One of Beijing’s greatest attributes is its Subway system. The lines are literally nearly covering every street and corner of the City. It is extremely time efficient, fast, and most importantly convenient.
The trains arrive within a 5min interval, and as often as one per min during rush hours. The cost depends on the distance travelled, with a basic cost of 3 RMB to a maximum of 7 RMB(only 1 USD) which would literally be from one suburb of Beijing to the other!
Needless to say, this is by far the best way to travel around Beijing.
To locate A subway station
The subway stations are generally located at a key intersection between two major streets with four exits on every corner of the intersection, namely A, B, C, D. There are stations with more than four exits, which includes underground passages to malls etc, but there’s no need for us to get into that right now.
Buying a ticket
At the booth-Stand in line, tell the officer behind the counter the name of the station you are going to, and he/she will simply tell you the amount of cash you need to pay, and in return he/she will hand you your ticket.
At the automated ticket vendor- Select English, and then press the buy ticket button, choose the line that your destination is on, and select the stop. Insert money and press the green button that pops up. Pick up your ticket along with returned change from the drop box below.
Charging the transit card
At the booth: Stand in line, hand in your transit card and the amount of cash you would like the officer to charge your card. (needs to be in multiples of 10 RMB)
At the automated ticket vendor- Select English, press the charge card button, insert your card and the money you want to charge, and click the green button, wait 5 sec, and it should be good.
Taking the subway- Scan your ticket / your transit card on your right hand side as you enter the station.
Exiting the station- Insert ticket into the slot/scan your transit card to exit the station.
Warning: Make sure not to lose your ticket throughout your trip!
Happy traveling !