Beijing Travel Essentials: Beijing Station
Beijing Station 北京站
Beijing's main train station has train departures for many cities connected to the rail network throughout China such as Chengde, Harbin, Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Shanghai as well as a number of foreign destinations including Moscow in Russia, Pyongyang in North Korea (DPRK) and Ulaan Bator in Mongolia.
Trains for Vietnam, Tibet and Hong Kong leave from the more modern Beijing West Station. Other stations in Beijing include Beijing North Train Station (Tel: 6563 6122; 6563 6223) and Beijing South Station (Tel: 6563 5222).
Read more about Beijing to Lhasa trains.
Beijing Station Connections
The nearest subway station serving Beijing's main station is Beijingzhan (Beijing Station) on the Circle Line (Line 2). Beijing city buses stop mostly on on Zhanqian Street near Beijing Station.
Beijing Station is extremely busy and somewhat daunting for the first time visitor. There is a ticket office for foreigners open from 5.30am-11pm daily near the soft seat waiting room.
Tickets for trains from Beijing Station can be booked up to four days in advance and often your hotel can help you with advanced bookings.
There are eight platforms altogether on the station.
Beijing Station was built in the 1950s as one of the monumental "Ten Great Buildings" of that period which included Workers' Stadium, the Great Hall of the People and the National Museum of China.
Beijing Train Station (Tel: 6563 3263; 6563 3442)
Beijing Railway Station illuminated at night 2009 Peoloq
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Beijing Railway Station
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