Beijing Subway

Beijing Subway is the busiest metro system in the world. By 2019, the Beijing subway system has 23 lines and 405 stations. The rail network extends 699.3 kilometers (434.5 miles) across 12 urban and suburban districts of Beijing and into one district of Langfang in the neighboring Hebei province. It is still expanding. The most recent expansion came into effect on December 28, 2019.

Taking the Beijing subway is the fastest and economic way to travel around downtown Beijing. This article will introduce the Beijing subway with some useful travel information.

Beijing Subway Map

Beijing Subway Map

Beijing Subway Tickets

 Beijing Subway
 

The Beijing Subway switched from a fixed-fare to a distance-based fare schedule for all lines except the Capital Airport Express in 2014.

For all lines except the two Airport Express lines, ticket price starts at CNY 3 for a trip up to 6 km (4 mi) in distance, with CNY 1 added for the next 6 km (4 mi), for every 10 km thereafter until the trip distance reaches 32 km, and for every 20 km beyond the first 32 km.

The Capital Airport Express has a fixed fare of CNY 25 per ride. The Daxing Airport Express is the only line to maintain class-based fares with ordinary class fare varying with distance from CNY 10 to CNY 35 and business class fare fixed at CNY 50 per ride.

Same station transfers are free on all subway lines except the two Airport Express lines and the Xijiao Line, which require the purchase of a new ticket when transferring to or from these three lines.

Beijing Subway Hours

Although the time of the last train depends on the station and line, most lines operate between 5 am and 11 pm.

For the most pleasant subway experience, avoid the subway during rush hours (7 - 9 am and 6 – 8 pm) and public holidays.

Beijing Subway Lines

There are 23 subway lines including two airport express lines in Beijing now. Ten of them mainly run in the center of Beijing, providing service within the Line 10 loop. The other thirteen lines provide service predominantly to one or more of the suburbs beyond the 5th Ring Road.

Line 1

Line 1 connects major commercial centers, such as Xidan, Wangfujing, Dongdan, and the Beijing CBD.

Tourists can get to Tian'anmen and Wangfujing by Line 1.

  • Length: 31 km (19 mi)
  • Stations: 22
  • Routes:
    Guchenglu - Bajiao Amusement Park - Babaoshan - Yuquanlu - Wukesong - Wanshoulu - Gongzhufen - Military Museum - Muxidi - Nanlishilu - Fuxingmen - Xidan - Tian'anmen West - Tian'anmen East - Wangfujing - Dongdan - Jianguomen - Yong'anli - Guomao - Dawanglu - Sihui- -Sihui East

Line 2

Beijing subway has 2 loop lines. Line 2 is the first one, it is the inner rectangular loop line, tracking along the Ming-era inner city wall.

Tourists can get to Qianmen and Beijing Railway Station by Line 2.

  • Length: 23 km (14 mi)
  • Stations: 18
  • Routes:
    Xizhimen - Chegongzhuang - Fuchengmen - Fuxingmen - Changchunjie - Xuanwumen - Hepingmen - Qianmen - Chongwenmen - Beijing Railway Station - Jianguomen - Chaoyangmen - Dongsishitiao - Dongzhimen - Yonghegong - Andingmen - Guloudajie - Jishuitan

Line 4

 Beijing Railway South Station
 

Line 4 is a main north-south line running through the west of the city center.

Line 4 connects with Daxing Line at Gongyixiqiao Station. Although these lines are classified as separate lines, they operate as a single line. There are two different routes. The first one is a full line connecting both Line 4 and Daxing Line; the second one is a shorter line that ends at Xingong Station which is the first station of Daxing Line.

Tourists can get to Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace), Beijing Zoo, and Beijing South Railway Station by Line 4.

  • Length: 28 km (18 mi)
  • Stations: 24
  • Routes:
    Anheqiao North – Beigongmen - Xiyuan - Yuanmingyuan - East Gate of Beijing University - Zhongguancun - Haidian Huangzhuang - Renmin University - Weigongcun - National Library - Beijing Zoo - Xizhimen - Xijiekou - Ping'anli - Xisi - Lingjinghutong - Xidan - Xuanwumen - Caishikou - Taoranting - Beijing South Railway Station - Majiapu – Jiaomenxi - Gongyixiqiao

Line 5

Line 5 is a straight north-south line that runs through the east of the city center.

Tourists can get to the Temple of Heaven by Line 5.

  • Length: 28 km (17 mi)
  • Stations: 23
  • Routes:
    Tiantongyuan North - Tiantongyuan - Tiantongyuan South - Lishuiqiao - Lishuiqiao South - Beiyuanlu North - Datunlu East - Huixinxijie Beikou - Huixinxijie Nankou - Hepingxiqiao - Hepingli Beijie - Yonghegong - Beixinqiao - Zhangzizhonglu - Dongsi - Dengshikou - Dongdan - Chongwenmen - Ciqikou - Tiantan Dongmen - Puhuangyu - Liujiayao - Songjiazhuang

Line 6

Line 6 is a nearly straight east-west line running parallel and to the north of Line 1. It is the second-longest Beijing Subway line after Line 10.

Tourists can get to Beihai Park and Nanluoguxiang by Line 6.

  • Length: 53 km (33 mi)
  • Stations: 32
  • Routes:
    Lucheng - Dongxiayuan - Haojiafu - Beiyunhe East - Beiyunhe West - Tongzhou Beiguan - Wuzixueyuanlu - Caofang - Changying - Huangqu - Dalianpo - Qiannianlu - Shilipu - Jintailu - Hujialou - Dongdaqiao - Chaoyangmen - Dongxi - Nanluoguxiang - Beihai North - Ping'anli - Chegongzhuang - Chegongzhuang West - Baishiqiao South - Huayuanqiao - Cishousi - Haidianwuluju - Tiancun - Liaogongzhuang - Xihuangcun - Yangzhuang - Jin'anqiao

Line 7

 Beijing Railway West Station
 

Line 7 is an east-west line running parallel and to the south of Line 1. The last stop - Universal Resort Station is not opened yet. It is planned to open in 2021.

Tourists can get to Beijing West Railway Station by Line 7.

  • Length: 40 km (25 mi)
  • Stations: 29
  • Routes:
    Beijing West Railway Station - Wanzi - Daguanying - Guanganmennei - Caishikou - Hufangqiao - Zhushikou - Qiaowan - Ciqikou - Guangqumen Nei - Guangqumen Wai - Shuangjing - Jiulongshan - Dajiaoting - Baiziwan - Huagong - Nanlouzizhuang - Beijing Happy Valley - Fatou - Shuanghe - Jiaohuachang - Huangchang - Langxinzhuang - Heizhuanghu - Wangsheng West - Wangsheng East - Qunfang - Gaoloujin - Huazhuang

Line 8

Line 8 is a north-south line following the city's central axis. The construction is not finished yet. Currently, the line consists of two discontinuous line segments. It is planned to open the last four-station to connect the whole line in 2022.

Tourists can get to Olympic Park, Shichahai, Nanluoguxiang, and National Art Museum by Line 8.

  • Length: 29 km (18 mi) for the North Section; 16 km (10 mi) for the South Section
  • Stations: 19 for the North Section; 12 for the South Section
  • Routes:
    North Section: Zhuxinzhuang - Yuzhilu - Pingxifu - Huilongguan East Street - Huoying - Yuxi - Xixiaokou - Yongtaizhuang - Lincuiqiao - South Gate of Forest Park - Olympic Park - Olympic Sports Center - Beitucheng - Anhuaqiao - Andelibeijie - Guloudajie - Shichahai - Nanluoguxiang - National Art Museum
    South Section: Zhushikou - Tianqiao - Yongdingmenwai - Muxiyuan - Haihutun - Dahongmen South - Heyi - Donggaodi - Huojianwanyuan - Wufutang - Demao - Yinghai

Line 9

Connect with Fangshan Line and downtown, Line 9 is a north-south line running west of Line 4.

Tourists can get to Beijing West Railway Station by Line 9.

  • Length: 17 km (10 mi)
  • Stations: 13
  • Routes:
    National Library - Baishiqiao South - Baiduizi - Military Museum - Beijing West Railway Station - Liuliqiao East - Liuliqiao - Qilizhuang - Fengtaidongdajie - Fengtainanlu - Keyilu - Fengtai Science Park - Guogongzhuang

Line 10

Besides Line 2, Line 10 is the other entirely enclosed loop line in the Beijing subway system. It is the longest and busiest line in Beijing.

Tourists can get to Panjiayuan by Line 10.

  • Length: 57 km (35 mi)
  • Stations: 45
  • Routes:
    Xiju - Liuliqiao - Lianhuaqiao - Gongzhufen - Xidiaoyutai - Cishousi - Chedaogou - Changchunqiao - Huoqiying - Bagou - Suzhoujie - Haidianhuangzhuang - Zhichunli - Zhichunlu - Xitucheng - Mudanyuan - Jiandemen - Beitucheng - Anzhenmen - Huixinxijie Nankou - Shaoyaoju - Taiyanggong - Sanyuanqiao - Liangmaqiao - Agriculture Exhibition Center - Tuanjiehu - Hujialou - Jintaixizhao - Guomao - Shuangjing - Jinsong - Panjiayuan - Shilihe - Fenzhongsi - Chengshousi - Songjiazhuang - Shiliuzhuang - Dahongmen - Jiaomen East - Jiaomen West - Caoqiao - Jijiamiao - Shoujingmao - Fengtai Railway Station - Niwa

Line 13

At the northwest and northeast corners of Line 2, Line 13 across the north of the city, the whole route is inverted U-shaped.

  • Length: 41 km (25 mi)
  • Stations: 17
  • Routes:
    Xizhimen - Dazhongsi - Zhichunlu - Wudaokou - Shangdi - Qinghe - Xierqi - Longze - Huilongguan - Huoying - Lishuiqiao - Beiyuan - Wangjing West - Shaoyaoju - Guangximen - Liufang - Dongzhimen

Line 14

 Beijing Subway
 

The construction of Line 14 is not finished yet. Currently, the line consists of two discontinuous line segments. The shorter section is in the southwestern suburbs, it is an east-west line from Zhangguozhuang Station to Xiju Station on Line 10. The longer section is in the southeast suburbs, it is an inverted L-shaped line.

Tourists can get to Garden Expo Park and Beijing South Railway Station by Line 14.

  • Length: 12 km (8 mi) for the West Section; 31 km (20 mi) for the East Section
  • Stations: 7 for the West Section; 21 for the East Section
  • Routes:
    West Section: Zhangguozhuang - Garden Expo Park - Dawayao - Guozhuangzi - Dajing - Qilizhuang – Xiju
    East Section: Beijing South Railway Station - Yongdingmenwai - Jingtai - Puhuangyu - Fangzhuang - Shilihe - Xigongdaximen - Pingleyuan - Jiulongshan - Dawanglu - Jintailu - Chaoyang Park - Zaoying - Dongfengbeiqiao - Jiangtai - Wangjing South - Futong - Wangjing - Donghuqu - Laiguangying - Shangezhuang

Line 15

Located in the northern suburb, Line 15 is an east-west line that runs between the northern 4th and 5th Ring Road.

  • Length: 41 km (26 mi)
  • Stations: 20
  • Routes:
    Fengbo - Shunyi - Shimen - Nanfaxin - Houshayu - Hualikan - China International Exhibition Center - Sunhe - Maquanying - Cuigezhuang - Wangjing East - Wangjing - Wangjing West - Guanzhuang - Datunlu East - Anlilu - Olympic Park - Beishatan - Liudaokou - Qinghuadongluxikou

Line 16

Line 16 branches off Line 4 at Xiyuan Station into the northwest suburbs of the Haidian District. It is an inverted L-shaped line.

  • Length: 20 km (12 mi)
  • Stations: 10
  • Routes:
    Beianhe - Wenyanglu - Daoxianghulu - Tundian - Yongfeng - Yongfeng South - Xibeiwang - Malianwa - Nongdananlu - Xiyuan

Batong Line

Batong Line extends Line 1 eastward from Sihui Station to suburban Tongzhou District. Although these two lines both pass Sihui and Sihui East, they do not operate as a connected line. Passengers have to transfer to these two stations. With the project of the through-operation of Line 1 and Batong Line was approved in June 2020, these two lines are expected to link up in 2021.

  • Length: 23 km (15 mi)
  • Stations: 14
  • Routes:
    Sihui - Sihui East - Gaobeidian - Communication University of China - Shuangqiao - Guanzhuang - Baliqiao - Tongzhoubeiyuan - Guoyuan - Jiukeshu - Liyuan - Linheli - Tuqiao - Huazhuang

Daxing Line

 Daxing Railway
 

Daxing Line extends Line 4 southward to the suburban Daxing District. Daxing Line connects with Line 4 at Gongyixiqiao Station. Although these lines are classified as separate lines, they operate as a single line.

  • Length: 22 km (14 mi)
  • Stations: 11
  • Routes:
    Gongyixiqiao - Xingong - Xihongmen - Gaomidian North - Gaomidian South - Zaoyuan - Qingyuanlu - Huangcunxidajie - Huangcun Railway Station - Yihezhuang - Biopharmaceutical Base - Tiangongyuan

Yizhuang Line

Yizhuang Line extends Line 5 southeastward from Songjiazhuang Station to Yizhuang Railway Station in the southeastern suburbs. Yizhuang Line and Line 5 do not link up with each other directly, passengers have to transfer at Songjiazhuang Station.

  • Length: 23 km (14 mi)
  • Stations: 14
  • Routes:
    Songjiazhuang - Xiaocun - Xiaohongmen - Jiugong - Yizhuangqiao - Yizhuang Culture Park - Wanyuanjie - Rongjingdongjie - Rongchangdongjie - Tongjinanlu - Jinghailu - Ciqu South - Ciqu - Yizhuang Railway Station

Fangshan Line

Fangshan Line extends Line 9 southward from Guogongzhuang Station to Fangshan District in the southwestern suburbs. Fangshan Line is planned to extend northward and connect with Line 16 in the future.

  • Length: 27 km (17 mi)
  • Stations: 12
  • Routes:
    Guogongzhuang - Dabaotai - Daotian - Changyang - Libafang - Guangyangcheng - Liangxiang University Town North - Liangxiang University Town - Liangxiang University Town West - Liangxiangnanguan - Suzhuang - Yancun East

Yanfang Line

Yanfang Line extends the Fangshan Line further into the western Fangshan District. But Yanfang Line and Fangshan do not link up with each other directly, passengers have to transfer at Yancun East Station. These two lines are expected to operate as connected lines in the future.

  • Length: 14 km (9 mi)
  • Stations: 9
  • Routes:
    Yancun East - Zicaowu - Yancun - Xingcheng - Dashihe East - Magezhuang - Raolefu - Fangshanchengguan - Yanshan

Line S1

Line S1 is a low-speed maglev line connecting suburban Mentougou District with Line 6 in Shijingshan District. The last stop - Pingguoyuan Station is not opened yet. It is planned to open in 2022.

  • Length: 9 km (6 mi)
  • Stations: 7
  • Routes:
    Shichang - Xiaoyuan - Liyuanzhuang - Shang'an - Qiaohuying - Sidaoqiao - Jin'anqiao

Changping Line

Changping Line branches off Line 13 at Xi'erqi station and runs north through the suburban Changping District. It is expected to connect with Line 9 at National Library Station in the future.

  • Length: 32 km (20 mi)
  • Stations: 12
  • Routes:
    Changping Xishankou - Ming Tombs - Changping - Changping Dongguan - Beishaowa - Nanshao - Shahe University Park - Shahe - Gonghuacheng - Zhuxinzhuang - Life Science Park - Xierqi

Xijiao Line

Xijiao Line is a light rail line that branches off Line 10 at Bagou Station and extends west to Fragrant Hills.

  • Length: 9 km (6 mi)
  • Stations: 6
  • Routes:
    Fragrant Hill - Botanical Garden - Wan'an - Chapeng - West Gate of Summer Palace - Bagou

Capital Airport Express

 Capital Airport
 

Capital Airport Express of Beijing Subway runs from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 and then to the city center with stops at Sanyuanqiao and Dongzhimen. It is faster than Airport Shuttle Bus and has more frequencies. It operates from 6:30-23:00 and leaves every 10 minutes. A one-way trip takes approximately 20 minutes and costs CNY 25.

  • Length: 28 km (17 mi)
  • Stations: 4
  • Routes:
    Dongzhimen - Sanyuanqiao - Terminal 3 - Terminal 2

Daxing Airport Express

 Daxing Airport
 

Daxing Airport Express runs from Caoqiao to Daxing Airport (Terminal 1) currently. The construction of this line is not finished yet. It is planned to start from Lize Business District and end at Daxing Airport South in the future.

Daxing Airport Express is a fast and convenient way to reach your destination in Beijing city center. It operates from 6:30-22:30 and leaves every 8-10 minutes. A single trip takes 20 minutes and costs around CNY 35.

  • Length: 41 km (26 mi)
  • Stations: 3
  • Routes:
    Caoqiao - Daxing Xincheng - Daxing Airport

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