Finding the Subway
Each journey is 2RMB regardless of the transfers between lines. You can either purchase a ticket at the manned desk or use the machines. Single tickets are issued for one-day use only.
A Transportation Smart Card(seen below) is available. To top up just take the card and the amount you wish to load onto it to the desk and hand it to the attendant. To use the card you simple scan to release the barriers.
Finding your way around
The subway stations are clean and have English signs directing tourists to the exits and nearby places that you are likely trying to find.
Commonly, there are four entrances in four directions for each stop. So, you should make sure which one to take when getting out of the station or you will probably get lost. Exit A is generally North-East, Exit B North West, Exit C South East and Exit D South West.
Working out the route you need to take is much like connecting the dots; find your nearest subway station, find the station you need to get to and follow the lines. It is very simple and the stops are announced in both Chinese and English.
If you have experience using the London Underground, then using the Beijing subway will be a doddle – once you have adjusted to the millions of people that is.