Currently, there are over 800 bus routes in operation in Beijing, 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.
City-bus Station of Beijing
Self-service bus: CNY1 paid by cash, or CNY0.4 paid by a Beijing Transportation Smart Card.
Tips: If there are three gates on a bus, pleas embark using the middle gate and disembark from the other two gates. Over payment by cash into the coin machine will not be refunded.
Charged by distance: Except of these self-service buses, the other city-buses are equipped with conductors. The flag-down rate of the bus is CNY1 for the first 12 kilometers, and then charges CNY0.5 per additional 5 kilometers. The passengers, pay the bus fare by a Beijing transportation smart card, could enjoy 60% discounts on any routes.
Tips: If you pay the bus fare by a smart card, you have to touch the card to the reader machine when you embark on the bus and then again when you disembark from the bus.
Dang-dang Trolley Sightseeing Bus
The sightseeing bus has a round trip, using Yongdingmen as its terminal. It has 21 stations, passing about 20 noted attractions, such as Qianmen, Tiananmen, Forbidden City, National Museum, Beihai, Jingshan Park, etc. The bus' service time is from 08:00 to 17:00 with frequency around 5 to 10 minutes. Bilingual (Chinese and English) tour guide on each bus is to introduce the attractions and their history. The bus fare is CNY10 per person and the local Transportation Smart Card can be used to pay.
Places to board the bus: Yongdingmen Inside – Xiannongtan – Tianqiao – Zhushikou South – Dashilar – Tiananmen (Square East) – Tiananmen (West) – Zhongshangongyuan West Gate – Forbidden City West Gate – Beihai – Forbidden City – Shatanlukou West – Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital – Nanheyan – Tiananmen (East) – Tiananmen (Square West) – Qianmen – Dashilar – Zhushikou South – Tianqiao – Yongdingmen Inside
Beijing Bus Tour: Popular bus lines to Badaling Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City...
Beijing Subway: There are so many public buses and private vehicles in Beijing, and thus make the city's streets so crowded. To avoid the traffic jam, the fast and convenient subway trains are good choices.