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.
Till 2017, the entire public bus network has over 1,200 routes with 29,515 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: 1 to 751, Te 2 to Te 19

2. Suburban Lines: 802 to 998

3. Outskirts Lines: Starting with Y, H, M, X, Fang, Xing, Mi, Shun, Tong……

4. Business Lines in Rush Hours: 0003 to 0122

5. Night Lines 1 to 38

Beijing Night Bus Lines
Beijing Bus Map -
Night Routes

6. Sightseeing Bus: Dang-dang trolley downtown lines, night tour lines, tourist lines 1, 2 & 3 to Great Wall

7. Capital Airport Shuttle Bus, Nanyuan Airport Shuttle Bus

8. Tram Line: Xijiao Line

9. Express Lines: BRT 1 to 4; Express Through Lines 1 to 150;

10. Other Lines: Special 4 to 169; Commuter Lines, Yuntong Lines 101 to 205

11. Intercity Lines: to Fengning, Xinglong, Wenan, Luanping, Goabeidian, Yanjiao, Langfang……

Beijing Bus Schedule

Regular bus routes, such as downtown, special and Yuntong lines, start running at 05:00 – 05:30 and stop at 22:00 – 23:00. Some suburb lines may stop operation at 18:00 – 19:00. Beijing night buses nos. 1 to 38 operate from 23:00 to 05:00 the next day. Commuter and business lines only operate on weekdays during rush hours, 06:30 – 09:00 & 16:30 – 20:00.

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.

Some city buses run to attractions in and around Beijing. For instance, bus no. 877 goes to Badaling Great Wall, no. 916 to Mutianyu Great Wall with a transfer at Huairou, and no. 331 to Fragrant Hills. In addition, Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch operates downtown sightseeing buses to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace. Dang-dang trolley sightseeing buses, double-deckers, and night tour lines are available. There are also suburban tourist buses to Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tombs.

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Trolley Bus & Tram in Beijing

 Beijing has 25 trolley bus routes whose ticket fare is CNY2-4: nos. 6, 22, 38, 42, 101 - 118, 124, BRT 1, BTR 3

 Tram Lines:
 Xijiao Line, the first modern tram line in Beijing
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: 10 - 12 min
Duration: 32 min
Fare: CNY 3 – 4
Payment: cash, Beijing Transportation Smart Card

 Beijing will have more tram lines in suburban districts of Yizhuang, Fangshan, Shunyi and Tongzhou.

- Last modified on Dec. 18, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing City Bus
Asked by cindy from NETHERLANDS | Dec. 15, 2018 04:50Reply
I have an 8 hours stopover. So I want to visit Beijing Forbidden City.
From airport to dongzhimen to east Tian'anmen- Forbidden city, this way I already found. Now I am looking to return Dongzhimen to take airport express, what will be the best option?
And also important 31 December is this Monday a national holiday?
arrive Beijing at 5.30am, flight depature will be 13.40 to BKK.
Answers (3)
Answered by Declan from GERMANY | Dec. 17, 2018 22:18

From Forbidden City to Dongzhimen, take metro line 1 from Tian'anmen East to Jianguomen Station.
Then transfer to metro line 2 to Dongzhimen. In addition, yes, December 31st is one day of the New Year's Holiday.
Answered by cindy from NETHERLANDS | Dec. 18, 2018 02:39

How much time do I need to reserve for going back to aiport (forbiddencity-airport)?(I thought 1hour).
Forbidden City is a good option for 8hour stopover?

From forbidden city do I need to go by exit east to Tian'anmen east, or is the normal north exit ok and then walking to Tian'anmen east station?
Answered by Declan | Dec. 18, 2018 19:36

From Forbidden City to Airport, yes, you need to prepare 1 hour.
Yes, it is a good option for 8 hour stopover.
You need to exit from the North Gate.
Asked by Klaske from NETHERLANDS | Dec. 07, 2018 05:10Reply
I wish to go to the Shalinggou exit, Great Wall. Only half t route I found out. Can you please help?
Hi. I want to go to a hotel near the great wall at Jingshaling. About 2km from G45 and near the Shalinggou exit. I found out about fast bus 980 from dongzhimen to miyun xidaqiao. That is halfway. How can I go to a town nearby my destination? For example Shalinggou, Yashanyu, or Nanlou? Or any other town where a bus stops nearby?
Thank you very much in advance for your help! Its a puzzle i have been trying to solve for days now...
Yours Sincerely
Answers (1)
Answered by Kelly from USA | Dec. 09, 2018 23:27

There are three ways recommended to you. First, take the special bus line at West Wangjing metro station to Jinshanling Great Wall. The bus departs at 08:00 every day.

Second, take the Luanping city bus at West Wangjing metro station to Jinshaling Great Wall service area. Then transfer to the scenic area free shuttle bus(departing at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 15:30).

Third, take the train at BJ Railway Station to Luanping and then take the scenic area free shuttle bus.
Asked by Nguyen Vien from VIETNAM | Nov. 26, 2018 00:35Reply
Visit nearest great wall of china from Kelly‘s Courtyard Hotel
I stay at Kelly‘s Courtyard Hotel, Xisi South Street, Xicheng District. I want to visit nearest great wall of china. Which is the best mode of transportation?
Answers (1)
Answered by Wilson from USA | Nov. 26, 2018 16:57

The nearest one is Badaling Great Wall. You can walk about 450 – 500 meters from your hotel to Gangwashi bus stop. And then take the bus Te13 and get off at Deshengmen bus stop. Then walk about 160 meters to take the bus No.877 and get off at Badaling Great Wall. The whole ride needs about 140 minutes.
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