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.

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

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
Back Side of Beijing Subway Ticket
Back Side of Beijing Subway Ticket
- Last modified on Mar. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Subway
Asked by Sangeeta from LONDON | Mar. 14, 2019 22:22Reply
i will b arriving at 11.30 pm at Beijing International Airport.. how to get to the city at that hour
Asked by Pan from THAILAND | Mar. 11, 2019 08:31Reply
Does every Beijing subway station have any lift and any escalator ?
I need to know subway station have lift or escalator for old man, disabled. If have, which number entrances.
Answers (1)
Answered by Bea from CANADA | Mar. 12, 2019 22:42

As I know, most subway stations have lift and escalator. But I am not sure every station has one.
Asked by Tarmo from FINLAND | Mar. 04, 2019 04:11Reply
Route to Yongfeng Jiayuan from Tiananmen
I have two questions:
1) If we use only Metro, which lines should we choose to get
from Tiananmen to Life Science Park?
2) How do we get from Tiananmen to Yongfeng Jiayuan?
Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Sarah from NEW ZEALAND | Mar. 06, 2019 23:27

1.Take metro line 2 to Xizhimen and transfer to metro line 13 to Xi'erqi Metro Station. Then change to metro Changping Line to Science Park.
2.Take metro line 2 from Qianmen Station to Xizhimen Station and then take metro line 13 to Shangdi Station, Exit A. Then take public bus no.447 to East Fengrun Road Bus Stop. Walk southeast around 750 meters to find the destination.
Asked by Iqbal Paul from CANADA | Mar. 02, 2019 22:32Reply
What would be the best way to go to Pearl market from Emporor Beijing Hotel Qianmen?
Iqbal Pul
Answers (1)
Answered by Abigail from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 03, 2019 21:37

Do you refer to Hongqiao Pearl Market? If yes, you are advised to take a taxi. The cab fare is around CNY20.
Asked by Kris from USA | Feb. 21, 2019 12:21Reply
Beijing Capital Airport to RJ Brown Hotel - new subway station? easier by taxi?
Hello, we will be arriving at the airport on a Friday afternoon around 4pm. There are three of us traveling. What would the approximate cost be for a taxi to the hotel? Is there an app that would tell me that? If we decide to take the subway, how would we do it and what would that cost be? I understand there is a new station close to the hotel called Tianqiao on Line 8 but I haven't been able to find it on the subway map. Would we need local currency to pay for the subway or taxi? Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Tricia from SINGAPORE | Feb. 21, 2019 18:13

1. Generally speaking, it costs CNY120 to CNY130 by taxi. You are suggested to get an official cab at the airport.

2. Yes, the Tianqiao Station on Line 8 is nearby your hotel. Upon landing, you can take airport express to Dongzhimen Station first. It cost CNY25/person. Then take metro line 2 to Chongwenmen Station and metro line 5 to Ciqikou Station. Transfer to metro line 7 to Zhushikou Station and then take metro line 8 to Tianqiao Station. The ticket fare is CNY7/person. Afterwards, walk southwest around 250 meters to find your hotel. To be honest, this way would be a little bit complicated because of the transfers.

3. In addition, yes, you need to local currency RMB to pay for the taxi and subway.
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