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Beijing South Railway Station

Written by FabioUpdated Jun. 11, 2021

Beijing South Train Station serves as the primary hub for high-speed rail lines heading east, south, and northeast Chinese cities. While it stands as one of Asia's substantial railway stations, it doesn't quite match the scale of Beijing West Station, which primarily handles westward and southwest-bound lines. Impressively, approximately 15 million passengers embark on their train journeys from Beijing South Station each year.

Rising to a height of 40 meters, Beijing South Station boasts an architectural design reminiscent of the iconic Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests in the Forbidden City. This station enjoys close proximity to the historic Forbidden City, and travelers can easily reach this magnificent site via subway within a mere 30-minute ride from the station.

  • Chinese: 北京南站 Běijīng Nán Zhàn /bay-jing nan jan/
  • Name on train tickets: 北京南
  • Address: 12 Yongwai Avenue, Fengtai District 丰台区永外大街12号
  • Location: 7 km (4 mi) southwest of the Forbidden City;
    35 km (22 mi) west of Beijing Capital International Airport
  • Station size: 13 platforms and 24 railway lines
Beijing Nan South on Map

Popular Trains to Other Cities

Lines and trains: It is a good choice for going to Shanghai (both bullet and regular), Tianjin, and other points east and southwards: Nanjing, Fuzhou, Tangshan, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Xuzhou, etc.

Travel time: It only takes about 5 hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai, Qingdao and Suzhou, and about 6 hours to Hangzhou by G trains.

See the popular bullet train travel routes from Beijing South Railway Station for some ideas for planning trips in China:

Seat types on Beijing – Hong Kong Overnight Train

Train Schedules and Ticket Fares

(Last updated on September 19th)

Destinations Train Numbers Departure Travel Time Ticket Fares
1st Class/2nd Class
Shanghai G102, G1, G12, G18... in total 43 trains per day 06:37 to 21:21 4 to 6 hours USD135/USD80
Tianjin C2551, C2561, C2015, C2061... in total 157 trains per day 06:00 to 23:01 30 minutes USD9/USD13
Changchun G239, G381, G4727, G399... in total 6 trains per day 07:35 to 17:00 5 to 6 hours USD63/USD102
Fuzhou G27, G325, G303, G301... in total 6 trains per day 08:10 to 12:30 7 to 10 hours USD103/USD173
Harbin G381, G4727, G393 07:55 to 10:50 6 to 7 hours USD78/USD126
Hefei G261, G265, G355, G263... in total 15 trains per day 07:08 to 19:15 3 to 5 hours USD63/USD106
Hangzhou G57, G19, G55, G165... in total 15 trains per day 07:15 to 19:04 4 to 6 hours USD90/USD150
Jinan G101, G5, G471, G261... in total 92 trains per day 06:36 to 21:00 1 to 2 hours USD28/USD48
Nanjing G101, G5, G57, G105... in total 56 trains per day 06:36 to 22:44 3 to 5 hours USD64/USD108
Shenyang G383, G381, G219, G395... in total 11 trains per day 07:35 to 17:00 3 to 5 hours USD43/USD69
Xiamen G355, G323, G325 08:40 to 12:05 around 11 hours USD118/USD198
Suzhou G101, G107, G113, G117... in total 23 trains per day 06:36 to 17:36 4 to 5 hours USD76/USD137
Qinhuangdao G383, G381, G387, G395... in total 9 trains per day 07:35 to 20:31 around 2 hours USD26/USD44

Station Plan

  • 2F: waiting hall, boarding gates, ticket office, restaurants
  • 1F: platforms, transfer channels
  • -1F: station lobby, ticket offices
  • -2F: subway platforms
  • -3F: subway platforms

beijing south railway station, waiting hall

Using the Station

See our plan view to navigate futuristically-designed Beijing South Station.

Beijing South Station Plan View 1

Beijing South Station Plan View 2

Check-in time: Please allow sufficient time to perform the departure procedures and check your baggage.

Luggage portage: Ask the help and information desk staff at the east entrance if you need help getting your luggage on board or for other help.

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

Transportation - to/from Beijing South Station

Since there are several train/bus stations in Beijing, be clear about which station you want when asking directions or taking a cab.

The subway is cheap and convenient, but a taxi may be preferable if you have a lot to carry. For specifics on taxi fares etc., see Beijing Taxis. Buses are not recommended if you are unfamiliar with Chinese and the city.

By Subway

Lines 4 and 14 meet at the Beijing South Station. Line 4 connects with Xidan (one of the most popular shopping centers in Beijing), Xizhimen (the main subway hub, where you can change to Line 2 or Line 13), and many famous attractions and transport hubs in Beijing.

Note that these lines get packed from about 7:30 am to 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

To Beijing Station:

  • Line 4 to Xuanwumen (宣武门, 3 stops), then Line 2 to Beijing Railway Station (北京站, 4 stops). The journey takes about 25 minutes.

To Beijing West Station:

  • Line 4 to Caishikou (菜市口, 2 stops), then Line 7 to Beijing West Station (北京西站, 4 stops)

To Capital International Airport:

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

  • Metro: Line 4 to Xuanwumen station (宣武门, 3 stops), Line 2 to Dongzhimen station (东直门, 8 stops), then Airport Express to Beijing Capital International Airport (首都机场, 2 stops).

To Daxing International Airport:

Beijing Daxing International Airport (北京大兴机场) can be reached by metro in just over an hour:

  • Metro: Line 4 to Jiaomenxi station (角门西, 2 stops), Line 10 to Caoqiao station (草桥, 1 stop), then New Airport Express to Beijing Daxing International Airport (大兴机场, 2 stops).

To the Forbidden City:

The Forbidden City marks the center of Beijing, and is not far from Beijing South (about 30 minutes):

  • Metro: Line 4 to Xidan station (西单, 4 stops), Line 1 to Tian'anmen East station (天安门东, 2 stops), then walk to the entrance of the Forbidden City
  • Bus: Take a 20 bus to Tian'anmen East station. The bus journey might be a little longer at 45 minutes, but you don't need to transfer.

To the Great Wall:

badaling great wallThe Great Wall at Badaling is about 60 km from central Beijing.

Badaling's Great Wall section is one of the top historical sites in China. Our Badaling and Ming Tombs day tour provides private transport and you can modify the itinerary to go to other places too. The journey by public transport may take about 3 hours if you manage the time and transport well.

  • Line 4 to Xizhimen (西直门, 9 stops), then Yanqing S2 Suburban Railway Line to Badaling.

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