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 Dec. 10, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Transportation Smart Card
Asked by Diana from SINGAPORE | Dec. 06, 2018 22:00Reply
Is there any Beijing student or card yi ka tong?
Does student (16 years old) and child (11 years old) pay the same price for yi kar tong? Is there any student or card yi ka tong? Thanks
Answers (3)
Answered by Kent from USA | Dec. 09, 2018 22:15

Yes, there is Student Card but it applies to the students who study in BJ. So if your children don't study there, they have to pay the normal price.
Answered by Leo from SINGAPORE | Dec. 10, 2018 17:04

Hi Kent,

How about child fare? Does my child (11 years old) enjoy any concession by buying yikatong or buying individually tickets from the machine?

Thank you.
Answered by Kent | Dec. 10, 2018 18:07

If your child is under 1.3 meters tall, he can take a free ride. If not, you have to pay the adult ticket fare.
Asked by Mart from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 05, 2018 13:42Reply
Just wanna ask where to buy Yikatong Card at Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2?
What is the opening and closing time? And where I can return the card?

Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Henry from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 05, 2018 18:36

You can buy the card at the ticket office of Airport Transit System or at the Agricultural Bank of China on the first floor of T2. The opening hours in general is from about 06:00 to 22:30. You can return the card at the ticket office of west hall in T3 metro station, or the ticket office of T2 metro station.
Asked by Jocelyn Mak from MALAYSIA | Dec. 05, 2018 07:55Reply
Transportation from Beijing Capital Airport to downtown at mid night
We will arrive PEK at 12.30 am mid night in a group of 4. Any good suggestion on Transportation to downtown as we are going to our hotel near Muxidi subway station at Fungxingmenwai Dajie.
Answers (1)
Answered by Hachilah from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 05, 2018 18:39

You are advised to take a taxi that can hold 4 passengers, which is more cost-efficient than taking a bus. The taxi fee is about CNY120 - 130 at night.
Asked by Paul from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 27, 2018 05:47Reply
Can the Beijing transportation card be used for the No.7 shuttle bus to West railway station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Walker from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 27, 2018 19:47

No, it cannot be used for the airport shuttle bus Line 7.
Asked by George from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 25, 2018 06:11Reply
Can I return the Yikatong card at the Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) and get a refund there?
Answers (3)
Answered by Edith from USA | Nov. 26, 2018 17:52

Yes, you can. The location is the ticket office of west hall in T3 metro station, or the ticket office of T2 metro station.
Answered by Marc from SPAIN | Dec. 05, 2018 03:20

You can return it to a machine working 24h or you must go to the ticket window of the Airport T3 until 22.50h? Thank you.
Answered by Edith | Dec. 05, 2018 17:08

You must go to the ticket window.
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