With a rich history of over 3,000 years, capital Beijing is filled with remarkable imperial heritages and cultural sites. Just travel southward on the North China Plain from Beijing, you can get to Shandong, an underestimated tourist region famous for honorable Mount Tai, influential Confucianism and charming coastline. As the capital city and the second largest in Shandong, Jinan is most-known as “the City of Spring” where travelers can unveil mysterious springs and enjoy elegant Jiangnan-style beauty of lovely parks and lakes. What’s the distance? And what is the best way to get from the ancient atmosphere to the picturesque Jinan? Read on the following useful traffic details to better plan your Shandong Jinan tour from Beijing.
Beijing Location: Beijing lies in the North China Pain, bordering Tianjin to the southeast and Hebei Province in other sides. It is about 1,065 km (662 mi) away from Xian and 1,180 km (733 mi) from Shanghai.
Jinan Location: Jinan is located in the central Shandong Province, southeast edge of the North China Plain, Eastern China. The city is surrounded by 6 other cities within Shandong Province, and they are Binzhou, Zibo, Laiwu, Tai’an, Liaocheng and Dezhou from east to west. Jinan is in the east of Qingdao with a distance of 365 km (227 mi), about 72 km (45 mi) to Mount Tai and 150 km (93 mi) Qufu in the south.
Distance from Beijing to Jinan: Jinan is situated in 400 km (249 mi) southeast of Jinan, taking around 4.5 to 5 hours’ drive.
How Do I Get from Beijing to Jinan?
Currently, making a train trip within several hours is the popular and common way to get from Beijing to Jinan. Besides, there is no direct flight available for such a short-distance travel between Beijing and Jinan.
Beijing to Jinan Travel Map
● Train Time: 1.5 hours - 2.5 hours
● Frequency: nearly 100 trains per day
● From & To: Beijing South Railway Station 北京南站 → Jinan West Railway Station 济南西站/Jinan Railway Station 济南站
● Running Speed: 300 km/h -350 km/h (Fuxing Train)
● Advantages: fast, convenient, comfortable, punctual, many choices of trains…
The high speed bullet train travel has become a fashion, new and much more convenient way of travel in China. Only 1.5 to 2 hours, you can easily get from Beijing to Jinan, more efficient than a normal-speed train. Every day, there are around 100 high speed trains (all are G trains) departing from Beijing South Railway Station in Beijing to Jinan Railway Station and Jinan West Railway Station in Jinan. The trains leave from 06:30 to 21:00 and all arrive on the same day. Based on different rail lines, you may directly reach Jinan or stop at a few medial stations. On Beijing to Jinan high speed trains, three kinds of tickets are sold: Second Class Seat, First Class Seat and Business Class Seat. Travel with China Discovery, you can enjoy private pick-up service from the train station, and be escorted to your hotel and any attraction in Jinan by a private car.
Beijing South Railway Station 北京南站
Address: No.12, Yongwai Avenue, Fengtai District, South Beijing (北京市丰台区永外大街12号)
Distance: about 7 km (25 minutes’ drive) from the city center (Tian’anmen Square); about 8 km (30 minutes’ drive) from the Forbidden City; about 80 km (2 hours’ drive) from Mutianyu Great Wall; about 7 km (20 minutes’ drive) from the Temple of Heaven; about 40 km (1 hour’s driving) to Beijing Capital International Airport
Jinan West Railway Station 济南西站
Address: No.6 Qilu Avenue, Huaiyin District, Jinan City, Shandong Province（山东省济南市槐荫区齐鲁大道6号）
Distance: about 18 km (30 minutes’ drive) from the city center (Baotu Spring Park); about 15 km (40 minutes’ drive) from Thousand Buddha Mountain; about 20 km (1 hour's drive) from Shandong Museum; about 46 km (50 minutes’ drive) from Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Popular Beijing Jinan Tours by High Speed Train:
Below is the Real-time Beijing to Jinan High Speed Train Timetable:
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
● Train Time: 6 hours - 8 hours
● Frequency: about 5 trains per day
● From & To: Beijing Railway Station 北京站 → Jinan Railway Station 济南站/Daminghu Railway Station 大明湖站
● Running Speed: 120 km/h
● Advantages: lower price, slower pace of travel, short distance from the terminal to city center
● Disadvantages: longer duration, traditional basic and simple facilities, arriving time is too early
Apart from the fast high speed trains, there are still several normal trains running from Beijing to Jinan with a longer duration of 6 to 8 hours. They all are K trains, starting from Beijing Railway Station between 10:30 to 00:00 to Jinan Railway Station and Daminghu Railway Station. Some can get to Jinan within the same day but need to make almost 10 stopovers on the way, while some are overnight trains arriving on the next early morning with less intermediate stations. Likewise, you can choose from three types of tickets: Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat.
Our Advice: Considering travel time and cost, a high speed train should always be your first choice, since there are quite a lot of high speed trains running daily with a better travel experience.
Beijing Railway Station 北京站
Address: No.13, Maojiawan Hutong Jia, Dongcheng District, Southeast Beijing (北京市东城区毛家湾胡同甲13号)
Distance: about 1 hour’s driving (35 km) to Beijing Capital International Airport; about 20 mins’ driving (5 km) to the Palace Museum & 15 mins (4.5 km) to Tiananmen Square; about 1.5 hours’ driving (70 km) to Mutianyu Great Wall
Jinan Railway Station 济南站
Address: No.19 Chezhan Street, Tianqiao District, Jinan City, Shandong Province（山东省济南市天桥区车站街19号）
Distance: only 3.5 km (15 minutes’ drive) from Baotu Spring Park and less than 3 km from Daming Lake; nearly 7 km (25 minutes’ drive) from Thousand Buddha Mountain; about 12 km (40 minutes' drive) from Shandong Museum; about 36 km (1 hours’ drive) from Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Daminghu Railway Station 大明湖站
Address: No.1 North Minghu Road, Tianqiao District, Jinan City, Shandong Province （山东省济南市天桥区明湖北路1号）
Distance: about 3 km (15 minutes’ drive) from Baotu Spring (city center); just 500 m (less than 10 minutes’ walking) to Daming Lake and 35 km (50 minutes’ drive) from Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Class of Ticket
You can usually choose from the First Class Seat, the Second Class Seat or Business Class Seat on the high speed trains. While, there are three types offered on the normal train, including Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat. learn more >>
Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel
Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or via a ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. Train ticket alteration and cancellation are only available at ticket counters. learn more >>
Board & Get off
1) Prepare your passport and China Visa; 2) Get to the right train station at least 30 mins in advance; 3) Collect your train ticket; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. learn more >>
Passengers don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. learn more >>
Facilities and Service
All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service, including luggage racks, air-conditioner, power socket, dining car, hot water, etc. learn more >>
A popular Beijing Jinan itinerary usually takes 4 days, normally 3 days in Beijing and 1 day for Jinan. After arrival in Beijing, travelers spend 3 days exploring the best highlights of Beijing and contacting the profound imperial culture and history. Hiking the Great Wall, visiting the magnificent “Forbidden City”, grandiose Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Beijing Hutongs are top things to do during your Beijing trip. To get closer to local culture and customs, you may try the Beijing dishes, watch a Peking Opera and pay a visit to 798 Art Zone.
And then, take a high speed train to Jinan within 2 hours and prepare a day trip to enjoy the lovely “City of Spring”. In Jinan city center area, you can visit Baotu Spring Park, Daming Lake and Spring City Square together, because they lie just beside each other. Taking a couple of hours’ leisurely walk there, you can see magic spring, weeping willows lined around the clear and green lakes, different local daily life. In the afternoon, you can go to Thousand Buddha Mountain to view massive Buddhist carving and temples. The most impressive parts are the giant golden Maritreya Buddha statue, collection of diverse Buddhist sculptures of China’s Top 4 Buddhist Grottoes and the great panorama view of Jinan city from the top of the mountain.
For a Shandong tour, the most classic schedule is to travel Jinan with another 3 destinations: Qingdao, the gorgeous coastal city which is also the host of Qingdao Beer Festival, Mount Tai - the top of China’s Five Great Mountains, Qufu - Hometown of the Confucius. 4 more days are needed for covering the latter three. If you like the pleasant seaside scenery or quite interested in culture and history of Shandong, you can extend trip further to more wonderful places, like Weifang, a world-known Capital of Kites, fairyland Penglai with rare mirages visions, Rongcheng where numerous swans migrate for winter, etc. Longer holidays can pack Shandong with Xian, Datong & Pingyao (in Shanxi), Luoyang & Kaifeng (in Henan), Shanghai and more great destinations in China. More Shandong Tours >>
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