Posted by Nations Abroad Consulting LTD on 12. Oct 2013
If you want to explore the true color of Beijing, travel about the city by bus. Taste the real flavor of Beijing city by the local public transport. However, It is difficult to use at first if you don't understand Chinese.
Few bus staff speak little English, though there are some bus lines in the city center that broadcast stop names in pinyin (system used to transliterate Chinese words and sounds into the Roman Alphabet). Bus stop signs are also entirely in Chinese.While traveling in Beijing China, keep a map of the bus routes you frequently use.
Bus transport in Beijing is cheap, convenient and covers the entire city, Beijing buses are numbered 1-999 . There are presently over 500 bus routes crisscrossing the city. It is estimated that the city operates over 20,000 buses!
- Buses numbered 1 to 100 operate within the 3rd ring road.
- 200-212 offer only night time travel 300s travel through the suburbs
- 400s travel from downtown out to the suburbs 600s – 700s travel through residential areas
- 900s connect Beijing with its "rural" districts(Changping, Yanqing, Shunyi, Miyun, etc) that are not considered part of Beijing proper.
Most bus fares are relatively cheap! For passengers paying by cash:
- Lines 1-199 operate on a flat rate of ￥1 per journey.
- Lines 300-899 charge ￥1 for the first 12 km of each journey and ￥0.5 for each additional 5 km. Buses with air-condition (800-899) start at ￥2.
- The night buses (200-299) charge ￥2 per journey.
- Lines 1-499 operate on a flat rate of ￥0.40 per journey.
- Lines 500-899 get 60% off the cash price.There are also 3-day, 7-day and 15-day passes available for travelers.There is no return ticket or day ticket.
Improvements to Beijing's bus system over the last 5years include the installation of IC card readers on some routes,bus lanes and the introduction of many low-emission buses.A lot of these were done in time for the 2008 Olympic Games. Pinyin for all the bus stops along the bus' route will also be displayed.
Some buses are equipped with electronic display panels which announce the upcoming bus stop in pinyin.Many buses now feature air-conditioning (heating in winter),TVs, a scrolling screen that displays stops in Chinese,and a broadcast system that announces stops.
If you are having problems navigating the bus system,call the English-speaking operators at the Beijing Public Transportation Customer Helpline(96166).
Beijing Bus Operating Hours
Most buses with a line number under 200 run daily from 5:00 to 23:00.Buses with a line number greater than 300 run from 6AM till 10PM.All buses with a line number in the 200s are night buses.Many routes get very crowded during rush hours(6:30AM-9AM and 5PM-9PM).
On all major holidays, there will be more frequent service on most city routes.
compiled by Danielle Russell
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