Beijing is the capital of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. This article will introduce you the basic information about Beijing transportation.

Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport is about 25 km (about 15.5 miles) northeast of Tiananmen Square, and is China’s busiest and most important international airport. It consists of three terminal buildings.  Most international flights land at either Terminal 2 or Terminal 3.  You can take Airport Express Train or shuttle bus to downtown.
You can also choose CUCAS’s “Airport Pick up service”. Our staff will meet you at the arrival area of Airport, and send you to the universities safe and sound.

The main public transportations in Beijing are Beijing subway, city bus and taxi.
Beijing subway
The Beijing Subway now has 16 lines in operation, namely Line 1, Line 2, Line 4, Line 5, Line 6, Line 8, Line9, Line10, Line 13, Line 15, Batong Line, Changpin Line, Daxing Line, Fangshang Line, Yizhuang Line and airport express.
A flat fare of ¥2 with unlimited transfers applies to all lines, except the express link to the airport, which costs ¥25.

Beijing Subway Map

 

Beijing Bus
Currently, there are over 800 bus routes in operation from 05:30 to 23:00 in Beijing. Bus fares are usually ¥1 or ¥2.
They are mainly divided into the following categories:
Numbered 1~100—Bus routes are within the 3rd Ring Road.
101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 114, 115, 118 and 124—Trolleys, most of them run within the 2nd Ring Road.
Numbered 201~215—Night routes are only in operation after 23:00.
Numbered 300~810—Bus routes are from downtown area to suburban Beijing.
Numbered 900~998— Bus routes are long distances such as from downtown area to the Great Wall.
See more on Beijing Bus.

Taxi
There are over 70,000 taxis running in every corner of the city. Most of the taxi drivers in Beijing can speak some simple English, which offers western visitors a great convenience of being able to communicate with them.
In the daytime, the minimum fare is ¥10 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles), and it is ¥2 per kilometer for the remainder of the journey .From 23:00 to 05:00 the starting price is ¥11 for the first 3 kilometers, and then ¥2.4 per kilometer. A ¥2 fuel surcharge is required if the journey is over 3 kilometers.

Beijing Transportation Smart Card
Beijing Transportation Smart Card is available for paying for the services of subway, city buses, some taxis (taxis with the sign of ‘Welcome to Use IC Card’) and the airport express train. Passengers can get 80% discounts when paying for the city-bus fare by the card. What’s more, the Transportation Smart Card can be used at some designated supermarkets, restaurants, department stores, book stores and so on.
Beijing has more than 170 sites, which are located at the ticket offices of every Beijing metro stations, some bus stations and some super markets.You can apply this card easily.