Beijing City Bus

Beijing Bus Categories

Currently, there are over 1,200 bus routes in operation in Beijing. 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
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 201~215 serve from 23:00 to 04:30 or 05:00 the next day. 

Ticket Fare

All buses are charged by distance. The minimum charge is CNY 2 for the first 10 km (6 mi), and then an extra CNY 1 is added per additional 5 km (3 mi). Passengers paying by Beijing Transportation Smart Card enjoy a 50% discount when taking buses in the downtown area. They can enjoy a 30% discount for taking some suburban buses. Children below 1.3 m (4.2 ft) can take public bus routes for free.

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 card have to swipe the card to the reader machine when embarking on the bus and also disembarking. At least CNY 1 should be kept in the card.
3. Over payment by cash into the coin box will not be refunded.

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

Dangdang Bus – Beijing Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus

The old Beijingers call the sightseeing trolley bus Dangdang because of the sound made by the bronze bell in the front. There are three hop on hop off bus tour lines in the day. Line 1 & Line 2 both run in a loop. Line 3 has double-decked buses, linking the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. 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. Two night lines allow visitors to appreciate the night piece of the city.

Line 1:

Hours: 8:00 – 17:00 at an interval of 8-10 minutes
Fare: CNY 15 per person in cash; or CNY 10 paid by Transportation Smart Card.
Terminal: 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 Park – Forbidden City – Shatan Lukou West – Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital – Nanheyan – Tiananmen East – Tiananmen Square West – Qianmen – Dashilar – Zhushikou South – Tianqiao – Yongdingmen Gate Tower

Line 2:

Hours: Apr. 1st to Oct. 31st: 8:00 – 17:00; Nov. 1st to the next Mar. 31st: 8:30 – 17:00
Frequency: 5-10 minutes
Fare: CNY 15 per person in cash; or CNY 10 by Transportation Smart Card.
Terminal: 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 – Beichizi Beikou – East Gate of Forbidden City – Dong'anmen Street West Exit  – New Dong'an Market – Wangfujing Lukou North – Tiananmen East – Tiananmen Square West – Qianmen

Line 3:

It passes several well-known landmarks such as Summer Palace, Ruins of Yuanmingyuan, Tsinghua University, 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.
Hours: 9:00 – 16:30 from Summer Palace's Beigongmen (North Palace Gate);
           9:15 – 17:00 from Forbidden City's Shenwumen (Gate of Divine Prowess)
Fare: CNY 20 per person in cash; CNY 15 by Transportation Smart Card. Children under 1.3 m can enjoy free rides.
Terminals: Beigongmen; Shenwumen
Distance: 54.5 kilometers (33.5 miles)

Night Sightseeing Bus – East Line:

Time: 20:00, 20:30
Fare: CNY 30; Children under 1.3 m can enjoy free rides.
Terminal: Qianmen
Route: Qianmen – Chang'an Avenue – CBD – Sanlitun Bar Street – Guijie Night Market – Nanluogu Xiang (South Gong and Drum Lane) – Shichahai

Night Sightseeing Bus – West Line:

Time: 19:30
Duration: 3.5 hours
Fare: CNY 100; Children above 1.2 m: CNY 80; Children under 1.2 m (3.9 ft) can enjoy free rides.
* Reservation needs to be made through the official website or the official WeChat account.
Terminal: Qianmen
Feature: It passes Beijing Exhibition Center, CCTV Tower, West Chang'an Avenue, Ping'an Avenue, and includes a 40 minutes' cruise along the Imperial Cixi Watercourse.

 Further Reading:
 Beijing Small Group Day Tour: 1 day to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall
 Beijing Subway: To avoid the traffic jam, the fast and convenient subway trains are good choices.

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