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Subway Tip - How to buy a line transfer subway ticket

So, for some unknown reason, you find yourself wanting to go to some outer lying suburb in Beijing and want to use one or more of the 2 new light rail lines.  The following will help you buy and use a transfer ticket.

The newest Beijing light rail line, the Line 1 Extension, often referred to as Ba Tong is the simplest of the two.  The Line 1 Ext. ticket can be bought as a single entity (pictured right)  for 2 RMB from any station on the Line 1 Ext., or can be bought from any station on line 1 as a combination transfer ticket (pictured left).  

The single use ticket (right) is used in exactly the same way as described in our previous tip on Buying a Subway Ticket.  The transfer ticket (left) is used in a similar way except that on the first use the ticket checker will tear one of the colored ends.   Each end represents a different line.  The blue end will be collected when you enter the Line 1 or 2 platform, the red end will be collected when you enter the Line 1 Extension (Ba Tong) platform.

The 13 line in the north is a little more complicated.  Beijing, in preparation for the future Olympics in 2008 is modernizing many of its infrastructure systems.  To this end, new magnetic tickets and automatic barriers are being tested out on the 13 line.  The 13 line can also be utilized using a single use (pictured right) or transfer ticket from Lines 1 and 2 (pictured left).  The single use ticket costs 3 RMB and can be bought from any station on the 13 line.  The transfer ticket costs 5 RMB and can be bought from any station on lines 1, 2 or 13..

You use the transfer ticket in the same way as described above, except for the fact that when you have the orange end to the ticket collector, they will exchange this for a single use magnetic ticket (right).  You need this in order to pass through the automatic barriers.  When you transfer from lines 1 or 2 you will be first met by people who will exchange your ticket (pictured left), then you proceed through the barriers (pictured right).

The new lines, Line 1 Ext. and Line 13 often use newer trains (pictured page top left) which have air conditioning, double glazing, and heat in the winter.  This is a great step forward. 

Don't forget we now have a complete map of the subway system online or for download and printing.  Visit our Beijing Subway Map area now !



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