About 23,000 public buses run on nearly 700 routes in Beijing. Generally, the buses operate between 6:00 and 22:00 to midnight. Their frequency varies but a bus should arrive every five to ten minutes. Please prepare small bills in case of no-change bus lines. It would be very crowded in rush hours at 7:00-9:00 and 17:00-19:00.
The Beijing Subway has seen unprecedented construction in recent years, greatly easing traffic congestion in the Chinese capital. By the end of 2012, including a new line and extensions to lines, the city boasts a network of 15 lines, covering 11 districts, with 221 stations and 442 km of track. The Beijing Subway is the busiest on the Chinese mainland in terms of passenger volume, and the largest in terms of operational length. It is estimated the total operational length of the Beijing system will reach 1,050 km by the end of 2020, with 30 lines and some 450 stations, according to the Beijing government. Subway/light-rail trains arrive every few minutes, generally from 5:15 am to 11:40 pm. Route signs are bilingual; useful maps showing station exits are located at the center of every platform, and all stops are announced on the trains in English and Chinese.
Taxis in Beijing have several colors. All of them show a taximeter inside. You can easily find them in every part of
- 13 yuan (within 3 kilometers) +2.3 yuan/km +3 yuan (5 am to 11 pm);
- 13 yuan (within 3 kilometers) +2.3 yuan/km +3 yuan + 20 percent (11 pm to 5 am).