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Getting Around Beijing

Bullet Train

Train

With four railway stations, travelling by train is a great way to get around China. Most cities in the country can be reached by rail, and the recently built inter-city railway will allow you to reach Shanghai in just five and a half hours. Train travel here is comfortable and cheap, but be aware that little – if any – English is spoken on the trains.

City Buses

Another cheap transport option for Beijing is to take the bus, although don’t expect a seat – buses here tend to be extremely crowded, particularly at rush hour. Minibuses cost slightly more, but they are more comfortable, faster, and – best of all – you’re guaranteed a seat!

Beijing Bus
Bicycle

Bicycle

Once known as the ‘kingdom of bicycles’, cycling is still one of the most popular transport options in China, and Beijing is no different. Hire one from a hotel or bicycle shop for around 20-30 yuan a day and escape the traffic as you explore the city on two wheels. 

Rickshaw

Traditional rickshaws are a great way of experiencing Beijing’s culture and handy for exploring the winding Hutongs and alleyways. For a higher price, you can take a rickshaw ride with a professional guide, and learn more about Beijing’s history and culture as you ride. Prices can vary, so ensure you agree on a set price before getting onboard.

Rickshaw
Walking Beijing

Walking

Beijing is also easily explored on foot, with tourist attractions such as Tiananmen Square, Beihai Park and the Forbidden City easily reached within a quick walk from many of the established city centre hotel resides.

Walking tours with a professional guide are also a great way to learn more about Beijing while avoiding the traffic.