Forbidden City Tickets Booking
Address: No. 4, Jingshan Qian Street, Beijing.
Transportation to Forbidden City for print
Opening Hours:
Months Openning
April to October 08:30 16:00 16:10 17:00
November to March 08:30 15:30 15:40 16:30
It is closed on Mondays, except the Chinese statutory holidays.
  • Tickets
    Price (CNY)
  • Entrance Ticket
    Morning Ticket
    Entry Time: 08:30 - 12:00
  • Entrance Ticket
    Afternoon Ticket
  • Entrance Ticket + Treasure Gallery + Clock and Watch Gallery
    Morning Ticket
    Entry Time: 08:30 - 12:00
  • Entrance Ticket + Treasure Gallery + Clock and Watch Gallery
    Afternoon Ticket
Booking Policy
Further Reading:
Recommended Beijing Day Tours

Private Day Tour to Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Badaling Great Wall from $59

Private Day Tour to Juyongguan Great Wall - Badaling Great Wall - Mutianyu Great Wall from $89

Mini Group Day Tour to Forbidden City & Great Wall $89

One Day Great Wall Hiking from Simatai West to Jinshanling $126

Forbidden City Tickets Booking FAQs

How to buy tickets to the Forbidden City Beijing?

1. Highly recommended: Use a ticket agency to help with the booking, which saves time and avoids troubles.
2. Second choice: Book tickets on the official website of the Forbidden City if you could read Chinese or you have a Chinese friend, as the web page is in Chinese only.
3. Not recommended: Buy tickets on spot at the Forbidden City, but there’s possibility that the tickets are sold out.

Do I need to book a ticket to Forbidden City in advance?

Yes, you had better book Forbidden City tickets online in advance. If booking with an agency, you are advised to book as early as possible, especially when your visiting date is during public holidays. If you buy through the official website by yourself, the earliest time is 10 days before the visiting date.

What do I need for the booking?

Your passport information is required, for booking either online or on spot.

Can I buy a ticket on the spot upon arrival?

If you have difficulties in booking Forbidden City Beijing tickets online, you can try to buy it on the spot with the help of the working staff. However, you are not guaranteed to get the ticket because only 80,000 tickets are available per day.

What is the Forbidden City ticket price?

Entrance Ticket: April - October: CNY 60; November - March: CNY 40
Treasure Gallery: CNY 10
Clock and Watch Gallery: CNY 10
* Children and seniors enjoy certain discounts.
Questions & Answers on Forbidden City Tickets Booking
Asked by Bow from THAILAND | Apr. 06, 2019 19:12Reply
I visit the forbidden city whole day. Do I need to book both morning ticket and afternoon ticket?
Dear TravelChina Guide Team

If I visit the forbidden city whole day. Do I need to book both morning ticket and afternoon ticket, please.

Also, do I need to back to the gate to register that I have afternoon ticket.

Many thanks,

Bow from Thailand
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 09, 2019 02:49

Hi, you are suggested to book the morning tickets, then you can stay till afternoon. You don't need to back to gate to register.
Asked by Karen from USA | Mar. 20, 2019 13:29Reply
If I book a ticket for the Forbidden City online, can I rent the audio guide at the ticket booth?
Or do I have to buy the ticket in person in order to be able to rent the audio guide?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jesse from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 20, 2019 20:50

Of course you can rent it if you buy the ticket online.
Asked by Simone from ITALY | Mar. 19, 2019 02:50Reply
How to book Forbidden City Tickets for a 4 years old kid?
I mean, we travel in 4 and one of my son is 4 years old. We don't need to book anything for him?
We simply book for the adults and my son will simply enter with us?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sarah from DENMARK | Mar. 24, 2019 23:24

Yes, you don't need to book anything for him. Your son will simple enter with you. In addition, you'd better bring his passport. :)
Asked by Sarah from INDONESIA | Feb. 16, 2019 00:25Reply
Can I pay for the tickets of Forbidden City on pick up day?
Answers (1)
Answered by Layla from CANADA | Feb. 17, 2019 19:47

Well, you are suggested to book and pay the tickets as soon as possible. If you still want to pay for the tickets on the pick up day, it should be 4 hours in advance.
Asked by Ben Bingham from CHINA | Jan. 13, 2019 03:48Reply
Is receipt necessary for ticket collection for Beijing Forbidden City?
I have used my gmail account to get the receipt. This account is blocked. Is it necessary to have the receipt to pick up the tickets or is my passport good enough?
Answers (2)
Answered by Mia from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 17, 2019 18:48

Don't worry. As I know, you can use the passport to pick up the entrance tickets.
Answered by Therese from SWEDEN | Jan. 31, 2019 05:41

If you booked your ticket with passport number you passport is you ticket. You don't need to pick up any ticket.
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