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.

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: 41 kilometers (25 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
Back Side of Beijing Subway Ticket
Back Side of Beijing Subway Ticket
- Last modified on Jul. 16, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Subway
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 (1)
Answered by Daryl from USA | Jul. 21, 2019 20:53

Don't worry, as i know, every subway station has elevator.
Asked by Cathy from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 07, 2019 14:29Reply
Does each member of the family need their own transportation Beijing smart card?
Even children over 1.3 m
We are a family of 4. Do we need to buy 4 transportation smart cards?
Answers (1)
Answered by Liam from USA | Jul. 08, 2019 01:54

If you take metro, everyone needs their own card.
Asked by Ronit from ISRAELA | Jun. 24, 2019 09:31Reply
Is there a place for left luggage at Beijing Dongzhimen station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jacob from USA | Jun. 25, 2019 17:52

Sorry, there is no luggage storage place in Dongzhimen Sttaion.
Asked by Beda Lak from CZECH | Jun. 16, 2019 23:13Reply
Beijing Metro Ticket Fare when using the Transportation Smart Card
The ticket price is charged according to the distance in the BJ Metro. How it is calculate by using the Smart Card? It is charged by input/output station? Or in other way? Thanks for info.
Answers (3)
Answered by Jesse from USA | Jun. 17, 2019 23:40

The subway (excluding airport line) is charged according to the distance: within 6 km (including) CNY3; 6 km to 12 km (inclusive) CNY4; CNY5 for 12 to 22 kilometers (inclusive); CNY6 for 22km to 32km (inclusive); For the part above 32 kilometers, each additional CNY1 can travel 20 kilometers, and the highest ticket price is not capped.

Beijing metro will offer 20% discount after you spend more than CNY100 every month on metro.
After CNY150, 50% discount will be given from the next ride. After expenditure accumulates to CNY400, you can no longer enjoy discount preferential treatment. The accumulative record of rail transit expenditure of one-card card is reset at the end of each month, and it is accumulated again in the following months.
Answered by Beda Lak from CZECH | Jun. 19, 2019 08:36

There is no answer?

Again. How is the distance calculated (when using the card)? :-)
Answered by Jesse from USA | Jun. 19, 2019 23:01

It is calculated by your input and output stations.
Asked by Srideep from INDIA | Jun. 14, 2019 12:41Reply
Beijing Railway Station to South Railway Station
I need to make this journey at 5 am to take a train from the South Station. From Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel, what would be the fastest and most economical means to reach the South station please?
Answers (2)
Answered by Kara from USA | Jun. 16, 2019 22:57

Generally speaking, you can take subway, which is fast and cheap. But your train time is too early and subway won't start to work until 6:30. So I guess you need to take taxi, which costs around CNY50 to CNY70.
Answered by Srideep from INDIA | Jun. 18, 2019 09:27

Thank you Kara for your advice.
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