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

There is one sleeper per day that departs Beijing West Railway Station at 17:54 and arrives at Sanya Railway Station at 08:12 the next morning.

How long does the Beijing to Sanya Train Take?

The journey time is 38 hours.

How much are tickets for the Beijing to Sanya train?

Tickets for the Beijing to Sanya train cost ¥788 ($123) hard sleeper and ¥1309 ($205) for a soft sleeper.

How can I book tickets for the Beijing to Sanya Train?

You can book online at Trip.com, in person at any station or ticketing office in China.

How does the train get onto Hainan Island?

When the train arrives at Hai’an port, the carriages are loaded onto a ferry. You stay on board the train for the short crossing.

Beijing to Sanya Train Timetable

There is one train per day departing Beijing for Sanya. It leaves from Beijing West Railway Station and arrives at Sanya Railway Station at on te morning of day two.

Beijing to Sanya

Train NumberDeparture TimeArrival TimeDuration
Z20117:5408:1238h18m

Sanya to Beijing

Train NumberDeparture TimeArrival TimeDuration
Z20217:2206:46 +1d37h24m

2021 Ticket Prices for the Beijing to Sanya Train

The Beijing to Sanya Train is a sleeper with four classes of seats (or beds);

Ticket TypeTicket Price
Hard Seat¥436.00 ($68.00)
Hard Sleeper¥788.00 ($123.00)
Soft Sleeper¥1,309.00 ($205.00)
Deluxe Sleeper¥2,289.00 ($360.00)
Beijing to Sanya Train Ticket Prices correct as of June 2021

Sleeper Train Ticket Types

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) with table, a lockable door and electricity outlets.

Deluxe Sleeper

The Beijing to Sanya train benefits from a deluxe sleeper carriage. These cupe’s have an upper and lower bed, sofa and private bathroom.


How to buy Tickets for the Beijing to Sanya 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 Sanya 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.



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 Sanya 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.

About the Crosing

When the train reaches Hai’an, the carriages will be shunted onto a waiting ferry. The process including the crossing takes around one hour. During this time passengers must remain on the train.

In the event of an emergency the doors to the train will be opened and passengers should make their way to the muster stations to collect a lifejacket, before exiting the ship.


Things to do in Sanya

Sanya is the perfect place to escape those winter blues. With pristine beaches offering activities from swimming, snorkelling and diving to more high-octane thrills, there is something for everyone in China’s answer to Hawaii!

Just a few of Sanya’s attractions include:

  • Atlantis Waterpark and Aquarium
  • Sanya Bay
  • Dadonghai
  • Li and Miao Ethnic Village
  • West Island
  • Wuzhizhou Island

Find out more in our list of 25 Top Things to do in Sanya!

Sanya Accommodation

Sanya has accommodation to suit every budget from backpacking hostels to 5* seaside resorts.

Sanya Backpackers Hostel (Dadonghai)

A lively hostel in the centre of Dadonghai a few hundred metres from the beach. Includes outdoor bar and pool table. Dorms from ¥70 ($11) per night and singles from ¥200 ($30). Reserve your bed.

Wanghaisu Seaview Guesthouse (Sanya Bay)

Slightly down-at-heel apartments right across from the beach and with a nice onsite pool. ¥200 ($30) per night.

Yuejia Sea Apartment Phoenix Island (Sanya Bay)

Excellent serviced apartments with stunning views across Sanya Bay. Onsite restaurants, bars and a free shuttle on and off the island. Highly recommended! ¥300 ($46) per night. Reserve your room.

Lingshui Coral Palace (Lingshui Bay)

Very pleasant serviced apartments right on the beach. Large garden with swimming pools. From ¥200 ($30) per night. Reserve your room.


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.