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 New Airport, will be built in Daxing District in the near future. 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.
|Capital Airport |
Terminal 1 Terminal 2
Terminal 3 - Transfer in T3,
- Facilities & Services of T3
Airport Express Train
Airport Shuttle Bus to Downtown
Community Bus to Shunyi
Intercity Bus to Tianjin, Hebei & Inner Mongolia
Flights to Shanghai
Flights to Xian
Flights to Guangzhou
Flights to Hong Kong
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:
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|Bullet Train Locomotive |
As one of the busiest long-distance bus transport hubs, Beijing has 20 coach stations operating buses to Tianjin, Zhangjiakou, Xian, 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……
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On October 1st, 1969, the first subway line of this city was put into use, making it the first China city having subway. 19 subway lines (including one airport express line) have been in operation with a total mileage of 574 kilometers (367 miles) in the city up to 2017. 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 14
, Line 15
, Line 16
, Batong Line
, Yizhuang Line
, Changping Line
, Daxing Line
, Fangshan Line
Lines to be Opened:Yanfang Line
, Western Suburban Line
, Line S1 Subway Maps
Over 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.
Among all the public transit tools, taxi is probably the most flexible. Currently, about 130,000 taxis run in the city, taking passengers to any places in the city.
More than 55,000 public bicycles are found in the urban and suburban areas. Cycling is a good way for a short trip and has developed into a popular and energy-saving transport means. People between 18 and 65 years old and over 130cm (around 4.3ft) can easily rent a bike at any rental site with a Transportation Smart Card, whose bike rental function must be activated in advance. Besides, you can also download a sharing bike
app such as Mobike, ofo, and CoolQi, to use those dockless bikes by the roadside.
Rickshaw 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 is a good way to save time and money, which can be used by everyone on all subway lines, most city buses, some taxis, and even some supermarkets, restaurants, parks, and department stores, etc in the city. When used for paying the city bus, passengers can enjoy a 50% discount. When leaving the city, one can return it at some designated sites like subway stations, bus companies and branches of China Citic Bank at no lost if the card is well-preserved.