Beijing subway has expanded its travel options with five additional unlimited electronic tickets. Passengers can now hop on and off the network as often as they want within a fixed time period. The only exception is the airport shuttle line. Specifically, passengers can buy cards for one, two, three, five or seven days for 20 ($2.95), 30, 40, 70 and 90 yuan, respectively.
The unlimited electronic tickets are available on the official online Beijing subway payment app Yitongxing. Since Beijing introduced mobile payment on its metro lines in 2017, the app has attracted almost 11 million registered users.
The benefits of unlimited electronic tickets
Up until January 20th, Beijing implemented a metered fare system. Passengers could only buy either single-ride tickets or use a rechargeable fare card.
According to Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, the new unlimited electronic tickets “will bring convenience to visitors or anyone who needs to take the subway several times”. Since the ticket is available through the app in QR code, the need of waiting in line to buy passes falls. In addition, tourists do not have return their public transport cards before leaving Beijing.