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Beijing is the country’s largest railway hub, being the center for eight routes in different directions, with international trains leading to North Korea, Mongolia and Russia.

Beijing has four main railway stations  ? Beijing Railway Station, Beijing West Railway Station, Beijing South Railway Station and Beijing North Railway Station  ? which we’re going to introduce below.

Ⅰ. Beijing Railway Station

Beijing Railway Station

Beijing Railway Station

  • Address: Jia 13, Maojiawan Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing (北京东城区毛家湾胡同甲13号)
  • How to get there: Metro line 2 to Beijing Railway Station, line 5 to Chongwenmen, or line 1 to Jianguomen; airport shuttle bus from PEK and NAY

Beijing Railway Station is situated to the south of the Jianguomen Nei Dajie (Jianguomen Avenue), within walking distance of the city center. Many public buses and the subway connect the station with other parts of Beijing. One can take trains to important tourist cities such as Harbin, Xi’an, Shanghai and Guangzhou, or international trains for Pyongyang, Ulaanbaatar and Moscow.

Ⅱ. Beijing West Railway Station

Beijing West Railway Station

Beijing West Railway Station

  • Address: 118, Lianhuachi East Road, Fengtai District, Beijing (北京丰台区莲花池东路118号)
  • How to get there: Metro lines 7 or 9; airport shuttle bus from PEK

The West Train Station of Beijing, or Beijing West for short, beside the Western 3rd Ring Road, was completed early in 1996, and once was the largest railway station in Asia until August 1, 2008, when Beijing South Railway Station was officially opened. It has services to big cities of every province in China.

Ticket Booths at Beijing West

Ticket Booths

Ticket Booths

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

1. North Ticket Hall: This hall, which is located at the east of North Square, is divided into two ticket sub-halls: East Hall and West Hall. The West Hall 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 on the Lower Level 2, west of 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, number 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 number 6 is for those passengers who want to buy tickets from Beijing to Kowloon.

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

5. South Ticket Hall: Located at 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 issues invoices for ticket agencies.

6. Waiting Room Ticket Booths are located in waiting rooms number 4, 5, 6 and 7 on the second floor, and they mainly sell “same-day” surplus tickets.

Get to Hongkong from Beijing West

Self-Service Ticket Machine

Self-Service Ticket Machine

Train T97 goes from Beijing West Station to Kowloon every day, while T98 comes back from there. It takes about 24 hours for a single trip. On the train there are a restaurant car, hard seats, soft seats, hard sleeper and soft sleeper berths, and deluxe soft sleeper berths, which have two berths in a sleeper cabin with a private bathroom. The train includes 9 passenger cars and accommodates 424 passengers. There is a short stop at Guangzhou East Station.

144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

An important fact of Beijing West Railway Station is that it is the only railway station in Beijing where foreign passengers can apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit since December 28, 2017.

Ⅲ. Beijing South Railway Station

Beijing South Railway Station

Beijing South Railway Station

  • Address: 12, Chezhan Road, Fengtai District, Beijing (北京丰台区车站路12号)
  • How to get there: Metro lines 4 or 14; airport shuttle bus from PEK

Beijing South Railway Station is one of the largest high-speed railway stations in Asia. There are two plazas at the South Station, the North Square and the South Square, between which is the subway station.

Ⅳ. Beijing North Railway Station

High Speed Rail

High Speed Rail

  • Address: Xizhimen, Xicheng District, Beijing (北京西城区西直门)
  • How to get there: Metro lines 2, 4, or 13

Beijing North Railway Station, formerly named Xizhimen Railway Station, was originally founded in 1905. It is the key station of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway, the first trunk railway designed and built in China.

The North Station has suspended its passenger transport business since November 1, 2016 for renovation. Beijing Suburban Railway line 2 (the S2 trains) to Badaling Great Wall has been moved to Huangtudian (黄土店) Railway Station. Beijing North Railway Station will be fully rebuilt and upgraded and is expected to reopen in 2019.

There are some other smaller train stations in Beijing such as Fengtai West Railway Station and Changping North Railway Station, from where trains depart to destinations of a shorter distance like Hebei & Inner Mongolia.


  • Ticket-check usually begins half an hour before departure.
  • Ticket-check stops 5 minutes before departure. Please be sure to be at the check-in gate 5 minutes before the departure time.

From Beijing to Major Cities

City Highlights How to get there from Beijing (Bullet train is recommended)
Tianjin Cruises Train: 2 hours; Bullet train: 30 mins
Pingyao Historical ancient town Train: 12 hours; Bullet train: 4 hours; Airline: 3 hours
Xi’an Terracotta Army Train: 12 hours; Bullet train: 5 hours; Airline: 3 hours
Shanghai Ancient and modern journey Train: 15½ hours; Bullet train: 5½ hours; Airline: 3 hours
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Train Journeys From Beijing

Our Customers in Beijing

Our Customers in Beijing

Compared to airplane journeys, train journeys not only show the beautiful scenery along the rails but also save money and improve travel safety. Train journeys are convenient throughout China, so they are very popular among Chinese people. We’ll introduce several classic train routes in China for your reference below:

  • 7-Day Ancient and Modern Journey – Explore the secrets of Chinese emperors at the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven; stand on the Shanghai Tower and get panoramic views of the bund; walk along a water town in Shanghai.
  • 6-Day Historical Beijing and Xi’an Tour – Visit key attractions in Beijing, including the Hutongs and the Great Wall; experience a fantastic bullet train ride from Beijing to Xi’an; immerse yourself in the mystery of the Terracotta Army.
  • 4-Day Pingyao Ancient Town Tour from Beijing – Get an enjoyable high-speed train travel experience; pay a close-up visit to Pingyao Ancient Town; stay at a hotel with unique local style in Pingyao.

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