1. Get yourself an up-to-date, detailed Beijing transportation map;
2. Get a Public Transportation Card or carry plenty of enough change;
3. Check out the subway stations, buses and light rail nearest your hotel (consult the hotel staff);
4. Prepare some useful notes in Chinese, which you can then show to any Beijing resident - you'll find it very, very helpful.
5. Remember to swipe cards when get on and get off. If you forget to swipe card when you get off, the Bus Office will charge you the whole journey cost.
6. The bus ticket is 1 yuan each time if paid by cash within 12 kilometers distance. 0.5 yuan is needed for every 5 exceeding kilometers. Using the transportation card will save visitors’ 60% cost.
Beijing has a fleet of modern, air-conditioned vehicles, using environmentally friendly fuel systems. The Beijing bus system is more complicated than the subway as it is a maze of different routes. Some buses have conductors, the others have not. The most important thing to know in the correct bus number and the stop you want.
No. 1 (Dingchang New Village - Sihui Junction Center Station)
Go via stations like: Liuliqiao, Gongzhufen, Military Museum, Fuxing Gate, Xidan, Tian’anmen, Dongdan, Beijing Railway Station, Yong’anli and Sihui
No. 59 (Caihuying Bridge - Beijing East Station)
Go via important stations: Dashila,, Tian’anmen East, Wangfujing and East of Beijing Station
No. 82 (East of National Stadium - Qianmen)
Important stations: National Stadium, Drum Tower, Di’anmen, East of Tian’anmen and Qianmen
No. 120 (Tiantan South Gate - Zuojia Village)
Important Stations: Tiantan South Gate, Over Bridge, Dashila, Qianmen, East of Tian’anmen Square, East of Tian’anmen, Wangfujing, East of Beijing Railway Station and Worker’s Stadium.
Beijing was the first city in China to have a city subway network, currently Subway Line 1, Line 2(the loop line), Line Batong, or Bawangfen to Tongzhou and the light rail Line No. 13 are in use. The northern part of the city, is services by the light rail Line No. 13
Beijing Subway Map
Line 1 (Straight Line)
a. Departure time of the first train from Pingguoyuan: 5:10 AM
Departure time of the last train from Pingguoyuan: 10: 55 PM
b. Departure time of the first train from Sihuidong: 5:05 AM
Departure time of the last train from Sihuidong: 11:15 PM
Current Line 1 stations are: Pingguoyuan, Guchenglu, Bajiao Amusement Park, Babaoshan, Yuquanlu, Wukesong, Wanshoulu, Gongzhufen, Junshibowuguan, Muxidi, Nanlishilu, Fuxingmen (interchange to Line 2), Xidan, Tian'anmen West, Tian'anmen East, Wangfujing, Dongdan, Jianguomen (interchange to Line 2), Yong'anli, Guomao, Dawanglu, Sihui (interchange to Batong Line) and Sihuidong (interchange to Batong Line).
Line 2 (Loop Line)
Departure time of the first train from Jishuitan: 5:03 AM
Departure time of the last train from Jishuitan: 11:00 PM
Current Line 2 stations are: Xizhimen (interchange to Line 13), Chegongzhuang, Fuchengmen, Fuxingmen (interchange to Line 1), Changchunjie, Xuanwumen, Hepingmen, Qianmen, Chongwenmen, Beijing Railway Station, Jianguomen (interchange to Line 1), Chaoyangmen, Dongsishitiao, Dongzhimen (interchange to Line 13), Yonghegong, Andingmen, Guloudajie and Jishuitan.
a. From the Station of Sihui
Departure time of the first train: 6:00 AM
Departure time of the last train: 10:45 PM
b. From the Station of Tuqiao
Departure time of the first train: 5:20 AM
Departure time of the last train: 10: 05PM
Current Batong Line stations are: Sihui (interchange to Line 1), Sihuidong (interchange to Line 1), Gaobeidian, Broadcasting Institute, Shuangqiao, Guanzhuang, Baliqiao, Tongzhoubeiyuan, Guoyuan, Jiukeshu, Liyuan, Linheli and Tuqiao
Line 13 (the light rail)
a. From the Station Huoying
Departure time of the first train: 5:25AM
Departure time of the last train: 9:30 PM
b. From the Station of Xizhimen
Departure time of the first train: 6:00AM
Departure time of the last train: 9:00PM
c. From the Station of Dongzhimen
Departure time of the first train: 6:00 AM
Departure time of the last train: 9:00 PM
Current Line 13 stations are: Xizhimen (interchange to Line 2), Dazhongsi, Zhichunlu, Wudaokou, Shangdi, Xi'erqi, Longze, Huilongguan, Huoying, Lishuiqiao, Beiyuan, Wangjingxi, Shaoyaoju, Guangximen, Liufang and Dongzhimen (interchange to Line 2).
The flagfall in Beijing is 13 yaun for 3 kilometers and 1 yuan fuel charge. Every exceeding kilometer costs another 2.3 yuan. At night, from 23: 00 to 5:00, every kilometer requires 120% costs. When waiting and driving under 12km/hour during 7: 00 to 9:00 and 17:00 to 19: 00, taxi will charge 2 kilometer’s fee for every passing 5 minutes.. During other time, taxi will charge 1 kilometer’s fee for every passing 5 minutes.
Tips: It is recommended that do not take taxi in 7: 00 to 9:00 and 17:00 to 19: 00. The whole city is crowded during these time and cost of taking taxi is very expensive.
Complaint Hotline: 010-68351150, 68351570.
Pedicabs are another option to see this ancient city. During rush hours pedicab are a favorite means of transport. Basically pedicabs can be called in the busy and crowded city center or famous attractions. The fare is higher than a taxi and the tourists are supposed to tip the rider if the service is good.
China was reputed as the "Kingdom of Bicycle," but in recent years more and more Chinese city dwellers use cars. George W. Bush, the former president of the USA rode a bike in Beijing on his first visit to China about 30 years ago. Many hotels offer bicycle rental service at 20 to 30 Yuan per day however a deposit is required and visitors can apply for a card rent a bike at Bicycle Rental Center. 400 yuan deposit is required.
Where to apply a bicycle card
- Dongsi Street (Get there: take subway line 5 to Zhang Zizhong Road Station and exit from Exit D);
- Changyangmen Street (No. 3, Xishuijing Hutong). Get there: Take Metro Line 2 to Changyangmen Station and exit from exit B;
- Tiantan Street (No. 47, Xicaoshi Street). Take bus No. 17, 20, 59, 71, 120, 203, 210, 626, 692 or 729 to Zhushikou South Station;
- Longtan Street, get there: take bus No. 8, 12, 34, 35, 36, 41, 352, 686, 687, 707, 750, 827, 829, 957 or 958 to Guangminglou Station.
Tel of Bike Rental Center
Dongcheng District: 4001577157
Chaoyang District: 4000887806
Renting a bike within 1 hour is free. 1 yuan is required every exceeding hour. Renting a bike within 24 hours charges 10 yuan. If a bike is not returned within 3 days, the renter can hardly rent a bike.
A number of tourist trains serve attractions in the suburbs of Beijing. Tickets for these special trains can be bought at all the ticket counters around the city. Many train stations have green passage for these special trains through which tourist can board without booking a ticket in advance and ticket can be bought upon boarding. Groups of more than 10 people, can be book three to 10 days in advance through phone: 010-65636733.
Some train ticket booking center even sell attractions adminitration fee. Sometimes purchase of attrations fee may offer you a free train ride on train to these attractions.