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The City Buses (Gonggong Qiche)
The cost is 50 Cent per trip, generally inside the 3rd ring road, generally outside the 3rd ring you pay 50 Cent for the first 3 stations, and then an additional 30 Cent for each subsequent 3 stops.
If you have the bus card, it is better for you because the fee will be cheaper than cash payment. Normally for "Student Bus Card" is only 20 Cent, and the normal bus card (non-student) is 40 Cent.
Double Deckers are for travelers who would like to get a different perspective of Beijing. There are four routes within Beijing, each costing 2 yuan per ticket:
Route 1: from Beijing West Railway Station to Bawangfen along Chang'an Avenue.
Mini buses are between the comfortable taxis and crowded buses. The xiao gonggong will usually follow a regular bus route with some small variations depending on the individual drivers.
You will see many of these driving up and down the streets with a driver and a helper usually yelling the number of the xiao ba out the window trying to get people to come in.
The number corresponds to the normal bus number which the xiao gonggong follows. This is how you tell which one to take. The number is also displayed in the window of the bus. The fare depends on how far you wish to go and varies from 1 to 6 yuan. They can be very convenient at times especially when a normal bus is full--and they are pretty cheap.
Taking these little buses is generally painless; you will usually get a seat, but sometimes the seat might be falling apart or on the engine which is bad in the summer and good in the winter. Be prepared though for some unique driving, these buses are competitive for people with other buses on the same route and they can race around the busy streets with little regard for their passengers.
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