Beijing Train

Travel to Beijing by train cannot be more convenient. As the busiest rail transport hub in China, Beijing has many railway trunks passing through. Every day over 700 trains run to and fro, linking the city with almost every corner of the country. There are many high-speed trains shuttling daily between this city and major destinations like Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Wuhan, and Harbin. In addition, there is an inter-city high speed line to Tianjin, whose running time is about half an hour.
However, the busy rail transportation also makes it difficult to get tickets, especially during major holidays such as Chinese New Year and National Day. Passengers are advised to buy tickets in advance during the peak travel time.
 Beijing Train Ticket Offices
Beijing Train On Multiple Unit Train

Schedule of Polular High Speed Trains

Departure (Beijing)
Arrival Duration (Approximation)
G Trains
D Trains
Railway Station
Harbin ---
Shenyang --- 4.5-6h
Changchun --- 6.5-7h
West Railway Station Wuhan 4.5-6.5h ---
Xian 4.5-6h ---
Guangzhou 8-10h 10.5h
Guilin 11h ---
South Railway Station Shanghai 4.5-6h 12h
Qingdao 4.5-5h ---
Hangzhou 5-6.5h ---
Nanjing 3.5-5h 9h

 See details of the Beijing Train Schedule


Major Rail Lines from Beijing to:


Railway Stations

The downtown has five railway stations in total including the East Station for cargo and the following four for passenger transport. In addition, the Badaling Railway Station in suburb is frequently used by visitors to Badaling Great Wall.

 Located between Chongwen Gate and Dongbian Gate near the city center, this station, originally built in 1901, is the oldest one in the city. It now mainly operates routes to cities in the northeast and southeast provinces. Overnight sleeper trains to Shanghai and International routes to Pyongyang, Ulan Bator and Moscow also depart from here.


Located at East Lianhuachi Road near the 3rd West Ring Road, it is one of the largest railway stations in the country. Every day, there are over 200 trains passing through the station, transporting passengers mainly from / to destinations in the south, southwest and northwest regions of China including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Guilin, Hangzhou and Urumqi. Also, the overnight sleeper trains to Xian and the high speed trains to Guangzhou, Xian, and Pingyao operate from here. The station is connected with subway line 9.

Beijing Railway Station
Beijing Railway Station
West Railway Station
West Railway Station

Located at the junction of the Xicheng, Dongcheng and Fengtai Districts, it is the departure and arrival station of the high-speed rail lines to Shanghai, Hefei, Fuzhou, Harbin and Tianjin. As China’s first modern, large-scale railway station for passenger transport, its passenger flow ranks the third in the world. It also operates routes to Nanjing, Suzhou and to destinations in Hebei and Shandong Provinces. The station can be reached by subway lines 4 and 14.


Since Nov. 1 2016, the North Railway Station, located at Xizhimen in Xicheng District, has been temporarily closed for renovation, which will last for about three years. During the period, passengers can still buy and collect train tickets at the station. However, S2 trains leading to Badaling Great Wall and Yanqing are operated by Huangtudi Railway Station, and other trains leave from Changping North Railway Station.

About 800 meters (870 yards) to the Badaling Great Wall, Badaling Railway Station has S2 trains running to/from downtown Beijing. A single trip takes 1.5 hours only. Besides, a new Badaling Railway Station for high speed trains is under construction and will open in 2020, by then the duration will be greatly reduced to 20 minutes.

 Railway Station See-off Service

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