Beijing City Bus

City bus in Beijing is the most widely used and affordable amongst all means of public transportation, although it can be very crowded and may meet a traffic jam.
Now the entire public bus network has over 1,600 routes with over 3,2000 buses. Public buses are identified either by numbers or Chinese characters. The automatic station reporter will announce the stations both in Chinese and English.


Beijing City Bus Routes

1. Downtown Regular Lines: Bus No.1-698

2. Outskirts Lines: regular outskirts lines Bus No.804-998; outer suburb lines starting with C, F, H, M, S, T, Y, X ……

3. Night Lines: Night Line No.1-38, High-Speed Train Special Line No.1-6

Beijing Night Bus Lines
Beijing Bus Map -
Night Routes

4. Sightseeing Bus: Urban Sightseeing Line 1-3, Dang-Dang Sightseeing Lines

5. Capital Airport Shuttle Bus & Daxing Airport Shuttle Bus

6. Tram Line: Xijiao Line, Yizhuang T1 Line

7. Express Lines: BRT 1 to 4; Express Through Lines No.1-222;

8. Other Lines: Special Lines & Commuter Lines, free shuttles buses

Beijing Bus Schedule

Regular downtown bus routes usually start running at 05:00 – 06:00 and stop at 22:00 – 23:30. Some suburb lines start operating from 4:30-6:00, and stop at 19:00-21:30. Beijing night buses nos. 1 to 38 often operate from 23:00 to 05:00 the next day. BRT Lines operate from 5:00 - 23:00. Commuter and business lines only operate on weekdays and some departure time is fixed. Express Through lines also run on weekdays with fixed schedule.

Self-service Beijing bus
Embark a Self-service Bus
Taking a bus in Beijing
A Beijing Bus with Conductor

Bus Fare & How to Pay

All routes are charged by distance. The minimum fee is CNY2 for the first 10 km (6 mi), and an extra CNY1 is added every additional 5 km (3 mi). The maximum charge can be CNY10 - 12. Passengers paying by Beijing Transportation Smart Card enjoy a 50% discount on downtown buses. Children below 1.3 m (4 ft) can take all public buses for free.

Passengers should insert the exact amount of bus fare to the coin box on the downtown lines. If paying with Transportation Smart Card on these buses, they need to swipe it when getting on. Do swipe the card again if there is a card reader at the door for disembarking so that the bus fare can be deducted. Most suburb lines require paying cash to the conductor to get a paper ticket.  

Bus Stations/Stops & Boarding

Beijing City Bus Station
City Bus Station

The bus stops are marked with route details in Chinese showing route number, name of the stop you are standing at, all stops of the route, operating hours and direction of the bus. The terminals of some routes are also marked in Pinyin at some bus stops.

Passengers must wait and take a bus at the dedicated stop instead of hailing along the street. For buses with two doors, the front door is for boarding and the back one is for drop-off. Passengers taking a bus with three doors should get on from the middle door and get off from the other two.

Three urban sightseeing buses lead tourists to visit the ancient imperial city, covering must-see attractions like Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, Ruins of Yuanmingyuan and Summer Palace. Four Dang-dang sightseeing buses of Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch are available. 

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12 special tourist line to famous scenic spots in Beijing like Hongluo Temple, Qinglong GorgeMutianyu Great Wall are available. In addition, 5 holiday lines operating only on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays lead people to Baiyangdian, Jinshanling Great Wall and so on. Some city buses run to attractions in and around Beijing.  

Trolley Bus & Tram in Beijing

Beijing has totally 32 trolley buses at present.  Two tram lines, Modern Tram Xijiao Line and Yizhuang T1 Line, are in service. Shunyi Modern Tram T2 Line is under construction.

 Tram Xijiao Line
Route: Bagou, transfer with subway line 10 – West Gate of Summer Palace – Chapeng – Wan’an – Botanical Garden – Fragrant Hills
Service Hours: from Bagou 05:30 – 22:30; from Fragrant Hills 06:00 – 23:00
Frequency: 7 min
Duration: 32 min
Fare: CNY 3 – 6
Payment: cash, Beijing Transportation Smart Card

 Tram Yizhuang T1 Line
Route: Dinghaiyuan → Dinghaiyuanxi → Jinghai Yilu → Yichuang Huizhan Zhongxin (Beijing Etrong Int'l Exhibition & Convention Center) → Rongchang Dongjie → Yizhuang Tongren → Lujuandong → Taihelu → Jiuhaocun → Sihaizhuang → Taiheqiaobei → Ruihezhuang → Rongxingjie → Quzhuang → Laoguanli (not open yet)
Service Hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Frequency: 12 min
Duration: 55 min
Fare: CNY 3 – 4
Payment: cash, Beijing Transportation Smart Card

- Last updated on Jun. 30, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Beijing City Bus
Asked by Rehan Tariq from PAKISTAN | Feb. 11, 2023 20:52Reply
I want to get route from Fengtai Railway station to Pakistan Embassy.
I want to go to Pakistan embassy from Fengtai Railway station beijing. Which bus or subway should I take to reach Pakistan Embassy.
Answers (1)
Answered by Frank | Feb. 12, 2023 19:11

You may take subway line 10 to Nongye Zhanlanguan(Agriculture Exhibition Center), then walk northward for about 5 minutes to find your destination.
Asked by Kaki from GHANA | Feb. 07, 2020 18:31Reply
How can I go from Beijing south railway station to the PEK Airport?
How long does it take?
Answers (1)
Answered by Judith from UKRAINE | Feb. 09, 2020 17:40

Take metro line 4 from South Railway Station to Xuanwumen Station and then transfer to metro line 2 to Dongzhimen Station. Take Airport Express to the PEK. Generally speaking, it takes 70 mins on the way.
Asked by Chris from GERMANY | Jan. 18, 2020 04:26Reply
I search cheap bus from Peking to Badaling to the Great Wall
Answers (1)
Answered by Sally from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 18, 2020 22:00

You can take direct bus 877 from Deshengmen station to Badaling. It costs CNY12.
Asked by Daniel from SPAIN | Jan. 07, 2020 03:25Reply
Hello, the Beijing bus line 909 is yet available?
With the app moovit, it is the best option for going from Sanlitun to Qinghe Station but I have never seen that line. Thanks.
Answers (2)
Answered by Jo from FINLAND | Jan. 07, 2020 22:43

Oh, the public bus 909 still operates.
But from Sanlitun to Qinghe, there is no direct public transportation. And I don't find bus no.909 from the choices.
From Sanlitun, you can take bus no. Te16 to Huixindongqiao West (惠新东桥西) and transfer to bus no.407 to Qinghexiaoyingqiao North (清河小营桥北). After arriving, walk southwest around 900 meters to get to Qinghe Street.
Answered by Daniel from SPAIN | Jan. 08, 2020 19:11

Thanks a lot. I have seen also the option for going to Dongzhimen metro station and take the metro line 13 to Huoying station.

Best regards
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