New Fare Structure for Beijing Subway

Currently, with a ticket that costs a measly two Chinese yuan (US$0.33), one can ride subway to go any subway station in Beijing, regardless how far away it is and how many connections there are on the way.

Days like these are now numbered. On November 27, 2014, the municipal government of Beijing announced new subway ticketing policies, which will into effect on December 28.

Under the new policy, a subway ride that is shorter than 6 km costs ¥3. For a ride between 6 and 12 km, traveler pays ¥4. Beyond this, between 12 and 32 km, he pays one additional Chinese yuan for every 10 km and one additional yuan for every 20 km that are above 32km.

Another change in policy is a time limit on a ticket. A subway rider can stay inside the ticketed area of the subway system for up to 4 hours with his original fare. If he stays in the subway system longer than 4 hours, to exit a station he needs to purchase an additional ¥3 ticket.

Passengers who use the all-purpose pass issued by the Beijing Public Transit System can expect discounts between 20% and 50%, that is if his monthly expenditure is between ¥100 and ¥400.