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10 Mar 2013

Airport Express, Beijing Subway 北京机场轨道交通线, China

Beijing [北京]  • 10 MARCH 2013
The 28-kilometer's Airport Express of Beijing subway has been put into use on July 19, 2008. This light rail line running from the T2 and T3 of Capital Airport just has two stations in Beijing's downtown area, respectively at Dongzhimen and Sanyuanqiao. It just takes 20 minutes for passengers to travel between the airport and Dongzhimen by the Capital Airport Express Train, the highest speed of which could reach 110 kilometers/hour.

T3 of Capital Airport → T2 of Capital Airport → Sanyuanqiao → Dongzhimen
Stations First Last Accessible Transfer
T2 06:35 23:10 ---
T3 06:21 22:51 ---
Sanyuanqiao 06:52 23:27 Subway Line 10
Dongzhimen --- --- Subway Line 2 and Subway Line 13
Dongzhimen→Sanyuanqiao→T3 of Capital Airport→T2 of Capital Airport  

Stations First Last Accessible Transfer
Dongzhimen 06:00 22:30 Subway Line 2 and Line 13
Sanyuanqiao 06:04 22:34 Subway Line 10
T3 --- --- ---
T2 --- --- ---

Ticket of Airport Express TrainFare: CNY25/person
At each of the four pick-up stations, you could purchase a card ticket by RMB cash from the manual ticket office or the ticket vending machines which have Chinese and English service. Please keep your ticket well since it will be reclaimed when you exit from the express train station. In case you lose the ticket, you have to pay for a compensatory ticket which charges CNY250/person.

Besides purchasing a ticket by cash, the ticket fare could be paid by the Beijing transportation smart card if you already have one. The fare will be deducted from the balance in your card when you exit from the express train station.

How to Take?
Departure from Capital Airport to Sanyuanqiao & Dongzhimen
When you arrive in Beijing Capital Airport, please follow the signs to the Airport Express Train Station → purchase a ticket and enter into the waiting hall → get off the train and return the ticket → exit from the subway station or purchase another ticket to transfer to subway Line 2, Line 13 or Line 10

Departure from Dongzhimen to Capital Airport
Please enter into the subway station from Exit E on the ground and take the elevator downstairs to B1 → purchasing ticket and go through security check → take the elevator downstairs to B4 → waiting and boarding the Airport Express Train
Tips: If you transfer to the Airport Express Train from subway Line 2 and Line 13 at Dongzhimen, you have to return the ticket which only charges CNY2 firstly. Afterwards, please go to the ticket office of the Airport Express Train to get a new one.

The Dongzhimen city terminus of the Airport Express Line can be accessed directly underground from subway lines 13 and line 2. Due to heavy passenger flows, there is a one-way system operating at the Line 2 Dongzhimen Station and passengers for the Airport Express Line need to take the southeast exit and follow the signs to the Airport Express station on the northeast corner of the Dongzhimen intersection.

Access by cab to the Dongzhimen Railway Express station can be difficult. Unlike in Shanghai and Hong Kong, there is no designated cab rank either on the street adjacent to the station exit or at the Dongzhimen Transport Hub which only serves buses. Taxis may be unwilling to let passengers off at the adjacent bus stop which is the only point of access through the railings to the Airport Express Station. In the evenings motorized tricycles are often the only vehicles willing to take passengers to nearby destinations.

The Airport Express station is three levels underground. There is an escalator to the first underground level which offers access to Line 13 and the Dongzhimen Transport Hub which is a bus transfer station. There is an elevator for ticketed passengers, as well as a staircase, down to the second underground level which also has access to subway Line 2. From the second underground level there is an escalator to the third underground level where Airport Express trains depart for the airport. The platform is relatively narrow for the volume of passenger traffic served. At Terminal 3 the Airport Express station is located in a station 200 metres from the main airport terminal building connected by a covered walkway and travelator. Access from the terminal arrival level is at the same level as the train platform. At the airport, free shuttle buses connect Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Terminals 1 and 2 are also connected by an internal walkway.

The Airport Express is generally faster than airport shuttle buses (¥16) and departs more frequently, typically every 10 minutes compared to 30 minutes for shuttle buses. The Airport Express is also cheaper than taxis which cost around ¥80 to Dongzhimen. Passengers planning to take a cab from Dongzhimen Station should be aware that there is no official cab rank and cab drivers may negotiate fares rather than use the meters. Also, during peak hours taking heavy luggage by subway lines to and from the Airport Express line is not advised as the trains are very crowded.
There is no downtown check-in at Dongzhimen or Sanyuanqiao stations.


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