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✪✪✪ ✎ EN Public Transportation in Beijing

Discussion in 'Beijing' started by texkourgan, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. texkourgan

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    Hello!

    What public transportation is available in Beijing? Is it easy to move about Beijing at large? What modes of transport are available: Bus? Underground/Subway? Trams? Trains?

    Do you use public transportation in Beijing? Can you recommend it? Is it safe, inexpensive, and reliable? What is your experience? How much is a basic fare? Is there a monthly card, or discount options?

    Thank you for sharing your tips, questions and advice!
     
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    Subway in Beijing is cheaper than that of Shanghai. Bus, taxi is available, too. But Beijing has horrible traffic jam, driving your own car to work is not recommended, but the public traffic is very, very, very, very crowded!
     
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    Is the metro/subway jam packed at rush hour? Is it possible to use alternative transports, like bikes?
     
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    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. In the guide to Beijing we cover transportation options, but a little personal advice can be of great value.

    Anyone else have opinions or tips to share? ;)
     
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    Suggestion: If you don't have much luggage the subway is very convenient. If you do have big bags then take a taxi because line 2 can get very crowded, especially at rush hour (7-9am and 6-8pm is the worst). The only transportation card is the Yikatong card, which is a stored value card. You won't save much money with it, but it's worthwhile just so you don't have to queue up for a ticket every time. You can buy them at all subway stations, including the airport express station at the airport.
     

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