to go back to the airport.
Asked by Berenice from FRANCE | Feb. 28, 2019 23:22Reply
Is the Beijing Airport Express Train free for children under 1.3 meter (same policy as for subway)?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hunter from CANADA | Mar. 04, 2019 19:04

As I know, there is no child ticket when taking the Airport Express Train.
Asked by Loo from SINGAPORE | Feb. 14, 2019 23:56Reply
Hi, what is the best way to travel from capital airport to Gubei Water town?
I will be staying within the scenic area near Simatai.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lauren from GERMANY | Feb. 19, 2019 23:04

Upon landing, take airport express to get to Dongzhimen Station. Then take bus 980 or 980 Express from Dongzhimen Transit Hub to Miyun Bus Station and then transfer to bus Mi 37, Mi 50, or Mi 51 to Simatai Village. After arriving, walk for about ten minutes to the entrance.
Asked by Fery from NEWZEALAND | Jan. 28, 2019 15:03Reply
Hi, I arrived in Beijing Capital Airport at morning 4:30 am and my next flight is 15:30 pm
can I visit downtown?

Hi can I see forbidden city in my stay at bringing I will arrive there 4:30 am and departing 15:30 pm
Answers (1)
Answered by Tyler from USA | Jan. 30, 2019 00:15

Yes, you can make full use of time to visit the Forbidden City. But remember to go back to the airport at least 2 hours in advance before the flight departure.
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.
Answers (1)
Answered by Landon from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 28, 2018 17:48

The address is No.2, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District.
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