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What time is the first and last train of subway in Beijing?
The exact time of the first and last train passing by different stations at different lines are more or less different. Generally, the first train will be around 5:00 or 5:30 a.m. And the last train will be around 23:00 or 23:30.
Where and how can I buy a subway ticket?
You can buy a subway ticket ONLY at the subway station.
How much does the subway cost in Beijing?
Less than 6km (include 6km, around 6 stops) - 3 CNY/person; between 6km and 12 km(include 12km) - 4 CNY/person; between 12km and 22km (include 22km) - 5 CNY/person; between 22km and 32km (include 32km) - 6 CNY/person; Above 32km, every 20km plus 1 CNY/person based on above price.
Is there one-day trip ticket and how does it work?
No. The subway ticket is only for a single trip. You can buy a Yikatong (Beijing Municipal Public Transportation Card) and put money in it. The deposit of the card is 20 CNY and you can return it when you don’t use it any more. But the procedure of returning and getting refunded is rather complicated.
What is Yikatong? (Gong Jiao Ka)
It is Beijing Municipal Public Transportation Card majorly for taking the bus and subway.
Where and how can I buy a Yikatong (Beijing Municipal Public Transportation Card)?
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 recognize the direction of the subway I need to take?
You just need to know the terminal station of the direction you need to take. The name of the terminal station for direction will be written on the bar in both Chinese and English.
How do I know the station when I need to get off?
There is automatic vocal announcement in both Chinese and English. And you can also see the subway map on the door at both sides, and there is a green light point flashing for the next station. When it arrives at the station, the light turns red. It’s easy to figure it out.
Is it complicated to transfer from one line to another?
Generally it is not too complicated and you just need to follow the sign. But at some transfer stations you need to walk a lot.
Shall I buy another ticket if I transfer from one line to another?
No. You don’t need to buy any ticket for transferring except when you transfer to airport line.
What time is the rush hour for the subway in Beijing?
The morning rush hours is between 07:00 a.m. and 09:00 a.m., and the evening rush hours is between 16:30 and 19:30.
Will it be crowded during rush hours?
Yes. Some station could be extremely crowded during rush hours and you need to squeeze on the train.