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Beijing – Tianjin Bullet Train — Duration, Price, Stations, and Timetable

The Beijing–Tianjin line is the first permanently operational passenger high-speed rail route with trains traveling over 300 kilometers (186 miles) an hour in China. These two cities are neighboring and plenty of high-speed trains are in service. There are two main types of high-speed trains on this line, G trains and C trains, with similar speeds and a small price difference.

  • Distance: 122 kilometers (76 miles)
  • Shortest duration: 33 minutes
  • Number of trains: 147 pairs of high-speed trains

Tables of Train Frequency, Duration, and Price at Different Terminals

There are different terminals in each city for high-speed trains. The price differs for different routes; please see below.
1 Beijing Terminal:

tanggu station Tanggu Railway Station
  • Beijing South Railway Station ("北京南 Beijing Nan" on tickets)

5 Tianjin Terminals:

  • Tianjin Railway Station ("天津 Tianjin" on tickets)
  • Tianjin South Railway Station ("天津南 Tianjin Nan" on tickets)
  • Tianjin West Railway Station ("天津西 Tianjin Xi" on tickets)
  • Tanggu Railway Station ("塘沽 Tanggu" on tickets)
  • Yujiapu Railway Station ("于家堡 Yujiapu" on tickets)

beijing-tianjin high speed railway map

(Updated on July 6th, 2016.)

From Beijing City to Tianjin City

Depart Arrive  First Train – Last Train
Train Type and Quantity
Average Interval
(h:mm)
Journey Time
(h:mm)
Coach Class Price: CNY (USD approx.)
G/D Train C Train

Beijing South

Tianjin

06:01 – 23:05
89 G/C trains 

0:11

0:35 to 0:41

2nd class ¥58.5 ($9) ¥54.5 ($8)
1st class ¥96 ($15) ¥65.5 ($10)
Superior class ¥110 ($17) ¥93.5 ($14)
Business class ¥184 ($28) ¥174 ($27)

Tianjin South

06:21 – 20:58
41 G trains

0:21

0:34 to 0:49

2nd class ¥54.5 ($8) --
1st class ¥94.5 ($15) --
Business class ¥174.5 ($27) --

Tianjin West

07:30 – 22:10
14 G/C trains 

1:02

0:35 to 0:49 

2nd class ¥54.5 ($8) ¥54.5 ($8)
1st class ¥94.5 ($15) ¥65.5 ($10)
Superior class ¥104.5 ($16) ¥93.5 ($14)
Business class ¥174.5 ($27) ¥174.5 ($27)
09:40
1 D train
0:00 1:07  2nd class  ¥41 ($6)   --

Tanggu

18:18 – 20:26
2 C trains

2:08

0:55  to
0:59

2nd class -- ¥73 ($11)
1st class -- ¥96.5 ($15)
Business class -- ¥232 ($36)

Yujiapu

07:23 – 20:26
7 C trains

1:51

0:57 to 1:09 

2nd class -- ¥75 ($12)
1st class -- ¥100.5 ($15)
Business class -- ¥239 ($37)

From Tianjin City to Beijing City

Depart Arrive  First Train – Last Train
Train Type and Quantity
Average Interval
(h:mm)
Journey Time
(h:mm)
Coach Class Price: CNY (USD approx.)
G/D Train C Train

Tianjin

 Beijing South

06:18 – 22:52
92 G/C trains 

0:10

0:35 to 0:54 

2nd class ¥58.5 ($9) ¥54.5 ($8)
1st class ¥96 ($15) ¥65.5 ($10)
Superior class ¥110 ($17) ¥93.5 ($14)
Business class ¥184 ($28) ¥174 ($27)

Tianjin South

07:47 – 23:04
47 G trains

0:19

0:33 to 0:48

2nd class ¥54.5 ($8) --
1st class ¥94.5 ($15) --
Business class ¥174.5 ($27) --

Tianjin West

06:00 – 19:46
12 G/C trains

1:08

0:35 to 0:40 

2nd class ¥54.5 ($8) ¥54.5 ($8)
1st class ¥94.5 ($15) ¥65.5 ($10)
Superior class ¥104.5 ($16) ¥93.5 ($14)
Business class ¥174.5 ($27) ¥174.5 ($27)
17:48  
1 D train
0:00 1:08   2nd class  ¥41 ($6)   --

Tanggu

09:04 – 20:26 
4 C trains

2:50

0:54  to 0:55

2nd class -- ¥73 ($11)
1st class -- ¥96.5 ($15)
Business class -- ¥232 ($36)

Yujiapu

07:18 – 21:52
8 C trains

1:49

0:56 to 1:05

2nd class -- ¥75 ($12)
1st class -- ¥100.5 ($15)
Business class -- ¥239 ($37)
  • 2nd class: 5 seats in a row, the cheapest ticket class for high-speed trains
  • 1st class: 4 seats in a row, the most recommended
  • Business class: 3 seats in a row, the most luxurious and comfortable
  • Superior class: 8 seats in a carriage giving the best scenic views. Not all high-speed trains offer superior class seats.

High-Speed Trains are the Most Recommended Way to Travel

There are also buses in service between Beijing and Tianjin. However, we recommend that you take a high-speed train from Beijing to Tianjin / Tianjin to Beijing. See a brief comparison below:

  • High-speed train journey times are much faster than a bus
  • Train ticket prices are similar to bus tickets
  • Train stations are very close to the city center
High-Speed Train Long-Distance Bus
Shortest Duration 33 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes
Ticket Price 65.5 yuan (10 USD) for a 1st class seat
(Depart/arrive at Tianjin Railway Station)
60 yuan (9 USD)
(From Sihui Bus Station to Tongsha Bus Station)
Distance to City Center Beijing South Railway Station: 7 km
Tianjin Railway Station: 8 km
Beijing Sihui Bus Station: 9 km
Tianjin Tongsha Bus Station: 8 km

Choose a Suitable Train to Save Time and Money

bullet train
  • Choose a train route that saves your time and money when taking a taxi to the city center. There are many stations available in Tianjin, and we recommend that you buy a train ticket departing from/to Tianjin Railway Station, which is the closest terminal to Tianjin city center.
  • You are recommended to choose a train that allows you to arrive at the train station 2 hours before its departure. This is because the train stations are very large and it takes time to navigate and negotiate the security checks and lines.

Buy Train Tickets Online or at Train Stations

passport and train ticketsValid ID is required when buying a ticket AND boarding a train.

Valid ID is required when buying a ticket AND boarding a train:

  • Foreign passengers: passport
  • Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan passengers: Mainland Travel Permit

Online Booking — the Most Convenient Way

You can book train tickets online easily through China Highlights Train Ticket Service. We provide detailed and helpful English guidance, a 24/7 service, and also a ticket delivery service. You only need to complete three steps to get your train tickets.

Alternatively, you can contact your travel advisor to help you buy the train tickets, which is also very convenient.

Go to the Right Train Station

Train routes depart/arrive at different terminals, and there are several railway stations in Tianjin. Different train numbers require you to board/get off at different terminals.

There is 1 terminal in Beijing and 5 main terminals in Tianjin, which can be traveled to by taxi, as detailed below:

Getting to Beijing South Railway Station by Taxi

Beijing South Railway Station is about 7 kilometers (4 miles) from Tian'anmen Square and 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Beijing Capital International Airport.

Taxi Stand Cost Journey
Tian'anmen Square 25 yuan (4 USD) 20 minutes
Beijing Capital International Airport 130 yuan (20 USD) 1 hour

Getting to Tianjin Railway Station by Taxi

There are about 90 high-speed trains departing from Tianjin Railway Station every day. The station is located in the city center.

Taxi Stand Cost Journey
Tianjin West Railway Station 15 yuan (2 USD)   20 minutes
Tianjin South Railway Station 55 yuan (8 USD)  1 hour
Tianjin Binhai Intl Airport 45 yuan (7 USD)  30 minutes

Getting to Tianjin South Railway Station by Taxi

There are also many high-speed trains departing from Tianjin South Railway Station. It's a longer distance from the city center, being about 1 hour's drive.

Taxi Stand Cost Journey
Tianjin Railway Station 55 yuan (8 USD) 1 hour
Tianjin West Railway Station 45 yuan (7 USD) 30 minutes
Tianjin Binhai Intl Airport 105 yuan (16 USD) 1 hour

Getting to Tianjin West Railway Station by Taxi                            

Taxi Stand Cost Journey
Tianjin Railway Station 15 yuan (2 USD)   20 minutes
Tianjin South Railway Station 45 yuan (7 USD) 30 minutes
Tianjin Binhai Intl Airport 70 yuan (11 USD) 45 minutes

Getting to Tanggu Railway Station by Taxi

Not many high-speed trains depart/arrive at Tanggu Railway Station, and trains that pass Tanggu Railway Station will finally stop at Yujiapu Railway Station.

These two stations are close, within 15 minutes' drive by car.      

Taxi Stand Cost Journey
Yujiapu Railway Station 14 yuan (2 USD) 12 minutes
Tianjin Binhai Intl Airport 100 yuan (15 USD) 45 minutes
Tianjin Intl Cruise Home Port 75 yuan (12 USD) 45 minutes

Getting to Yujiapu Railway Station by Taxi

Yujiapu Railway Station is not very close to Tianjin city center. It's the last stop on the Beijing – Tianjin high-speed railway line. Some trains from Beijing will also pass through other train stations, such as Tianjin Railway Station and Tanggu Railway Station.

Yujiapu Railway Station is close to Tianjin Cruise Port. This railway station is very convenient for travelers who arrive in China via a cruise to Tianjin and then go to Beijing.

Taxi Stand Cost Journey
Tanggu Railway Station 14 yuan (2 USD) 12 minutes
Tianjin Binhai Intl Airport 115 yuan (18 USD) 50 minutes
Tianjin Intl Cruise Home Port 60 yuan (9 USD) 35 minutes

Western-Style Toilets Are Available on High-Speed Trains!

high speed train facilities

Chinese toilets are one of the biggest issues for a foreign traveler in China. Don't worry! Western-style toilets are set at the end of each carriage and are equipped with toilet paper. However, they may occasionally run out of toilet paper, so you are recommended to take your own, just in case.

Train Travel Ideas on the Beijing – Tianjin Line, Cruise from/to Tianjin

tianjin port Tianjin Cruise Port

If you are taking a cruise that departs/arrives at Tianjin Cruise Port, please see our travel ideas below for inspiration:

If you want to adjust the itinerary, we can tailor-make it for you. We can help you arrange your tour according to your interests and requirements.

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