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Beijing – Pingyao Trains (High-Speed Train and Non-Bullet Train)

If you want to explore the roots of Chinese history and culture, the Beijing – Pingyao route is a must to add to your itinerary. A train trip is a great way to discover the local landscape, culture, and lifestyle in depth.

Both high-speed and normal-speed trains are available from Beijing to Pingyao and vice versa. Here are some things you need to know about how to arrange your train travel for this route, including information about the direct trains, a transfer plan, and other useful train travel tips.

Beijing – Pingyao High-Speed Trains

There are two high-speed trains running between Beijing and Pingyao, one departs in the morning and the other departs in the afternoon. They operate at Beijing West Railway Station and Pingyaogucheng Railway Station, which are different from train stations that serve ordinary trains between Beijing and Pingyao.

beijing to pingyao bullet trainBeijing to Pingyao high-speed train

Beijing – Pingyao High-Speed Train Schedules

(Updated on July 30th, 2019)

Daytime High-Speed Trains Between Beijing and Pingyao
Beijing West - Pingyaogucheng Pingyaogucheng - Beijing West
Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
G605 10:28 14:28 4 h D2004 10:14 15:01 4 h 47 min
D2005 15:29 19:41 4 h 12 min G616 13:42 17:28 3 h 46 min

*The timetable above is for your reference. Check here for up-to-date Beijing – Pingyao bullet train schedules.

Beijing – Pingyao High-Speed Train Ticket Prices

Ticket Type Business Class First Class Second Class
Adult ticket US$103 (698 CNY) US$53 (361 CNY) US$34 (225.5 CNY)
Child ticket US$52 (349 CNY) US$27 (181 CNY) US$17 (113 CNY)

A child fare is 50% of the full price. Child fares apply to children younger than 12 years old and not taller than a height of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet). Read more about children's tickets for China trains.

beijing to pingyao rail route map

beijing to pingyao ordinary trainOrdinary train from Beijing to Pingyao

Beijing – Pingyao Non-Bullet Trains

There are three normal-speed overnight trains running between Beijing and Pingyao. The departure times are from 02:54 to 23:53.

Beijing – Pingyao Overnight Train Schedules

(Updated on July 30th, 2019)

Overnight Trains Between Beijing and Pingyao
Beijing – Pingyao Pingyao – Beijing
Train Number Departure Arrival Duration Train Number Departure Arrival Duration
K961 02:54 15:24 12 h 30 min K962 15:19 04:37 next day 13 h 18 min
K603 17:12 04:49 next day 11 h 37 min K604 17:21 05:33 next day 12 h 12 min
K609 23:53 09:29 next day 9 h 36 min K610 20:02 05:14 next day 9 h 12 min

Beijing – Pingyao train up-to-date train schedules.

Overnight Train Ticket Prices for Beijing – Pingyao Non-Bullet Trains

Ticket Type Soft Sleeper Hard Sleeper Hard Seat
Adult ticket US$42 (285 CNY) US$27 (184 CNY) US$16 (105 CNY)
Child ticket US$32 (214 CNY) US$21 (138 CNY) US$8 (53 CNY)

How to Book Your Train Tickets Between Beijing and Pingyao

Trains between Beijing and Pingyao are very popular. Tickets for those trains sell out very quickly, especially during holidays. It is recommended that you book your train tickets in advance with a travel agency like China Highlights.

As well as a ticket booking service, our professional travel advisors provide a one-to-one service and after-sales support to make your trip run smoothly.

How to Choose Beijing – Pingyao Train Types and Seat Classes

second class seatSecond class carriage

1. High-speed trains in China are faster, smoother, and more comfortable than overnight trains. Compared to high-speed trains' new and modern facilities, normal trains are relatively old and in poor condition.

2. The hard seat class on a normal overnight train is the cheapest of all the classes. It is not recommended to book a hard seat ticket from Beijing to Pingyao.

3. A hard sleeper (six berths in an open plan compartment) is more cost-effective than a soft sleeper (four berths in a private compartment). However, a soft sleeper is more comfortable and provides more privacy. If you have four people in your group, you can have the whole compartment to yourselves.

4. High-speed trains between Beijing and Pingyao depart from/arrive at Pingyaogucheng Railway Station, which is a long way from the city center and Pingyao Ancient City. The most convenient way to get to the downtown area is to get a taxi. Here is a bilingual note that you can show to your taxi driver to take you to Pingyaogucheng Railway Station:

  • Chinese: 你好,请你送我到平遥古城站,谢谢!
  • English: Please drive me to Pingyaogucheng Railway Station, thank you!

Read more about how to choose China train types and seat classes.

Public Transportation to Train Stations

Beijing Railway Station = “北京站”

The Beijing Train Station, China TrainBeijing Railway Station
  • It is the terminus of three overnight trains running between Beijing and Pingyao.
  • Located in the city center, it's only 4 kilometers southeast of the Forbidden City and 30 kilometers southwest of Beijing Capital International Airport.

Taking a taxi or subway train are two of the most convenient ways to get around Beijing. It is very easy to take Beijing Subway Line 2 from Beijing Railway Station to Wangfujing and Tian'anmen Square.

The subway also connects Beijing Railway Station to the other two important stations of Beijing South and Beijing West.

Beijing West Railway Station = “北京西站”

  • It is the terminus of high-speed trains between Beijing and Pingyao.
  • Located in Fengtai District, it's 8 kilometers (5 miles) southwest of the Forbidden City and 36 kilometers southwest of Beijing Capital International Airport.
  • Subway to and from this station: Beijing Subway Line 7 and Line 9

Pingyao Railway Station = "平遥站"

  • It is the terminus for all overnight trains between Beijing and Pingyao.
  • Located in the center of the city, it is adjacent to Pingyao Ancient City.
  • You can walk from Pingyao Railway Station to Pingyao Ancient City in just 10 minutes.
Pingyaogucheng Railway Station, China TrainPingyaogucheng Railway Station

Pingyaogucheng Railway Station = “平遥古城站”

  • Pingyaogucheng Railway Station is designated for high-speed trains to and from Pingyao.
  • Located on the southeast outskirts of the city, it's 8 kilometers (5 miles) to Pingyao Ancient City.
  • It is a long way from the city center.
  • By bus: 108
  • By taxi: Taking a taxi is the most convenient and fastest way of getting from Pingyaogucheng Railway Station to Pingyao Ancient City. It costs around 5 USD (30 CNY) for a one-way ticket.

Please note: there are two train stations in Pingyao — be clear about which station your train departs from/arrives at.

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