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If you are planning to do some sightseeing in Beijing, we advise you to choose taxi or subway for transportation.


Beijing City's subway system is one of the most convenient and fastest way to get around the city. It currently consists of 14 lines connecting various parts of the city. The color-coded subway lines make the Beijing Metro quite easy to use. Generally, the subway operation hours are from 5:30 to approximately 22:30. There will be a slightly different in different lines and sites. Train schedules can vary depending on the line in question.

Please see the below for the Beijing city subway map that provides a full view of the entire subway network.


Subway Fare
A flat fare of CNY2 with unlimited transfers applies to all lines except the Airport Express, which costs CNY25 Children below 1.2 meters (47 in) in height ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

All lines now collect fares through automatic fare collection (AFC) machines that accept single-ride tickets and the One Card Through Card or Yikatong, an integrated circuit card (ICC card) that can store credit for multiple rides. Riders can purchase tickets and add credit to Yikatong at ticket counters and vending machines in every station. Yikatong is also accepted on many city buses, and can be used as e-money for other purchases.

Since the 2008 Olympics, security checks of riders and bags have become mandatory on the Beijing Subway. Riders were subject to searches of their belongings at all stations by security inspectors using metal detectors and X-Ray machines. Items banned from public transportation such as "guns, ammunition, knives, explosives, flammable and radioactive materials, and toxic chemicals" were subject to confiscation.



The Beijing Public Transport Holdings, Ltd. ("BPT") is the main bus and trolleybus operator in the city. It is owned by the city and, as of 2009, operated nearly 28,000 buses (including trolleybuses) on 882 bus lines.

Lines & Fares

BPT's buses use the following route number scheme and fare schedule.

Line No.

Line Description

Cash fare

Smartcard fare (Yikatong)

(in RMB (¥))

(in RMB (¥))


Bus routes in the city's urban core inside the Third Ring Road. Of these, Lines 101 to 114 feature trolleybuses. Lines 103 and 104 also have regular buses.

¥1.00 flat rate

¥0.40 flat rate


Night buses serving the urban core.

¥2.00 flat rate

¥0.40 flat rate


Bus routes that extend beyond the Third Ring Road to inner suburbs.

¥1.00 for the first 12 km, ¥0.50 for each additional 5 km.



Longer bus routes that run through both the urban core and suburbs.

¥1.00 for the first 12 km, ¥0.50 for each additional 5 km.

¥0.40 for the first 12 km, ¥0.2 for each additional 5 km.


Bus routes to distant suburbs

¥2.00 for the first 10 km, ¥0.50 for each additional 5 km.

¥0.80 for the first 10 km, ¥0.40 for each additional 5 km.

Character designations for bus lines:

- The character 快 (kuài), which means "fast", after a bus route number, indicates express service. For example, Bus No. 104 is a trolleybus. Bus No. 104快 is an express bus that follows the same route but makes fewer stops.

- The character 支(zhī), meaning "branch", after a bus route number, indicates a branch route.

- The character 特 (tè), meaning "special", before a bus route number, denotes double-decker bus routes. Double decker bus routes generally connect tourist attractions. Their number scheme is distinct from other BPT buses, such that Bus 特1 follows a different route than Beijing Bus No. 1.

- The characters 快速公交 (kuàisùu gōngjiāo) designates the BPT's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes.

- The Beijing Yuntong Bus Company operates its own bus routes, which carry the prefix 运通 before the route number. Yuntong bus routes are distinct from the more numerous BPT buse routes and the two should not be confused. For example, Beijing Bus No. 110 and运通110 are two distinct bus lines. Yuntong Bus fares vary from ¥1 to ¥5.



Taking a taxi is the most convenient way for newcomers to travel around a metropolis like Beijing. There are over 70,000 taxis running in every corner of the city. Most of the taxi drivers in Beijing can speak some simple English, which offers western visitors a great convenience of being able to communicate with them.

Taxi Fares:

In the daytime, the taxi flag fall is CNY13 for the first three kilometers, and it is CNY2.3 per kilometer for the remainder of the journey. If the journey is longer than 15 kilometers (8 miles), the charge rises to CNY3.45 per kilometer. From 23:00 to 05:00 the flag fall is CNY14.4 for the first three kilometers, and then CNY2.76 per kilometer, while CNY4.14 per kilometer for a journey over 15 kilometers (8 miles). Waiting and stationary time is charged is equivalent to 2 kilometer for each 5 minutes. 


- Taxis can be booked by calling 96103.

- It is easy to hail a taxi in Beijing, but make sure you use an official one with a taxi sign on the roof and with the driver's registration card.

- Ask someone to write down your destination in Chinese beforehand in case of getting lost.


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