Beijing Transportation Smart Card

Beijing Transportation Smart Card, aka Yikatong Card, is valid for nearly all means of transportation in the city, including city buses, subway, the Airport Express Train, S2 trains, taxis, and public bicycles. This ordinary transportation card is available to anyone and a passport is not needed. Payments in some supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies and some 20 parks can also be made using the transportation card.
Smart Card
Smart Card

How much does a Transportation Card Cost?

Each card requires a CNY20 refundable deposit. Generally, it is suggested to store CNY50 for 2-3 days’ stay and CNY100 for one-week’s cost when buying the transportation card.

Succeeding top-up amounts must be in multiples of CNY10, and the maximum is CNY1,000. One can buy and use the card without registration. Once lost, it is hard to get it back. Therefore, storing a large sum on the card should be avoided.


Where to Buy & Top Up Yikatong Card

1. Customer Service Center of all subway stations

2. Ticket windows of the Airport Express Train: T3: 06:20 - 22:50; T2: 06:35 - 23:10 (also for card-return service)

3. Transportation Smart Card Service Centers:

Xidan branch: east of Cultural Palace of Nationalities, No. 45-21, Fuxingmen Inner Street, Xicheng District; 08:30 – 19:00

Dongzhimen branch: west of Dongzhimen Transportation Hub, Dongcheng District; 08:30 – 19:00

South Railway Station branch: city bus exchange hall, B1 Floor, South Railway Station; 08:30 – 19:30

4. The following branches of Agricultural Bank of China in Beijing, 09:00 – 16:00:
Xicheng No. 16, Fuxingmen Outer Street; No. 92, Xuanwumen Outer Street; No. Jia 15, West Chang’an Street; No. 12-16, Jinrong Street; No. 15, Maliandao Road
Dongcheng No. 15, Dongzhimen Inner Street; No. 10, Jiaodaokou East Street; No. 13, Chaoyangmen North Street
Chaoyang No. 11, West Beitucheng Road; No. 826, Jinsong Baqu; No. Jia 1, Anwai Ganshuiqiao; No. 1, East Dingfuzhuang; Kangyun Hotel, No. 78, Maizidian Street
Haidian No. 15, Baishiqiao Road; No. 95, East Zhongguancun Road; 1F, Jingmen Mansion, Yangfangdian Road, Fuwai Street; Cuiwei Mansion, No. 33, Fuxing Road
Fengtai No. 9, East Street; No. 2, Huayuan Sili; No. 109, West Xiaotun Road
Tongzhou No. 1, Baliqiao South Street
Daxing No. 27, Middle Section of Xinghua Street; No. 99-101, West Fuqiang Road
Fangshan No. 8, West Street, Chengguan Street; No. 28, West Liangxiang Road
Shunyi South of Fuqian Street, Xiaoying Town; No. 1, Zhangzhen Street
Huairou No. Jia 54, Qingchun Road, Huguang Community; 1-2F, No. 25, Fule Community Beili
Pinggu 1F, No. 20, Xinggu Road, Xinggu Industrial Development Zone; 1-3F, Block no. 5, No. 29, Yuyang Road, Yuyang Town
Miyun No. 37, East Gulou Street; No. 5, Block no. 697, Yangguang Street
Yanqing No. 101, Dongwai Street; No. 17, South Weishui Street

5. Beijing Yikatong Transportation Card Self-service Machines – to buy, top up or return a card

A. Indicated subway stations: Yong’anli on line 1, Qingnian Road on line 6, Guangqumennei on line 7, Fengtai Science Park on line 9, Guomao & Shoujingmao on line 10, Beishantan & Wangjing East on line 15

B. West Railway Station: south square; next to telephone booth on north square; next to escalator on north square

C. Transportation Smart Card Service Centers at Xidan, Dongzhimen and South Railway Station

D. Transportation junction at Sihui, Songjiazhuang, Xiyuan and Libafang


Where & How to Use Beijing Transportation Card

1. Bus: 50% discount on the normal fare is offered. Swipe the card when boarding the bus. If the door for disembarking has a card reader, it is necessary to swipe again when exiting the bus.

2. Subway: Use as a metro card without discount. Swipe it when entering and exiting the subway station.

3. Taxi: swipe on the card reader near the taximeter

4. S2 Train to Badaling Great Wall: swipe when entering and exiting the railway station

5. Public Bicycle: activate the bike rental function → find a public bike docking station → swipe the transportation card to unlock the bike → ride away → lock the bike → swipe the card to finish the return
Check-in Counter
Subway Check-in Counter
Exit of Subway

 Other functions of Beijing Transportation Smart Card for foreigners who work or live in Beijing for a long time:

 Payment at dedicated gas stations, supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, pharmacies & all public telephones……

 Parks' annual ticket in Beijing:
Beijing Transportation Smart Card should be activated for the park entry function first at the ticket offices of the following parks/attractions; meanwhile, CNY200 will be deducted from the card. Then it is allowed to enter these parks for unlimited times in a year:

Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Zhongshan Park, Beihai Park, Jingshan Park, Taoranting Park, Beijing Zoo, Fragrant Hills Park, Botanical Garden, Yuyuantan Park, Grand View Garden, Lianhuachi Park, Temple of the Moon, Temple of Earth, Water Cube, Fengtai Park, Wanfangting Park, International Sculpture Park and Shuangxiu Park.


How & Where to Return Beijing Transportation Smart Card

Beijing-Tianjin Transportation
Procedures to Return Beijing Transportation Smart Card

 Places to return Yikatong Card

1. Customer Service Center of designated subway stations:

Line 1

Wangfujing, Sihui, Gucheng

Line 2

Xizhimen, Beijing Railway Station, Jianguomen

Line 4

Lingjing Hutong, Haidian Huangzhuang, Jiaomenxi

Line 5 

Dongdan, Yonghe Lamasery, Lishuiqiao

Line 6

Ping’anli, Chegongzhuang West, Shilipu, Huangqu, Dongxiayuan

Line 7 


Line 8

Guloudajie, Huoying
Line 9  Qilizhuang, West Railway Station
Line 10  Shilihe, Shaoyaoju, Cishousi, Zhichunlu, Fengtai, Songjiazhuang
Line 13  Dongzhimen, Dazhongsi
Line 14  Jingtai, Songfeng Beiqiao, Jiulongshan, Wangjing, Dajing, Dawayao
Line 15  Wangjing West, Liudaokou, Nanfaxin, Hualikan
Line 16 Yongfeng South
Yizhuang Line Wanyuanjie, Rongchang Dongjie
Daxing Line Yihezhuang, Zaoyuan
Changping Line Shahe Univesity Park, Life Science Park

2. Transportation Smart Card Service Center at Dongzhimen, Xidan and Beijing South Railway Station

3. Long-distance Bus Stations: Muxiyuan, Zhaogongkou, Liuliqiao, Bawangfen, Xinfadi

4. The following branches of Post Offices in Beijing, 09:00 – 16:00:
Xicheng No. 12, Qianmen West Street; No. 4, Ox Street; No. 18, Baiwanzhuang Street; No. 16, South Street; No. 109, West Xidan Street; No. 19, North Fuchengmen Street
Dongcheng No. 553, North Dongsi Street; Building no. 7, Fuguiyuan Community, Donghuashi Nanli; No. 181, Anwai Street
Chaoyang Building no. 11, Anhui Beili; Building no. 102, Nongguangli Community; No. 9, Guangdongdian Street; No. 3, Balizhuang Dongli; No. 6, North Jintai Street; No. 1, Huajiadi Beili
Haidian No. 7, Wanshou Road; Building no. 1, Yanshuyuan, Shijicheng Community; No. 9, Zhongguancun Street; No. 1, North Fengwo Road; No. 35, Middle Beisanhuan Road; No. 37, Shuangyushu Dongli; No. 17, Chengfu Road; No. Jia 88-1, Yongding Road; No. 17, Zhongguancun South Street
Fengtai No. 94, South Xisihuan Road; No. 10, West Railway Station South Road; No. 22, Pufang Road; No. 8, West Muxiyuan; No. 4, Dijing Road
Shijingshan No. 52, Shijingshan Road
Mentougou Dongwangping Village
Changping  No. 20, Xinxing Road, Nankou Town
Huairou No. 88, Yujiayuan Community Area no. 1
Miyun No. 18-1, Xinzhong Street

 Further Reading: Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Transportation Card – Jingjinji Card 
- Last modified on Nov. 08, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Transportation Smart Card
Asked by Sonam from BHUTAN | Nov. 30, 2019 03:15Reply
What will happen if we forget to swipe bus card on the machine while exiting
Answers (1)
Answered by Luna from THAILAND | Dec. 03, 2019 18:07

If you take bus, you need to swipe the card first when you get on. If you take subway, you can exit the station only if you swipe the card.
Asked by Bella from MALAYSIA | Nov. 29, 2019 16:32Reply
Can this Beijing transportation card use for Harbin public transport also?
Answers (1)
Answered by Selina from USA | Dec. 02, 2019 19:25

No, you need to buy the local transportation card in Harbin.
Asked by Michiel De Bruyn from BELGIUM | Nov. 06, 2019 18:01Reply
Forgot to swipe Beijing Transportation Card when exiting
Hey, what happens if you forgot to swipe your travel card when disembarking a bus?
Answers (1)
Answered by Oliver from GERMANY | Nov. 08, 2019 00:20

Well, maybe it won't influence when disembarking a bus. But it will influence you take the subway next time. You need to go to the service counter inside subway station and the staff will help you fix the problem.
Asked by John G from USA | Nov. 05, 2019 14:46Reply
How long does value on Beijing Yikatong card last?
I visit the city a few times a year. If I don’t use the card for a while, how long can I still use the card? Sometimes I try to use an old card, it doesn’t work, but the person at the ticket office can fix it. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by William from POLAND | Nov. 06, 2019 00:47

As I know, there is no exact period of validity. If you find the card cannot work, you just need to go to the ticket office and let the staff activate the card. :)
Asked by Simon from MALAYSIA | Oct. 29, 2019 21:45Reply
Hi, Can I returm the Yikatong at the Capital Airport Beijing?
Answers (1)
Answered by Steven from CANADA | Oct. 31, 2019 18:45

Yes, you can return it at metro station of airport.
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