The Daxing Airport Subway System
The highly anticipated new Daxing airport is going to be connected to the capital by a cutting edge subway system. Apart from serving the travelers’ needs, the new subway lines are expected to furthermore relief the unbearable traffic situation of Beijing.
The Daxing Airport Metro Lines
There will be two different metro lines which will provide the link between the new mega airport and the city centre. The transit Line 20, also known as Line R4, is going to terminate at Daxing airport. The line in question will connect Beijing Capital International Airport (through the Terminal 3 Station), Xinghuo and Beijing Railway Stations and Daxing Airport.
Moreover, the New Airport Line is ready to run in September. The fastest subway train in China, which is assessed to have cost the China government around 20 billion RMB (2.6 billion euros), will start its operation at the same time with the big airport opening and will connect Fengtai’s Lize Business District station, Caoqiao, Cigezhuang and Daxing airport. The trains are going to make two stops at the new airport (North Terminal and South Terminal) while the new line’s main station at the airport will be located under the North Terminal (Terminal 1).
The Innovative Technology of the New Daxing Airport Line
The trains of the New Airport Line, which will connect Daxing airport to the city centre, are going to be the fastest subway trains in China! Reaching 160 kilometres per hour (almost twice the 90 km/h speed of the Airport Express Line of Beijing Capital Airport), the new trains are scheduled to run driverless. Despite the fact that according to Chinese legislation, driverless operation of any transportation mean is not allowed, the new technology is a reality and creates fresh prospects for Beijing’s subway system. The designers of the new line further claim that the cleaning and checking processes will also be automatically handled, saving, therefore, time and money and optimizing the metro functionality.
Nevertheless, besides traversing the 40-km distance to Beijing city centre in only 19 minutes, the new trains will have so much more to offer to their passengers. The business-class carriage will be equipped with folding tables and individual reading lights while the regular carriages will be more spacious (22.8 metres long and 3.3 metres wide) giving their passengers the possibility to travel in comfort. In total, each train is estimated to be able to carry 1500 passengers.
In addition, there will be special facilities for disabled people. There will be also many USB charging points available. Finally, the trains will use LED lighting in order to save energy.
In fact, the New Airport Line has already been tested successfully. According to the testing routes, the trains will run every 6 and a half minutes.
Useful Information about Beijing Subway
- Beijing subway dates back to 1971. Beijing was, in fact, the first city in China that acquired a metro system.
- Beijing subway is the second-largest subway in the world.
- Using Beijing metro will allow you to avoid communication problems as all the signs and the instructions of the ticket machines are available in English.
- There are display screens inside each carriage with all the useful information about the stops, arrival time, etc.
- The main benefit of Beijing subway is without a doubt, the avoidance of the notorious Beijing traffic jams.
- Railway stations are usually located at the same building with the subway stations. Hence, hopping from one transportation mode to another is quite effortless.
- By the end of the year, passengers will have the possibility to scan their smartphones over the ticket machines in order to pay for their ride.
- In general terms, Beijing subway is cheap. For instance, the already existing line that connects Beijing Capital Airport to the city centre costs 25 RMB (4.50€).
- Passengers can also purchase the Beijing bus IC card (Yikatong in Chinese). This card offers a 10% discount to the metro and bus fares and it can also be used in order to pay for a taxi or for the S-trains that handle the transfer to Badaling Great Wall.
- Every subway station has 4 exits. Thus, passengers can choose the exit that is closer to their destination. However, most of the old metro stations in Beijing don’t have elevators, posing problems to people with disabilities.
- Generally, most of the metro lines run from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm.
- Beijing subway carriages can get really overcrowded. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid, if possible, using the metro from 8:00-9:00am and from 6:00-7:00pm.
- Always keep an eye on your personal belongings, especially if the train is congested.