Beijing Transportation - By City-Bus
Currently, there are over 800 bus routes in operation in Beijing, supplied by the buses numbered 1~998. They are mainly divided into the following categories:
Numbered 1~100—Bus routes are within the 3rd Ring Road.
101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 114, 115, 118 and 124—Trolleys, most of them run within the 2nd Ring Road.
Numbered 201~215—Night routes, only in operation after 23:00.
Numbered 300~810—Offering bus routes from downtown area to suburban Beijing.
Numbered 900~998—Running long distances, such as from downtown area to the Great Wall.
Generally speaking, the buses in downtown area are in operation from 05:30 until to 23:00. Some suburban lines may stop as early as around 18:00. The night lines of 201~215 serve from 23:00 to the next 04:30 or 05:00.
Self-service bus: CNY1 paid by cash, or CNY0.4 paid by a Beijing transportation smart card
Tips: If there are three gates on a bus, pleas embark using the middle gate and disembark from the other two gates. Over payment by cash into the coin machine will not be refunded.
Charged by distance: Except of these self-service buses, the other city-buses are equipped with conductors. The flag-down rate of the bus is CNY1 for the first 12 kilometers, and then charges CNY0.5 per additional 5 kilometers. The passengers, pay the bus fare by a Beijing transportation smart card, could enjoy 60% discounts on any routes.
Tips: If you pay the bus fare by a smart card, you have to touch the card to the reader machine when you embark on the bus and then again when you disembark from the bus.