Beijing Subway

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Beijing subway is the fastest transportation in downtown and it is a good way to avoid frequent traffic jams. Presently there are 21 subway lines plus one airport express line in operation. They connect city center stops such as Tiananmen Square, Qianmen, and the railway station with outlying areas. Beijing New Airport Line will open together with Daxing International Airport in September 2019.  
 

Ticket Fare:

The price is charged according to the distance. It is CNY3 for the first 6km (3.7 miles), CNY4 for 6 to 12km( 3.7 to 7.5 miles), CNY5 for 12 to 22km (7.5 to 13.7 miles), CNY6 for 22 to 32km (13.7 to 20 miles), extra CNY2 for every additional 20km (12.4 miles) if distance over 32km (20 miles). A Transportation Smart Card can be used for paying. The stops are announced in both Chinese and English. Passengers can query the subway staff to avoid going in the wrong direction and wasting time.

Notes:
1. A child shorter than 1.3 meters (4.3 feet) cannot ride metro alone. If an adult takes one child below 4.3 feet high on the metro, the child is free of charge; if two, one of the children is free of charge.
2. Tickets are issued for one-day use only.
3. It is suggested to prepare loose change beforehand to take metro. At most stations passengers can buy the ticket either at the Customer Service Center or self-service ticket vending machine, but some stations are only equipped with ticket vending machines which accept 1RMB coins, 5RMB and 10RMB banknotes.

 

Operating Subway Lines:


 Line 1 (East-West Line): Sihuidong – Pingguoyuan
Full Length: 31 kilometers (19 miles)
Main Stops: Wukesong, Gongzhufen, Military Museum, Xidan, Tiananmen, Wangfujing, Jianguomen, Yonganli, Guomao

 Line 2 (Circle Line): (it is a line running beneath the 2nd Ring Road.)
Full Length: 23 kilometers (14 miles)
Main Stops: Xizhimen, Drum Tower, Dongzhimen, Chaoyangmen, Jianguomen, Railway Station, Qianmen, Xuanwumen, Fuxingmen, Fuchengmen

 Line 4: Anheqiao North – Gongyixiqiao
Full Length: 28.14 kilometers (17.5 miles)
Main Stops: Yuanmingyuan, Beijing University East Gate, Zhonguancun, Renmin University, National Library, Zoo, Xizhimen, Xinjiekou, Xisi, Xidan, Xuanwumen, Caishikou, South Railway Station, Majiabao

Gulou Dajie Subway Station Beijing Subway Station

 Line 5: Tiantongyuan North– Songjiazhuang (north to south)
Full Length: 27.6 kilometers (17 miles)
Main Stops: Heping Xiqiao, Yonghegong, Dongsi, Dengshikou, Dongdan, Chongwenmen, Temple of Heaven (east entrance)

 Line 6: Jin'anqiao - Lucheng (west to east)
Full Length: 53 kilometers (33 miles)
Main Stops: Yangzhuang, Xihuangcun, Cishousi, Chegongzhuang, Pinganli, Dongsi, Chaoyangmen, Hujialou

Waiting for Subway Line 7: West Railway Station - Jiaohuachang
Full Length: 24 kilometers (15 miles)

 Line 8: North Section: Zhuxinzhuang - National Art Museum of China; South Section: Zhushikou - Yinghai
Main Stops: Olympic Park, Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Guloudajie

 Line 9: National Library - Guogongzhuang
Main Stops: National Library, West Railway Station, Liuliqiao, Fengtai Nan Lu

 Line 10 (Cricle Line): Taking Bagou as Terminal
Full Length: 57 kilometers (35 miles)
Main Stops: Suzhoujie, Haidian Huangzhuang, Zhichunli, Shaoyaoju, Liangmaqiao, Jinsong, Songjiazhuang, Hujialou

 Line 13 : Xizhimen – Dongzhimen
Full Length: 40 kilometers (25 miles)
Main Stops: Xizhimen, Wudaokou, Huilongguan, Beiyuan, Shaoyaoju, Dongzhimen

 Line 14: West Section: Zhangguozhuang – Xiju; Middle & East Sections: Shan'gezhuang - South Railway Station
Full Length: 48 km (30 miles)
Main Stops: Zhangguozhuang, Garden Expo Park, Dawayao, Guozhuangzi, Dajing, Qilizhuang, Xiju, Shilihe, South Railway Station

Take the Subway Line 15: Qinghuadongluxikou - Fengbo
Full Length: 41 kilometers (25 miles)
Main Stops: New CIEC, Wangjing

 Line 16: Bei'anhe - Xiyuan
Full Length: 50 kilometers (31 miles)
Main Stops: Bei'anhe, Malianwa, Xiaojiahe, Xiyuan

 Batong Line: Sihui – Tuqiao
Full Length: 19 kilometers (12 miles)
Main Stops: Sihui, Communication University of China, Baliqiao, Guoyuan, Jiukeshu, Tuqiao

 Daxing Line: Gongyixiqiao – Tiangongyuan
Full Length: 22 kilometers (14 miles)

 Yizhuang Line: Songjiazhuang - Yizhuang Train Station
Full Length: 23 kilometers (14 miles)

 Changping Line: Xierqi ↔ Changping Xishankou
Full Length: 32 kilometers (20 miles)

 Fangshan Line: Guogongzhuang - Yancun East
Full Length: 27 kilometers (17 miles)

 Yanfang Line: Yanshan - Yancun East
Full Length: 14.5 kilometers (9 miles)
Main Stop: Yancun East, Dashihe East, Xingcheng

 Western Suburban Line: Xiangshan - Bagou
Full Length: 9 kilometers (5.5 miles)
Main Stops: Bagou, Xiangshan, Zhiwuyuan

 Line S1: Shichang - Jin'anqiao
Full Length: 10 kilometers (6 miles)
Main Stops: Sidaoqiao, Qiaohuying, Liyuanzhuang

 Airport Express Train: Dongzhimen – Capital International Airport (T2, T3)
Full Length: 28 kilometers (17 miles)
Main Stops: Dongzhimen, Sanyuanqiao, Capital Airport
 

Line to be Opened


 Beijing New Airport Line:  Lize Business District - Airport South Terminal Building
Full Length: 42 kilometers (26 miles)
Main Stops: Caoqiao, Guanyinsi, Airport North Terminal Building
 

Travel Tips on Taking Beijing Metro:

On Subway1. Commonly, there are four entrances in four directions for each stop. So, you  should make sure which one to take when getting out of the station or you will probably get lost. You can find signs with the main destinations at crossings of the passageway.
2. The metro stations are clean and have English signs directing tourists to the exits and nearby places that you are likely trying to find.
3. In this city, the metro stations are marked with a blue sign with letter D inside a circle on it.
4. Passengers can find toilets on the platform level or in the ticket hall of each stop.
5. Take good care of your personal things as the crowded carriages have one or two pickpockets on peak hours now and then.
6. No pets can be taken on the metro.
7. Please keep out the yellow line when you are waiting for the metro.
8. There are many attractions worth visiting along the Subway Line 2.
 Gulou Stop: Bell and Drum Towers, Hutong and Courtyard
 Yonghegong Stop: Yonghe Lamasery, Guozijian, Temple of Confucius, Ditan Park
 Jianguomen Stop: Ancient Observatory, Xiushui Market
 Qianmen Stop: Tiananmen Square, Dashanlan
Front Side of Beijing Subway Ticket
Front Side of Beijing Subway Ticket
    
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- Last modified on Sep. 03, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Subway
Asked by Katie from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 22, 2019 13:30Reply
Can you buy individual train tickets, rather than getting a metro card?
Asked by Trivikram Pattanayak from SINGAPORE | Sep. 14, 2019 08:25Reply
Is baggage allowed on board the Beijing subway?
Are large bags/luggage(example, suitcases) allowed on board the subway(as I heard that they needed to be checked by security at every station)? This is especially important to know if we want to go to our hotel by subway from the airport. If it is allowed, what is the size allowance?
Answers (1)
Answered by Roger from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 17, 2019 01:51
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You can bring your luggage to take subway and there is no size limitation about it. But yes, the luggage is needed to be checked by security when you enter the subway station.
Asked by RANJAN FERNANDO from UNITED STATES | Sep. 01, 2019 09:45Reply
Hi, What is the one way taxi fare to the Mutianyu great wall from the Beijing Capital Airport?
or is there a better way to get there? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Orla from USA | Sep. 03, 2019 20:44
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The cab fare is around CNY200 with 1 hour but I'm not sure whether you can get a taxi driver. It takes around 3 hours by public transport.
Asked by VIOLET from SINGAPORE | Aug. 20, 2019 09:12Reply
Where place to left luggage in downtown Beijing?
Do you have place to left luggage in metro station?
Where I can left luggage near Dongzhimen station?
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Answered by Raven from USA | Aug. 22, 2019 18:14
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The airport and railway station have luggage storage service. You can't left luggage in metro station. Maybe you can find if there is hotel around Dongzhimen station provide this kind of service.
Asked by lidia marasca from ITALYLIDIA | Jul. 19, 2019 12:13Reply
are the subways in Beijing accessible with a wheelchair?
which are the stations organized with lift for it?
Answers (2)
Answered by Daryl from USA | Jul. 21, 2019 20:53
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Don't worry, as i know, every subway station has elevator.
Answered by Nobody from UNITED STATES | Aug. 17, 2019 02:30
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I live in Beijing, and as I have seen, the old lines, line 1 and line 2 have no elevator except at transfer stations with newer lines and fuxingmen station which is transfer between line 1 and line 2
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