Beijing Transportation

Beijing is the most important transportation hub in mainland China in air, rail and road transportation: China’s largest airport is located here; it is the biggest rail hub of the country; many national roads and expressways radiate out here. Its urban area also has well appointed transport system. However, as a metropolis in a densely populated country, transportation in the city’s urban area is a bit crowded, especially during rush hours (around 08:00 and 18:00). During these time periods, traffic jams are common and may cause significant delays. If possible, avoid taking buses/taxis at this time of a day as it may drain your limited vacation time. The local government has carried out many measures to relieve traffic pressure, including encouraging traveling by public transport tools, allocating car registration by a license-plate lottery system, and controlling traffic by odd-even license plates, etc.

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There are two passenger airports in Beijing: Capital International Airport in northeast of the city, about 25 kilometers (about 16 miles) from Tiananmen Square and Nanyuan Airport in south city, about 13 kilometers (about 8 miles) from Tiananmen Square. The third airport, Beijing Daxing International Airport, will be built in Daxing District in the October, 2019. Most of the domestic and international flights arrive at and depart from the capital international airport, the reputed “First Door of China”.  It is the largest, busiest, most important modern airport in China as well as the first and only airport in Asia-Pacific area equipped with two control towers, three terminals and three runways. Currently, over 90 airlines operate about 1,400 flights to / from 223 destinations at home and abroad here. The airport can be easily reached by airport shuttle bus, express subway train and taxi.

Beijing Airport
Capital Airport

Capital Airport

 Terminal 1      Terminal 2
 Terminal 3Transfer in T3
  - Facilities & Services of T3
  - Airport Maps

Airport Express Train
 Airport Shuttle Bus to Downtown
 Community Bus to Shunyi
 Intercity Bus to Tianjin, Hebei & Inner Mongolia

It is the center of China’s railway net, which has trains to most of cities of the country. The main railway lines here include Jingjiu Railway from Beijing to Kowloon in Hong Kong, Jinghu Railway to Shanghai, Jingguang Railway to Guangzhou and Jingha Railway to Harbin, etc. In recent years, the inter-city railway to Tianjin, the high speed rails to Shanghai and Guangzhou have also been built, by which passengers can get to Tianjin from the capital city in about half an hour, to Shanghai in about 4.5 hours and to Guangzhou in 8 hours. Passengers to / from the city are now served by about 800 trains at four railway stations:

Beijing Railway Station
Beijing Railway Station 
Beijing Train
Bullet Train Locomotive

As one of the busiest long-distance bus transport hubs, Beijing has 20 coach stations operating buses to Tianjin, Zhangjiakou, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Harbin and Suzhou. There are ten major ones in downtown, including Liuliqiao Passenger Transportation Junction, Bawangfen Long-distance Bus Station, Lianhuachi Bus Station, Dongzhimen Long-Distance Bus Station……

Transportation to Major Destinations and Nearby Cities

 How to Travel between Beijing and Tianjin

 How to Travel between Beijing and Zhangjiakou

 Airport Bus to Tianjin, Hebei & Inner Mongolia

 Beijing-Shanghai Train vs. Plane:   High Speed Train to Shanghai,     Flights to Shanghai

 Beijing-Guangzhou Train vs. Plane:   High Speed Train to Guangzhou,     Flights to Guangzhou

 Beijing-Xi'an Train vs. Plane:   High Speed Train to Xi'an,     Flights to Xi'an

 Beijing - Hong Kong Train vs. Flight: Train to Hong KongFlights to Hong Kong

Beijing Subway
 Subway Station

On October 1st, 1969, the first subway line of this city was put into use, making it the first China city having subway. 22 subway lines (including one airport express line) have been in operation with a total mileage of 608 kilometers (378 miles) in the city nowadays. Due to the frequent traffic jams, especially during rush hours, subway is probably the most time-saving transport means in the city. Even some super stars in the city travel by subway if in a hurry. 

Operating Subway Lines:
Line 1, Line 2, Line 4, Line 5, Line 6, Line 7, Line 8, Line 9, Line 10, Line 13, Line 14Line 15, Line 16, Batong Line, Yizhuang Line, Changping Line, Daxing Line, Fangshan LineYanfang LineWestern Suburban Line, Line S1

 Subway Maps

Beijing TransportationOver 1,200 bus routes are running in Beijing, including regular downtown lines, suburban lines, night lines and intercity lines. Payment by both cash and the Transportation Smart Card can be accepted.
  Bus / Subway Search
 Hub of Tour Dispatch: offering tourist buses to major attractions in and around the city.
 Sightseeing Bus: Dangdang trolley bus & city sightseeing bus to Tiananmen Square and Summer Palace; tourist bus to Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs.

67,000 taxis are in operation in Beijing to serve the public with the flag-down rate of CNY13 for the first 3km (2mi). The drivers would charge by meter for downtown travels, and ask for flat rate for long-distance trips. An 8-hour taxi rental with driver may cost CNY500-800. The cost from Capital Airport to Badaling Great Wall is CNY500-600 for a round trip.

86,000 public bicycles at the docking stations and 2.35 million dockless sharing bikes are good supplement to the mass transit of Beijing city buses and subways. The public bikes can be rented by everyone who is between 18-65 years old and over 1.3m (4ft) with the Transportation Smart Card.


Rickshaw of Hutong TourRickshaw is a traditional form of transport. Nowadays, modern rickshaw travel is an excellent way to experience old Beijing culture and Hutongs (alleyways). After paying a negotiated fare, the rickshaw pullers will take you through the narrow lanes. They give you detailed explanations on the history and culture of the Hutongs and some even speak fluent English.

Professional tour guides speaking English, Japanese and other foreign languages are also available in the Hutongs. For self-guided travelers, it takes 20-30min for a simple rickshaw experience and costs CNY20-30 per person. If a puller asks for tips, CNY5-10 would be proper. To explore more of the city by rickshaw accompanied by a professional guide, it takes around 2.5h and the charge is CNY200-250 per person. Sometimes the rates are higher than taxi rates, especially during holidays. Therefore, it is recommended to bargain for an exact price prior to boarding.
 Rickshaw Tour to Hutongs

It can be used by everyone without registration on all subway lines, city buses, taxis, Airport Express Train, S2 trains to Badaling Great Wall, and public bicycles. Some dedicated supermarkets, restaurants, parks, and department stores also accept the payment with the card. One can buy and top up it at the Customer Service Centers of all subway stations.

Named Jingjinji Card for short, the transportation card works for dedicated city buses in Beijing, including all routes departing from the Railway Stations, and Dang-dang Sightseeing Bus Line 1 & Line 2, public buses in Tianjin Binhai New Area and Wuqing District, and all buses in cities of Hebei Province like Shijiazhuang, Zhangjiakou, Qinghuangdao and Xingtai.

- Last modified on Jan. 13, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Transportation
Asked by Steve B from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 12, 2019 04:27Reply
Intl. arrival from London Heathrow - domestic connection to Guilin (both flights PEK T3)
I am arriving at 0930 from the U.K. and my connecting flight leaves at 12.35. Now that fingerprint recognition is necessary, is there sufficient time to go through customs immigration etching
Steve B UK
Answers (1)
Answered by Anna from USA | Jan. 13, 2019 22:26

Yes, generally speaking, the transfer time is enough. Don't worry. :)
Asked by kim from CANADA | Jan. 11, 2019 17:42Reply
which shuttle bus to Beijing novotel xin qiao?
Hi can you tell me which shuttle bus to go novotel xin qiao?, and how much the bus fare?
Answers (1)
Answered by Antonia from DENMARK | Jan. 13, 2019 22:24

You are advised to take airport shuttle bus West Railway Station Line and get off at Ciqikou Station. The ticket fare is CNY30 per person. Then walk north along Chongwenmen Outer Street around 1km to the destination.
Asked by Nohda from COLOMBIA | Jan. 01, 2019 03:05Reply
Hi, I need to go from PEK airport to Dongying, Which is the best way and how much it cost?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Eli from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 01, 2019 23:35

You can take airport express from PEK to Sanyuanqiao Station. It costs CNY25 per person. Then take metro line 10 to Guomao Station and transfer to line 1 to Dawang Road Station, Exit B. Walk south around 850 meters to get to Bawangfen Coach Station. There are several direct coaches to get to Dongying. The metro ticket is CNY4 per person. The bus schedules are 07:30, 09:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:30, 17:00 and 19:00. It takes around 5.5 hours on the way. The ticket fare is CNY151 per person.
Asked by Rdil from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 26, 2018 10:24Reply
I have a transfer time at Beijing Capital Airport of 2 hours
from international flight(London) to international flight (Ho Chi Minh City).
Both flights are China Southern Airlines and Terminal 2.
Will this be enough time if the first flight is on time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Natalie from FINLAND | Dec. 26, 2018 18:30

Yes, the transfer time is enough. :)
Asked by Steve from CANADA | Dec. 23, 2018 20:35Reply
Hi. I'm flying JFK-PEK-NRT. All on (CA) Air China Arrive at PEK around 5:30am.
What is the process after I deplane- Will I go though immigration ... or just security before finding the gate for the next flight to NRT?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ryan from CAMEROON | Dec. 25, 2018 18:38

According to the situation, it is an international to international transfer both in T3 at PEK. The transfer procedures are the following:
Flight Arrival - Transfer Procedures - Border Inspection - Security Check - Custom Inspection - Waiting & Boarding
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