Currently, there are over 800 bus routes in operation in this city, supplied by the buses numbered 1~998. They are mainly divided into the following categories:
Numbered 1~100—Bus routes are within the 3rd Ring Road.
101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 114, 115, 118 and 124—Trolleys, most of them run within the 2nd Ring Road.
Numbered 201~215—Night routes, only in operation after 23:00.
Numbered 300~810—Offering bus routes from downtown area to suburban Beijing.
Numbered 900~998—Running long distances, such as from downtown area to the Great Wall.
All buses are charged by distance. The minimum charge is CNY2 for the first 6 miles (10km), and then an extra CNY1 is added per additional 3 miles (5km). Passengers paying by Beijing Transportation Smart Card enjoy 50% discount when taking buses in city downtown. They can enjoy 30% discount for taking some suburban buses.
1. If there are three gates on a bus, please embark using the middle gate and disembark from the other two gates.
2. Those pay by a smart cards have to touch the card to the reader machine when one embarks on the bus and disembarks from the bus. At least CNY1 should be kept on their smart cards for taking bus.
3. Over payment by cash into the coin machine will not be refunded.
Dang-dang Trolley Sightseeing Bus
Two trolley sightseeing bus routes are in operation to serve all tourists in the city, both running in a loop line. Bilingual (Chinese and English) tour guide on each bus friendly introduces the pass-by attractions and their history. Maps of Beijing and travel guide handbooks are available onboard for all tourists’ convenience.
Line 1: It has 21 stations, passing 20 noted attractions, such as Qianmen, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, National Museum, Beihai Park and Jingshan Park.
Operating hours: 08:00 – 17:00 at intervals of 5-10 minutes
Fee: It costs CNY10 per person and CNY5 if paid by Transportation Smart Card.
Boarding points: Yongdingmen Inside – Xiannongtan – Tianqiao – Zhushikou South –Dashilar – Tiananmen Square East – Tiananmen West – West Gate of Zhongshan Park – West Gate of Forbidden City – Beihai – Forbidden City – Shatanlukou West – Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital – Nanheyan – Tiananmen East – Tiananmen Square West – Qianmen – Dashilar – Zhushikou South – Tianqiao – Yongdingmen Inside
Line 2: It has 15 stations, passing around 10 famous attractions like Qianmen, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Beihai Park, Jingshan Park and Wangfujing Pedestrian Street.
Operating hours: 08:00 – 17:00 between Apr. 1st and Oct. 31st; 08:30 – 17:00 between Nov. 1st and the next Mar. 31st
Frequency: 5-10 minutes
Fee: It costs CNY15 per person and CNY10 if paid by Transportation Smart Card.
Boarding points: Qianmen – Tiananmen Square East – Tiananmen West - West Gate of Zhongshan Park - West Gate of Forbidden City – Beihai – Forbidden City – Beichizibeikou – East Gate of Forbidden City – Dong’anmen Street West Exit – New Dong’an Market – Wangfujinglukou North – Tiananmen East – Tiananmen Square West - Qianmen
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