The Beijing Metro is modern, efficient and cheap, there are guide signs in the distance of 500 meters from the station. Metro stations generally have two or more entrances and exits. Each entrance has information marked in Chinese and English including subway logo, line number, station name, and the number of entrances and exits.
You can simply purchase tickets via touch-screen ticket machines (Chinese and English) at the station, the fare is just 2 yuan RMB. You just need 2 Yuan then you can reach every part of Beijing only if you don’t exit the subway station. Most of the stations open at 5:30am and close and 11:30pm.
The Beijing Subway system has 19 lines and 345 stations. It’s the second longest subway system in the world after the Shanghai Metro.
For visiting the cities key attractions visitors will find Line 1 and Line 2 the most useful.
Beijing Subway Map 2017
Lines serving the urban core
Line 1, a straight east-west line underneath Chang’an Avenue, which bisects the city through Tiananmen Square. Line 1 connects major commercial centres, Xidan, Wangfujing, Dongdan and the Beijing CBD.
Line 2, the inner rectangular loop line traces the Ming-era inner city wall that once surrounded the inner city, and stops at 11 of the wall’s former gates (ending in men), now busy intersections, as well as the Beijing Railway Station.
Line 4, a mainly north-south line running west of city centre with stops at the Summer Palace, Old Summer Palace, Peking and Renmin Universities, Zhongguancun Technology Park, National Library, Beijing Zoo, Xidan and Beijing South Railway Station.
Line 5, a straight north-south line just east of the city centre. It passes the Temple of Earth, Lama Temple and the Temple of Heaven.
Line 6, a nearly straight east-west line running parallel and to the north of Line 1. It passes through the city centre north of Beihai Park.
Line 7, an east-west line running parallel and to the south of Line 1 and Batong Line, from Beijing West Railway Station to Jiaohuachang (Coking Plant).
Line 8, a north-south line following the city’s central axis from Changping District through Huilongguan and the Olympic Green to Shichahai and Nanluoguxiang inside the Second Ring Road.
Line 9, a north-south line running west of Line 4 from the National Library through the Military Museum and Beijing West Railway Station to Guogongzhuang, southwest of city centre.
Line 10, the outer loop line runs underneath or just beyond the Third Ring Road. Apart from the Line 2 loop, which is entirely enclosed within the Line 10 loop, every other line through the urban core intersects with Line 10. In the north, Line 10 traces Beijing’s Yuan-era city wall.
Line 14, operates in two sections: an east-west line from Zhangguozhang to Xiju on Line 10, in the southwestern suburbs and an inverted L-shaped line from the Beijing South Railway Station east to Beijing University of Technology in the southeast before turning due north through the Beijing CBD, Chaoyang Park, Jiuxianqiao, and Wangjing to Shan’gezhuang in Chaoyang District.
Lines to outlying suburbs
The following lines run from the edge of the urban core to outer suburbs beyond the Fifth Ring Road.
Line 13 arcs across suburbs north of the city and channels commuters to Xizhimen and Dongzhimen, at the northwest and northeast corners of Line 2.
Line 15 starts from the east of Tsinghua University, passes the Olympic Green and Wangjing, and runs northeast to suburban Shunyi District.
Line 16 runs parallel and to the west of Line 4. The northern section opened in 2016.
Batong Line extends Line 1 eastward from Sihui to suburban Tongzhou District.
Changping Line branches off Line 13 at Xi’erqi and runs north through suburban Changping District. The line passes the Life Sciences Park, Shahe University Park, and the Thirteen Ming Tombs.
Daxing Line extends Line 4 south to suburban Daxing District.
Fangshan Line extends Line 9 south from Guogongzhuang to Fangshan District in the southwestern suburbs.
Yizhuang Line extends from Line 5’s southern terminus to the Yizhuang Economic & Technological Development Zone in the southeastern suburbs.
Airport Express connects the Beijing Capital International Airport, 27 km (17 mi) northeast of the city, with Line 10 at Sanyuanqiao and Lines 2 and 13 at Dongzhimen.