This city has five railway stations in total including the East Station for cargo and the following four for passenger transport:
- Beijing Realway Station :Located between Chongwen Gate and Dongbian Gate near the city center, this station, originally built in 1901, is the oldest one in the city. It now mainly operates routes to cities in the northeast and southeast provinces. Overnight sleeper trains to Shanghai and International routes to Pyongyang, Ulan Bator and Moscow also depart from here.
2) West-Realway Station:Located at East Lianhuachi Road near the 3rd West Ring Road, it is one of the largest railway stations in the country. Every day, there are over 200 trains passing through the station, transporting passengers mainly from / to destinations in the south, southwest and northwest regions of China including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Guilin, Hangzhou and Urumqi. Also, the overnight sleeper trains to Xian and the high speed trains to Guangzhou, Xian, and Pingyao operate from here. The station is connected with subway line 9.
3) Beijing South Station:Located at the junction of the Xicheng, Dongcheng and Fengtai Districts, it is the departure and arrival station of the high-speed rail lines to Shanghai, Hefei, Fuzhou, Harbin and Tianjin. As China’s first modern, large-scale railway station for passenger transport, its passenger flow ranks the third in the world. It also operates routes to Nanjing, Suzhou and to destinations in Hebei and Shandong Provinces. The station can be reached by subway lines 4 and 14.
4)<strong> North Railway Station:</strong>Since Nov. 1 2016, the North Railway Station, located at Xizhimen in Xicheng District, has been temporarily closed for renovation, which will last for about three years. During the period, passengers can still buy and collect train tickets at the station. However, S2 trains leading to Badaling Great Wall and Yanqing are operated by Huangtudi Railway Station, and other trains leave from Changping North Railway Station.