Beijing public transport price increases as of Dec 28, 2014
The days of the two-yuan flat fare on Beijing’s subway and one-yuan ride on its buses are at an end. Starting on December 28, 2014, a new pricing structure will see trips charged based on the distance traveled.
Until the end of December 27, 2014, all subway journeys will continue to cost two yuan regardless of distance traveled or whether the user pays in cash or with a travel card.
As of December 28, however, trips start at a base rate of three yuan for distances up to 6km, with trips up to 12km costing four yuan.
Each additional 10km then costs one more yuan, up to a maximum of 32km. After that, there is a one yuan charge for every additional 20km travelled.
However, transportation cards will now give regular commuters discounts: those who spend more than 100 yuan in a month will have 20 percent taken off their trips for the remainder of the month; those who top 150 yuan will get a 50 percent discount.
The proposals also suggest that travelers spending more than 400 yuan in a month may lose their discounts and go back to paying the full amount for subsequent journeys. However, this could not be confirmed at the time of going to press.
At present, there is a one-yuan flat rate on bus rides anywhere in the city. As of December 28, 2014, however, rides will start at two yuan for a ride within 10km, with one yuan extra for every extra 5km.
Adult commuters using city transportation cards get a 50 percent discount, and students get 75 percent off their journey.