Beijing Capital International Airport Express (Subway)

The fast and mordern Airport Express Train, also known as Beijing Airport Subway Line, is the fastest way to get to central Beijing area. It was put into operation in 2008 before the Olympic Games. With a lenth of 28.1km, the Airport Express links Beijing Capital International Airport's Terminal 3(3号航站楼) and Terminal 2(2号航站楼) with Dongzhimen (东直门 - 8km to the city center Tian'anmen Square) and Sanyuanqiao (三元桥 - 9.5km to the city center Tian'anmen Square) in Beijing downtown, and allows passengers to transfer from the Capital Airport to downtown area within 30 minutes. The cost is only CNY 25 which is much cheaper than taxi. The timetables of the Airport Express are quite frequent.

With only 2 stops in the downtown area, the Airport Express is rather the gateway to the city downtown than the final transportation to your hotels or attractions. One usually takes the Airport Express to the city center area first, then change to taxi, subways or public buses to get to the final destinations of hotels, attractions or other locations in the city.

Beijing Capital International Airport Express Inside the Airport Express Train

Beijing Capital International Airport Express Routes, Timetable and Hours

The Airport Express is a one-way loop with 4 stops: Dongzhimen Station(东直门), Sanyuanqiao Station (三元桥), Terminal 3(3号航站楼), Terminal 2(2号航站楼). The train departs from Dongzhimen, gets to the second stop at Sanyuanqiao, the third stop at Terminal 3 and fourth stop at Terminal 2, then return to Dongzhimen via Sanyuanqiao. There is a train departing every 10 minutes.

Beijing Capital International Airport Express (Subway) Map

Beijing Capital International Airport Express (Subway)

From Airport to Downtown

Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3 (3号航站楼) – Terminal 2 (2号航站楼) – Sanyuanqiao (三元桥) - Dongzhimen (东直门)

Terminal 3 Terminal 2 Sanyuanqiao Dongzhimen Frequency
Earliest Departure 06:20 06:35 06:55 - Every 10 mins
Last Departure 22:50 23:10 23:30 -

From Downtown to Airport

Dongzhimen (东直门) – Sanyuanqiao (三元桥) – Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3 (3号航站楼) – Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 2 (2号航站楼)

Terminal 3 Terminal 2 Sanyuanqiao Dongzhimen Frequency
Earliest Departure 06:20 06:35 06:55 - Every 10 mins
Last Departure 22:50 23:10 23:30 -

Notice: the actual departing and arriving time may differ between 1~3 minutes.

Where to Take Express Train

Passengers can go to take Airport Express trains at Terminal 3 and Terminal 2 of Beijing Capital International Airport, Sanyuanqiao Subway Station and Dongzhimen Subway Station. Please note the Terminal 1 is not linked to the Airport Express. Passengers arriving at Terminal 1 can go to take Airport Express at Terminal 2 which is only 5 minutes' waling from Terminal 1.

Terminal 2

B2 of No. 2 Parking Lot in Terminal 2

Terminal 3

2F of No. 3 Parking Lot in Terminal 3

Dongzhimen Subway Station

Address: Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100006

Dongzhimen Station is located on the northeastern 2nd Ring Road, about 8km to the city center Tian'anmen Square, 700m to Dongzhimen Long-distance Bus Station. Passengers can change to subway Line 2 and Line 13 from Express train here.

Sanyuanqiao Subway Station

Address: Sanyuan Bridge, Chaoyang, China, 100105

Dongzhimen Station is located on the northeastern 3rd Ring Road, about 9.5km to the city center Tian'anmen Square. Passengers can change to subway Line 10 from Express train here.

Beijing Capital International Airport Express Sign to B2 of No. 2 Parking Lot in Terminal 2
Beijing Capital International Airport Express Dongzhimen Station

How and Where to Buy the Airport Express Ticket

Passengers can purchase Airport Express ticket from the ticket offices in each station, usually near to the ticket checking gate. The ticket offices only accept Chinese cash, Alipay and Wechat Pay. You can also purchase ticket on the Ticket Vending Machines in the stations. The ticket machines only accept Chinese paper cash of ¥10 and ¥20, and Chinese coins of ¥1. English service is available on the machines.

The Airport Train ticket is a card with route map on the backside. You should keep the paper ticket all the time because it will be reclaimed when you exist from the train station.

Ticket of Beijing Capital International Airport Express Ticket of Beijing Airport Express

How to Take Airport Express Train

The flows of taking the Airport Express is simple and quick. Once you exiting the airport arrival halls, or stepping into Sanyuanqiao or Dongzhimen, you will find clear signs with both Chinese and English. Just follow the signs to find the ticket office, safety check-in, elevators and waiting hall.

1. Follow the signs to find the gate to the Express Train;

2. Purchase trian ticket from the ticket office or Ticket Vending Machines;

3. Take elevator or walk along stairs to find the Waiting Hall;

4. Board the Aiport Express train;

5. Exit from the station or change to other subway lines.

Beijing Capital International Airport Express Check in with Ticket Card to the Waiting Hall

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