Beijing Transportation

Beijing is the Capital of China and can be easily reached by train, plane or bus. There are two main railway stations in Beijing. One is in the centre and can be reached by Subway and another is in the Southwest of Beijing that is easily accessible by bus.

The city itself has good transport facilities. The Metro is convenient to use within the city and being expanded as you read this. The road system is excellent and traffic runs relatively smoothly except during peak traffic hours in the morning and evening when people rush to and from work. Many parts of Beijing can be explored on foot.

The main shopping areas and most of the tourist attractions are easily reached by subway, taxi or bicycle. In fact, if you are the type of person who likes to explore on foot, some of the main areas could be visited on foot. The bus system is extensive, comfortable and not crowded if you take the ones which have air-conditioning. The non air-conditioned buses are much more crowded because the monthly bus passes bought by local passengers are not valid on the air-conditioned buses.

If you will be travelling to areas outside the city center such as the Great Wall, your options are limited. You can take the cheap but sometimes unavailable tourist buses, an expensive private car/taxi or an organized tour. If you take a tour, choose carefully! Ripping off foreigners is somewhat of an art in China.

Beijing Subway (Metro)

At present, the lines of Beijing subway is included: Line 1, Line 2, Line 13 and Line Ba-Tong. The total length of all these lines is 114 kilometers and there are 70 stations in all. Line 1 is 31.04 kilometers long and has 23 stations; Line 2, 23.61 kilometers with 18 stations; Line 13, 40.85 kilometers with 16 stations; Line Ba-Tong, 18.9 kilometers and 13 stations. The Beijing Subway system is often the the fastest mode of transportation for moving around the city.

There are currently 3 or 4 subway lines in Beijing depending on how you count.
- Route 1 and 8 (both red on maps) travel on an east-west axis. There are transfer stations at Sihui and Sihui Dong to swich between these two lines.
- Route 2 (blue on maps) is a circular route.
- Route 13 (yellow on maps) forms an upside down "U".

Fuxingmen and Jianguomen are transfer stations between route 1 and route 2.
Xizhimen and Dongzhimen are transfer stations between route 2 and route 13. There are also long distance bus stations near both of these stations.

In every subway station there is a ticket office with real people in it. Subway tickets cost between 3 and 5 Yuan depending on where you go.

After four years and nine months of construction, Line 5, which connects Tiantongyuan, Changping District, in the north and Songjiazhuang, Fengtai District, in the south, opened to passengers at 2 pm on October 7, 2007. It takes 49 minutes to cover all the 23 stations along the 27.6-km rail line. The line passes through key Beijing tourist sites including Dongdan, Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) and large communities like Tiantongyuan.It only costs passengers 2 yuan to take the city's subway lines without limits on distance and transfer times.The operation of the new line, the fifth one, boosts the total length of the capital city's track transport network to 142 km and the number of stations to 93

Beijing Taxi Tips

At present, the lines of Beijing subway is included: Line 1, Line 2, Line 13 and Line Ba-Tong. The total length of all these lines is 114 kilometers and there are 70 stations in all. Line 1 is 31.04 kilometers long and has 23 stations; Line 2, 23.61 kilometers with 18 stations; Line 13, 40.85 kilometers with 16 stations; Line Ba-Tong, 18.9 kilometers and 13 stations. The Beijing Subway system is often the the fastest mode of transportation for moving around the city.

There are currently 3 or 4 subway lines in Beijing depending on how you count.
- Route 1 and 8 (both red on maps) travel on an east-west axis. There are transfer stations at Sihui and Sihui Dong to swich between these two lines.
- Route 2 (blue on maps) is a circular route.
- Route 13 (yellow on maps) forms an upside down "U".

There are at least 3 prices of Taxi in Beijing. They are priced according to the rate per kilometer.

1.20 RMB The cheapest taxi you can find, pretty small, but gets you where you want to go. Comfort and quality of ride varies from awful to not too bad. The car brand is Xiali, (Chinese, of course)
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1.60 RMB At this price range you can get a reasonably new Citroen or Volkswagen. The car is a bit bigger, a bit faster, is likely to have suspension and the air conditioning will probably work better. Still a very compact car by U.S. standards.
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2.00 RMB This is their best taxi ? At least, the most expensive. The cars are likely to be old, black, biggish, the driver likely to have some customer service and even some English skills (ok, still rare). They are likely to drive carefully too.
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The taxi price is displayed inconveniently in the corner of the rear left or right right side window. The trick is to know the types of cars so you can study the pictures of 120's and 160's above carefully !! When you get really good, you can do this at night by headlights alone at a considerable distance. :-) Note, the car types and prices never vary, so if you see this kind of Citroen or Volkswagen you can be sure it is a 160, and same with the little Xiali's, they will always be 120's .
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Beijing Airport Bus

Capital International Airport Bus Route A: Xidan Civil Aviation Mansion, Sanyuan Bridge, Capital International Airport
Notice: Operation hours: 5:30---20:00; Interval: 30 minutes; Fare: RMB 16
Capital International Airport Bus Route B: Renmin University Crosssection, Sanyuan Bridge, Capital International Airport
Notice: Operation hours: 7:30---18:00; Interval: 30 minutes; Fare: RMB 16
Capital International Airport Bus Route C (To the Airport): West gateway of Beijing International Hotel, Dabeiyao, Sanyuna Bridge, Capital International Airport
Notice: Operation hours: 6:00---19:00; Interval: 30 minutes; Fare: RMB 16
Capital International Airport Bus Route 3 (From the Airport): Capitan International Airport, Sanyuan Bridge, Yuyang Hotel, Kunlun Hotel, Dongzhimen, Dongsishitiao, Chaoyangmen, West gateway of Beijing International Hotel
Notice: Operation hours: 6:00---19:00; Interval: 30 minutes; Fare: RMB 16
Capital International Airport Bus Route D: Gongzhufen Xinxing Hotel, Anzhenli, Baitaipingzhuang, Capital International Airport
Notice: Operation hours: 6:00---19:00; Interval: 30 minutes; Fare: RMB 16
Capital International Airport Bus Route E: Art gallery, Sanyuan Bridge, Capital International Airport
Notice: Operation hours: 6:30---19:00; Interval: 30 minutes; Fare: RMB 16