Beijing currently has four major railway stations that serve a variety of domestic and international routes, although a fifth station, Beijing East, is planned for the end of 2020:
Beijing Railway Station
Beijing Railway Station typically deals with domestic trains heading North, North-East or South, as well as interntional trains to Russia, Mongolia, Vietnam and North Korea. It is Beijing's most central train station and a short walk away from the Forbidden Palace, therefore this station is usually popular with tourists.
Domestic trains from this station include: Shanghai, Harbin, Shenyang, Tianjin.
West Railway Station
Beijing's West Railway Station caters to domestic train journeys going North-West, South-West and South. This is the main station in Beijing for trains heading to Hong Kong and can be accessed from the city centre using subway lines 7 or 9.
Domestic trains from this station include: Shanghai, Cheng Du, Xi'an, Hong Kong, Changsha.
South Railway Station
Beijing's South Railway Station is the largest train station in Beijing and it is possible to get most domestic trains across China from here. This station can be reached from the city centre using subway lines 4 or 14.
Domestic trains from this station include: Shanghai, Xiamen, Jinan, Fuzhou, Hangzhou.
North Railway Station
Beijing's North Railway Station is best known as the starting station for the Beijing - Zhangjiakou High-Speed Railway as well as for journeys to the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. This station can be reached from the city centre using subway line 13.
Domestic trains from this station include: Yanqing, Badaling Great Wall, Xuanhua, Datong, Zhangjiakou.