In Beijing, a blue sign marked with a letter D indicates that there is a subway station nearby. Access to the subway station is marked by a square grey pillar on top of which is a lighted blue sign with the letter B. The ticket window is at the entrance of the subway station.
After buying a ticket, go downstairs to the platform to which you gain access by inserting your ticket into a machine, and wait there for the train. Inside the subway station, notices on the pillars provide detailed information and direct you to your destination. Station names are broadcast on the train in both Chinese and English.
The subway station is equipped with rest rooms, a commutation ticket office, entrance and exit lifts (elevators), public phones, and a lost and found office. Additionally, there are bookstalls, photo developing shops, bakeries, convenience stores, food stores and more.
The starting fare is CNY3 and the longer you ride, the higher the fare. People can use 'Yikatong' IC cards or cash to buy tickets. A ticket entitles an adult to take one child whose height is less than 1.1 meters (3.6 feet) for free. Children less than 1.1 meters (3.6 feet) in height are not allowed to take the subway alone.
The machine that examines the IC card requires just 300 milliseconds to recognize it. Swipe the card over the scanner, and wait until a beep is heard that informs that the IC card has been successfully read by the machine.
Subway LinesNow, there are 17 lines in operation. Generally, the first run is at 05:00, and the last is at about 23:00.
Line 1 (straight line) Pingguoyuan - Sihui East
Line 2 (loop line) Xizhimen - Chegongzhuang
Line 4: Anheqiao North - Gongyixiqiao
Line 5: Tiantongyuan North - Songjiazhuang
Line 6: Haidian Wuluju - Caofang
Line 8: (Olympic Branch Line) Guloudajie - Huilongguan
Line 9: Guogongzhuang - National Library
Line 10: (loop line) Bagou - Houqingying
Line 13 (above ground railroad) Xizhimen - Dongzhimen
Line 14: Zhangguozhuang - Xiju
Line 15: Fengbo - Wangjing West
Batong Line: (Line 1 Extension) Sihui - Tuqiao
Yizhuang Line: Songjiazhuang - Ciqu
Changping Line: Xi'erqi - Nanshao
Daxing Line: Xingong - Tiangongyuan
Fangshan Line: Guogongzhuang - Suzhuang
Airport Extension: Capital Airport - Dongzhimen
Line 7: Beijing West Railway Station-Nanhuayuan
Line 14: Lugouqiao-Laiguangying
Line 11: Xiangshan-Songjiazhuang
Line 12: Mentougou-Langfang
Line 15: Zhongyang Dangxiao-Shunyi
Line 16: Huilongguan-Jijiamiao
Hot Line ServiceTel: 010-6834 0565 (Monday-Friday, daytime)
010-6834 0563 (Monday-Friday, night, the whole day of Saturday and Sunday)
Supervisor for passenger transport: 010-6827 5087 (round-the-clock service)