If you are looking to travel from Beijing to Hangzhou, then taking the train is a great option. Below you can find full information on the Beijing to Hangzhou Train including 2021 timetable and ticket prices.

There are two main optoins for getting from Beijing to Hangzhou by train; fast “bullet” train or an overnight sleeper train. There are 17 bullet trains and three slow trains every day. The bullet train takes between five and six hours and the slow train 13 to 21 hours.


The benefits of travelling by train from Beijing to Hangzhou

The bullet trains are modern, comfortable and convenient. When you factor in getting to the airport, which is usually far from the city centre, and check in time, there is not much difference in time between flying and taking the train.

With the overnight train, as well as being a great budget option saving you money on transport, you have the added bonus of saving on a night’s accommodation too, especially useful for those backpacking around China!


Beijing to Hangzhou Bullet Train Timetable 2021

Bullet trains depart Beijing South Railway Station and Arrive at Hangzhou East Railway Station.

Train NumberDeparture TimeArrival TimeDuration
G5707:1513:055h50m
G1908:0012:384h38m
G5508:1013:535h43m
G16508:3013:305h00m
G4109:1215:486h36m
G3309:4015:375h57m
G16310:4917:116h22m
G3111:0015:424h42m
G16712:4518:385h53m
G41913:2420:006h36m
G5913:4019:265h46m
G4314:0520:496h44m
G3515:1020:545h44m
G4515:2521:256h00m
G3716:0522:076h02m
G27316:2522:145h49m
G3919:0423:224h18m

Beijing to Hangzhou Sleeper Train Timetable 2021

Sleeper trains depart Beijing Railway Station and Arrive at Hangzhou Railway Station.

Train NumberDeparture TimeArrival TimeDuration
Z28119:1012:15 +1d17h05m
D71719:1608:47 +1d13h31m
K10123:2020:22 +1d21h02m

Beijing to Hangzhou Bullet Train Fares 2021

Train Number2nd Class Seat1st Class SeatBusiness Class Seat
All G Trains¥560.50¥945.00¥1,776.00
*Prices obtained from China Railway and correct as of June 2021

Bullet Train Ticket Types

2nd Class Seat

Three seats on one side of the aisle and two on the other. Charging point, tray table, recling seats and ample legroom.

1st Class Seat

Two seats on either side of the aisle. As with 2nd class plus extra room between seats, more comfortable seating and complimentary snacks and water.

Business Class Seat

Two seats on one side of the aisle, and one on the other. As with 1st class pluss extra room and leather seats.


Beijing to Hangzhou Sleeper Train Fares 2021

Train NumberHard SeatHard SleeperSoft Sleeper
Z281¥192.00¥351.00¥537.00
D717¥277.00¥485.00¥596.00
K817¥189.50¥343.50¥527.50
*Prices obtained from China Railway and correct as of June 2021

Sleeper Train Ticket Types

Standing

Standing in the aisle of the seating carriage. Not recommended.

Hard Seat

Three seats on one side of the aisle and two on the other. The seats are upright and non-reclining. The carriages are always packed with seated and standing passengers and belongings. Not recommended for anything other than short journeys.

Hard Sleeper

Six-bed open compartments (three bunkbeds on either side). Perfectly comfortable, and a good option for solo travellers who do not want to be confimed to a locked cabin with strangers.

Soft Sleeper

Four-bed closed compartments (two bunkbeds on either side).


How to buy Tickets for the Beijing to Hangzhou Train

Since 2019 China has started to phase out paper tickets and booking online is now easier than ever.

E-Ticket

You can book tickets through Trip.com and you will be emailed your e-ticket immediately. They accept Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Alipay and WeChat Pay and everything is in English. Trip charge a fee of ¥20 ($3.15) per ticket.

At the Station

You can purchase a ticket for the Beijing to Hangzhou train at any railway station in China. Be aware that queues are usually long and it’s unlikeely that staff will speak English. Ensure you have the train number, day, time and class written down. You will need your passport or valid ID.

At China Railways Ticket Offices

China Railways has ticket offices across cities and towns in China and are recognizable as small booths with thee China Railway logo. As with at the station, it is even less likely to find English speaking staff. Ensure you have the train number, day, time and class written down. You will need your passport or valid ID. Ticket offices charge ¥5 per ticket.

For more information see how to buy train tickets in China.


Getting the Train

Get to the Station at least one hour before the train is due to depart (earlier if you need to buy a ticket at the station).

How to get to Beijing South Railway Station

From Beijing Capital International Airport

Take the airport express from Terminals 2 or 3 to Dongzhimen on Line 2 (dark blue). Go three stops to Jianguomen. Transfer to Line 1 (red) and go 9 stops to Military Museum. You can either change here to Line 9 (olive) and go south one stop, or exit and walk ten minutes to Beijing West Railway Station.

From Beijing Daxing International Airport

Take the New Airport Line two stops to Caoqiao. Transfer to Line 10 (light blue) and go west six stops. Transfer to Line 9 (olive) and go one stop to Beijing West Railway Station.

From downtown Beijing

Transfer to Line 1 (red) and go 9 stops to Military Museum. You can either change here to Line 9 (olive) and go south one stop, or exit and walk ten minutes to Beijing West Railway Station.


Facilities on Board the Beijing to HangzhouTrain

Bullet Train

Two toilets in each carriage; one squat and one western.

Hot drinking water dispenser at the end of each carriage.

Kiosk and trolleys selling cold drinks, snacks and hot ready-made meals.

Sleeper Train

Two toilets in each carriage; one squat and one western.

Hot drinking water dispenser at the end of each carriage.

Restaurant car with seating and freshly prepared meals.


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Steve Rohan

About this author: Steve Rohan has lived in China for six years. He has lived in the frozen city of Harbin, ancient capital of Luoyang and tropical paradise that is Sanya.

After teaching English for a number of years, he now blogs full time for this site and adventure travel blog thetripgoeson.com.