Beijing Capital International Airport Guide (PEK)
Beijing Capital International Airport is situated 32km (20 miles) northeast of Beijing.
One of the busiest airports in the world, Beijing Capital International Airport serves the Chinese capital, Beijing. A useful resource for travellers, our Beijing Airport guide provides information on all aspects of the airport, including terminal facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.
Due to capacity limitations at the current airport, an additional airport facility is planned for the Daxing area, scheduled to open for business in 2018.
Airport information is available at staffed desks in all terminals. Tourist information is available in the arrivals lounge of Terminal 3.
Regular shuttle buses run between the three terminals. There is a covered walkway between Terminals 1 and 2.
The Airport Expressway links Beijing Capital International Airport with the city centre. From the centre, take the ring road to the expressway and follow it in a northeasterly direction to the airport site. The total drive time from central Beijing to the airport is approximately 45 minutes, varying greatly depending on traffic levels.
Metro:The Beijing Subway's Airport Express (www.ebeijing.gov.cn) runs from Terminals 2 and 3 directly to the city centre (journey time: approximately 20 minutes; fare: ¥25).
Bus:Buses to the Shunyi District depart from outside Terminals 2 and 3. Fares start at ¥4.
Shuttle:The airport shuttle bus departs from outside the arrivals areas of the terminals and takes various routes into the city, including stops at some major hotels. The most popular route is to Xidan (Line 2) in central Beijing, a short walk from the Forbidden City. The journey time to central Beijing is around 50 minutes and the fare (via Line 2) is ¥24.
Taxi:Metered taxis (tel: +86 10 6454 1100) are available at the officially designated taxi ranks. The journey time to the city centre is between 45 and 60 minutes (depending on traffic conditions) and fares start at around ¥150-200. Passengers are advised to have the destination address either written in Chinese or marked clearly on a map.
Full-service bank desks can be found in Terminal 3. Several bureaux de change and ATMs are available within each terminal.
Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Beijing Capital International Airport, subject to passengers having a mobile phone that can receive the authentication text message (SMS). Passengers without mobile phones can still access Wi-Fi, but they will need to use the self-service terminals near the information desk to activate the service (using their passports or ID cards). Multimedia telephones are available throughout the terminals, as are mobile device charging points, and post offices in Terminals 2 and 3.
There is a good choice of places to eat and drink throughout the airport. These include tea houses, fast-food outlets, Chinese and Western restaurants, ice cream parlours and bars.
There are numerous shops in each terminal, selling everything from jewellery and gifts to children’s toys and tea leaves. A large selection of duty-free shopping is available to international passengers in Terminals 2 and 3.
Left-luggage facilities are available in the Terminal 2 arrival and departure hall (tel: +86 10 6459 8151), as well as the Terminal 3 arrival hall (tel: +86 10 6455 8580). For lost and found items, contact the airport lost and found desks inside the passenger service centre in Terminal 2 (tel: +86 10 96158 [for Terminals 1 and 2]) and at various points in Terminal 3 (tel: +86 10 96158). Porters can assist with luggage in the baggage reclaim areas and public departure halls. Luggage trolleys are available free of charge.
The business centres in each terminal provide internet access, fax and computer facilities. Business services (including fax and photocopying machines), meeting space and shower rooms are available in the various ‘pay by the hour’ lounges.
Several nearby hotels also provide comprehensive business facilities, including the Hilton Beijing Capital Airport hotel (tel: +86 10 6458 8888; www3.hilton.com) with its extensive function space and business centre.
Beijing Capital International Airport is fully accessible to disabled travellers, including Braille signage and pathways for the blind, disabled toilets, lowered counters and lifts. Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline in advance of travel.
Extensive parking facilities are offered on six levels in a multistorey car park. It is equipped with electronic guide screens to assist with locating a space, but it is generally recommended that spaces be reserved in advance, as it can often be very busy during peak times. For assistance, contact the main airport information desk (tel: +86 10 96158).
Driving in China requires a Chinese-issued driving licence, so car rental usually includes a driver. A number of local agencies offer this service and there is a car rental booth within the airport terminal. Recent legislation enables non-nationals to obtain temporary licences, but the major international car rental agencies are only just beginning to establish a foothold in the country. However, Avis and Hertz are present at the airport.