The interchange at Chongwenmen is relatively uncongested for much of the day (except for during rush hours). Often, passengers can find a spacious interchange with working at-level escalators, thus completing the interchange in just under a full minute.
Two flights of stairs in the Line 2 part of the station form the interchange passage to Line 5. All interchange passageways are unidirectional.
Lines 2 and 5 use different exits, although by means of the interchange passageways, all exits are accessible. Therefore, it is possible for a Line 2 passenger to exit using any Line 5 exit after passing through the interchange passageway; equally, a passenger entering through a Line 5 "box" (exit) can access Line 2 after using the interchange passageway.
Both Lines 2 and 5 use six exits each, bringing the total number of exits at Chongwenmen to 12.
Subway Line 5 Part
Exit A (northwest): Chongwenmen Inner Street, Beijing Hospital, Dongdan Park, Novotel Xinqiao, Tongren Hospital; Bus Routes 9, 41, 44, 59, 106, 110, 111, 116, 673, 723, 744, Special 2
Exit B (northeast): Beijingzhan West Street, Beijing No. 125 Middle School, Beijing Postal Museum, Huizhitong Complex, Ming City Wall Relics Park; Bus Routes 12, 25, 29, 39, 43, 44, 103, 104, 106, 110, 116, 674, 684, 685
Exit C (southeast): Chongwenmen East Street, Hademen Hotel, Ming Dynasty Wall Relics Park; Bus Routes 12, 43, 44
Exit D (southwest): Chongwenmen Inner Street, Qianmen Middle School; Bus Routes 8, 12, 22, 60, 103, 104
Exit D1 (southwest, north): Chongwenmen West Street
Exit D2 (southwest, south): Beijing New World Shopping Mall