About Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
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, due to be completed by the end of September 2019.
Airport information is available at staffed desks in all terminals. Tourist information and various services are available at the arrival lounges of Terminal 3.
The Airport Expressway, officially the S12, links Beijing Capital International Airport with the city centre. From the centre, take the E 3rd middle 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 40 minutes, varying greatly depending on traffic levels.
Transfer between terminals:
Regular shuttle buses run between the three terminals. There is a covered walkway between Terminals 1 and 2.
Beijing Capital International Airport is situated 32km (20 miles) northeast of Beijing’s city centre.
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Public transport road:
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. Fares start at ¥20.
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 ¥13 covering the first 3km with an additional ¥2.3 per kilometre. Passengers are advised to have the destination address either written in Chinese or marked clearly on a map.
Public transport rail:
Metro: The Beijing Subway's Airport Express runs from Terminals 2 and 3 directly to the city centre (journey time: approximately 20 minutes; fare: ¥25).
Full-service bank desks can be found in Terminal 3. Several bureaux de change and ATMs are available within each terminal.
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 books 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 8151/2), 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.
Other facilities at Beijing Capital International Airport include a 24-hour medical centre, massage areas, a children’s play area and hourly transit rooms for relaxation.
Conference and business:
The business centres in each terminal provide internet access, fax, photocopying and computer facilities.
Several nearby hotels also provide comprehensive business facilities, including the Hilton Beijing Capital Airport hotel (tel: +86 10 6458 8888; http://www.hilton.com/) with its extensive function space and business centre.
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.
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 at Beijing Capital International Airport offers about 4,300 parking spaces, some of which are wheelchair accessible. 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 establishing a foothold in the country. Avis and Hertz are currently present at the airport.
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