Trolleybuses in Beijing

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When you are on your first  Beijing tour,  you will be surprised by the numerous trolley buses running on the streets in the city center of Beijing. There are  totally 21,000 Beijing public buses.  Beijing trolley buses are getting increasingly popular because it is powered by electricty.  The smog-choked Bejing government has annouced its ambitious plan to phase out  old oil burning buses by 2017 and introduce more buses driven by elctricity, or natural  gases and  low-emission diesel.

The world’s first passenger-carrying trolleybus appeared at Bielatal in Germanyon 10 July 1901 . About 56 years later, that was  on February 26, 1957, Beijing’s first trolleybus began commercial operation from Beichizi and Fuchengmen.  By 1966,  trolley buese had replaced all the trams in Beijing.

Beijing  plans to purchase the lastest models of trolleybuses that will be driven either through overhead cables or onboard lithium ion batteries. The trolley bus will be able to be operated for 8 to 10 hours offline, becoming an important par of Beijing City transportation.

The rolleybus is driving by Dianmen Dajie

The rolleybus is driving by Dianmen Dajie

Among 900 public bus lines, now threre are totally 16 trolley bus lines with 590 trolley buses and a total length of 214 km. In next 4 years the city plans to build 20 more trolley bus lines and add 500 each year.

The present 16 trolley bus lines in Beijing include 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 114, 115, 118, 124 and 127.  Taking a trolleybus is an interesting experience while traveling Beijing.  Buying a swipe card and jump on a trolley bus is a fun.

The trolley bus is passing by the north gate to Forbidden City

The trolley bus is passing by the north gate to Forbidden City

Major trolley bus lines in Beijing:

Trolley Bus No. 101
Run between Baiwangzhuang West(百万庄西口) and Hongmiao East (红庙路口东)
First Bus 5:30 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop: Fuchengmen, Beihai Park, Forbidden City (north)

Trolley Bus No. 102
Run between Beijing South Railway Station (北京南站) and Beijing Zoo (北京动物园)
First Bus 4:50 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop: Beijing South Railway Station, Xidan and Fuchengmen

Trolley Bus No. 103
Run between Beijing Zoo (北京动物园) and Beijing West Railway Station (北京西站)
First Bus 4:50 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop: Beijing Zoo,  Fuchengmen, Forbidden City, Wangfujing and  Beijing West Railway Station

Trolley Bus No. 104
Run between Beijing West Railway Station (北京西站) and Beijing Wuluju(五路居)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Beijing West Railway Station, Wangfujing and Ditan

Trolley Bus No. 105
Run between Baishijiao East  (白石桥东) and Tianqiao(天桥)
First Bus 4:45 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Beijing Zoo, Xizhimen,  Xinjiekou, Xidan and Tianqiao

Trolley Bus No. 106
Run between Dongzhimen  (东直门) and Beijing South Railway Station North(北京南站北广场)
First Bus 4:45 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Dongzhimen, Dongsi, Dongdan, Chongwenmen, Tiantan, Tianqiao and Beijing South Railway Station

Trolley Bus No. 107
Run between Dongzhimen  (东直门) and Baishiqiao East(白石桥东)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Dongzhimen, Gulou, Beihai, Beijing Zoo and Baishiqiao

Trolley Bus No. 108
Run between Datun East  (大屯东) and Outer Chongwenmen(崇文门外)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Aoti East gate, Anzhenli, Ditan, Jiaodaokou, Dengshikou, Dongdan and Chongwenmen

Trolley Bus No. 109
Run between Dadajiao East (大屯东) and Beijing West Railway Station South Plaza(北京西站南广场)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Dongsi, Beihai Park, Forbidden city, Xidan

Trolley Bus No. 111
Run between Outer Chongwenmen (崇文门外) and Baishiqiao Easst(白石桥东)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Chongwenmen, Dongdan, Jingshan, Beihai, Xizhimen and Beijing Zoo

Trolley Bus No. 112
Run between Kangjiagou (康家沟) and Liangguochang(亮果厂)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Hongmiao Road, Dongdaqiao,  Chaoyangmen Wai, Dongsi

Trolley Bus No. 114
Run between Nanwu (南坞) and Baiyun Road(白云路)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Zizhuyuan South,  baishiqiao South, Ganjiakou, Diayutai, Muxudi

Trolley Bus No. 115
Run between Donghuangchenggen North  (东皇城根北口)and Kangjiagou(康家沟)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Donghuangchenggen North, Dongsishitiao, Sanlitun, Tuanjiehu Park

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