The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijing municipality. With 8 lines, over 200km of tracks and 123 stations currently in operation and ridership averaging 3.4 million per day, the Beijing Subway is the busiest in mainland China, and the second longest after the Shanghai Metro. However, the existing network cannot adequately meet the city's mass transit needs and it is undergoing rapid expansion. Three new lines were opened on July 19, 2008 ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games. Existing plans call for 19 lines and 561km of tracks in operation by 2015.
How to Buy the Ticket
A single-ride ticket costs RMB 2.00, it is a flat fare with unlimited transfers. This applies to all lines except the Airport Express, which costs RMB 25.00 per ride. and you can also get a Yikatong, an integrated circuit card that needs a RMB 20 deposit, refundable, plus whatever amount you want to put on the card, All subway lines now collect fares through automatic fare collection (AFC) machines that accept single-ride tickets and Yikatong.
The original lines are "Line 1" which goes east-west line underneath Chang'an Avenue, which bisects the city through Tian'anmen Square. It connects major commercial centres, Xidan, Wangfujing, Dongdan and the Beijing CBD. "Line batong" extends Line 1 eastward from Sihui to suburban Tongzhou District. "Line 2" which is a a rectangular loop line, traces the second ring road, and stops at 11 of the wall's former gates, now busy intersections, as well as the Beijing Railway Station. The "Airport Line" connects the Beijing Capital International Airport, 27 km northeast of the city, with Line 10 at Sanyuanqiao and Lines 2 and 13 at Dongzhimen. The "Line 13" which across suburbs north of the city and channels commuters to Xizhimen and Dongzhimen, at the northwest and northeast corners of Line 2. the "Line 5" which is a straight north-south line just east of the city centre, "Line 10" passes just south of the Olympic Green Park. It turns straight south and follows the eastern 3rd Ring Road. And the Olympic Branch Line ("Line 8") extends north off Line 10 with three stops in the Olympic Green.Starting operation on September 28, 2009, "Line 4" runs from north to south, parallel and to the west of Line 5, through Haidian, Xicheng, Xuanwu and Fengtai Districts in the western half of the city. It is 28.2 km long with 24 stations, and just takes 40 minutes from South 4th Ring to North 5th Ring.
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