There are eight railway stations in Beijing. Beijing Railway Station, Beijing South Railway Station, Beijing West Railway Station and Beijing North Railway Station are the main train stations serving the city. The other three small stations are Qinghe Railway Station, Badaling Railway Station and Badaling Great Wall Station. Here is the introduction of the main train stations.
Beijing Railway Station is located in the city center, near the Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. It is about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from Beijing South Railway Station and 27 kilometers (17 miles) from Capital International Airport.
Beijing Railway Station is one of the main train stations in Beijing, serving high-speed trains and regular trains from Beijing to Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenyang and other major cities in China. It also serves international trains from Beijing to Moscow, Ulaanbaatar and Vietnam.
You can take subway line 2 to get to Beijing Railway Station or bus 24, Airport Shuttle Bus Line 3, or the Airport Bus Line. By taxi, it takes about 10 minutes from Tian’anmen Square and 30–40 minutes from Capital International Airport.
If you go to the Beijing Station by subway, you will arrive at the north of the station. Buses arrive at various locations outside the station. Taxis stop at the station’s front square.
If you already have a ticket, you can enter the station directly with your passport. If not, go to the ticket office to buy a ticket on the west of the terminal building. Once inside, find your waiting room using your ticket information and the LED screens.
Opened in 2008, Beijing South Railway Station is the second busiest and the most-heaviest used train station in Beijing. It is 7 kilometers (4 miles) to Tian’anmen Square and 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Beijing Capital International Airport.
Beijing South Railway Station is a high-speed train station, mainly operates high-speed trains to/from Shanghai, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Qinghuangdao, Harbin, Changchun, Nanjing, Qingdao and Ningbo.
You can take subway line 4 and 14 to Beijing South Railway Station, bus 20, 84, 102, 106, 381, 458, or Night 17 to the north entrance, or bus 343, 529, 652, 665, Te 5, Te 8, Te 17, Night 15, or Night 24 to the south entrance. By taxi, it takes about 15 minutes from Tian’anmen Square or 35 minutes from Capital International Airport.
If you go to Beijing South by subway, you will arrive at-1F (the level under the station). Buses arrive at various locations outside the station. Taxis stop at the station’s front square.
If you don’t have a ticket, the ticket office is on -1F (floor -1).If you have a ticket, enter the station directly from the south or north entrance with your passport. Then take the escalator to 2F (floor 2) where the waiting rooms are located. Find your waiting room using your ticket information and the LED screens.
Beijing West Railway Station is the largest one in the city. It is 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the city center and 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Beijing Capital International Airport.
Beijing West train station serves high-speed trains and regular trains to most cities in the south, southwest, and northwest of the country, including Hong Kong, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Changsha, Guilin, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Hohhot, Jinan, Urumqi, and Kunming.
You can take subway lines 7 and 9 to get to Beijing West Railway Station. You will get off on the basement level (-1F), then you should take the escalators to floor 2 (2F) where the waiting rooms are.
If you take a taxi (show the driver the Chinese), you will get off at the north or south square of the station. Enter the building and then take the escalators to the waiting room.
Buses 3, 9, 21, 40, and 50 go to Beijing West Station.
Beijing West Railway Station has two access squares: North Square (in front, most popular) and South Square (behind, less-used). They are connected by underground passages of up to 500 meters.
The second floor (F2) has waiting rooms, stores, restaurants, a left-luggage office, a luggage porter service, a medical center, and a ticket office selling group tickets and tickets to Hong Kong. The entrances of South Square and North Square are both equipped with escalators.
The first floor (F1) has the entrances (with security/ticket checks) and exits, a train ticket office, a luggage consignment office, a luggage claim office, a joint Entry-Exit Inspection Hall, and platforms.
Basement 1 (-1F) has subway transfer halls, taxi stands, exits to squares.
Basement 2 (-2F) has a subway ticket office, exits to squares, subway lines, taxi stands, bus station exit, and luggage claim.
After three years of renovation, Beijing North Railway Station was reopened in 2019. It is about 8 kilometers (5 miles) to Tian’anmen Square and 30 kilometers (19 miles) to Beijing Capital International Airport.
Beijing North Railway Station is the terminus of Beijing - Zhangjiakou High Speed Railway. It mainly operates high-speed trains to Zhangjiakou, Hohhot, Datong and Badaling Great Wall.
Transportation to Beijing North Railway Station: subway line 2, line 4 and line 13 connects Beijing Railway Station to other three main train stations, the airport and major tourist attractions in the city.
Sleeper trains between China and Vietman connect Beijing/Nanning and Gia Lam, Hanoi.
Two international trains running between China and Russia including Trans-Mongolian Railway.