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    Bus tickets

    by ntm2322 Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    Some buses in Beijing (especially the newest ones) are installed with IC card readers (Check NOW my ‘Subway IC cards’ tip).

    However, most of them don’t have this equipment and therefore must be the conductor the one responsible for the ticketing. Usually there is one conductor on common public buses and two conductors on long buses.

    Before boarding the bus, you must pay attention to two things:

    1. Check the bus sign or the exterior of the bus if it is marked self-service ticketing.

    2. Make sure you have the correct change ready.

    Using a 'Yikatong' IC card it is a nice deal because you can enjoy:

    - 60% discount in 447 bus routes (including the buses beginning with 'dong4 tong1' characters)

    - 20% discount for other bus routes

    - You will spend at most CNY 0.4 for your trip instead of the former CNY 1 or 2 for the lines which have the flat fare system

    - Unfortunately, it doesn’t apply to long distance buses.

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    Public buses

    by ntm2322 Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    Traveling by public buses in Beijing is relatively inexpensive, a flat fare is usually CNY 1.00 for the whole line and it applies to downtown public bus/trolley bus/night bus No.1 to No.212 (this No.212 is a night bus).

    Bus operating time is from 06:00 to 23:00 every day.

    Who doesn’t remember a few years ago those long worn-out buses in Beijing always crowded and looking ugly and dirty? Today is totally different.

    Beijing authorities have been gradually replacing them with energy-saving green buses equipped with electronic bus-stop announcements, IC card readers, electronic monitors, and passenger-monitoring devices. Some of them even have mobile television with live broadcast televisions. Just amazing.

    The bus system in Beijing is divided in the following way:

    - Urban lines - bus No.1 to No. 122

    - Night buses - bus No. 201 to 212

    - Suburb lines - bus No. 300 to No. 949

    - Air-conditioned buses - beginning with '8'

    - Double-decker buses - beginning with the character 'te4', what means 'special'

    - Tourist buses traveling along special lines heading to many scenic spots

    Although some buses along the route of Chang'an Jie or places where there are a lot of foreigners announce the stop names in both Chinese and English, however, most of the buses in Beijing make announcements only in Chinese.

    Besides, buses drivers usually don’t understand English and the names of bus stops are written in Chinese characters. So, if you want to go to a specific spot, show the driver or other passengers a piece of paper with the Chinese name of your destination in advance, I assure you that they will gladly help you when the bus approaches the place where you want to go.

    You should also know that buses during peak hour (06:30-09:00 and 17:00-19:00) are very crowded.

    Theft is also a problem on buses. Pay special attention to your purse, mobile phones, small bags, pockets, etc., especially when boarding and exiting the bus.

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    Airport shuttle bus

    by yangzhigong Written Aug 27, 2007

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    bus mao of Beijing airport

    when arriving Beijing, you can choose taxi or shuttle bus at airport, the shuttle bus service has 6 lines, olny one goto Tianjin, another 5 goto Xi Dan, Gong Zhu Fen, Fang Zhuang, Beijing railway station and Zhong Guan Cun.

    For most foreigners, Xi Dan line is the best choice, the end is very close to Wang Fu Jing.

    the service time often from 6 am to 11 pm.

    ticket price :16 RMB/person

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    Cheapest bus of China

    by yangzhigong Written Aug 6, 2007

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    If you working or living for a long time in Beijing, go anywhere by bus is the cheapest way, you should pay ony 1 RMB every time, and if you buy a IC bus card, it will give you a 60% discount, that is to say, 0.4 RMB every time.

    you may check all bus line and station information in website, but at frist, you should learn Chinese hard :)

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    Getting around the city by public buses

    by xuessium Updated Jul 28, 2007

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    The public buses are surprisingly cooler as most of the buses are air-conditioned (for summer). Most buses plying the centre of the city has a flat fare of 1 RMB, regardless of distance though be prepared to pay 1RMB or 1.50RMB more if you're going further.

    Simply flag the bus down and dump your money into the cashbox by the side of the driver or flash your card on a "Yi Ka Tong" or IC Card sensor to have your fare deducted.

    Specific numbers ply specific routes. There is a bus conductor on the bus (usually) shouting the name of the next destination, though the more modern buses have electronic signs inside the bus as well, displaying the name of the next stop in English.

    I hardly saw any westerners taking the buses. I would assume the language barrier is a daunting dam to overcome. But if you think you have guts and willing to try it out, well, give it a heave ho!

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    There is a store-value card called "Yi Ka Tong" (or IC Cards) you can purchase. This card will allow you to travel on both public buses and the Beijing Metro for a period of time or as long as you have money in the card! Save me the hassle of hunting down coins and small changes. It's kinda like the Octopus Card of Hong Kong and the Ezylink card of Singapore. There is a 20RMB deposit (which you can claim back from IC Card outlets) and on top of that, any amount of money you wish to add, depending on how much you think you're going to spend.

    You get through the gates of the subway and board and alight the buses by flashing the card on a sensor and your fare will be automatically deducted.

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    Cheap and comprehensive bus system

    by nattybabe Written Jun 5, 2007

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    Buses are extremely comprehensive and cheap (starting from Y1) but can get extremely crowded and all the routes are in Chinese. Bus maps are available to help you out or ask your hotel for which bus you should take for the appropriate destination.

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    Airport Bus

    by mccrorj Written Jun 1, 2007

    The dispatchers at the airport are constantly busy and were the only people in Beijing who appeared off hand with foreigners. One of these ladies actually told me I couldn't catch a bus to the part of Beijing that I was aiming for and sent me to get a taxi. Fortunately a very irate local gave her an ear bashing and took the time to make sure I wa on the right bus. Hope that they sort this out before the olympics.

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    Visit Badaling on public transport

    by bazoeker Updated Jan 14, 2007

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    Main street of Badaling - empty but not usually!
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    I have read from others about joining tour buses to Badaling and how:
    1. the time spent is limited at the Great Wall
    2. have to go to Ming's tomb
    3. have to spend plenty of time at 'shopping' places
    4 costs about 20euros.

    So I decided to go there independently but found the information on the web to be rather scarce. Hopefully some info here will help others to this otherwise absolutely amazing place!

    The bus which goes to Badaling from Beijing is 919. But there are several versions of 919 and the one that we want is 919 'kuai' (express). The bus stop is at Deshengmen, which is located close to Jisuitan metro station. So the directions are the following:

    Go to Jisuitan metro station. From one exit (sorry did not note down which one) turn right and walk along the road. You should see a pedestrian overhead bridge some distance away (like in the photo). Walk further down the road so that you can cross over and take the overhead bridge and get to the other side of the road. Continue to walk along the same direction (you will probably see other 919s at this stage but ignore them) until you reach a bend to the left and a nice looking building looms ahead of you. Continue walking for about 50m and you will see a 919 signboard across the road, bwhind the large building. That is the bus that you will need to take. Crossing the road is a challenge, you may want to cross before you turn left at the bend.

    The bus itself is a little small, and space may be tight. It costs 12yuan for each journey, and Badaling is the second stop (the first stop is Juyonguan). I do not know the schedule but I arrived at 8am and the bus left almost immediately. My return trip I arrived at ~12pm and again there was already a bus there. I have the feeling that the driver tries to wait until the bus is almost full before departing but I may be wrong. The journey takes about an hour each way.

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    Autobuses urbanos

    by asgard Written Jan 12, 2007

    Si vais a estar mas de 2 días dentro de la capital, es muy conveniente buscarte un mapa de lineas de autobuses urbanos, Son muy baratos, bastante limpios y muy puntuales y te llevan practicamene a todos los lugares de la ciudad.

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  • Public Bus

    by Nprawira Updated Feb 27, 2006

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    Finding the right bus to ride is generally easy that is if you can read Chinese characters. Bus stations are mostly equipped with sign boards telling which bus numbers stop there and their destinations but sadly they are written in characters. Fare starts with Y1 for the first 10km and then another Y1 for every additional 10km. Never try to pay the driver the fare but look for the conductor with the yellow shirt and often the loudest.

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    Public Buses

    by chewy3326 Written Nov 27, 2005

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    While taxis may be way more convenient, taking the Beijing public bus system can allow you to meet locals as well as saving you many yuan. A typical ride costs Y1. However, it's essential for you to know your Chinese, because all signs along the bus routes are basically in Chinese. You can basically find a bus stop anywhere in the city, making it very easy to access.

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    Bus - cheap, but harder

    by MickeH Written Sep 21, 2005

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    Two of many buses on the streets of Beijing

    There are a huge number of bus lines in Beijing. Wherever you want to go, a bus will take you there.
    And the price can't get any lower, just 1 yuan for a ticket. 2 yuan if the bus is airconditioned.
    But all the signs and timetables are in chinese so it is very hard to find what bus to take.
    And it can be just as hard knowing where to get off.

    So if you can learn to find your way around using the bus it will be the cheapest way certainly, but we had to rely on taxi and subway for our visit.

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    Slow but Cheap Beijing Bus.

    by vic&michael Updated Aug 21, 2005

    The bus is very cheap only 1 RMB!
    But it has no air-con and can be stuck for a long time in traffic. You'll also be lucky to get a seat.
    However, if you are not in a rush, or if it is early in the morning (not crowded then), you should take the bus, it gives you a good look around the city, and also you get to experience bus driver's road rage, very interesting.
    Anyway, there is no air con in the metro either.

    The buses travel all around Beijing.
    Bus 22 to TIan'anMen Square & Xi Dan Shopping District.

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  • Beijing buses

    by mke1963 Written Jan 30, 2005

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    Beijing buses cover every part of the city, but it can be difficult to get information about routes.
    The Beijing public transport authority has a web site with information in English and a %L{http://www.bjbus.com/map_e/mappage.asp]'zoomable' map to help you find your way around.

    As a little snippet of information, the BPTC has almost 18,000 buses. If you parked them end to end, they would stretch for 216km .

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    Getting To The Wall

    by keeweechic Written Jun 15, 2004

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    If you want to go to the Badaling part of the Great Wall then you either take a tour or you can take a minibus No 919 from Deshengmen (next to the Jishuitan Subway stop). The last bus leaves Badaling for Beijing at 6.30pm. When my brother visited Beijing the tour was cancelled due to an unusual snow fall, he and another guy took a taxi to the wall and back. You can hire a taxi with an 8 hours for a maximum of 4 people. This maybe a good alternative in sharing costs and having a car at your disposal for the day.

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