Beijing in the north and Nanjing in the south are both ancient capitals of China but provide different travel experiences. Attractions in Beijing such as the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Summer Palace show more of a royal grandeur, while Nanjing is full of implicit beauty showing its capital status in six dynasties in the past. A trip to Beijing and Nanjing can get you a deeper understanding of the history of China.
Beijing and Nanjing are about 1000 km away. Though far apart, it is very convenient to travel between them because both high speed trains (3-5h) and flights (2h) are available and in frequent schedule. Check the detailed information about how to travel from Beijing to Nanjing and choose the one that suits your itinerary most.
Beijing to Nanjing Transportation Map
There are over 20 high speed G-trains all departing from Beijing South Railway Station and arriving at Nanjing South Railway Station and the duration is about 3-5 hours. If you travel by train, high speed trains are recommended because they are fast with a clean and comfortable environment. There are also several normal trains from Beijing Railway Station to Nanjing Railway Station with a duration of 10-15 hours.
The real-time train schedule is as follows:
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Beijing South Railway Station (北京南站)
Location: No.12, Yongwai Avenue, Fengtai District, South Beijing (北京市丰台区永外大街12号), about 7 km, 30 minutes’ drive to Beijing downtown (Tian’anmen Square), 40 km (1 hour's drive) to Beijing Capital International Airport.
Beijing Railway Station (北京站)
Location: No.13, Maojiawan Hutong Jia, Dongcheng District, Southeast Beijing (北京市东城区毛家湾胡同甲13号), about 4.5 km, 15 minutes’ drive to Beijing downtown (Tian’anmen Square), 35 km (1 hour's drive) to Beijing Capital International Airport.
Nanjing South Railway Station (南京南站)
Location: No. 98 Yulan Road, Yuhuatai District, Nanjing City （南京市雨花台区玉兰路98号）, about 11 km (40min by car or metro) to Nanjing downtown (Xinjiekou), 14 km (45 minutes by car, 1.5 hours by metro and bus) to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum.
Nanjing Railway Station (南京站)
Location: No. 111 Longpan Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing City (南京市玄武区龙蟠路111号), about 8 km (30 minutes by car, 20 minutes by metro) to Nanjing downtown (Xinjiekou), 12 km (30 minutes by car, 70 minutes by metro and bus) to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum.
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 >>
Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport both operate direct flights to Nanjing Lukou International Airport and it only takes 2 hours. There are over 10 flights a day. As Beijing airports are rather busy, if you plan to travel by air, please make sure to get to the airport 2 hours ahead of time for security check and boarding. Check Real-time Beijing to Nanjing Flight Schedule>>
Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA：PEK)
Location: Jichang West Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing (北京朝阳区机场西路), about 30 km, 1 hour’s drive to Beijing downtown (Tian’anmen Aquare).
Beijing Daxing International Airport (IATA：PKX)
Location: Daxing District, Beijing & Guangyang District, Langfang City, Hebei (北京市大兴区礼贤镇、榆垡镇及廊坊市广阳区交汇处), about 55 km, 1 hour’s drive to Beijing downtown (Tian’anmen Aquare).
Nanjing Lukou International Airport (IATA: NKG)
Location: Konggang South Road, Lukou Town, Jiangning District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province (南京市江宁区禄口镇空港南路), about 42 km (45min by car, 1.5h by metro) to Nanjing downtown (Xinjiekou).
Usually, a classic Beijing Nanjing tour needs about 4 ~ 6 days. All the essences of the two cities can be covered.
You are suggested to spend 2 ~ 4 days visiting the landmarks of Beijing such as the world-famous manmade wonder - the Great Wall, magnificent Forbidden City, spacious royal garden Summer Palace, and lively Beijing Hutongs. Then take a high speed train or plane to Nanjing.
To explore the cultural and natural highlights of Nanjing, 2 ~ 3 days are needed. You can pay a visit to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum (the tomb of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Father of Modern China), take a walk in Confucius Temple Area along the Qinhuai River, climb up the ancient City Wall, and know a part of heavy history and cherish peace in the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre.
If you have more days, you can expand your Beijing Nanjing trip to the nearby Shanghai - modernest metropolis in China, Hangzhou - picturesque West Lake, Suzhou - city of classical gardens and silk, etc. Or you can contact us to customize a trip according to your own itinerary and interests. Just tell us your needs and we will take care of everything, you just need to focus on sightseeing!
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