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Beijing Railway Station

Beijing Train Station is Beijing's oldest (1959) and most centrally located train station. It is Beijing's main regular train station for regular lines going all over the country and internationally, and it also has bullet train lines towards the northeast.

  • Chinese: 北京站 Běijīng Zhàn /bay-jing jan/
  • Name on train tickets: 北京
  • Address: 13 Hutongjia, Maojiawan, Dongcheng District 东城区毛家湾胡同甲13号
  • Location: 28 km (17 mi) from Capital International Airport, 4 km from the Forbidden City (see our Beijing Railway Station Map)
  • Station size: 14 platforms (2 for bullet trains)

Popular Train Routes

Regular Trains

The low-price sleeper cars are popular with sightseers going to tourist cities such as Shanghai and Harbin:

  • Shanghai 上海, T class, 15 hours, 51 USD (hard bed)
  • Harbin 哈尔滨, Z class, 10 to 11 hours, 44 USD (hard bed)

International Trains

These trains go to Mongolia, to Russia, and to North Korea:

  • Ulaanbaatar — K23 every Saturday
  • Ulaanbaatar and Moscow — K3 every Wednesday
  • Moscow — K19 every Saturday
  • Pyongyang — K27 departing Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

Bullet Trains

Beijing Station serves the HSR (High-Speed Railway) to Northeast China: to Harbin, Shenyang, Dalian, Jilin, etc. The two main lines go to Harbin and Dalian:

  • Harbin 哈尔滨, D class, about 8 hours, 47 USD (second class)
  • Dalian 大连, D class, about 6 hours, 40 USD (second class)

Bullet trains from Beijing South Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station can take you to most of China's popular tourist areas.

Using the Station


Covering an area of 25 hectares (50 football fields), Beijing Railway Station faces a 6,500-sq.-m. (1 football field in area) square to the north. Six VIP halls, one cushioned seat waiting hall, four ordinary waiting halls, and four key passenger waiting halls are available.


  • The second floor holds waiting halls, supermarkets, department stores, and Western and Chinese restaurants:


  • The first floor has platforms and access for passenger arrivals and departures. There are self-service ticket machines, a ticket office, a public address system, and automatic ticket checking machines:


  • The underground area has Beijing Metro Line 2.

Luggage Portage

Ask the service desk staff in the middle of the second floor if you need help getting your luggage on board or for other help. The official porters wear a red cap (10 RMB for a small bag and 20 for a large bag).

For more general guidance on station use...

See How to Get On/Off a Train and 7 Things to Know Before Riding a Train .

Transportation — to/from Beijing Station

Because there are five train stations in Beijing, travelers sometimes go to the wrong station, so be clear about your station when making your way there.

By Taxi

Waiting areas: It is best to use the taxis at the taxi waiting areas for safety and security, since guards are watching. There are two waiting areas. The bigger one is in the northeast corner of the plaza with the greater number of taxis, and a smaller one is across the street.

For specifics on fares etc., see Beijing Taxis.

By Subway

For Beijing South Station (北京南站):

  • Take Line 2 to Xuanwumen Station (宣武门, 4 stops), then Line 4 to Beijing South (3 stops). About 25 minutes.

For Beijing West Station (北京西站):

  • Take Line 2 to Xuanwumen Station (宣武门, 4 stops), then Line 4 to Caishikou Station (菜市口站, 2 stops), then Line 7 to Beijing West (4 stops).

Beijing Capital International Airport (北京首都机场) can be reached by metro in less than an hour:

  • Line 2 to Dongzhimen (东直门), then the Airport Express Line to terminal 2 or 3

The Forbidden City is only 4 kilometers (2½ miles) away, Tian'anmen Square only about half that:

  • Take Line 2 west to Qianmen (前门, 2 stops) and walk north across Tian'anmen Square to the Forbidden City (700m).
  • Walk around the Forbidden City for the West Entrance (1 km) to go in.

For the Badaling Great Wall:

Our Badaling and Ming Tombs day tour provides private transport, a much more convenient alternative to 3 hours or more negotiating public transport, e.g.:

  • Line 2 to Xuanwumen (宣武门, 4 stops), Line 4 to Xizhimen (西直门, 9 stops), and Yanqing S2 Suburban Railway Line to Badaling.

Booking Tickets

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