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Beijing Sightseeing Buses


Beijing sightseeing buses provide a more convenient service for travelers than common city buses. There are three tourist bus lines passing through important tourist attractions in Beijing, such as the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, and the Summer Palace. Another kind of tourist bus is operated for one-day tour packages run by the Beijing Tour Dispatch Hub.

Beijing Sightseeing Bus — 3 Lines

Beijing Sightseeing Bus Line 1

Operational: 8am–5pm
Fare: 15 yuan
Distance: 15 kilometers
Origin station: Yongdingmen (永定门)
Terminal: Yongdingmen (永定门)
Route: Yongdingmen – Xiannongtan – Tianqiao – Zhushikou South – Dashilar – Tian’anmen Square East – Tian’anmen West –Zhongshan Park (West Gate) – the Forbidden City (West Gate) – Beihai Park – the Forbidden City – Shatan Lukou West – Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital – Nanheyan – Tian’anmen East – Tian’anmen Square West – Qianmen – Dashilar – Zhushikou South – Tianqiao – Yongdingmen

Beijing Sightseeing Bus Line 2

the forbidden cityThe Forbidden City

Operational: April to October, 8am–5pm; November to March, 8:30am–5pm
Fare: 10 yuan
Distance: 10 kilometers
Origin station: Qianmen (前门)
Terminal: Qianmen (前门)
Route: Qianmen – Tian’anmen Square East – Tian’anmen West – Zhongshan Park (West Gate) – the Forbidden City (West Gate) – Beihai – the Forbidden City – Beichizi Beikou – the Forbidden City (East Gate) – Dong'anmen Street West Exit – New Dong'an Market – Wangfujing Lukou North – Tian’anmen East – Tian’anmen Square West – Qianmen

Beijing Sightseeing Bus Line 3

Operational: 9am–4:30pm from the Summer Palace's Beigongmen (North Palace Gate); 9:15am–5pm from the Forbidden City's Shenwumen (Gate of Divine Prowess)
Fare: 20 yuan
Distance: 54.5 kilometers
Origin station: the Forbidden City (故宫)
Terminal: Beigongmen Station (地铁北宫门)
Route: the Forbidden City – Jingshan Park (East Gate) – Beihai Park (North Gate) – Deshengmen Inner Street – Deshengmen – East Beichen Road – the North of Beichen West Bridge – Chengfu Road Intersection South – Chengfu Road Intersection West – Zhongguanyuan North – Yuanmingyuan (South Gate) – Beigongmen Station

Tips for Boarding and Tickets

  • Travelers can get on and off at each stop.
  • Each sightseeing bus has a conductor. You can buy a ticket from the conductor when you get on. Cash, mobile payments, and payments using Beijing Transportation Smart Cards are acceptable.
  • If you just want to see attractions along the way or to get to a certain scenic spot, it is a good idea to take the sightseeing bus. However, if you want to get off to explore some attractions, taking a subway train will be more affordable as you need to buy a new ticket every time you get on the bus.

Buses to Major Attractions

Attractions Bus
The Forbidden City Sightseeing bus line 1, 2, and 3; bus 58, 101, 103, 109, 124, or 128
Tian’anmen Square Sightseeing bus line 1; bus 2, 5, or 120
The Temple of Heaven Bus 6, 34, 35, 36, 106, or 110
The Summer Palace Sightseeing bus line 3; bus 303, 331, 332, 346, or 584
Qianmen Sightseeing bus line 1 or 2; bus 2, 5, 48, 66, 120, or 622

One-Day Beijing Bus Tours from Beijing Tour Dispatch Hub

Beijing Tour Dispatch Hub (北京旅游集散中心 Beijing Lvyou Jusan Zhongxin /bay-jing lyoo-yo jyoo-san jong-sshin/), located near Qianmen (前门, or Zhengyang Gate, 正阳门), is a government-run company, which was set up in September 2005.

Beijing Tour Dispatch Hub was founded to provide a convenient service and to stop illegal one-day tour package operators who would take travelers to shopping sites without notifying them.

Tourist Bus Routes for a One-Day Beijing Tour Package

Line A: Qianmen Dispatch Center – the Ming Tombs – the Great Wall at Badaling – Qianmen Dispatch Center
Line B: Qianmen Dispatch Center – the Summer Palace – the Great Wall at Badaling – Qianmen Dispatch Center
Line C: Qianmen Dispatch Center – the Great Wall at Badaling – Qianmen Dispatch Center
Urban Sightseeing Line: Qianmen Dispatch Center – Tian’anmen Square – the Forbidden City – Shichahai – the hutongs and siheyuans

Essentials for Beijing Tour Dispatch Hub

Website: http://www.bjlyjszx.com
Address: A1Qianmen West Street (前门西大街甲1号)
Toll-free call: 010-8353 1111 (24 hours)
Tel: 010-6601 5622
Fax: 010-8842 1096
How to Buy a Ticket: You can buy tickets the day before your departure time or make a reservation for the next day at the ticket office, via the website, or by telephone.

tiananmenThe Tiananmen Square

Dispatch Centers

Qianmen Dispatch Center
Qianmen including Tiananmen Dispatch Center and Tiananmen Dispatch Branch Center
1. Tiananmen Dispatch Center (天安门广场发车中心)
Location: the southwest corner of the Tiananmen Square
2. Tiananmen Dispatch Branch Center (天安门广场发车分中心)
Location: the southeast corner of the Tiananmen Square

Xuanwumen Dispatch Center (宣武门发车中心)
Location: the northeast corner of Xuanwumen Crossroads


  • English-speaking guides are not available as it is a group tour and most of the travelers are Chinese.
  • Some routes comprising group tours formed by individual travelers might be canceled if the groups have fewer than five people. Therefore, you are advised to confirm this before buying your ticket(s).
  • Seniors over 60 years old and children with a height below 1.2 meters can enter some scenic spots with preferential tickets or even for free, so the bus tickets might be cheaper for this group.

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