Route: Beixinqiao ↔ Dongzhimen ↔ Sanyuanqiao ↔ T3 ↔ T2
► Open Date: July 19th, 2008
► Total Length: 29.8 km (18.5 mi)
► Stations: 5
► Highest Speed: 110 km/h (56 mi/h)
► Boarding Sites: -2F of No.2 Parking Lot in T2 of Beijing Capital Airport; 2F of No.3 Parking Lot in T3; Beixinqiao Subway Station; Dongzhimen Subway Station; Sanyuanqiao Subway Station
► Ticket Price: CNY25 ( US$ 3.45) per person
Taxis in Beijing are not expensive, charging RMB 13 for up to 3 kilometers, with a basic unit price of RMB 2.3 per kilometer, and a taxi from Beijing Capital International Airport to downtown is about RMB 130.
Capital Airport Express Train Facts
Beijing Airport Express Train offers a rapid rail transfer between downtown area and Beijing Capital International Airport. Compared with Airport Shuttle Bus, the Airport Express is faster and more frequent. The single journey only takes 36 minutes. The cost is a little more expensive than the shuttle bus but much cheaper than taxi. Please note that Beixinqiao, Dongzhimen and Sanyuanqiao stations don’t allow in-town check-in. There is no station in T1, so Airport Express passengers need to walk or take the Free Cross Terminal Shuttle to T1.
Beixinqiao Station allows transfer with subway line 5, Dongzhimen Station allows transfer with subway line 2 and line 13, while Sanyuanqiao is connected with subway line 10, but the transfer is not free. Passengers need to buy separate tickets. Those with large luggage are not suggested to board the Airport Express Train during peak hours because of the crowds, especially when changing to downtown subway lines.
Service Hours of Capital Airport Express Train
Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 are served by an express train to Sanyuanqiao Station (Subway Line 10), Dongzhimen Station (Subway Line 2 and Subway Line 13), Beixinqiao Station (Subway Line 15), The first and last train times are as follows.
Beixinqiao: 5:56 – 22:26
Dongzhimen: 6:00 – 23:34
Sanyuanqiao: 6:04 – 23:28
T3: 6:22 – 22:52
T2: 6:36 – 23:10
Train Frequency: 10 minutes
Beijing Capital Airport Express Train Schedule
|Stations||To Beixinqiao (Downtown)||To T2 (Airport)|
|First Train||Last Train||First Train||Last Train|
Surroundings: Dongzhimennei Avenue, Guijie Street, Dongcheng District People’s Court, Beijing No. 22 Middle School, Beijing No. 6 Hospital, People’s Art Building, Kelin Building, Beijing No. 5 Middle School
Nearby Bus / Subway Routes: 82, 107, 135, 612, 13, 84, 116, 117, Night Line 6, Subway Line 5
Surroundings: Dongzhimen Long-distance Bus Station, Guijie Street, Dongzhimen Hospital, China Youth Daily Office, Overseas Chinese History Museum of China
Nearby Bus/Subway Routes: 401, 416, 980, 404, 106, 852, 918, 3, 418, Subway Line 2 & Line 13
Surroundings: Xiaguangli Community, Phoenix City Community, Sanyuan Park
Nearby Bus/Subway Routes: 359, 401, 403, 404, 641, 847, 852, 915, 916, 980, Subway Line 10
For detailed subway lines, please check the Beijing subway map.
How to Buy Airport Express Train Tickets
At each of the five stations, passengers could purchase a card ticket by cash from the manual ticket office or the ticket vending machines which have Chinese and English services. Please keep the ticket safe since it will be reclaimed when exiting from the express train station. The ticket fare could also be paid using the Beijing transportation smart card with a balance of more than CNY 25.
How to Take Airport Express from Downtown to Capital Airport
1. Enter into Beixinqiao or Dongzhimen subway station at ground level and take the elevator downstairs to B1.
2. Purchase ticket and go through security check.
3. Take the elevator downstairs to B2 of Beixinqiao Station or B4 of Dongzhimen Station.
4. Wait and board the Airport Express Train.
How to Take Airport Express from Capital Airport to Downtown
1. Follow the signs to the Airport Express Train Station.
2. Purchase a ticket and enter into the waiting platform.
3. Take Airport Express to Sanyuanqiao, Dongzhimen, or Beixinqiao.
4. Get off the train and return the ticket.
5. Exit from the station or purchase another ticket to transfer to subway lines.
How to Get to Popular Sites by Airport Express
1. Tian’anmen Square & Forbidden City:
Plan A: Airport Express to Dongzhimen → Subway Line 2 to Jianguomen → Subway Line 1 to Tian’anmendong (Exit D)
Plan B: Airport Express to Beixinqiao → Subway Line 5 to Dongdan → Subway Line 1 to Tian’anmendong (Exit D)
2. Beijing Railway Station: Airport Express to Dongzhimen → Subway Line 2 to Beijing Railway Station
3. West Railway Station:
Plan A: Airport Express to Beixinqiao → Subway Line 5 to Ciqikou → Line 7 to West Railway Station
Plan B: Airport Express to Dongzhimen → Subway Line 2 to Xuanwumen → Line 4 to Caishikou → Line 7 to West Railway Station
4. South Railway Station:
Plan A: Airport Express to Dongzhimen → Subway Line 2 to Xuanwumen → Line 4 to South Railway Station
Plan B: Airport Express to Beixinqiao → Subway Line 5 to Puhuangyu → Line 14 to South Railway Station
5. North Railway Station: Airport Express to Dongzhimen → Subway Line 2 to Xizhimen (Exit A2) → Walk north around 350 meters.