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. 11, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Capital Airport Express Train
Asked by Ivetq from CHINA | Jan. 19, 2020 18:24Reply
Validation of the ticket
Hello. Occasionally I bought 2 tickets to the airport and used only one. Does the second valid only for 1 day or can be used later? Thank you
Asked by paul Jacob from INDIA | Jan. 14, 2020 03:40Reply
I am reaching Beijing west railway station and would like to take shuttle bus to internationairairt.
Where can I get the airport shuttle bus in west railway station
Answers (1)
Answered by Mason from CANADA | Jan. 15, 2020 18:31
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You can follow the signs and walk to the South Square of West Railway Station to take direct shuttle bus to the airport.
Asked by Fi from CHINA | Jan. 06, 2020 05:09Reply
Hello. Please how do I go to the airport from Beijing railway station?
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Answered by Tina from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 07, 2020 17:31
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Take metro line 2 from BJ Railway station to Dongzhimen station, then transfer to airport express to T2 station.
Answered by Fi from CHINA | Jan. 08, 2020 19:31
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Hello, Thank you for replying.
Please how do I get to T3? Or is it same way? Cuz I’m departing from T3
Asked by Sandip from UNITED STATES | Dec. 10, 2019 18:50Reply
We have international flight from Delhi to los angeles.
We arrive at Beijing at 11:30 am and our flight leaving Beijing is at 9:00 pm.
we want to see Tian'anmen square and forbidden city. we can take air port express train as it saves time.

what are the steps- we have store our luggage we are two people and two bags and two carry ons. please guide us for the steps once we arrive.

collecting luggage, storage of luggage and how much currency exchange and where we can get exchange, purchase tickets for train to tinnamen square
and finally do we have enough time to visit.
kindly reply with procedure steps
thank you in advance for your cooperation
Answers (1)
Answered by Elijah from DENMARK | Dec. 11, 2019 22:20
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Yes, you can make full use of time to visit Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City.
Do you mean that you want to store the luggage at PEK? Upon landing, you can easily find the place based on the English signs at the airport.
The price is CNY 20 to CNY 60 for one piece of luggage. You'd better to prepare some cash. You can find money exchange machine or ATMs to have some currency.
Generally speaking, you have enough time to tour around. Don't worry.
Asked by Deepak Adhikary from NEPAL | Nov. 29, 2019 00:10Reply
Airport Express Frequency
Dear Sir/Madam,

First of all thank you so much for this travelchinaguide website for giving all the information related with travelling China. From your website we came to know that first Airport Express from Dongzhimen leaves at 06:00AM and reach T2 at 06:35AM.

We would like to know, what will be the next train if we miss the first train of 06:00AM from Dongzhimen ? So, please let us know the frequency of Airport Express train.

Our flight from T2 is at 09:30AM so we are concerned about the next train time after 06:00AM at Dongzhimen. By late we need to reach T2 at 07:30AM for catching the flight of 09:30AM on Saturday.

Thank you so much for your kind help and support.

Deepak.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ada from USA | Dec. 02, 2019 17:08
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The schedules from Dongzhimen are from 06:00 to 22:30 with the frequency of 10 minutes.
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