"Public Buses In Beijing" Public bus Tip by cal6060

Public bus, Beijing: 43 reviews and 38 photos

  Public Bus, Beijing
by cal6060

During my 2011 trip to Beijing, I took more public buses than the metro trains in Beijing. One of the reasons is because my hotel is away from the metro subway station. All of their bus-stops' signboards are in Chinese only. You need to figure out the name of your location in Chinese characters. If you can read and listen to the announcement, then it should be very easy to take public buses in Beijing. They have announcements for the stops in English. Beijing has one of the best public transportation systems in China. The way to use public buses can be systematic.

First: Identify where you are or the name of the bus stop. Check out the nearest bus-stop to see which buses coming into the bus-stop, and buses that leave the bus-stop.

Second: Read the bus routes in the bus-stop to see whether any buses go where you want to go. Sometimes, you might need to go to another bus-stop to transfer to another bus to get where you want to go. For example, If you go to the East side, identify the bus that goes to the area on the east side, then transfers to another bus to your destination. Or take the bus to the nearest Metro station.


1) All the bus routes only stop at assigned bus-stops. It would be better if you know the bus-stop name. Otherwise, guessing by the street name, the area name, or building name, etc.

2) The bus fare is displayed near the door, or in front of the bus. Mostly Y1 each ride for non air-conditioned buses, and Y2 each ride for air-condition buses. I bought a smart card at the Metro Station. It can be used for public buses with great discount. Instead of Y1 or Y2, you pay only 40 cents each ride using the card.

3) You can always ask people around which bus to take. During peak morning hours, an officer with helps or assists passengers with bus information in some bus-stops.

4) I found a Free iPhone application that help you to identify the bus routes in Beijing. This mobile application is not only applicable in Beijing, but major cities in China.

5) Google map not only helps you to get a direction, but it provides you with the public bus routes.

Taking public buses are the way to see Beijing from a different angle!!

Type: Bus

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  • Updated Nov 6, 2012
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