Bicycles are strongly recommended for on-campus transportation. The morning bicycle jam on the roads to the classrooms has always been a sight to behold. You can buy a new or a second hand bicycle from the shops in Zhaolanyuan or outside the west gate of the campus.
If you have not got a bicycle, the campus shuttle is a good option. The shuttle bus has a fixed 20 minutes route around the campus.
Electric bicyles are NOT recommended on campus. Some zones of the campus are stipulated as Zone of Quietness, where the alarms of the bicyles must be shut down in these zones. In some places in the campus, electric bicyles are forbidden for entrance.
Motorcycles are forbidden in the campus. Riding motorcycles in the campus is a violation of the unviersity traffic regulation and the students discipline regulations.
To have a Beijing Public Transportation Card is necessary if you travel often outside the campus. It can be purchased in subway stations and used for Beiing subways and buses.
Beijing subways are developing rapidly and provide convenient, fast traffic in rush hours. Around Tsinghua campus there exists four subway stations: Wudaokou station of Line 13, Qinghua East Road West station of Line 15, Peking University East Gate station of Line 4, and Yuanming Yuan station of Line 4. Please refer to Beijing Subway Map here.
There are also many bus stations outside the northeast gate, west gate, south gate, and the main gate of Tsinghua campus. The bus stop outside the northeast gate is the nearest one to the International Students Apartments, and you may take bus No. 549 to Wudaokou (where you may transfer to subway Line 13) and Zhongguancun, etc.
The legal taxi is usually in yellow color, with a taxi sign and a license plate prefix "京B". Illegal taxi is not advised.
When getting off, remeber to check your belongings and lugguage, especially your stuff in the trunk. Keep the invoice after payment. The license plate number, date and time, distance, and price are all recorded on the invoice, thus it is a good reference when necessay.
In China, a valid Chinese driver's license is compulsory for driving automobiles. Foreign driver licenses are NOT applicable.
Driving automobiles without a valid Chinese driver license is violation of law. It is a crime to drive automobile in drunkenness.