Beijing City Bus

Bus Categories:
Currently, there are over 1,000 bus routes in operation in this city. Public buses are identified either by numbers or Chinese characters. They are mainly divided into the following nine categories:
1.    Downtown Regular Lines: 1-300
2.    Suburban Lines: 301-810
3.    Outskirts Lines: 811-998
4.    Night Lines
5.    Fast Bus Lines
6.    Circle Bus Lines
7.    Special Lines
8.    Yuntong Lines
9.    Sightseeing Lines

 Operating Hours:

 
Beijing city-bus station
City-bus Station
Generally speaking, the buses in downtown area are in operation from 05:30 until to 23:00. Some suburban lines may stop as early as around 18:00. The night lines of 201~215 serve from 23:00 to the next 04:30 or 05:00.

 Ticket Fare:
All buses are charged by distance. The minimum charge is CNY 2 for the first 6mi (10km), and then an extra CNY 1 is added per additional 3mi (5km). Passengers paying by Beijing Transportation Smart Card enjoy 50% discount when taking buses in city downtown. They can enjoy 30% discount for taking some suburban buses.

 Tips:
1. If there are three gates on a bus, please embark using the middle gate and disembark from the other two gates.
2. Those pay by a smart cards have to touch the card to the reader machine when one embarks on the bus and disembarks from the bus. At least CNY 1 should be kept on their smart cards for taking bus.
3. Over payment by cash into the coin machine will not be refunded.
 
Self-service Beijing bus
Embark a Self-service Bus
Taking a bus in Beijing
A Beijing Bus with Conductor

 Dang-dang Trolley Sightseeing Bus
Three trolley sightseeing bus routes are in operation to serve tourists in the city nowadays. Line 1 & Line 2 both running in a loop. Line 3 has double-decked buses, linking Summer Palace and Forbidden City. A friendly bilingual (Chinese and English) audio tour guide on each bus introduces the passing attractions and their history. Maps of Beijing and travel guide handbooks are available onboard for tourists' convenience.

 Line 1: It passes 20 noted attractions, such as Qianmen, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the National Museum, Beihai Park and Jingshan Park.

Operating Hours: 08:00 – 17:00 at intervals of 8-10 minutes
Fee: CNY15 per person; CNY10 per person if paid by Transportation Smart Card.
Boarding Point: Yongdingmen Gate Tower
Route: Yongdingmen Gate Tower – Xiannongtan – Tianqiao – Zhushikou South –Dashilar – Tiananmen Square East – Tiananmen West – West Gate of Zhongshan Park – West Gate of Forbidden City – Beihai – Forbidden City – Shatanlukou West – Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital – Nanheyan – Tiananmen East – Tiananmen Square West – Qianmen – Dashilar – Zhushikou South – Tianqiao – Yongdingmen Gate Tower

 Line 2: It passed some famous attractions like Qianmen, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Beihai Park, Jingshan Park and Wangfujing Pedestrian Street.

Operating Hours: 08:00 – 17:00 between Apr. 1st and Oct. 31st; 08:30 – 17:00 between Nov. 1st and the next Mar. 31st
Frequency: 5-10 minutes
Fee: CNY15 per person; CNY10 per person if paid by Transportation Smart Card.
Boarding Point: Qianmen (close to the Arrow Tower of Zhengyang Gate)
Route: Qianmen – Tiananmen Square East – Tiananmen West - West Gate of Zhongshan Park - West Gate of Forbidden City – Beihai – Forbidden City – Beichizibeikou – East Gate of Forbidden City – Dong'anmen Street West Exit  – New Dong'an Market – Wangfujinglukou North – Tiananmen East – Tiananmen Square West - Qianmen

Line 3: It passes several well-known landmarks such as Summer Palace, Ruins of Yuanmingyuan, Tsinghua & Peking University, National Stadium (Bird's Nest), Deshengmen, Drum Tower and Forbidden City. Besides, tourists can easily transfer to Line 1 and Line 2 at Shenwumen of the Forbidden City.

Operating Hours: 09:00 – 16:30 from Summer Palace's Beigongmen (North Palace Gate);
                           09:15 – 17:00 from Forbidden City's Shenwumen (Gate of Divine Prowess);
Fee: CNY 20 per person; CNY 15 per person if paid by Transportation Smart Card;
       (Child under 4 feet can enjoy the free bus.)
Boarding Points: Beigongmen; Shenwumen
Distance: 33.5 miles (54.5 kilometers)

Further Reading:
 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 this city, and thus make the city's streets so crowded. To avoid the traffic jam, the fast and convenient subway trains are good choices.