Beijing Transport

Last updated by david at 2014/4/9

Beijing is one of the country's railway centers. The Beijing Train Station is situated to the south of the Jian Guo Men Nei Da Jie (Jianguomen Avenue), within walking distance to the center of the city. Many public buses and the subway connect the station with other parts of Beijing. One can take trains to such important tourist cities such as Harbin, Shanghai and Xian. The West Train Station of Beijing at the Lianghuachi East Road, opened in 1996, and is the largest train station in Asia. This station has services to bigger cities in every province. There are 140 arrival & departures daily and delivers 150, 000 to 180, 000 passengers each day. During such peak season as the  Spring Festival and the National Holidays, number may go up to 400, 000. There are some other smaller train stations in Beijing such as the South Train Station and the Xizhimen Train Station from where trains depart to destinations of a shorter distance like Hebei & Inner Mongolia for example.

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Beijing West Train Station - the largest train station in China

Railway Tickets Offices in Beijing

Beixinqiao Ticketing Office
Address: Dongsi Bei Da jie 88
Mainly for sale of railway route of Jing – Shan, Jing – Lu, Jing – Lu, Jing –Bao and Jing – Cheng etc. Hard seat ticket only, except to Tianjing. (Normally train tickets can be bought five days prior to the date of departure.)
Service hotline: 64043460

Haidian Ticket Office
Address: Next to the People's University in Haidian District
Mainly for sale of tickets in advance.
Service hotline: 62552066

Xinanmen Ticket Office
Address: To the south of the Beijing North Railway Station
Mainly for sale of tickets in advance.

The Ticket Office at the Beijing Railway station
Address: Beijing Railway Station
Mainly for sale of tickets in advance.
Service hotline: 51019999

The Ticket Office at the Beijing West Railway station
Address: Beijing West Railway station
Mainly for sale of tickets in advance.
Service hotline: 51826273

The Ticket Office at the Beijing North Railway station
Address: Beijing North railway Station
Mainly for sale of tickets in advance.
Service hotline: 65636223   65636122

The Ticket Office at the Beijing south Railway station
Address: Beijing South Railway station
Mainly for sale of tickets in advance.
Service hotline: 65636222

Beijing Railway Stations

Beijing West Railway Station

General Features:

Name: Beijing West Railway Station.
Address: East Lianhuachi Road, Fengtai District, Beijing. Beside the West 3rd Ring Road.
Location:2,372 kilometers away from Shenzhen Railway Station; 1,254 kilometers away from Harbin Railway Station; 1,468 kilometers away from Shanghai Railway Station.
Number of platforms: 10.
Passenger services: Luggage check-in and parcel shipping.
Passenger Capacity: 200,000 passengers a day.

Overview

The Beijing West Railway Station, or Beijing West for short, was completed in early 1996. It is one of three major railway stations in Beijing. There are also small train stations. Beijing has the most advanced and extensive railway lines in the country. It’s main gate is a huge building that looks like a big gate. It’s so big that it is kind of disorientating to walk around in it. It was the largest railway station in Asia until August 1, 2008 when the Beijing South Railway Station was officially opened. The Beijing West Railway Station was still the busiest railway station in China in terms of passenger use per day in 2009. Trains from Beijing going to central, south, southwest and northwest China leave from this station. The cities served include: Hong Kong (Kowloon), Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Nanchang, Chengdu, Guiyang, Zunyi, Chongqing, Changsha, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guilin, Nanning, Hohhot, Xining, Jinan, Urumqi, Kunming, Hangzhou and part of Shanghai.

Beijing West Railway Station has two plazas in the front: the North Square and the South Square. The South Square is near Lianhuachi Park and the North Square is one kilometer away from the China Millennium Monument. The entrance and major ticket offices are situated in the North Square. Passengers who get into the station from the South Square should walk through the underground passage leading to the North Square and then enter the West Station. There are two exits in Lower Level 2: North Exit 1 is in the east and North Exit 2 is in the west. The luggage claim office is located in the West-Wing Building of the North Square and the luggage check-in counter is in the East Wing. Also there are many bus stations in both squares. There are plans to connect the Beijing Railway Station with the Beijing West Railway Station.

Underground Taxi Station

The taxi area in the Beijing West Railway Station is located underground. Passengers can get taxis at the Taxi Dispatch Center in Lower Level 2 and Lower Level 1 east of the north exit. There is another Taxi Dispatch Center under the east helical ramp of the North Square. Due to the heavy traffic on the North Square of the Beijing West Railway Station, there are no official taxi lanes on the street in front of the square. Taxis are not supposed to stop there, but taxis do go there to pick up passengers anyway.

Transport to the Other Railway Stations

There are three major railway stations in Beijing: Beijing Railway station, Beijing West Railway station and Beijing South Railway station. Trains leaving for most cities of China depart from the three stations. The Beijing North Railway Station, formerly known as the Xizhimen Railway Station, is now a small (Tier-III) station managed by the Beijing Railway Bureau that provides regular intercity train services to the north and northwest. It is also the southern terminus for the  Beijing Suburban Railway.

Beijing Railway Station

Passengers can take Bus No. 9, No. 673, Special No. 2 and No. 52 in the North Square to get to Beijing Railway Station directly. To take the subway, walk northwards from the North Square to the “Military Museum” Station on West Chang’an Avenue and take Beijing Subway Line 1 and get off at the Fuxingmen Station and then transfer to Beijing Subway Line 2 and get off at the Beijing Railway Station.

Beijing South Railway Station

Passengers can take Bus No. 72 or Bus No. 122 that goes to the Beijing South Railway Station. Bus No. 53 and No. 741 pass by the South Station.

Beijing North Railway Station

Passengers can walk northwards from the North Square to the “Military Museum” Station on West Chang’an Avenue. Take Beijing Subway Line 1 and get off at the “Fuxingmen” Station and then transfer to Beijing Subway Line 2 and get off at the “Xizhimen” Station. Bus No. 21 can also take passengers to the “Xizhimen South” Station.

Ticket Booths

All tickets for trains departing from Beijing West Railway Station, Beijing Railway Station, Beijing South Railway Station and Beijing North Railway Station within four days can be bought at Beijing West Railway Station. Also, tickets for trains departing from other places in the railway network of the country in 20 days are available in the ticket booths here. The location and functions of the ticket booths are as follows:

1. North Ticket Hall: The Hall, which is located in the east of the North Square, is divided into 2 ticket sub-halls: East Hall and West Hall. It mainly provides general ticket services for passengers. The East Hall provides special services for passengers. There is a priority window for servicemen and journalists, a window for non-stop express train reservations, a window for elderly people, a window for foreigners and a window for visa issues. There is also a Stationmaster window. The Service Window deals with complaints and questions from passengers and helps passengers to change their tickets for other trains. There is a ticket window for group reservations, a ticket window for disabled passengers, and a platform ticket window.

2. The Ticket Office for Transfers is located in the Lower Level 2 west of the North Exit 1.  Passengers can transfer their tickets, buy and return tickets and get refunds there.

3. The Ticket Booth for Group Reservations is located in the east of the hall on the second floor. Groups or contracted companies book tickets there. Among the service windows, No. 2 is for VIPs, NPC (National People’s Congress) members, CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) members and All-purpose Card holders. Service window No. 6 is for those passengers who want to buy tickets from Beijing to Kowloon.

4. Ticket Booths at the Exits: At the North Exit 1 and the North Exit 2 of the Lower Level 2, these booths can facilitate for passengers just getting off the train. They mainly serve passengers with transfer tickets for trains departing from the Beijing Railway Station, Beijing South Railway Station and Beijing North Railway Station. Tickets of trains departing from Beijing West Railway Station are also sold at the booths.

5. South Ticket Hall: Located in the western part of the South Square of the Station, it mainly provides tickets for individuals, group reservation service and ticket agency service. There are some special service windows such as a ticket window for group reservations, a ticket window for Non-stop Express Train reservations and a service window that provides invoices for ticket agencies.

6. Waiting Room Ticket Booths are located in Waiting Room No 4, No 5, No 6 and No 7 on the second floor, and they mainly sell ‘same-day’ surplus tickets.

Special Waiting Rooms

• The waiting room for soft-seat passengers is on the second floor on the east side of the Entrance Hall.
• The waiting room for servicemen and groups is on the second floor on the east side of the Entrance Hall.
• Waiting Room 036 is on the second floor in the west of the Entrance Hall. It mainly provides service for those who are old, weak, ill or disabled. It is also a place for mothers to take little children, and there is a children’s playground.
• Waiting Room for Train T27 is for those who hold tickets to Lhasa.

Special Services:

“Red Hat Luggage Delivery” service is provided by the Beijing West Station Technology and Trade Company at the Entrance Hall on the second floor and North Exit 1. It can help passengers to board their luggage on the train. They charge passengers 5 RMB for one piece of luggage.

A “Temporary Deposit Service for Small Pieces of Luggage” is provided by the Beijing West Station Technology and Trade Company at both sides of the Entrance Hall on the second floor. They can help passengers keep their valuable small items safe. The valuables are stored in electronic boxes, and the service charges per duration of use.

Travel Tips:

1) Ticket check-in usually begins half an hour before the departure time.
2) Ticket check-in stops 5 minutes before departure. Please be sure to be at the check-in gate 5 minutes before the departure time.                                                                                                                                                                                                     3) Beijing-Tianjin inter-city train takes only about half an hour from Beijing to Tianjin.

Beijing-Hongkong/Hongkong-Beijing

The Train T97 goes from Beijing to Kowloon every day and T98 goes the other direction. It takes about 24 hours for a single trip. In the train, there is a restaurant car, hard seats, soft seats, hard sleepers, soft sleepers, and deluxe soft sleepers that are two-berth sleeper cabins with a private bathroom. The train includes 9 passenger cars, accommodating 424 passengers. There is a short stop at the Guangzhou East Station.

Bullet Trains between Beijing west and Xi'an north

From April 4th, 2012, there are Bullet trains between Xi’an north and Beijing west, which takes about 8 hours and 47 minutes, which include D32 and D31. The bullet trains travel from Xi’an north at 12:55 and get to Beijing west at 21:42. It costs 493 yuan for the first-class seats and 357 yuan for the second-class seat.

 

 

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