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 Sep. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Train
Asked by Wilhelmina Isidro from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 15, 2019 03:56Reply
HSR fr Beijing south railway station to shanghai-east Nanjing road near THE BUND?
which train station of HSR should we ride from Beijing south railway station to shanghai - east Nanjing road near THE BUND?
will it be Beijing south railway station to shanghai hongqiao?
or Beijing south railway station to shanghai?
Answers (2)
Answered by Kendall from FRANCE | Sep. 18, 2019 01:35

It is suggested to take bullet train from BJ South Railway Station to Shanghai Railway Station. This station is only around 3km to the East Nanjing Road.
Answered by Wilhelmina Isidro from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 18, 2019 20:26

Many thanks Kendall for the reply :)
Asked by christine Anne hinchco from NZ | Sep. 14, 2019 17:14Reply
What is the closest train station to Beijing Dongcheng?
Answers (1)
Answered by Naomi from USA | Sep. 17, 2019 02:12

It is Beijing Railway station: No.13, Maojiawan Hutong, Dongcheng district.
Asked by Michelle from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 02, 2019 00:22Reply
Which train station in Beijing does the trans Mongolian train leave from?
Answers (1)
Answered by Beverly from RUSSIA | Sep. 03, 2019 23:47

It departs from Beijing Railway Station, which is located at No.13A, Maojiawan Hutong, Dongcheng District.
Asked by REI from JAPAN | Aug. 07, 2019 23:38Reply
Hello, Do the trains shut down like they do in Japan after a certain time?
For example, I arrive at Peking airport at 10:40 how much time will I have to arrive to my location before all public transportation shuts down?
Answers (1)
Answered by Felice from USA | Aug. 11, 2019 19:54

The public transportation stops operating at different time. Do you arrive at 10:40 pm? There are still shuttle bus night lines that can take you to downtown area.
In addition, the airport express train operates until 23:10 from T2 and 22:50 from T3.
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