Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is one of the world's largest and busiest airports, and the major gateway to the most-visited country in Asia. The airport used to be slightly drab, but it was revamped and upgraded for the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008 and is now a world-class international hub. Beijing Airport has three terminals, all of which have a top-quality selection of shopping, food, and beverage options. As with much traditional Chinese architecture, the art of feng shui is employed to imbue the building with good luck and positive energy. Travellers should try to book a window seat for their flight into Beijing, as the view of the ring-roads encircling Tiananmen Square is breath-taking.
The airport is situated 20 miles (32km) northeast of Beijing.
Getting to the city
Beijing Airport is serviced by the Airport Express Line, a rail link that runs form Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 and then to the city with stops at Sanyuanqiao and Dongzhimen. The trains run every 15 minutes from 6am-11pm. Shuttle buses run regularly (about every 45 minutes) to the city centre, Beijing Railway Station and major hotels. Metered taxis are also available, but it is recommended that passengers have their destination written in Chinese to avoid confusion.
Local time is GMT +8.
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Car rental is available.
Taxis are metered and tips are not expected. Any road tolls and bridge tolls will be expected to be paid for by the passenger. Avoid taxi drivers that approach customers and instead wait in the taxi line and insist on using the meter.
Transfer between terminals
A shuttle bus service runs between the terminals.
There are several bureaux de change, a bank and ATMs, telephones, tourist information, numerous shops and duty free shopping, and a business centre. A food corridor provides a range of eating and drinking options, while an entertainment centre offers everything from films to Chinese massage.
There are 4 parking garages, which are connected to the terminal buildings by means of an underground walkway. There is also an airport subway linking the parking garage to the terminals. Parking costs RMB 2.5 per 15 minutes, is free for the first 30 minutes, and RMB 5 for every subsequent 30 minutes. The maximum daily charge is RMB 80 for the first day.
Airlines from this airport Aeroflot, Aigle Azur, Air Algerie, Air Astana, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air Koryo, Air Macau, AirAsia X, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines, British Airways, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Donghai Airlines, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Grand China Air, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iraqi Airways, Japan Airlines, Jeju Air, Juneyao Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Loong Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lucky Air, Lufthansa, Mahan Air, Malaysia Airlines, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, NordStar Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, S7 Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Tajik Air, Thai Airways, Tibet Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, Ural Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Vietnam Airlines, and XiamenAir.
Free wifi is available in five-hour sessions throughout the airport, but requires registration, either via sms with a mobile phone or by scanning your passport into the airport's system. Keep in mind that many sites are blocked, as internet access in China has extensive firewall restrictions.
VIP Lounges located throughout the airport have telephones, internet access, printing, faxing, and other business facilities. The airport also has a business centre, offering internet access, as well as computer and fax facilities. Conference facilities are available at the airport, as well as at the nearby Beijing Airport Garden Hotel.
Beijing International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.