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Beijing Subway

In Beijing, a blue sign marked with '北京地铁 (Beijing Subway)' 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.

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 Fare
Two Yuan Flat Fee System is implemented on the existing Beijing subway lines. 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 Lines
Now, there are 17 lines in operation. Generally, the first run is at 05:00, and the last is at about 23:00.

Beijing Subway Map

Existing Subway:
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

Future Subway:
Line 7: Beijing West Railway Station-Nanhuayuan
Line 11: Xiangshan-Songjiazhuang
Line 12: Mentougou-Langfang
Line 16: Huilongguan-Jijiamiao

Future Subway:
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 Service
Beijing Subway
Tel: 010-6834 0565 (Monday-Friday, daytime)
   010-6834 0563 (Monday-Friday, night, the whole day of Saturday and Sunday)
E-mail: bjsubway.com|dtservice
Supervisor for passenger transport:
010-6827 5087 (round-the-clock service)

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Comments and Questions

Hi, everyone.I am Effendi, Indonesian now staying in Japan. I will back to country for a while, and will transit first in Beijing, or Peking airport, on middle of this June. Since it is Ramadhan, I will visit Niujie Mosque. Is there any visa need for passengers transit? How the fast and best way to get Niujie Mosque from the international airport of Peking? Thank you.

Reply5/20/2017 11:48:40 PMEFFENDI,   Indonesia

Emily ( Denmark ) :5/21/2017 11:52:50 PM

You are eligible for the 24h visa-free transit at PEK. But if you want to get out of the airport, you may need to get a stay permit at the customs.

Emily :5/22/2017 2:41:00 AM

There is no direct bus from the airport to the mosque, you can take airport shuttle bus line 2 to Fuxingmen in less than 1h, and then head for the mosque by a 10 minutes' taxi ride. May help!

Hey, whats the fastest way to get to tiananmen square from the international airport? (Apart from a cab) Also, could you tell me how to get from tiananmen square to the silk market and then from the silk market to the summer palace? How long will it take me to go back to the airport from the summer palace? Apologies for asking so many questions, I just cant find much info about this apart from tours and cabs online. Thanks in advance!

Reply3/8/2017 4:03:30 PMandreea,   Germany

Karl ( United States ) :3/14/2017 3:06:45 AM

Andreea, you can take airport express to Dongzhimen first, and then transfer to subway line 2 there to reach Qianmen; get out from Exit A and walk northwards to reach the square.
You can take subway line 1 from Tiananmen East Station to Yong'anli Station; leave from Exit A1 and you will see the Silk Market.
From the Silk Market, you can still take subway line 1 to Xidan and then change to line 4 to Beigongmen Station; use Exit D and walk westwards for 400 yards to reach the Summer Palace.
After visiting the Summer Palace, you can still take subway line 4 and leave from Exit D of Renmin University Station. Walk westwards to take the airport shuttle bus in front of Youyi Aviation Ticket Office to the airport. The whole journey might take around 1.5h if going smoothly.

Iam in Raddison blu hotel,I want to see Forbidden city,Tiananmen squere,Great Wall of China,and then Olympic stadium by metro.please give me directions and preference by place.

Reply3/5/2016 9:35:56 AMM.Saratbabu,   India

Bill ( New Zealand ) :3/7/2016 2:10:21 AM

You may take metro line 1 to Tian'anmen East Station, Exit A. Walk north to Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City.

Do you refer to the Badaling Great Wall? If yes, you may take a train to Badaling from North Railway Station.

To Olympic Stadium, you may take metro line 8 to Olympic Sports Center Station, Exit B2.

The most interesting place is the Great Wall, then the Forbidden City, the Tian'anmen Sqaure, and the Olympic Stadium. Have a nice trip! :)

Hi, I am rifki from indonesiaI will be visiting beijing in 24 oct. 1. I want to ask, is there bus or train from PEK airport to badaling or mutianyu? which one the nearest? could you tell me how to go there from PEK?2. after in Greatwall I want to go to forbidden city and tiananment also niu jie mosque, could you suggest me how to get there buy bus or train from greatwall eitehr badaling or mutianyu?3. after enjoy tiananmen forbidden city and niujie untill late afternoon, in the night I wan to back to PEK airport, could you give me the best way to go Airport PEK buy bus or train? because my flight is on 25 oct at 02.00 am.Thanks you.

Reply10/3/2015 10:37:15 PMrifki,   Indonesia

Lily :10/11/2015 4:58:13 AM

Hey, hope this is not too late. Here is the info I know and hope help.
1. No public transportation to Badaling or Mutianyu is available from PEK. People usually hire a car or taxi to reach. Mutianyu is closer and it costs around CNY200 by car.
2. If you visit Mutianyu, take a taxi to Huairou Bus Station or Huairou North Street. Then transfer to bus no. 916 or express 916 to Dongzhimen. Walk to Dongzhimen metro station, take subway line 2 to Jianguomen, where transfer to line 1 and get off at Tiananmen East. Leave from exit A and you will be close the Tiananmen Square. The Forbidden City is within walking distance. To Niujie Mosque, take subway line 2 from Dongzhimen to Changchun Street. Get out from exit C1 and walk to the mosque in 5-8min.
3. After visiting, take subway line 1 to Xidan. There you can take airport shuttle bus line 2 to PEK. The last bus leaves at 21:00. Do catch up with it!

Hi, which subway is best from Beijing railway station to capital (PEK)airport, and if I need to transfer any subway line , and please also tell me how much is the total cost

Reply9/12/2015 12:00:43 PMyogesh,   India

Uuniya ( Austria ) :9/16/2015 11:12:43 PM

First of all, I'd tell you that the best way is to take airport shuttle bus line 3 from the railway station to PEK in around an hour.

If you insist in using metro, here is the way:
Take line 2 to Dongzhimen at a cost of CNY3 and then transfer to Airport Express Train to PEK, which costs CNY25 per person.

Hi. I will be travelling to Beijing in April.I will be staying in Kerry Hotel. Wht will be the nearest subway line? Please advise me how do i go to the following places from the hotel:1.FORBIDDEN CITY AND TIANANMEN SQUARE2.TEMPLE OF HEAVEN3.BEIHAI PARK4.SUMMER PALACE5.CAPITAL MUSEUM AND MILITARY MUSEUM6.LAMA TEMPLE7.HUTONG TOUR8.XIUSHUI 9.GREAT WALL AND MING TOMB

Reply3/16/2015 11:00:31 AMNancy,   Australia

Tina :3/30/2015 9:36:22 PM

1. To Forbidden City, you can walk from the hotel to Dabeiyao West Bus Stop to take bus no. 99 and get off at Tiananmen West. After getting off, you can see the square nearby and walk to the Forbidden City soon.

2. To Temple of Heaven, walk to Fangcaodi South bus stop to take bus no. 43 and get off at Fahuasi. Walk south along East Tiantan Road for 3-5min and you will see the East Gate of it.

3. To Beihai Park, walk to Hujialou West bus stop to take bus no. 101 and get off at Beihai.

4. To Summer Palace, walk to Jintai Xizhao metro station and take subway line 10 to Haidian Huangzhuang. Then change to line 4 and get off at Beigongmen. After getting off, the North Gate of the park is closeby.

Tina :3/30/2015 9:44:32 PM

5. To Capital Museum, walk to Dabeiyao West bus stop to take bus n. 99 and get off at Gonghui Dalou stop. Walk west along Fuwai Street for 2-3min and you can see the museum at the first big crossing. The bus can directly take you to the Military Museum.

6. To Lama Temple, take subway line 10 and get off at Huixinxijie Nankou. Then transfer to line 5 to the Yonghe Lama Temple.

7. Hutong Tours have several differen routes. I would recommend the Nanluo Guxiang one to you. Take bus no. 118 near your hotel to get off at Luoguxiang station and take the Hutong tour.

Tina :3/30/2015 9:49:06 PM

8. To Xiushui Street, walk to Guanghuqiao South bus stop to take bus no. 9 and get off at Ritan Road. Walk west along Jianwai Street for around 5min and turn to north to the Xiushui Street.

9. To visit the Wall and the Ming Tombs together, the Badaling section is recommended. Take bus no. 101 and get off at Fuchengmen. Then take a taxi to North Rail Station in 5-8min. There you can take a S2 train to Badaling. After visiting, take bus no. 879 to the Ming Tombs.

May the answers are not too late!

Hi, where is the nearest subway station from Forbiden city Exit Gate.Ty

Reply10/29/2014 7:01:40 AMkambalah,   Philippines

Henry :11/8/2014 9:33:52 PM

The Tiananmen East is the nearest one and you should leave from exit A.

HiHow do i go to greatwall from tiananmen square by metro/ bus .please advice

Reply8/23/2014 7:31:52 PMammar,   Yemen

Rita ( Argentina ) :8/25/2014 4:28:06 AM

I wonder which section of Great Wall would you visit. Anyway, here is the way to Badaling section which is the most popular one. At Tiananmen East metro station, take subway line 1 to Fuxingmen, where transfer to line 2 and get off at Xizhimen. Then walk to Beijing North Railway Station to take a train to Badaling.

hey guys, I'm going to beijing this week.could you guys help me out and suggest some good places to visit there and how to reach there by subway.....
I'm going to stay at chunxiu lu....

Reply8/21/2014 4:19:44 AMomar,   United States

Martin ( Afghanistan ) :8/25/2014 4:32:08 AM

Hi, local Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Badaling Great Wall are all must-sees.

To Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, it is easier to travel by bus from Chunxiu Road. You can walk to Xingfu Sanxun bus stop to take bus no. 120 and get off at Tiananmen East and then you can walk to the square and the palace.

To Summer Palace, walk around 1,000 meters to Dongzhimen to take metro line 2 to Xizhimen. Then transfer to line 4 and get off at Beigongmen. It is close to the north gate of the park.

Martin :8/25/2014 4:35:14 AM

To Temple of Heaven, take bus no. 106 at Dongzhimen station to reach exactly. Bus no. 110 also helps.

To Badaling Great Wall, take metro line 2 at Dongzhimen to get off at Xizhimen. Then walk to Beijing North Train Station to take a train to reach.

Apart from these, you should not miss Wangfujing as well. To reach there, take metro line 2 to Jianguomen and transfer to line 1 to Wangfujing.

hi guys, I'm staying at sanlitun hostel at chunxiu road. please assist me how to go to forbidden city, great wall, summer palace , tianmen square and beihui park from there by metro..

Reply8/20/2014 5:59:44 AMshoaeb,   India

Shan ( Canada ) :8/21/2014 12:01:19 AM

Well, here is what I know:To Forbidden City: walk from the hostel to Dongsishitiao metro station to take line 2 to Jianguomen, where transfer to line and get off at Tiananmen East. Get out from exit A and you can see the forbidden city. Of course, the Tiananmen Square is also close by. To the Great Wall, which section would you prefer to see? To Mutianyu, you can take subway line 2 to Dongzhimen. Nearby you can take bus no. 867 to get there. To Badaling, use line 2 to Xizhimen. Then you can walk to North Train Station to take a train to reach.

Shan :8/21/2014 2:02:28 AM

To Summer Palace, you can use line 2 to Xizhimen, where transfer to line 4 and get off at Beigongmen. Upon getting out, it is right close to the north gate of the garden.

The last destination must be Beihai Park. Compared with metro, it is easier to use local bus. Walk to Laborers' Stadium (Gongren Tiyuguan) bus stop to take bus no. 3 or 118 to the park directly.
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