How to Get to Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

Forbidden City is to the north of Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing city. How to get to Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square? The most convenient way is taking subway line 1 to Tiananmen West or East, or line 2 to Qianmen and walk north to reach them. There are also many city buses taking you there. Below are the detailed information.
Location Map of Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Location Map
 

Subway to Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square

Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Tiananmen West or Tiananmen East Station. Both the stations are between the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. You can get off from either of them. Tiananmen West Station is nearer, but the queues for security check there would be longer. If you get off at Tiananmen West Station, you can get out from Exit B; and if Tiananmen East Station, Exit A.

Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Qianmen Station, then come out from Exit A, the Tianmen Square is just in front of you. Walk north to get to Forbidden City.
 

Bus to Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square

How to get to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City by bus? The buses to Forbidden City include Sightseeing Bus 1, Sightseeing Bus 2, city bus 1, 2, 52, 82, 120, Night line 1, Night line 2. Take these buses to get off at Tiananmen East Stop. Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City are on the western side.

You can also take city bus 5 and get off at West Gate of Zhongshan Park. Walk through the park, Tiananmen Square is on your south, while Forbidden City is on your north.
 


 

How to Get from Beijing Capital Airport to Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square

1. Airport Express + Subway Line 2: About 75 minutes, CNY 29

→ Take Airport Express from Capital Airport for 2 stops and get off at Dongzhimen Station.
→ Walk eastward to transfer to Subway Line 2 for another 6 stops, then get off at Qianmen Station.
 

2. Airport Express + Subway Line 10 + Subway Line 1: About 70 minutes, CNY 29

→ Take Airport Express for 1 stop to Sanyuanqiao Station.
→ Transfer to Subway Line 10 for 6 stops to get off at Guomao Station.
→ Transfer again to Subway Line 1, take 5 stops and get off at Tiananmen East Station.
 

3. Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1 + Subway Line 1/ Bus 1: About 80 minutes, CNY 27-28

→ Take Airport Shuttle Bus Line 1 and get off at Guomao Stop.
→ Walk west to take Subway Line 1 and get off at Tiananmen East Station, 5 stops. Or, walk eastward for about 180 meters and take city bus 1 for 5 stops to Tiananmen East Stop.
 

4. Taxi: about 1 hour, CNY 100

You can take a taxi to Forbidden City from Beijing Capital Airport. There are taxi stands outside T1, T2 and T3.
 


 

How to Get from Beijing Nanyuan Airport to Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square

1. Airport Shuttle Bus: About 1 hour, CNY 25

→ Take the Airport Shuttle Bus bound for Beijing West Railway Station and get off at Qianmen, 6 stops.
→ Walk northward to get to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.
 

2. City Bus 501 + Express Bus 1: About 75 minutes, CNY 5

→ Take bus 501 at the old terminal building of Beijing Nanyuan Airport, and get off at Sanyingmen, 3 stops.
→ Walk north for about 170 meters to take Express Bus 1.After 11 stops, get off at Qianmen Stop.
→ Walk north to get to Tiananmen Square.
 

3. Taxi: about 40 minutes, CNY 60

 
 

How to Get from Beijing West Railway Station to Forbidden City

1. Subway Line 9 + Line 1: About half an hour, CNY 4

→ Take Subway Line 9 from Beijing West Railway Station for 1 stop to Military Museum Station.
→ Transfer to Subway Line 1 and get off at Tiananmen West Station, 5 stops.
 

2. City Bus Special Line 2: About 1 hour, CNY 2

Take the bus Special Line 2 from North Square of Beijing West Railway Station, and get off at Qianmen after 6 stops.
 

3. Shuttle Bus between Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station: About 50 minutes, CNY 15

Take the shuttle bus bound for Beijing Railway Station at North Square of Beijing West Railway Station, get off at Tiananmen.
 

4. Taxi: 30-40 minutes, CNY 30

You can find the taxi stand on the underground floor or at the north-west corner of South Square. Many people take taxi here.
 


 

How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Forbidden City

1. Subway Line 4 + Subway Line 1: About 20 minutes, CNY 4

→ Take Subway Line 4 from Beijing South Railway Station, and get off at Xidan Station after 4 stops.
→ Transfer to Subway Line 1 for 1 stop to Tiananmen West Station.
 

2. Subway Line 4 + Subway Line 2: About 20 minutes, CNY 3

→ Take Subway Line 4 for 3 stops to Xuanwumen Station.
→ Transfer to Subway Line 2 to Qianmen Station, 2 stops.
→ Walk north, you can see the Tiananmen Square; keep walking northward, you will find Forbidden City soon.
 

3. City Bus 20: About 40 minutes, CNY 2

Take city bus 20 at North Square of Beijing South Railway Station, after 9 stops, get off at Qianmen Stop.
 

4. Taxi: 25 minutes, CNY 30

You can take a taxi to Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square on the underground floor of Beijing South Railway Station, where the taxi stand lies.

Read more: How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square 
 


 

How to Get from Beijing Railway Station to Forbidden City

1. Subway Line 2: About 15 minutes, CNY 3

→ After getting out from Beijing Railway Station, take Subway Line 2 for two stops to get off at Qianmen Station.
→ Walk northward to find Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.
 

2. City Bus 1/52: About 35 minutes, CNY 2

→ Come out from Beijing Railway Station, keep walking north and turn west when you get to Inner Jianguomen Street, there is a bus stop on the north side of the street.
→ Take the bus 1 or 52 for 3 stops to get off at Tiananmen East Stop.
 

3. Taxi: 25 minutes, CNY 20-25

Take a taxi at the Beijing Railway Station Square to Forbidden City would take you about half an hour and at least CNY 20.

- Last modified on Sep. 24, 2019 -
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