Beijing Transportation


Taxis are commonly seen in China. Licensed taxis are normally of the same design and should have the taxi company logo displayed. Different cities have different starting prices, but all are relatively affordable. Be careful not to ride in unlicensed taxis. Check taxi company, driver and vehicle information (usually posted above the front passenger seat) and check whether there is a taxi meter fitted and in operation (in Chinese: 打表计费).

1. Taxi fare fee:

The standard taxi fare is 2.30 RMB per kilometer. The flag-down starting rate is 13 RMB (within the first 3 kilometers). The taxi fare fee may be a slightly higher rate when in traffic jams and during evenings.

2. Confirming that a taxi is a licensed taxi:

When taking a taxi, first check the car license plate. Licensed taxis in Beijing should all have a car license plate beginning with the letter B. Always ask for the receipt when getting out of the taxi.

Subway and Light Rail Network

The Beijing Subway and Light Rail Network (apart from the airport express train) is a highly connected transportation network. Prices depend on the distance travelled and range from 3 to 7 RMB per journey. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window or by using the automatic machines found at all subway stations. A rechargeable Beijing transportation card can also be purchased, which is used by most people who frequently travel via public transportation. The transportation card must be scanned upon both entry and exit of the subway. For more information, visit: The nearest subway stations to Tsinghua University are Qinghuadongluxikou (清华东路西口) on line 15, Wudaokou (五道口) on line 13, and Yuanmingyuan (圆明园) on line 4.

Bus Network

The bus network in Beijing is a very affordable method of transportation, with fees starting from 1 RMB using the Beijing transportation card (the same one used for the subway system), or from 2 RMB if paying in cash. The west, south and north-east gates of Tsinghua all have bus stops close-by. The nearest bus stop to the student dormitories is the stop located by the north-east gate, where bus number 549 travels to the nearby areas of Wudaokou and Zhongguancun. For more information, visit: