Beijing Train

Travelling to Beijing by train cannot be more convenient. As the busiest rail transport hub in China, Beijing has five main train stations and many railway trunks passing through, leading to almost every corner of the country. It takes no more than 6h to Shanghai and 10h to Guangzhou by high-speed train. Intercity trains to Tianjin only take 30-50min. In addition, international trains bound for Moscow, Ulaanbaatar, Pyongyang and Hanoi depart from the Beijing Railway Station, and the trains to Hong Kong leave from West Railway Station.
The busy rail transportation makes it difficult to get tickets, especially during major holidays such as Chinese New Year and National Day, when it is highly recommended that passengers book tickets through an agency like TravelChinaGuide, or purchase tickets at railway stations or Beijing Train Ticket Offices as early as possible.

 Railway Station See-off Service


Schedule of Polular High Speed Trains

Departure Station Destination Duration
Beijing Railway Station
Harbin 8-8.5h
Shenyang 5-6h
West Railway Station 4.5-6h
Harbin 7h
Hangzhou 6-6.5h
Shenyang 4-5.5h
Kunming 11-12.5h
South Railway Station Xi'an 4.5-6h
Guangzhou 8-10h
Shenzhen 9-11h
Chengdu 15h
Wuhan 4.5-6h
Guilin 11h

 See details of the Beijing Train Schedule

Beijing Train On Multiple Unit Train

Trains heading for northeastern, northern and southern China depart from the station.

 Major Destinations:
Domestic: Shanghai, Dalian, Shenyang, Harbin, Qinhuangdao, Tianjin, Zhangjiajie, Hangzhou, Hefei, Taiyuan, Dunhuang
International: Pyongyang, Hanoi, Ulan Bator, Moscow
 Address: No. Jia 13, Maojiawan Hutong, Dongcheng District
 How to Get There:
Take subway line 2 or bus nos. 9, 24, 126, 619, 673, 674, 804, Special Line 2, Night Line 28, Capital Airport Shuttle Bus Line 3, Capital Airport Shuttle Bus Xidan Night Line, Nanyuan Airport Shuttle Bus Railway Station Line.


Location Map of Railway Stations in Beijing
Location Map of Railway Stations in Beijing

South Railway Station

This is the largest railway station in Beijing and operates the most trains.

 Major Destinations: Tianjin, Shanghai, Qingdao, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Xiamen, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Changchun, Dalian
 Address: No. 12, Chezhan Road, Fengtai District
 How to Get There:
Take subway line 4 or 14, or bus nos. 20, 102, 106, 133, 381, 458, 485, Night Line 17, Capital Airport Shuttle Bus Line 2, Nanyuan Airport Shuttle Bus Gongzhufen Line.

 See also
How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square 
How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Wangfujing
How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Capital Airport


Most trains bound for south, southwest and northwest regions of China leave here.

 Major Destinations: Shanghai, Chengdu, Tianjin, Hong Kong, Guiyang, Taiyuan, Xi'an, Yantai, Shijiazhuang, Shenyang, Changsha, Hefei, Hangzhou, Qinhuangdao, Zhengzhou, Chengde
 Address: No. 118, East Lianhuachi Road, Fengtai District
 How to Get There:
Take subway line 7 or 9, or bus nos. 3, 9, 21, 40, 50, 65, 89, 96, 320, 339, 387, 414, 663, 694, Special Line 13, Special Line 14, Night Line 14, Night Line 23, Yuntong Line 106, Capital Airport Shuttle Bus Line 7, Nanyuan Airport Shuttle Bus Gongzhufen Line.


It is within 10mins' walk from the Badaling Great Wall. Passengers can take an S2 train to get there from downtown Beijing in 1.5 hours. A new Badaling Railway Station for high speed trains is under construction. By its completion in 2020, the travel time will be reduced to 20 minutes.

 Major Destinations: Yanqing, Huangtudian, Qinghuayuan, Qinghe, Changping, Nankou, Kangzhuang, Shacheng
 Address: the intersection of Provincial Highway no. 216 and National Highway G6, Yanqing County, near Badaling Wildlife Park


It mainly operates normal trains to/from nearby cities. The new Beijing East Railway Station is now under construction and will open by the end of 2020. 

 Major Destinations: Yanjiao, Qinhuangdao, Tangshan, Jinzhou, Tongliao, Chengde, Miyun
 Address: No. 7, Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District
 How to Get There:
1. Take subway line 1 or 14 and get off at Dawang Road, then walk south for 10min; or take subway line 7 or 14 to Jiulongshan, then walk north for 10min.
2. Bus nos. 31, 138, Special Line 87 leads there.


Has been closed since Nov. 1 2016 for a 3-year renovation, this station still offers services for buying and collecting tickets. However, S2 trains leading to Badaling Great Wall and Yanqing depart from Huangtudian Railway Station, and other trains leave from Changping North Railway Station. In the future, the North Railway Station will be the starting station for the Beijing – Zhangjiakou High Speed Railway, which will open in 2020.

 Major Destinations: Baotou, Huhhot, Tongliao, Chifeng, Chengde, Qiqihar,Yanqing, Badaling Great Wall
 Address: No. 1, Beibinhe Road, Xizhimen North Street, Xicheng District
 How to Get There:
1. Take subway line 13 and get off at Xizhimen Station. Leave from exit A2 or F2 and walk north for 3-5min.
2. Take bus no. 87 or 651 and get off at Gaoliangqia, or nos. 21, 80, 331, 375, 387, 392, 620, 691, 693 to Suojiafen.


Major Rail Lines from Beijing to:

 Further Reading:
- Last modified on May. 21, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Train
Asked by Wang from SINGAPORE | Mar. 13, 2019 01:12Reply
how many people can be seated in a taxi in Beijing?
How much does it cost from from Capital Airport to Wang fu jing?
How long does it take from subway Dongzhimen to Beijing West Railway station?
Answers (1)
Answered by William from CANADA | Mar. 15, 2019 01:48

One taxi can take 4 passengers in total.
The cab fare is CNY100 to 120. From Dongzhimen to West Railway Station, it takes around 35mins by subway.
Asked by Nathan from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 02, 2018 05:27Reply
how much cost of taxi from Beijing airport to south railway station cost?
Also how much a GAO tie ticket from Beijing railway south to tai’an shandong will cost me?

Also - how much will a taxi cost from Beijing railway south to 秀水街 cost?

After leaving Silk Market where can I find a taxi to catch back to PEK and what may be the cost ?

Hope to hear from you thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Mark from CANADA | Jul. 02, 2018 20:29

1. Hi, from the airport to south railway station, you can take the airport bus line 2 which will directly take you to south railway station and the fare is CNY30. If you want to take a taxi, the fare is about CNY 130.
2. The fare of second class seat is CNY 214,
3. It costs around CNY 40 to CNY 50.
4. The cab fare is about CNY 80 to CNY 100.
Asked by Fionna from SINGAPORE | Aug. 24, 2017 19:52Reply
Train Service fee
We are a group of 8 students intending to travel from Beijing to Pingyao then onward to Xi'an. I read from a travel blog that if we book all tickets from BJ Railway Station, no service fee will be charged for trains departing from there ( to Pingyao) but a service fee of CYN5 per ticket will be charged for rides departing from other cities (Pingyao to Xi'an). Appreciate if someone here can tell me if this is true ? Thank you.
Answers (7)
Answered by Liela from USA | Aug. 24, 2017 20:24

Well, as I know, the extra CNY5 is charged only when you buy the ticket in another place, which means you need to pay extra money if you buy A-B train ticket form C. In your case, if you buy the ticket from Pingyao to Xi'an at Pingyao Station, then no extra fee will be charged.
Answered by Patricia from ITALY | Aug. 24, 2017 20:35

I understand that this fee is only payable if we COLLECT tickets booked from ticket agents or online at a train a station for rides departing from other cities. My questions are :
1. Does CNY5 also applicable to just BOOKING the ticket at the station for trains departing from
other cities ?
2. What if we only BOOK the tickets but collect at the departing station when we arrive. Taking Fionna's example - book Pingyao-Xi'an at Beijing Rail Station to secure the seats but collect the tickets at Pingyao station when they arrive. Does this work to avoid paying the CNY5 ?
Answered by Dennis from HONG KONG | Aug. 24, 2017 20:43

May I ask is this rmb5 a collection fee or booking fee ?
Answered by Liela from USA | Aug. 24, 2017 21:09

CNY5 is the service fee when you collect or buy ticket for other journeys which won't start from the railway station.

As for question 1 of Patricia, yes, you understand it right. For your question 2, CNY5 is not needed in the mentioned case.
Answered by Fionna from SINGAPORE | Aug. 25, 2017 05:05

Thank you Leila. In other words, the stations will do the booking, as long as they do not need to issue the physical ticket for rides not originating from their station, they will not charge the CNY5 service fee.
Do I understand you correctly ?
Answered by Liela from USA | Aug. 27, 2017 21:25

Sorry to tell you, stations will not provide booking service, but I happen to know travelchinaguide has the ticket-booking service, and you can connect them through
Answered by Lisa | Aug. 28, 2017 03:47

The railway stations don't provide the service of ticket booking, so if getting tickets there, they are physical ones. So if you get them for other routes that not depart from the city, CNY5 is needed.
Asked by Hyder from SINGAPORE | Mar. 25, 2017 17:53Reply
What time is the Beijing metro/subway open until? When is the last train from South Railway Station?
Hi, I arrived from Shanghai at 2300hrs into BJ South Train Station.
I want to get to Guang'anmen Inner (Subway Line 7).
Thank you, Sze Sze
Answers (1)
Answered by Johnson from USA | Mar. 29, 2017 21:02

According to the official website, the last train at South Railway Station leaves at 23:15, which will be a little tight for you. You are advised to take taxi to the destination directly. The taxi fare is CNY20-30.
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