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Introduction of Beijing Railway Stations

 Beijing Railway Station
Location: No.A13, Maojiawan Hutong, Dongcheng District
Beijing Railway Station is an important hub of the national railway transportation. Covering an area of 25 hectares (61.8 acres), it was initially built in 1901 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Shortly after the birth of New China, this station had been enlarged, in 1959 becoming the biggest passenger transport station of those days. The building was impressively grand, with a combination of rich traditional and modern styles in its architecture. It was considered as one of the ten great constructions in the capital during the 1950s.

This station is located right in the city centre with convenient transports-numerous public buses and trains of the Subway Line 2 pass close to this station. The Beijing underground rail networks lie opposite it and there are buses taking passengers to both the inner and outer of the city. The station itself can hold over 8,000 passengers at any time. Beijing Railway Station is the top grade national station that serves many lines, including Jingshan (Beijing to Shandong), Jingqin (Beijing to Shaanxi), Jinghu (Beijing to Shanghai), Jingcheng (Beijing to Chengde City of Hebei Province), Jingyuan (Beijing to Shanxi) and Jingbao (Beijing to Baotou in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region). There are also international passenger trains that serve the Pyongyang, Ulan Bator and Moscow routes. Moreover, it also serves as a link between the inhabitants of the capital and the rest of the nation, as well as the Chinese people and the rest of the world.

Subway: Subway Line 2 to Beijing Subway Station, and then walk to the Beijing Railway Station.
Bus Route:
1. Bus No.9, 10, 20, 25, 39, 59, 122, 203, 209, 403, 434, 639, 673, 729, 938 to Beijing Railway Station East, and then walk to the Beijing Railway Station.
2. Bus No.24, 403, 420, 457, 637, 639, 640, 668, 673, 674, 692, 728 (Branch), 729, 2 (Special) to Beijingzhanqian Street, and then walk to the Beijing Railway Station.

 Beijing East Railway Station
Location: No.7, Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing East Railway Station mainly serves as a freight station, and also transports passengers. This station is the departure station for Jingbao (Beijing-Baotou City of Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region) Railway Line, Jingcheng (Beijing-Chengde City of Hebei Province) Railway Line and Jingqin (Beijing-Shaanxi Province) Railway Line. Being a gateway in the capital's railway backbone, it plays an important role in transporting passengers, bulk materials and railway shipments.

Bus Route: Bus No.11, 30, 31, 486, 605, 608, 715, 852, 938 (Sepcial), 985, 988 to Beijing East Railway Station North, and then walk to the Beijing East Railway Station.

 Beijing West Railway Station
Location: No.19, Guanglian Lu, Fengtai District
Covering an area of 51 hectares (126 acres), Beijing West Railway Station is the latest in Beijing and the largest in Asia at present. The station lies to the south of the Beijing World Art Museum and China Central Television Station, and the whole building complex assume the shape of the Chinese character '品'. Its operation commenced in October 1995 and in year 2000, the station was expanded.

The construction of this station has greatly relieved the transportation pressure of Beijing Railway Station. Many trains depart from and arrive at this particular station, transporting more than 100,000 passengers a day. About 200,000 passengers would have gone through the station at its peak hours in a day, making it the nation's largest and busiest passenger station. The well-known Jingjiu Railway Line, serving from Beijing to Kowloon, begins at this station, which incidentally has vast parking lots for passengers' convenience.

Trains starting from this station can take you to the Central South China, South China, Southwest China and Northwest China. As a modernized large-scale station, it also has a well-constructed underground rail network that will be connected with the Subway Line 9 . Over at the square, public transportation lines take passengers to each of the urban districts. Beijing West Railway Station is undoubtedly an important showcase of complex rail networks in the capital.

Transportation: Bus Route: Bus No.9, 21, 40, 47, 50, 52, 54, 65, 67, 205, 209, 212, 301, 319, 320, 373, 374, 387, 414, 437, 609, 616, 661, 663, 673, 694, 695, 741, 802, 823, 937(Branch), 937 (Sepcial), 2 (Special) to Beijing West Railway Station.

 Beijing South Railway Station
As its name says, Beijing South Railway Station is located in the south of the capital. In the past, this station was small and located in No.12, Yongwai Avenue, Chongwen District. The history of this station could be traced back to 1897 in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when it was called Yongdingmen Railway Station, or Majiabao Railway Station. Slow trains arrive and depart from this station.

After reconstruction, the largest station of Asia is in service since August 1, 2008. This new station is situated in the borders of Xuanwu District, Chongwen District and Fengtai District. The new station consists of five storeys with two above ground and three underground. The second underground floor and the third underground floor are respectively connected with the stations of the Subway Line 4 and the Subway Line 14 , and passengers can transfer to the subway trains without going out of the railway station.

Over 300 pairs of trains arrive and start from this station. This station serves for the trains of the high-speed railways, including the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway and the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway and direct trains to Jinan and Qingdao. It only takes half an hour and five hours respectively traveling from Beijing to Tianjin and from Beijing to Shanghai.

Bus Route: Bus No.20, 53, 63, 102, 106, 122, 203, 208, 377, 381, 454, 458, 485, 692, 741, 927 Qu (927区), 939, 943, 958, 986, Te 3, Te 5, Yuntong 102 to Beijing South Railway Station.

 Beijing North Railway Station or Xizhimen Station
Built in 1906 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Beijing North Railway Station is a rather small station. It is located near the Xizhimen Subway Station of the Subway Line 2 and the Subway Line 13 . The famous Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway, the first railway of China, starts from this station and provides an important access to the northwest of Beijing; they were both designed and inspected by Zhan Tianyou, the first railway engineer of China.

This station mainly serves the tourist trains to the suburb and nearby location of Beijing City, and the short-distance trains from Beijing to Hebei Province and Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region. At present, this station is under reconstruction, and only a few trains arrive and start from here. In the future, it will be larger and more modern.

Subway: Subway Line 2 or Subway Line 13 to Xizhimen Subway Station, and then walk to the Beijing North Railway Station.
Bus Route:
1. Bus No.21, 331, 375, 387, 392, 490, 604, 650, 693, 743 to Suojiafen, and then walk to the railway station.
2. Bus No.27, 44, 206, 347, 618, 800, 939 to Yutaoyuan, and then walk to the railway station.

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Comments and Questions

hi.i want to go shijiazhuang from beijing.guide me from which station i can get the bullet train

Reply4/4/2015 4:07:10 AMmansoor,   Pakistan

mansoor :5/13/2015 4:17:46 AM

and what is train shedule from beijing east railway station to west station.

Sally :5/13/2015 4:21:18 AM

Bullet trains almost all leave from the West Station and they are available from 07:00 to 22:06. Only one tourist train leaves from the East Station. It is train no. Y511, leaving at 18:19.

I am wondering which train station is closest/most efficient for getting to the Beijing Capital Airport? Thanks!

Reply5/5/2015 12:32:17 AMLyndsay,   China

Julie :5/13/2015 4:22:35 AM

Beijing Railway Station is the closest one and it is easy to reach. Airport shuttle bus line 3 can directly take you from the rail station to PEK.

im arriving at Beijing Main train station coming fr mongolia. what train or bus do i take to capital international airport? how long is travel time? tnx

Reply2/11/2015 2:33:01 PMchito,   Canada

Anisha :2/11/2015 8:49:50 PM

After getting to the train station, you can easily find airport shuttle bus line 3 nearby. It will directly take you to the capital airport and it takes around 50min.

Hi, what train station is the sleeper train (Z) to Harbin? How many minutes is it away from the airport and how much taxi fare from Beijing int'l airport to train station?

Reply11/18/2014 10:41:20 AMTet TetHH,   Philippines

Juana :11/23/2014 1:48:48 AM

Z trains to Harbin can be taken at Beijing Railway Station. To reach there, you can take airport shuttle bus line 3, and it takes 40-50min.

trying to sort out getting from bejing airport to Qingdao

by plane or bullet train how easy is it to get to the railway station for that

Reply10/10/2014 6:22:50 PMgraham nunn,   United Kingdom

Harry :11/8/2014 9:45:37 PM

The direct airplane is a best way to go and many flights are scheduled for this route each day. Besides, you can take shuttle bus line 10 to Beijing South Railway Station. There you can take a bullet train to Qingdao in around 5h.


I booked my Beijing to Datong train tickets via the internet. Train will depart from Beijing Railway Station. Are there any special counters in Beijing Railway Station to collect my paper tickets?

Reply8/10/2014 3:07:07 AMleong,   Malaysia

Anna ( Australia ) :8/10/2014 5:55:22 AM

I remember there is no special counter to collect the ticket. You need show your passport and they will give you a paper ticket.

I'll be arriving at Beijing Railway Station on a Sunday, 08:30 am. Would it be enough time to catch a flight to USA departing 12:00 pm?

Reply7/22/2014 4:17:10 PMMarcelo,   Brazil

Eillen ( Armenia ) :7/27/2014 3:39:44 AM

Just hurry up and you can still catch that. I recommend you take a taxi to the airport upon getting to the railway station.

Where would I check them in? I'm traveling through Beijing South Station, it's difficult to navigate. Do they have porters and persons that can help lift the bags?

Reply7/7/2014 11:26:05 PMdeeXAre

Shelly ( Canada ) :7/10/2014 4:01:15 AM

I am a little confused about your question. Let me know your destination first.

Hello. I am moving from Beijing to Hangzhou. I have lots of large bags and a few boxes. Can I transport my stuff from Beijing to Hangzhou on the train?

Reply6/25/2014 4:49:32 AMDeeXAre,   China

Elina ( Canada ) :6/28/2014 4:52:43 AM

Do you mean that you wanna take them onto the train or consign them to China Railway? For the former case, as long as you can take them onto the train and their sizes are not very large, it is allowed; for the latter case, you can transport them as check-in lugagge for sure!

Please how many minutes will it take a taxi from beijing railway station to get to the south railway station.

Reply6/21/2014 8:15:43 PMtina kafui,   China

Annie ( Australia ) :6/22/2014 4:27:01 AM

If there is no traffic jam, the duration is around 25 to 30 minutes.
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