By 2020 Hohhot plans to build two lines totalling 51.4km with 42 stations and a depot. The 23.2km Line 1 will link an industrial area in the west of the city, following Xinhua Road through the city centre to reach Hohhot Baita International Airport in the east. Line 2 will be a 28.2km L-shaped line connecting northern and eastern districts via the city centre.

Ultimately a 154.9km five-line network is envisaged with 123 stations, 14 of them interchanges. Lines 1 and 2 will be extended 33.1km and 30.5km respectively, while the city will also construct a 35.6km Line 3, 20.9km Line 4, and 34.8km Line 5.