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How much is the bus fare in Beijing?
Less than 10km (include 10km, around 10 stops) - 2 CNY/person; Above 10km, every 5km plus 1 CNY/person based on the above price; If you use Yikatong, you will have 50% discount.
What is Yikatong? (Gong Jiao Ka)
It is Beijing Municipal Public Transportation Card majorly for bus and subway.
Where and how can I buy a Yikatong?
You can go to some certain bus stations or service office and buy a Yikatong. But there are a few bus stations where you can return it and get the refund.
Where can I use the Yikatong? And do I always have a discount when I use it?
You can use Yikatong on bus, subway, public bike rent, and in some certain supermarket or convenience stores. There is only discount when you use on the bus.
How do I use the Yikatong when I take the bus in Beijing?
First you need to put some money in the card at the certain offices (usually at some bus stations). And then, you just need to swipe the card on the machine when you get on and off the bus. The balance amount in your card will appear on the machine.
How do I pay if I don’t have a Yikatong on the bus?
You need to buy a ticket on the bus from the conductor’s desk, telling them where you get off.
How do I know which direction should I take and whether I am on the right direction?
It is difficult to read the signs on the bus stop if you don’t read Chinese (There is no English for every stop on the sign board). First, you need to make sure you are on the right side of the road; second, there is the starting stop and terminal stop spelled in English on the sign of each line for direction.
Do bus conductors and driver speak English?
No, they don’t speak English at all. You need to show them which stop you need to get off and they will remind you; or you ask somebody to write down your question in Chinese and show them.
How do I know when I arrive at my stop?
First, you need to know the name of the stop in Chinese pronunciation and there is automatic announcement on the bus in Chinese and English, but the pronunciation of the name of the stop is always in Chinese.
Is there certain doors on the bus to get on and get off?
When there are two doors on the bus, the front door is for getting on and the back door for getting off; when there are three doors, the middle door is for getting on and the two side doors for getting off.
What is the general bus behavior in Beijing?
People tend to give their seats to people who are old, pregnant, sick, weak, disabled, as well as young children and someone who holds a baby.
Is it crowded on the bus during rush hours?
Yes. It could be extremely crowded on the bus during rush hours.