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 May. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Transportation Smart Card
Asked by aishah from MALAYSIA | Jun. 25, 2019 22:54Reply
subway fare in Beijing
Hi, found nowhere on website which tells exactly how much fare from one subway station to another. Do u know any? so far only talks about certain yuan for certain km but how we foreigners to know distance between one station to another. Thanks for your great help
Answers (1)
Answered by Janet from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 26, 2019 01:33

It can only be searched on Chinese map website. You can tell your start point and destination here and I will help to check for you.
Asked by Flo from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 05, 2019 03:24Reply
Do you need to buy one Beijing Transportation Card per person?
I am traveling with my husband and two children. Can we get one card and swipe it four times per trip for the four of us or each of us needs their own card?

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Answered by Peter from CANADA | Jun. 05, 2019 19:19

Hi, each of you guys needs your own card because the machine only can count one person get into station and exit station at one time. But if your children are under 1.3m, they are entitled to free of charge.
Asked by Catharina | May. 24, 2019 00:38Reply
If we want to go to Great Wall, what is your recomendation, by Metro is it better? or by bus?
Some people said better to Mutian Yu side, because there is cable car. Kindly give us detail direction & what time we should start from Novotel Beijing Xinqiao ( Wanfujing area) if we only have one day to spend to Great Wall, and how to go back to Hotel? pse give time schedule as well if there is bus schedule that we should take. Thank u very much.
there will be 4 of us travelling, how much will it cost? ( The Transportation & the entry tickets, and where should we buy? , is it better in advance ? From or any suggestion?) Thanks a lot
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Answered by Harvey from USA | May. 27, 2019 23:42

There is no train available and you need to take buses to the Mutianyu Great Wall. First, walk southwest about 160m to take Bus Line 110 from Chongwenmen West to Zuojiazhuan and transfer to Bus Line 916 to Huairou North Avenue. Then take a taxi to Mutianyu. The bus fare is CNY13 per person and the taxi fare is around 50 per taxi.

The entrance fee is CNY40 per person and it takes CNY100 for a single journey by cable car and CNY120 for a round trip.
Asked by Catharina from INDONESIA | May. 18, 2019 03:45Reply
tell me how to go to Badaling by S2 train, using the smart card. I stayed at Novotel Beijing Xinqiao
kindly give recommendation pse, what time & how long to go by train? How much will it cost? If we travelling 4 of us, is it better each of us having our own smart card? Thank u
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Answered by Lily from USA | May. 20, 2019 01:08

You can walk southeast about 200m to take Metro Line 5 to Lishuiqiao and transfer to Metro Line 13 to Huoying. Get out of the Exit A and walk southwest about 300m to take S2 train from Huangtudian to Badaling. It talkes about CNY13 per person and the duration of the whole journey is around 2 hours. It is better for you to have your own card.
Asked by Agung Prawoto from INDONESIA | May. 15, 2019 13:20Reply
Is it possible to use beijing yikatong application for foreigner?
It still work on iphone, but somehow there is no way to android (except xiaomi) phone with NFC to work with yikatong application, and is it still using shenfenzheng to register?
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Answered by Julie from AUSTRALIA | May. 15, 2019 22:46

I'm not clear about that, maybe you can have a try.
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