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: 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 Jan. 22, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Subway
Asked by Fernanda from BRAZIL | Jan. 20, 2019 09:28Reply
Hello...from Beijing Capital Airport to 52 Dashilan W St, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100051?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jack from CANADA | Jan. 20, 2019 23:53

Upon landing, take airport express to Dongzhimen Station first. Then transfer to metro line 2 to Qianmen Station, Exit C. After arriving, walk southwest around 950 meters to find your hotel.
Asked by Jerry from USA | Dec. 07, 2018 15:19Reply
What are the options to go from Beijing Capital Airport to the Renaissance Wangfujing hotel?
Arriving at airport 22:15 Wednesday. Then return to airport for a 10am flight Saturday. Also the costs. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by David from USA | Dec. 10, 2018 00:16

From the airport to the hotel, you can first take the airport express at T3 and get off at Sanyuanqiao. Then transfer to the metro line 10 and get off at Hujialou. Then take the metro line 6 and get off at Dongsi. Get out from the exit E and walk about 900-950 meters to the hotel. You can return as you came.

But you may miss the last metro. So if you couldn't catch the metro, you can take the airport night bus Xidan Line and get off at the final stop. Then take a taxi to your hotel.
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!
Answers (1)
Answered by Elizabeth from USA | Nov. 11, 2018 23:33

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?
Answers (1)
Answered by Zachary from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 06, 2018 22:07

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?
Answers (1)
Answered by Parker from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 14, 2018 22:59

Generally speaking, the cab fare is CNY 90 to 100 in the day time.
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