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.
 

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: Haidian Wuluju - Lucheng (west to east)
Full Length: 43 kilometers (27 miles)
Main Stops: Cishousi, Chegongzhuang, Pinganli, Dongsi, Chaoyangmen, Hujialou

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

 Line 8: Zhuxinzhuang - Nanluoguxiang 
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

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
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- Last modified on Nov. 11, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Subway
Asked by Bill from USA | Nov. 10, 2018 23:00Reply
We are 3 adults arriving at PEK T3 and will be staying at the Park Plaza in Wangfujing.
What is the best route via subway to the hotel? If we decide to take a taxi, how much would it cost and will one taxi be enough! Lastly, is the subway open 24/7 as we’ll be arriving late and leaving early in the morning. Thanks!
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Answered by Elizabeth from USA | Nov. 11, 2018 23:33
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The subway won't run over night and generally from about 05:00 to 23:30. Via subway, you can first take the airport express at T2 and get off at Dongzhimen. Then take metro line 2 to Yonghe Lamasery and transfer to line 5 to Dengshikou. Then walk about 4 minutes to your hotel. If you decide to take a taxi, a taxi is enough and it can hold 4 people and the fee is about CNY 85 - 90.
Asked by Coughlan Ger from IRELAND | Nov. 05, 2018 02:06Reply
Travel to Nanyuan Airport in Peking
Using the subway how do i get to Nanyuan Airport?
What is the nearest subway stop for that airport?
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Answered by Zachary from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 06, 2018 22:07
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Dear, no subway exit is close to the airport. You can take the metro line 1 to Xidan metro station or the metro line 4 Daxing Line to West Jiaomen metro station. Then go on your trip by taking the special shuttle bus to Nanyuan airport.
Asked by Ann Moran from IRELAND | Oct. 14, 2018 07:28Reply
what price is taxi from capital airport to bell and drum tower hostel?
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Answered by Parker from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 14, 2018 22:59
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Generally speaking, the cab fare is CNY 90 to 100 in the day time.
Asked by ong Chai Heow from MALAYSIA | Oct. 14, 2018 06:13Reply
We are six seniors citizens ,our flight will arrived Beijing airport at 0.55am in the mid night.
We will be staying in sunrise hostel in beihai branch .we would like to check out the taxi fare from airport to the hostel in the early morning. Is it cheaper to take subway for us? Or to take a taxi ?
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Answered by Kent from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 03:01
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There is no metro operated at that time and you are advised to take a taxi. And a taxi only hold four people at most so you need to take two taxi. The total fee may be about CNY200 - 240.
Asked by Mark Shimshak from USA | Oct. 13, 2018 11:14Reply
What is the one way fare of the subway from Dongsi to Beigongmen Stations?
Can I buy two one way tickets and use them in either direction on the same day?

Xiexie
Mr. Mark
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Answered by Susan from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 03:03
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The one way fare is CNY 5 per person, and you can buy two one-way tickets and use them in either direction on the same day.
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