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
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 

 Guang’anmennei

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 
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- Last modified on Jul. 14, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Transportation Smart Card
Asked by Jan from PHILIPPINES | Aug. 22, 2019 21:16Reply
Yikatong Short Term Pass (7 days)
Does Yikatong Short Term Pass covers the Airport Express Train to and from the airport?
Asked by James from USA | Aug. 15, 2019 05:16Reply
Where exactly can I return my ic cards at terminal 3 at Beijing capital Airport?thanks
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Answered by Bailey from USA | Aug. 15, 2019 20:01
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You can return your card at ticket counter of subway station in T3.
Asked by Macmonna Lee from MALAYSIA | Aug. 08, 2019 05:42Reply
Is Yikatong tourist short term pass packages ( 7 days pass for 42 rides) is available ?
Is this package applicable for subway and bus ? The cost is CNY 20 plus CNY 20 deposit - CNY 40 ? or CNY 20 only ?
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Answered by Bilie from USA | Aug. 11, 2019 23:02
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Yes, it can be used for 42 rides and you need to top up CNY40. This 7-day card can be used for subway and bus lines except "9" head.
Asked by Korodi Tamas from HUNGARY | Aug. 06, 2019 09:32Reply
For 2 person, I need 2 Beijing transportation cards or 1 is okey for both of us?
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Answered by Jayden from CANADA | Aug. 07, 2019 18:57
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Yes, you need two. One card can only be used by one person.
Asked by James from USA | Jul. 29, 2019 10:26Reply
One-Day Metro Card for Tiangin and Beijing - is it available?
I have heard that there is another card called metro card for one-day rid. Is it true?
Answers (3)
Answered by Chloe from USA | Jul. 29, 2019 23:35
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Beijing and Tianjin has its own metro one day card. You need to purchase them seperately.
Answered by James from USA | Jul. 30, 2019 08:08
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How much are their one-day metro cards? I don't find information on these much.
Answered by Chloe from USA | Jul. 30, 2019 19:58
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The price is CNY15 for Tianjin and CNY20 for Beijing.
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