Chongqing Metro

The Chongqing Rail Transit is the metro system that operates in the chinese city with the very same name. The system is commonly known as CRT. As funds for its construction came from Japanese Banks some of the technology used is also imported.

Rails are built along a very irregular surface, crossing hills and rivers. The depth of the stations made the construction of an all heavy rail tunnel system impractical. So some rails had to be heavy regular rails and others heavy capacity monorails. The monorail technology provides efficient climbing capabilities and can carry more weight than conventional rails.

Total track length of the metro is 168 kilometers (2015). The system connects 92 stations en route. The average daily ridership of this metro system was 1.1 million passengers in 2014. A monorail can transport 32,000 passengers per hour per direction

Lines and stations

The metro system currently has four lines. The Chongqing Rail Transit (Group) Limited Co is planning to expand the total coverage. Individual lines of Chongqing metro can be identified by its color.

  • Line 1. Began operation in 2011. Connects Chaotianmen and Daxuecheng. Length of the line is 36.6 km. Connecting 23 stations. The line transports 36,000 passengers per hour
  • Line 2. Began operation in 2005. Connects Jiaochangkou and Xinshancun. The length of the line is 19.2km. Connecting 18 stations. An extension of this line is under construction
  • Line 3. This is the world’s largest single monorail line. Began operation in 2011. Connects Yudong and Jiangbei airport. The length of the line is 55.5km. Connecting 39 stations. An extension of this line on the north end is under construction
  • Line 6. Began operation in 2012. Connects Wulidian and Yuelai Beibei. The length of this line is 56.7km. Connecting 18 stations. An extension on both ends of this line is under construction
  • Line 7 to line 18 are currently under planning

CRT operation hours

The metro starts operation at 6:30 am in the morning and close at 11:30 pm, seven days a week.

Fares and tickets

The ticket fare in Chongqing metro system is based on the distance traveled. It usually ranges between 2 to 10 Yuan.

Single ticket

Single tickets can be purchased at any station in Chongqing metro. These tickets are valid only on the day of purchase for a single use. A single journey is within 180 minutes of travel. If a journey using a single ticket exceeds this time limit, the passenger will be charged with the highest one-way ticket fare.

    The fare is calculated as below:

  • 2 Yuan a distance for a distance of 0-6 km
  • 3 Yuan for 6-11 km
  • 4 Yuan for 11-17 km
  • 5 Yuan for 17-24 km
  • 6 Yuan for 24-32 km
  • 7 Yuan for 32-41 km
  • 8 Yuan for 41-51 km
  • 9 Yuan for 51-63 km
  • 10 Yuan for 63 km and above.

Souvenir ticket

Souvenir tickets are specially designed tickets that are made available to the passengers on public holidays and festivals. Depends on different themes, the validity of this ticket changes. And, the fare is decided based on the number of days the activity is put up for.

Fixed journey ticket

Travelers can use this ticket to ride the subway for a pre-determined time. However, these tickets do have a validity period attached to it. The fare depends on the distance traveled.

Chongqing Public Transportation Card

The Chongqing metro provides passengers a facility to make pay fare in advance and use a ticket card to commute without hassle. With a Chongqing Public Transportation Card, daily commuters can avail a discount of 10% on the subway fares. These cards can also be used on the city buses as well.

Group tickets

Passengers using Chongqing metro can purchase group tickets to avail further discounts on the total fare. It is a good option for a group of any number of passengers.

Chongqing Rail Transit Park and Ride

Park and ride facilities are available for passengers in some of the metro stations, not all.

Rules and Tips for passengers

Smoking, drinking and eating are prohibited. Inflammable substances are also not allowed inside the metro. Passengers can get their small pets along provided the pets are inside carriers. The metro also has provision for transporting bicycles.

CRT curious information

Chongqing metro system has a very complex topography running through difficult terrains of the city. One curious fact is that the line 2 monorail at one stage is passing through a building. The rail was constructed in this way in order not to demolish homes. The ingenious planners also made room for a small station inside the building.

Guangzhou Metro

This underground rapid transit system is the brain child of Chen Yu who was the governor of the province during 1957-1967. The system has been in discussion from early 1960 onwards. The plan was brought on the table twice over the years, however, was rejected both the time due to financial and technical constraints. Moreover, authorities who surveyed the geological nature of the land opined that the ground is not suitable for construction of an underground metro system.

Finally, after much discussion and planning, Chen Yu and Tao Zhu, the former governor of the province, pushed forward a plan to build a tunnel as part of war time evacuation strategy. Looking at the prospect of such a tunnel which can later be used for post-war metro development, the central government set the motion to have this plan implemented.

Though the construction of line 1, east-while lane connecting Xichang to Dongshan, started in 1984 and the metro system began operation on 28 June 1997, Guangzhou metro system achieved its current stage only after the rapid expansion plans that were put into place during the 2000s.
As of 2013, the Guangzhou metro system has 9 lines that connect a total of 164 stations. Guangzhou metro is state-owned and operated by the Guangzhou Metro Corporation. As per statistics in 2013, on an average 8.61 million passengers use this metro system for daily commute; annually, the figure comes to 2.054 billion passengers.

Lines and stations

A major part of the metro system connect urban areas of the province. Line 7, line 9 and line 13 are under planning to be added to the existing network. Moreover, extensions to line 6 and line 8 are also under construction. In order to help the passengers distinguish, each lines are color-coded.

  • Line 1: Opened in 1997. Connecting Xilang and Guangzhou east railway station. Length – 18.5km. Number of stations – 16 underground stations.
  • Line 2: Opened in 2002. Connecting Jiahewanggang and Guangzhou south railway station. Length – 31.4km. Number of stations – 24
  • Line 3: Opened in 2005. Connecting Airport South and Tiyu Xilu. Length – 67.3km. Number of stations – 28
  • Line 4: Opened in 2005. Connecting Huangcun and Jinzhou. Length – 43.7km. Number of stations – 16
  • Line 5: Opened in 2009. Connecting Jiaokou and Wenchong. Length – 31.9km. Number of stations – 24
  • Line 6: Opened in 2013. Connecting Xunfenggang and Changban. Length – 24.5km: Number of stations – 22
  • Line 8: Opened in 2003. Connecting Fenghuang Xincun and Wanshengwei. Length – 14.8km. Number of stations – 13
  • Guangfo line: Opened in 2010. Connecting Guangzhou City and Foshan City. Length – 20.4km. Number of stations – 14
  • APM line: Opened in 2010. Connecting Linhexi and Canton Tower. Length – 3.9km. Number of stations – 9

Guangzhou Metro Plan Map en

Hours of operation

Passengers can use the metro during 6 am to 12 pm, seven days a week.

Fares and tickets

The fare depends on distance, ranging on an average from 2 Yuan to 14 Yuan. Guangzhou metro system also provides group discounts, up to 10%, provided the number of travelers is 30 or more. The metro corporation also provides certain contactless smart card Lingnan pass. Passengers with this card can avail huge discounts: 5% for the first 15 journeys, and 40% for all subsequent journeys every month.

Single day journey ticket

Passengers can avail a single day journey ticket which is valid only for the date of purchase. The fare varies depending on the distance travelled; for a distance of 0-4 km, the standard fare of a single journey ticket is 2 Yuan. There will be addition to this fare after every 4 km, 6 km and 12 km.
The rule mandates that the journey should not be more than one day; if not, the passenger will be charged the fare for the longest journey. Vending machines/kiosks are available at all the stations that Guangzhou metro system. The ticket contains radio frequency tokens that the sensors on the ticket barriers detect during entry and exit.

Senior citizen pass

With this pass a senior citizen (60+ years of age) can avail 50% discount on travel.

Student pass

School-going children can avail discount on their daily travel with the student pass. This pass is available for students of primary, secondary and vocational schools. This card entitles them to a discount of 50%.

Day passes

Guangzhou metro system also provides daily passes with unlimited rides on the metro system; however, there is a validity period. A one day pass can be purchased for 20 Yuan, valid for a duration of 24 hours. A pass for 50 Yuan is valid for 72 hours or three consecutive days.

Park and Ride

Guangzhou metro offers park and ride facilities at selected metro stations.

Dos and Don’ts. Tips

Consumption of alcohol and tobacco is prohibited inside the metro system. Eatables are also not allowed inside the metro system. Inflammable substances and any kind of chemical compounds that has the capacity to ignite or explode are strictly banned in all the stations. People who do not comply can expect to be behind bars within no time.

Curious facts

Over the years the Guangzhou metro corporation was subjected to many heated arguments in media and among the public.
When the metro came up with the idea to give out free rides to the family members of its employees in 1997, the policy was subjected to much public scrutiny. The validity of such an option was questioned by people from all walks of life. Newspapers blamed the metro for exploiting public resources for personal benefits. Later, the corporation revealed the beneficiaries of such a policy included only spouses and children under 18.
In 2009, an alleged attempt fraud was reported in connection with two technicians who submitted inspection report on couple of cases.
In 2010, some discrepancies in quality standards of two concrete structures in line 3 was reported. The possible consequences of such low quality construction included blockage of ground water drains, passenger and metro car safety.

Daejeon Metro

Daejeon Metro is the rapid transit subway facility serving the South Korean city Daejeon. Currently, the system includes a single line connecting 22 stations along a 22.6 km long track. Daejeon Metropolitan Express Transit Corporation is in charge of operating the line. Daily, around 79500 passengers commute through this subway system. After Gwangju, Daegu, Busan, Incheon and Seoul, this is the sixth subway transport system in South Korea.

Historical Background

With a population of 1.5 million, Daejeon is South Korea’s fifth-largest metropolitan area. It is one of the administrative, educational and economic centers of the country. The need for a rapid metro system is such a hub city was inevitable.

The city authority had planned a 5-line metro system with the first line to be operational as early as 2002 to cover the traffic pressure during the Soccer World Cup. However, due to the lack of funds, the project got slowed down and was completed in 2006. The first line started operation from 16th March 2006 with a 12.4 km long track from Panam to Government complex. On 17th April 2007, a further section of 10.4 km was added. It connected Government Complex to Banseok.

The construction of Line 2 was supposed to start in 2008 but was postponed.

Hours of Operation

The Subway is open from 5:30 AM in the morning to the midnight. Trains are available every 8 or 10 minutes. In busy hours, trains run at 4 to 5 minutes intervals. On holidays and weekends, you’ll get lesser number of trains.

DJET Daejeon U-Bahn Linie 1 Gapcheon Station

Lines and Stations

Line 1 runs from Panam in the north-western part of the city to Banseok in the eastern corner. It includes the Daejeon Station which is near to the old city center. Here passengers can interchange to KTX and Korail. In addition, it also covers most modern and newly developed parts of the city, the city hall and other important government buildings. A complete travel on this line takes around 40 minutes.

The line is well-connected with bus routes and each station has a nearby bus stop. Main stations on this line are:

  • Panam
  • Daedong
  • Daejeon
  • Jung-gu Office
  • City Hall
  • Government Complex-Daejeon
  • Wolpyeong
  • Yuseong Spa
  • National Cemetery
  • World Cup Stadium
  • Jijok
  • Banseok

Future Expansion

Daejeon city authority plans to begin construction of Line 2 soon. It includes both grounds level and above ground stations. The route plan is expected to come out by 2015 and test operation is planned to start in 2018. If this schedule is actually implemented, we should see Line 2 fully in operation since 2021.

Though the authority hasn’t publicly disclosed the technological specifics of the line and the trains, rumor is that the trains are going to be magnetic levitation type similar to Japanese HSST.

Line 2 is conceived as a 30.5 km long ring-shaped line which intersects Line 1 several times. Line 3 will have a 24 km long track and will connect the north-south part of the city. Line 4 is going to be a relatively shorter track (9.7 km). It will run parallel to Line 3 but further towards the west. Line 5 will be a 15.2 km long line connecting the east-west sides of the city. In total, the whole network is planned to have a 102 km long track.

Fare and Tickets

The metro fare is determined on the basis of sections traveled, the age of the traveler and the type of tickets. Section 1 fare category applies when a rider travels up to 10 km from his departure station. In case he travels more, section 2 price is charged.

There are three types of ticketing options: Traffic card, Token and 3S card. However, traffic card seems to be the cheapest alternative among the three. Section 1 fare for an adult (19-64 years) with traffic card is 1250 won, with a token is 1400 won and with 3S card is 1400 won. The amounts change to 1350 won, 1500 won and 1500 won respectively when a passenger travels beyond 10 km.

Youths (13-18 years) and children (6-12 years) pay a portion of adult fare depending on their ticket type. People aged 65 and above, children under age 6, veterans and disabled persons are allowed free ride. If a group of more than 20 children is traveling with an adult guardian, the traffic card rate applies.

Get the details of fare and discounts from Fare Information page.

Facilities and Services

Daejeon Metro authority is committed to offering every passenger an enjoyable ride and that’s why they make available multiple services on the stations and also on the train.

  • Every station has its name labeled in Korean and English and it is easy even for a foreign traveler to locate his routes.
  • The stations are clean and managed well. They are artistically decorated and host music performances to entertain waiting passengers.
  • Located on the Jijok Station, Daejeon Metro Lost and Found Center helps travelers to search for their lost belongings.


To ensure smooth running of the metro system, the authority has set the following rules:

  • Pets are not allowed on the train.
  • In the case of a sudden fire break out, passengers shouldn’t try to rupture the doors or get off the train. Rather, they should use the fire extinguishers fitted in the train.
  • If any belonging falls on the track, you shouldn’t try to pick it up on your own, rather should contact the station stuff.


Keep the following points in mind to make the best use of Daejeon Metro service:

  • Before leaving the subway, never throw away your ticket. You have to punch it at the exit point again.
  • If you don’t understand Korean, follow the English announcements on the station to find your exit.


For details on stations, lines and interchanging possibilities, check out the Daejeon Metro Map. The only operating line is marked with color green.

The Dalian Metro

Dalian is the second largest city pertaining to the province of Liaoning (after its capital, Shenyang) in the People’s Republic of China. Its port is very advanced, and it’s indispensable for international commerce, at the shore of the Bohai sea. It has a population of 6 million inhabitants, approximately. It is also known as “City of Football” or “Fashion City”. In 2007, it was recognized as one of the three best tourist attractions in China. In fact, it’s a very well-known travel destination for many national tourists and foreign as well, mostly of Japanese, Russian, and South Korean origin, thanks to their spectacular beaches and great climate. Besides, it is the financial center of North East China, with the 5 most important chinese banks.

Before the increase in population, beginning in 1950, they tried to better their traffic situation with metros and buses. The results were nothing but unsatisfactory. They found a solution with the Dalian Metro, which was inaugurated May 1st, 2003. «Dalian Public Transportation Group Co. Ltd.» operates in lines R2 and R3, meanwhile «Dalian Metro Co. Ltd.» operates in lines M1 and M2. These trains can reach a maximum speed capacity of 100kms/h. Each train can carry up to 800 passengers. (176 sitting, the rest, standing up)

Currently, they possess 4 lines (2 urban ones 2 suburban). With a total of 57 stations. (31 urban ones, 26 suburban) The whole metro system extends for an area of 141 kilometers. (88 miles) The metro is used daily for by around 284,000 passengers. Facing the future, they wish to expand to 12 lines.

Lines and stations

M1 Line

Line 1 (M1) is a round 16,5km (10,25miles). It has 14 stations, and its final stops are Yaojia and Huizhanzhongxin.

Leaving Yaojia, this is the order of the stops: Yaojia, Dalianbeizhan, Huananbei, Huananguangchang, Qianshanlu, Songjianglu, Dongweilu, Chunliu, Xianggongjie, Zhongchangjie, Xinggonglu, Xi’anlu, Fuguojie, Huizhanzhongxin

Getting off at Dalianbeizhan, you may connect with a high speed railway. «Dalian North Railway». Connects with line 2 (M2) on the Xi’anlu stop.

Dalian Metro Map

M2 Line

Line 2 (M2) is 20,7km long (12,87 miles).
It has 17 stations, and its final stops are Jichang and Huiyizhongxin.

Leaving Jichang, this is the order of the stops: Jichang, Hongganglu, Hongjinlu, Hongqixilu, Wanjia, Malanguangchang, Liaoshi, Jiaotongdaxue, Xi’anlu, Lianhelu, Renminguangchang, Yi’erjiujie, Qingniwaqiao, Youhaoguangchang, Zhongshanguangchang, Gangwanguangchang, Huiyizhongxin

This line starts at the international airport of Dalián.
Connects with line 1 (M1) on the Xi’anlu stop.
On the Zhongshanguangchang stop, we will find the admired plaza of Zhongshan, well known for its classical buildings from the twentieth century made by the Japanese. In the zone of Zhongshan you may also find the« Dalian Laohutan Ocean Park», a park that contains a great representation of typical marine life from the region, an aquarium of coral reefs, a bird exposition, White whale and dolphin attractions, etc.

R2 Line

Line R2, is 40,38 km (25,09 miles).
It has 8 stations, and its final stops are Hekou and Lüshunxingang.

Leaving Hekou, this is the order of the stops: Hekou, Caidaling, Huangnichuan, Longwangtang, Tahewan, Lüshun, Tieshanzhen, Lüshun xingang

R3 Line

Line 3 (R3), also known as Jinzhou, is 63,45 km long (39,43 miles). It starts at the marvelous commercial center of Dalian.
It has 18 stations, and its last stops are Hekou and Lüshunxingang.

Leaving Hekou, this is the order of the stops: Dalian Railway Station, Xianglujiao, Jinjiajie, Quanshui, Houyan, Dalianwan, Jinmalu, Kaifaqu, Baoshuiqu, DD Port, Xiaoyaowan, Jinshitan, Tostem, Phoenix Peak, Dongshanlu, Hepinglu, Shijiuju, Jiuli.

On the Jinshitan stop, you can find the famous «Golden Pebble Beach», a very appreciated national park, that’s around 50 kms long (31 miles) at the center of Dalian.

District of Jinzhou is a very important zone of industrial development, where all the big corporations are, such as Canon, Mitsubishi Electric, Intel, Sanyo Electric, Toshiba, etc.


Metro works from 6am-12pm. Trains pass by every 3-4 minutes.


The minimum you can purchase a ticket for, corresponds to two stops. It costs 1 Chinese Yuan (0,14 € / 0,15 $). The Price increases, the more stops you add. For example, a more than a two stop trip, would be 2 Yuan (0,28 € / 0,30 $) The trajectory between Dalian and the Golden Pebble Beach is 8 Yuan. (1,12 € / 1,20 $). The trajectory between Dalian and Jiuli is 7 Yuan. (0,98 € / 1,05 $).

Besides regular tickets, you may also purchase a monthly card, provided by the Dalian Metro, which gives you a 20% discount in all trips. «The Pearl Card» is the best solution, if you use this transportation frequently.

Park and ride

Parking spaces will be provided for you as well as Newsstands with news in both English and mandarin.


The best time of the year to visit is between May and September. It’s popular to visit, Long Wangtang at the end of April, (a 20 minute drive to Dalian) to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Besides its amazing climate, it’s important to point out their healthy environment, and air quality, given to their numerous parks and Green zones.

Even though crime Rate is very low, like in most of China, you must still be careful because of the high percentage of traffic accidents.

As a cool fact, Dalian is a sister city, amongst other cities, with Zaragoza in Spain and Oakland (California) in the United States of America.

Busan Metro

Busan Metro has a total length of 109.5 km, 4 lines and 107 stations.
It’s managed by the Busan Transportation Corporation. In addition there’s a light rail line
connecting Busan with Gimhae, but is managed by a private entity. This fifth line has a length of 23,9kms
and adds 21 stations to the system. The 5 lines together form a network with 133.4 kilometers of routes and 128 stations.

Busan (or Pusan) is the second largest city in South Korea. Its population is approximately 3.6 million inhabitants.
To move this huge number of people every day, Busan has a municipal bus network with 134 routes connecting with
the metro line, a railroad (with high speed lines) connecting to nearby cities (Seoul, Dajeon, …) and
the metro system.

Busan Metro has a total length of 109.5 km, 4 lines and 107 stations.
It’s managed by the Busan Transportation Corporation. In addition there’s a light rail line
connecting Busan with Gimhae, but is managed by a private entity. This fifth line has a length of 23,9kms
and adds 21 stations to the system. The 5 lines together form a network with 133.4 kilometers of routes and 128 stations.

  • Lines 5 ( incl. Gimhae LRT BGL)
  • Stations: 107 + 21 (metro + LRT BGL)
  • Passengers/day: 890K
  • Opening: July 19, 1985
  • Operator: Busan Transportation Corporation B&G Metro
  • Length: 109,5 km + 23,9 ( metro + LRT BGL)

Lines and stations

  • Line 1 ( orange line )
    It has a total length of 32,5kms and 34 stations. It crosses the city from Sinpyeoung in the north to Nopo Dong
    in the south. A full ride from end to end takes about 1 hour. Desing of line 1 began in 79 and it started
    to be operational in 1985 with the corridor Nopo-Dong – Beomnaegol (16.2 kms of route). Then there were 3 more extensions:
    in 1987, 5,4 kms were added along Beomnaegol – Jungang-dong, 4.5 kms in 1990 joining Jungang-dong with
    Seodaesin-dong and finally 6.4 kms in the path of Seodaesin-dong to Sinpyeong.
    Currently there is a new extension being built to connect to the Saha-gu area.
    The 34 stations are: Sinpyeong, Hadan, Dangni, Saha, Goejeong, Daeti, Seodaeshin-dong, Dongdaeshin-dong, Toseong-dong,
    Jagalchi, Nampo-dong, Jungang-dong, Busan Station, Choryang-dong, Busanjin, Jwacheon-dong, Beomil-dong, Beomnaegol,
    Seomyeon, Bujeon-dong, Yangjeong, Municipality, Yeonsan-dong, Busan National University of Education,
    Dongnae, Myeongnyun-dong, Oncheonjang, Pusan National University, Jangjeon-dong, Guseo-dong, Dusil, Namsan-dong,
    Beomeosa and Nopo-dong.
  • Line 2 (green line)
    Line 2 crosses Busan from Hopo in the east to Jangsan in the west.
    Section Hopo – Seomyeon is operational since 1991. It also has had several extensions. Currently Busan Metro Line 2 has
    44.5 kilometers and 39 stations.
    The first extension in 1999 was the section Hopo to Seomyeon which added 21.7 km. In 2001, Seomyeon – Geumnyeonsan added
    another 7.7 kms. In 2002, section Geumnyeonsan – Gwangan added half a mile (1km). In August 2002 this line was expanded 7.7 kms
    with Gwangan to Jangsan section. In 2007 from Hopo to Yangsan other 7,2kms. Finally in 2009 the line reached Busan National University Yangsan.
    Stations: Jangsan, Jung-dong, Haeundae, Dongbaek, Museum of Modern Art in Busan, Centum, Milak, Suyeong, Gwangan,
    Geumnyeonsan, Namcheon, Kyungsung University and Pukyong National University, Daeyeon, Motgol, Jigegol, Munhyeon,
    Munjeon, Jeonpo, Seomyeon, Buam, Gaya, Dongeui University, Gaegeum, Naengjeong, Jurye, Gamjeona, Sasang, Deokpo,
    Modeok, Mora, guṇam, Gumyeong, Deokcheon, Sujeong, Hwamyeong, Yulli, Dongwon, Geumgok, Hopo
  • Line 3 (golden line)
    Line 3 became operational in November 2005. It links Daejeo to Suyeong. 18.1 km and 16 stations.
    Stations: Suyeong, Mangmi, Baesan, Mulmangol, Yeonsan-dong, Geoje, Sports Complex, Sajik, Minam, Mandeok,
    Namsanjeong, Sukdeung, Deokcheon, Gupo, Gangseo-gu Office, Sports Park
  • Line 4 (blue line)
    It’s 12.7 kms length line along 14 stations linking Anpyeong to Minam. It was to be a branch of line 3
    but finally opened in 2011 as a new line.
    Stations: Minam, Dongnae, Suan, Nakmin, Chungnyeolsa, Myeongjang, Seodong, Geumsa, Banyeo Agricultural Market, Seokdae,
    Youngsan University, Dong-Pusan College, Gochon, Anpyeong
  • Line 5 (purple line)
    It is a light rail line linking Busan to Gimhae. It extends the system 24kms and 21 stations.
    Terminal stations are Sasang and Samgye. This line is operated by a private entity.


Metro hours are from 05:00 to 00:30, everyday.

Rates and tickets

The system is divided into two tariff areas. Rates are 1,300 won to any destination within a distance of 10kms (first zone) and 1500 won for others (second zone).

There are also metro passes as Hanaro Card with Discounts of 10% for adults and 20% for young people between 13 and 18 years old.
These passes are also valid for the bus.

Another Busan Metro Map

Busan Metro Map
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Interesting facts

Korean, English, Japanese and Mandarin languages are used someway in Busan Metro.

Connection to the airport:

Gimhae International Airport is located west of Busan.
It can be reached via a subway, bus and taxi.

Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (KMRT)

Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (KMRT) is the underground metro system serving Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s biggest metropolitan area. Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation (KRTC) manage the 2 open lines, 37 stations and 42.7 km long track. Every day, around 180,000 people travel through this metro system.

With Kaohsiung MRT, it is now possible to reach city’s main business districts and tourist attractions within minutes. The subway stations are uniquely decorated. Central Park Station and Formosa Boulevard Station have received much international level recognition for their architectural beauties and inside artworks.

Historical Background

Kaohsiung is an important commercial hub and international port. Taiwan’s biggest industrial zones are located within the city. In the past few decades, there has been a massive spurt in the population of the city causing alarming road traffic pressure.

Since 1987, the city government was planning for an alternative rapid transit system. In 1990, the funding approval came from the central government. Total 11 main lines and 6 extensions were planned for KMRT system. However, many issues stalled the progress of the project. Finally, in 2000, KRTC was given the Build-Operate-Transfer contract to build the first 2 main lines.

Construction started in October 2001 and in November 2006, test run began for Red Line. After surviving really hard times, KRTC finally initiated the full operation of the Red Line in a phase wise manner in 2008. Gangshan South station was connected on December 23, 2012. The Orange Line started operating from September 14, 2008.

Hours of Operation

The Red Line operates from 6:00 AM to around 12:30 AM. Trains on Orange Line stop running at 11:30 PM. One train comes every 8 minutes, in the peak hours every 4 to 6 minutes. After 23:00 PM, trains run every 20 minutes.

Lines and Stations

The Kaohsiung Metro system currently has only two operating lines, Red Line and Orange Line. At Formosa Boulevard Station, the Orange and the Red Lines cross each other.

Red Line

The line starts from Siaogang in the south and finally connects to Gangshan South in the northern corner of the Kaohsiung metro area. It runs through important locations in the city, like Kaohsiung International Airport, Central Park, Nanzih Export Processing Zone etc. There are 24 stations on this route, of which 15 are underground, 1 is at the ground level and 8 are elevated. The whole route is 28.3 km long. To travel on the complete route, it takes around 40 minutes.

Kaohsiung MRT Red Line Train

Transfer to TRA West Coast Main Line and to Orange Line is possible from this route. When other lines of Kaohsiung Metro system will be operational, more interchanging possibilities will open from Red Line.

Main stations on this line are:

  • Siaogang
  • Kaohsiung International Airport
  • Cianjhen Senior High School
  • Shihjia
  • Sanduo Shopping District
  • Central Park
  • Formosa Boulevard
  • Kaohsiung Main Station
  • Kaohsiung Arena
  • Ecological District
  • World Games/ National Sports Complex
  • Nanzih Export Processing Zone
  • Metropolitan Park
  • Ciaotou Station
  • Gangshan South

Orange Line

The orange line connects 14 stations on a 14.4 km long east-west route. Starting from Sizihwan station in the west it runs through the center part of the city and ends at Daliao station in the east. It takes less than half an hour to complete the whole journey.

All of the stations on this line are underground except Daliao. Interchange is possible to Red Line and to TRA West Coast Main Line at different stations. If the complete network works, transfer is going to improve on this line also.

Main stations on this line are:

  • Sizihwan
  • City Council
  • Formosa Boulevard
  • Cultural Center
  • Martial Arts Stadium
  • Weiwuying
  • Fongshan
  • Fongshan Junior High School
  • Daliao

Light Rail

A circular Light Rail Line is being constructed to serve the central part of the city. It will connect 36 stations and will have a 22.1 km long route intersecting both Red and Orange lines.

Phase I of construction work began in 2013 and it is expected to start commuting passengers from the mid of 2016. The line begins from Lizihnei, connects major shopping areas, business districts, educational institutes, museums, a stadium and ends at Hamaxing.

Future Expansion

KMRT will be further extended to cover parts of Kaohsiung County and Pingtung County. Current operational lines will be further extended and other planned lines will start operating soon.

The Red Line is planned to be extended in the north to Hunei District and in the south to Pingtung County. The Orange Line is planned to have a Daliao Extension and a Pingtung Extension. The Circular Line will also be extended to Phase II.

The new lines that are either planned or proposed include Yanchao Line, Youchang Line, Brown Line, Yellow Line, Fongshan Line, Green Line and Foguangshan Line. One line and one extension from the original plan were terminated.

Fare and Tickets

The fare for KMRT is calculated on the basis of distance. The minimum fare is NT$ 20 for a travel within 10 km. The maximum fare is NT$ 60. Ticket prices vary depending on the age of the traveler. For a group of 10 or more people, there is a discount of 20% on the total regular ticket fare.

Three types of tickets are available: RFID IC token, I-Pass and smart card. However, similar smart cards of Taipei and Taichung services can not be used in KMRT. All types of tickets are scanned at entry and exit points.

For bikers traveling with non-folding bikes, there is a special ticket which costs NT$ 100. KRTC also issues multiple day pass tickets to I-Pass eligible riders. These tickets are issued for a day or two to make unlimited journeys with KMRT. These special tickets are available only by passenger information counters. Single journey tokens can be purchased either from passenger information counters or from automatic ticket vending machines.

Details of KRTC ticket types and prices are to be found on the Ticket Information page.

Facilities and Services

KRTC is not happy with the daily ridership data and is continually trying to improve it. It has designed some useful services for the passengers.

  • Platforms and trains are wheelchair-friendly.
  • Platform screen doors are there at all underground stations. These doors are fitted with LCD televisions showing train schedule and other important information.
  • All the written information is available in Chinese and English. Announcements are made in Taiwanese, Mandarin, English, Hakka and sometimes in Japanese.
  • All the stations have baggage storage locker facility.


Rules set by KRTC should be strictly followed in order to allow smooth service and also to avoid paying fines.

  • Eating, drinking, chewing gums, smoking etc. are strictly prohibited within the station paid area.
  • Passengers can not stay for more than 2 hours in the arrival and departure stations.
  • Passengers are not allowed to carry objects with them that are more than 165 cm long and are more than 220 cm, summing the length, height and width.


Here are the tips to get the best out of the KMRT service:

  • There is always a place for one passenger to lie between the platform and the track. Don’t fright if you fall on the track and the train is near.
  • Make use of the Nighttime Waiting Zones located at every station if you are a lady and are traveling late at night.
  • Every KMRT station has a nearby bus route. Plan the journey accordingly to save time.

Kyoto Municipal Subway

With the opening of Kyoto Municipal Subway, Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, got its own metro network. The subway system made commutes within the city convenient for residents and tourists alike. City’s main attractions e.g. Nijo Castle, Daigoji Temple, Gosho Imperial Palace and Toji Temple are all easily accessible from the subway stations. For the rest, the system offers transfer opportunities.

Kyoto Metro

Currently, it operates through 2 lines totaling to a track length of 31.2 km. Together they connect 31 stations. Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau is controlling the operations of the system. As per 2008 statistics, every day, around 3, 50,000 passengers use the metro system.

Historical Background

Kyoto is the sixth-largest city in Japan home to 1.5 million people. It is also a city of historical significance drawing tourists in large numbers. Immediately after WWII, planning started to construct an underground rapid transit system to reduce the use of cars in the city.

The Karasuma Line, between Kyoto and Kitaoji, was opened on 1st April 1981. Further sections were added consecutively and the line attained its current length on 3rd June 1997. An express service between Kintetsu Nara and Kokusaikaikan started on 15t March 2000.

The Tozai Line was opened in October 1997 with a 12.7 km long section between Daigo and Nijo. After subsequent expansions, it achieved its current length on 16th January 2008.

Hours of Operation

Trains begin journey at around 5 in the morning stop a little before midnight. On weekends and holidays, the timing changes slightly. Trains have different headway at different times of the day. In peak hours, the headway is 4-5 minutes. Early in the morning, trains have headway of 27 minutes.

You’ll get the detailed timetable for each station here.

Lines and Stations

Two lines are currently operational, namely, the north-south Karasuma Line and the east-west Tōzai Line. Each line has 16 stations including a common transfer station. The stations are mostly underground. Stations on Tozai Line have platform screen doors. Others have central platforms. 6-car trains run on the lines at a maximum speed of 90 km/hour.

Karasuma Line

The Karasuma Line serves city’s seven wards. It is indicated with green color on the subway map. From this line, passengers can transfer to the Tōzai Line, Kyoto Line and JR Kyoto Line.

Main stations along this line are: Takeda, Kyoto, Shijō, Karasuma Oike, Kuramaguchi, Kitayama, Kokusaikaikan

Tōzai Line

This line is the busiest of the two. It is indicated by vermilion color on the map. It starts from Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station in the west and then runs to Misasagi Station in the east. Then it takes a bend and ends at the Rokujizō Station in the southeastern part of the city. It runs through the Kyoto Downtown area. It offers interchange to the other subway line, Nara Line, Sanin Main Line, Keihan Keishin Line etc.

Main stations connected by the line are: Uzumasa Tenjingawa, Nijō, Karasuma Oike, Sanjō Keihan, Misasagi, Yamashina, Rokujizō

There is also an underground line in the city center, called Keihan Line and a suburban train, Hankyu Kyoto Line in Kyoto downtown.


There are plans to extend both of the lines. However, for these, no definite timeframes have been decided yet. The Karasuma Line is planned to be extended from the southern terminal further to Rakunan new town.

The Tozai Line is going to be extended another 10 km to enter the Rakusai new town. However, the current project limits the extension only to Uzumasa Tenjingawa. The authority is considering whether it is profitable to construct the full extension.

Fare and Ticket

The fare in Kyoto Subway varies with distance. The base price for an adult person is 210 Yen while that for a child is 110 Yen. Besides regular tickets, there are IC cards that can be used to pay the fare. For tourists interested in sightseeing, the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau has introduced following passes:

Surutto Kansai Miyako Card

The card is available from in 1000, 2000, 3000 and 5000 Yen denominations. As you travel the travel cost is deducted from the card balance. It is valid also in Keihan and Hankyu lines as well as on city buses.

Kyoto Sightseeing One – and Two-day Pass Card

The 1-day pass for an adult costs 1200 Yen and for a minor costs 600 Yen. For 2-day pass, the prices would be 2000 Yen and 1000 Yen respectively. The pass is valid in city buses also.

Traffica Kyoto Card

This card costs either 1000 Yen or 3000 Yen. The fare price is deducted from the card value every time a passenger rides with this card. This card can also be used in the buses.

Tickets are to be bought from the platform ticket vending machines. Passes are available at the city subway or bus information counters.

Get further insight on Kyoto Subway system from here.


    Facilities and Services

    A citizen or a tourist – the subway authority offers you following facilities to make your journey convenient:

    • You’ll hear heart touching guzheng music when the train doors close every time.
    • The subway stations are barrier-free and fully accessible.
    • In some stations, large display boards show the bus connections and their timings.
    • There are convenient stores, cafes and mobile recharge stations located in the stations.
    • Station instructions are written in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.
    • Free Wi-Fi is available at subway stations.


    Like any other metro system, Kyoto Municipal Subway has its own set of rules. Get a glimpse of them before you start your journey.

    • When a train enters the station, waiting passengers should remain behind the white lines drawn on the platforms.
    • Tickets or IC cards must be validated at the ticket gates located at the stations.
    • Passengers must return the tickets at the exit gates. The IC cards, however, are given back to the passengers.
    • Inflammables are not allowed within the subways.


    Here are few tips for the first-time riders.

    • Never forget to take back your ticket or IC card at the ticket gates of exit points.
    • If your final destination is little far from the subway station, you can rent a bike from the bike rental point adjacent to the station.
    • Plan ahead your journey and take a note of the bus connections, if any.
    • Fare charts are displayed close to the ticket machines. Have a look at this and make sure you are buying the right ticket.

Izmir Metro

Izmir metro is a light rail system that serves the Izmir metropolitan area and runs northwest to Bornova. The system operates just 1 line with a track length 20.1 km, and serves 17 stations.

Izmir experienced a population boom in the 90’s. By that point the city had to restructure its public transit system. Construction broke ground in 1995 and this led to Izmir Metrosu A.S. system which came in to operation in May of 2000. The project cost a grand total of $600 million, and the contract was awarded to Yapi Merkezi.

The metro currently averages 30 million passengers a year. As of now, the daily ridership is at 173,000, and once planned expansions are undertaken the number of passengers will increase. The LRV light rail trains are custom made for the Izmir metro.

Izmir Metro Lines and Stations

The 17 stations served by the Izmir metro are

  • Evka 3 – This station opened in March, 30 2012 and has a 2 sided platform that’s cover and uncovered.
  • Ege Üniversitesi – The station opened on March, 30 2012 and with a cut cover structure design for the 2 sided platform station.
  • Bornova – Operating since May, 22 2000 the structure, a splitting tunnel design 1 island platform.
  • Bölge – Running since May, 22 2000 the structure is of a grade design and with a 1 island platform station.
  • Sanayi – Operating since May, 22 2000, the graded structure provides a station with a 1 island platform.
  • Stadyum – The structure has viaduct design and the line began running in 2000, the station offers a 2 sided platform.
  • Halkapınar – A grade design stricter with a 2 island platform. The station was part of the original line that began services in May, 22 2000.
  • Hilal – The station began operating on May, 22 2000 and with a viaduct design for a 2 sided platform.
  • Basmane – The station is running since May, 22 2000 and has a cut and cover construction design with a 1 island platform.
  • Çankaya – Cankaya station operating since May, 22 2000 has a cut and cover design and 1 island platform.
  • Konak – The station is in service since May, 22 2000 and has cut cover design structure with 1 island platform.
  • Üçyol – The station operating since May, 22 2000, different than other stations in its deep tunnel design structure with a 2 sided platform.
  • İzmirspor – It’s station that came in to service in December, 29 2012 and has cut and cover design structure with a 2 sided platform.
  • Hatay – Operating since December, 29 2012 the design structure is cut and cover with a 2 sided platform.
  • Göztepe – It’s a station with a deep tunnel design that came in to operation on March, 25 2014 and has a 2 sided platform.
  • Poligon – The station operating since July 27 2014 has cut and cover tunnel structure with a 2 sided platform.
  • Güzelyalı – This station had a cut and cover structure with a 2 sided platform but was cancelled for reasons unknown.
  • Fahrettin Altay – Running since July, 27 2014 the station has a cut and cover structure with a 2 sided platform.

Metro Izmir map (2000)

Izmir Metro Hours and frequency

The hours of operation are from 6:00am to 12:20am.

In the Weekdays, the frequency of service is from 06:00 to 6:30: 10 min. From 06:30 to 20:30: 4.5 min. From 20:30 to 00:20 10 min.

Saturdays, the frequency of service is from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.: 10 mins.. From 7:00 a.m. to 09:00: 5 mins. From 9:00 to 12:00: 6 mins. From 12:00 to 20:00: 4.5 mins. From 20:00 to 00:20: 10 min.

Sundays, from 06:00 to 12:00: 10 mins. From 12:00 to 20:00: 6 mins. From 20:00 to 00:20: 10 mins.

Fares, Tickets and Cards

The fees vary depending on age and discounted groups. In the city center, no matter if you use bus, subway, ferry or suburban, the fare for an adult is 2,40 TL, for a student is 1,35TL and for a teacher is 1,75TL. If youse use Billet 32 is 1 credit. If you use any transportation within the next 90 minutes the ride is free in the urban centre. Maximum fare you could possibily pay if you ride the subway in other zones is 4,80 for an adult, 2,70 for a student and 3,50 for a teacher. If you use Billet 32, would be 2 credits. Also, there are packs of 3 of 5 tickets that riders can buy. The 3 ride electronic ticket cost 8.5TL, and the 5 pack ticket cost 13TL. Last but not least a 10 ride electronic ticket cost 25TL.

Price of Billet 32 tickets is 2 credits 6,00 TL, 3 credits 8,50TL, 5 credits 13,00 TL and 10 credits 25,00 TL. The ticket is valid for 35 days after it’s first used.

The metro applies a card based system by which the rider uses a disposable RFID Chip card, or a loadable a RFID chip Kent card. The disposable card lasts up to three rides, while the loadable card can be used multiple times depending on the credit balance of the card. The metro system once had a cash and token system. It was used to pass ticket barriers, but eventually was replaced with current card structure.  

One of the most interesting features of the Izmir Metro is card customization. The cards come in different variety from students, teachers, and seniors over 60 years. Also there’s free cards which are available as Police Cards, Postmen Cards, TCI Cards, and cards for seniors 65 and over. All the information about cards can be found here

Student, teacher and seniors card fee is TR 10. TRY 20 fee if you need to have it replaced.

Park’n Ride

The metro offers parking at most stations.

Rules and Tips

Passengers must take note of the following rules set by the metro authority:

  • Begging in station and trains is prohibited
  • The metro doesn’t allow food or drinks but water.
  • Distributing flyers and other propaganda or hanging posters on the wall is not permitted in the stations
  • People under the effect of alcohol can not ride the metro
  • Smaller pets are allowed only if there in cages.
  • Making excessive noise is prohibited while riding the metro.
  • Taking video and photos without permission is also prohibited.
  • Bikes are permitted under certain circumstances

Incheon Subway

Incheon Subway is the rapid transit in the Korean city with the very same name. It is currently a single line metro system transporting 199,527 riders per day. The track is 29.4 km long and it connects 29 stations from the north to the south of the city. Incheon was one of the first cities in South Korea ( after Daegu, Busan and Seoul) to have a metro system.

Incheon is the third largest city in South Korea in terms of population. Due to its strategic location near the coastlines, since long it is regarded as the center of industrialization of Korea. Besides, tourists from around the world come here to visit the historical sites of the city. It is easy to understand, why the need for a rapid transit system in the city was inevitable.

Three Seoul Subway lines were operating already to connect the east-west side but there was a lack of such facilities in the north-south axis. As a result, Incheon subway Line 1 was planned. It took almost six years to complete the whole project and the first trial operation started in March 1999. The metro service is active Since October 1999 between Bakchon and Dongmak. In December 1999, the line was extended towards the north from Bakchon to Gyulhyeon. In 2007 and 2009 subsequent extensions took place finally connecting Gyeyang to International Business district.

Incheon Metro Map en

Lines and Stations

Incheon Transit Corporation (ITC) operates the Line 1. Four stations (Bupyeong-gu Office Station, Bupyeong, Gyeyang and Woninjae) on the line connect to the lines of Seoul system. Bupyeong is the busiest station on the line. A full metro journey takes around 55 minutes of time. Except between Backhon and Gyuhyeon, the line is mostly underground. The main stations on this line are

  • Gyeyang
  • Gyulhyeon
  • Bakchon
  • Central Park
  • Imhak
  • Gyeongin National University of Education
  • Bupyeong-gu Office
  • University of Incheon
  • Bupyeong
  • Incheon City Hall
  • Woninjae
  • Dongmak
  • International Business District

Future Expansions

Incheon Subway Line 2 is planned to be operational from July 2016. It will have a 29.3 km long track connecting 27 stations. The trains will run from Oryu dong station in Seo-gu district to Incheon Grand Park. It will intersect Incheon Subway Line 1, Korail Line 1 and AREX at different stations.

The trains will be driverless, operated using a highly sophisticated digital signaling train control system. ITC is also in charge of this line. A small section of the line lies above the ground but mostly it is underground. Main stations on this line are

  • Oryu-dong
  • Wanjeong
  • Yeonhui (Seo-gu Office)
  • Juan
  • Incheon City Hall
  • Incheon Grand Park

Hours of Operation

The metro system operates from 5:30 AM to midnight, local time. Trains are available every 8 or 9 minutes, summing up to 7 trains per hour. During peak hours, trains run every 4 or 5 minutes.

Fares and Tickets

Initially, Incheon Subway had a separate ticketing system but now it is integrated into Seoul system and this makes interchange even more easy. The fare system is unified implying that the tickets of Incheon Subway can also be used to ride the buses and metros of Incheon, Seoul and Gyeonggi-do.

However, some restrictions apply in the case of U Line, Ever Line and Shinbundang Line. There is an extra cost in these lines, a passenger should pay 300, 200 and 900 won respectively. On Shinbundang Line, if a rider travels beyond Jeongja Station, he must pay another extra fare of 300 won. Frequent travelers between Pangyo and Dongcheon/Suji-gu Office Station are eligible for a discount on the fare amount.

The fare payment can be made using T-money smart card. This card can also be used for payments in retail and convenience stores. It is to be purchased from station ticket machines or from outside stores. Alternatively, you can use your Android Smartphone or credit or debit card with RFID technology to pay for the fares.

You can buy either single-use or multiple-use traffic card. To buy the single use ticket, you need to deposit 500 won in addition to the fare price. This deposit amount is refunded when you return the card.

The basic fare is 1250 won covering up to 10 km ride. After that, you have to pay an extra 100 won for every 5 km. If you travel more than 50 km, the fare is increased by 100 won at every 8 km. Single use ticket costs extra 100 won for an adult rider.

For teenagers between 13 to 19 years, the basic fare is 720 won. They pay only a discounted amount of the adult fare. In the case of single-use tickets, however, there is no discrimination between adult and teenager tickets.

For younger children between 6 to 12 years, the fare starts from 450 won with discounts on extra mileage price.

Group tickets are also available. Adults using group ticket are entitled to a 20% discount on the fare price. Teenagers get a 30% discount on adult fare less 350 won. Young children get a 60% discount on adult fare less 350 won. The 20th member of the group can enjoy a free ride. While determining the group fare, if the total of discounted fare is not high enough, the basic group fare is charged.

Facilities and Services

Incheon Subway system is well-planned and is equipped with the latest technologies to offer best riding experience.

  • Stations have wide entrance gates from the streets with clearly visible station names and numbers.
  • Ticket halls are airy and lit incorporating an information center, 3 to 4 automated ticket machines and one card refund machine.
  • Every station has large digital boards showing train timings and interchanging options and also maps of the whole Seoul Subway system.
  • Entry and exit points have stairs, elevators and escalators.
  • Fire exhausters and gas masks are available on every station.
  • Announcements are in English, Mandarin and Korean.
  • Separate breastfeeding room is available in most of the stations.


In order to ensure a pleasurable journey for themselves and other riders, ICT requests passengers to follow the subway rules.

  • Boarding passengers should wait until others get off the train.
  • Passengers should maintain the right side while walking on the stations.
  • The escalators shouldn’t be used for walking or running.
  • In the case of any sudden fire outburst or natural disaster, riders shouldn’t panic and run in a hurry. They should listen to the emergency announcements and act accordingly.


To make the best use of Incheon Subway service, remember the following points:

  • Always recharge your prepaid traffic card timely.
  • While on the station, find out the correct gate to reach your destination and place the traffic card on the reader to enter the platform.
  • If you need to interchange, determine the right station and plan your connections beforehand.
  • At the end of your journey, don’t forget to punch your single journey traffic card in the refund machine to get your 500 won back.

Beijing Metro

Beijing has a Metro system (subway metro – Metro Beijing) complemented by a network of suburban trains. It serves about 8 million people daily.It is operated and managed by two public companies: the Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp., Ltd and Beijing MRT Corp. Ltd.

Currently has a network of 372 kms of tracks with 218 stations, which will be 560 km in 2015 to 1.000 kilometers of tracsk before the end of the decade. It first opened in 1969 and it is one of the world’s longest metros in competition with New York subway, or with Shanghay´s.

Beijing Metro Lines

The entire network in November 2012 consists of 15 lines (372 kms of tracks) and 218 stations. They can be classified according to whether moving within the city or if circulating in the suburbs of the city.

Lines running from the city center.

  • Line 1 is the oldest one, opened in 1969, runs from Sihuidong station to Pingguoyuan station. Are 30.4 km of tracks and 23 stations.
  • Line 2 is a circular line with Beijingzhan station (train central station) as start and end of the line. Are 23.6 km of tracks and 18 stations.
  • Line 4 is a new line that although it was planned to become operational in 2008, only did so late 2009. Are 28.6 kms of tracks and 24 stations connecting through the subway with the new Beijing South Railway Station.
  • Line 5 connects the north and south of the city, from Tiantongyuan North station (Changping) to Songjiazhuang station. Are 27.6 km of tracks and 23 stations
  • Line 8 known as the Olympic branch, it is a north-south line from the Huilongguandongdajie station to Beitucheng station, passing by the Olympic Stadium. Are 5.9 km of tracks and 4 stations
  • Line 10 runs east to west from Bagou station to Jinsong station. Are 24.7 km of tracks and 22 stations. It is entirely underground.

Lines operating outside the urban center:

  • Line 13 runs from the Dongzhimen station to Xizhimen station. Are 40.9 km of tracks and 16 stations
  • Line 15 is a branch of Line 13 that runs fromWangjing West northeasterly to Fengbo in Shunyi district.
  • Batong Line is an extension of Line1 to the southeast, from the Sihui station to Tuqiaoi station. Are 19 km of tracks and 13 stations.
  • Changping Line is a branch of the Line 13 from Xi’erqi and runs from the north to the Changping district
  • Daxing Line is an extension of Line 4 to the Daxing district in the south.
  • Fangshan Line is an extension of Line 9 from Chegongzhuang to the Fangshan district, in the southwest suburbs.
  • Yizhuang Line is an extension of Line 5 from the south to the area of Yizhuang Economic and Technological Development in southeast suburbs.
  • Line L1-Airport Express connecting the capital with Beijing International Airport (Terminals 2 and 3) located 27 kms north of the city with Line10 in Sanyuanqiao and Lines 2 and 13 at Dongzhimen, with 28.5 kms of tracks and 4 stations.

There are several new lines and extensions currently running.

Beijing-Subway en

Metro Opening Hours

Although the Beijing subway schedule depends on each line, normaly opens between 05:00 a.m and 23:00 p.m. The Airport Express starts at 06:00 a.m.

Frequency Step

From 3 to 5 minutes during peak hours and the rest of the day, between 8 to 12 minutes.The frequency depends on the line and the time of day. At peak times trains run almost straight, while at night the frequency is much lower.

Fares and Tickets

There is a flat rate of RMB 2.00 (0.20€) that allows a trip with all transfers required to reach the destination.

This fee is not applicable to the Airport Express, which costs RMB 25 (about 2.5 €).

Children below 1.2 metres in height ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

All lines now collect fares through automatic fare collection (AFC) machines that accept single-ride tickets and the Yikatong, an integrated circuit card that can store credit for multiple rides and is accepted on nearly all urban and suburban buses. Riders can purchase tickets and add credit to Yikatong at ticket counters and vending machines in every station.


Beijing Airport is located about 27 killometers from city’s financial district. It is easily accessible by subway, bus and taxi.

-Train: The Airport Express train connects the terminals 2 and 3 of the airport to Dongzhimen subway station (metro lines 2 and 13). It also makes an intermediate stop in Sanyuanqiao, metro line 10. The price of the ticket is 25 RMB per trip (2.50€) and departs between 06:20 a.m and 22:50 p.m from Terminal 3, and between 06:00 a.m and 22:30 p.m from Dongzhimen. The frequency varies between 10 and 12 minutes, taking about 20 minutes.

-Bus: The Regular Express Bus arrives in town along three different routes: Xidan, Zhongguancun and Gongzhufen. The most popular route is the Xidan´s, which goes to the heart of Beijing, (very close to the Forbidden City).The Gongzhufen route reaches the western part of Beijing, and Zhongguancun´s reaches the northwestern district of the city.The bus stops at major hotels is in his route.
There are 9 bus lines leaving from the arrivals area in the airport and that have different stops within the metropolitan area (price: 16 RMB – 1.60 €).They circulate approximately from 07:00 am to 24:00 pm (departing from the airport) and from 05:00 am to 21:00 p.m (departing from the city).