In Beijing, a blue sign marked as the picture on the right, indicates that there is a subway station nearby. Access to the subway station is marked by a square grey pillar on top of which is a lighted blue sign with the letter 'B'. The ticket window is at the entrance of the subway station. After buying a ticket, go downstairs to the platform to which you gain access by inserting your ticket into a machine, and wait there for the train. Inside the subway station, notices on the pillars provide detailed information and direct you to your destination. Station names are broadcast on the train in both Chinese and English. The subway station is equipped with restrooms, a ticket office, entrance and exit elevators, public phones, and a lost and found office. Additionally, there are bookstalls, bakeries, convenience stores, and more.
Two Yuan Flat Fee System is implemented on the existing five Beijing subway lines. People can use 'Yikatong' IC cards or cash to buy tickets. A ticket entitles an adult to take one child whose height is less than 1.1 meters (3.6 feet) for free. Children less than 1.1 meters (3.6 feet) in height are not allowed to take the subway alone. The machine that examines the IC card requires just 300 milliseconds to recognize it. Swipe the card over the scanner, and wait until a beep is heard that informs that the IC card has been successfully read by the machine.
Click for a detailed map of the Subway stations.
Taxi and Bus
Take a taxi and go directly to Beijing Friendship Hotel. Cost: about 120RMB (US$20). (See taxi assistance card below.)
Take Airport Bus Line 4(from the Capital International Airport to Gong Zhu Fen) at the arrival level. Get off at Beijing Friendship Hotel.
Cost: Bus fare 16RMB (less than US$3)
Take Airport Express(i.e. subway) from the Capital International Airport, get off at SAN YUAN QIAO, then transfer subway line 10, and get off at HUANG ZHUANG. At HUANG ZHUANG, take Taxi to Beijing Friendship Hotel.
Cost: Bus fare 35RMB (about US$6)
Take Airport Express (subway) from the Capital International Airport, get off at SAN YUAN QIAO and transfer subway line 10, and then get off at HUANG ZHUANG. At HUANG ZHUANG, take one of buses 209, 814,320, 332,4, 6, get off at University.
Cost: Bus fare 28RMB (about US$5)
You may print and show this card to the taxi driver (or the driver of Airport Bus Line) after you have arrived in Beijing.