There are about 5 different shuttle buses from the airport. You should see them as you exit the international terminal. There is a small ticket desk nearby but the English spoken was very limited. Bus number two takes you to the airplane ticket sales center a few blocks from the main gate to the forbidden city and Tiananmen Square. I did not see the number two on the bus as they said I would but it was labeled Xidan. I like the fact that I was going to the last stop and it happened to be near where I wanted to be.
The Beijing Capital International Airport is situated 25km (16 miles) northeast of the center of Beijing at the Airport Road, Chaoyang District. From the center it takes about 40 minutes to get there (under normal traffic conditions).
Good news: a new metro link from the airport to the city center is expected to open early in 2008. In the meanwhile you may use the following modes of transport:
1) Outside the Arrivals area on the lower level there are lots of taxis run by several taxi companies and there are no real differences among them, don’t think the prices are different from one to another, just get one cab with a meter and go. (Check, NOW, my ‘Getting a taxi at the airport’ tip).
2) There is one government-run Airport-City Shuttle Bus departing from outside Arrivals running 6 routes into Beijing (this bus also stops at some major hotels):
a) Xidan (you should be interested in this one because it goes to central Beijing and it is very close to the Forbidden City)
d) Beijing Railway Station
For more detailed information concerning schedules, stops, prices, etc., visit this website http://www.beijingtrip.com/transport/airport-bus.htm.
For your record many Beijing hotels run their own airport shuttle bus services, therefore, if the transportation problem worries you, before going make sure with the hotel staff that there will be a shuttle bus there.
Another point is, many of these hotel-run shuttle buses only operate during business hours, and if it happens your flight lands there in the late evening probably there won’t be any shuttle bus. Well, I just think you should be aware of this detail.
For your convenience and interest there are several hotels close to the Beijing Capital International Airport:
- Airport Garden Hotel – 3 stars - ((010) 6456 3388) - website
- Capital Airport Hotel – 3 stars - ((010) 6456 4562) - website
- Jinglin Hotel Beijing – 4 stars - ((010) 6457 2626) - website
- Sino-Swiss Hotel Beijing – 4 stars - ((010) 6456 5588) - website
- Airport Lantian Mansion Hotel – 3 stars - ((010) 8048 9108) - website
Beijing airport is equipped with a wide range of facilities and services. Just for your record:
- A bank
- Several bureaux de change
- Post office
- Cafés and restaurants
- Shops, including tax and duty-free
- Car rental booth (Check NOW my ‘I want to hire a car!’ tip).
- Left luggage facilities in both arrival and departure halls (010) 6459 8151
- 24-hour medical centre
- Passenger changing room
- Business centre ((010) 6459 0339) with Internet access, fax and computer facilities.
- Business services in VIP lounges
- Hotels close to the airport providing business services (Check NOW my ’Airport hotels’ tip)
- Facilities and accesses for disabled travellers
- The Beijing Airport Ground Service Corporation can also provide assistance for travellers with physical disabilities.
If you need to know some special information, or even get in touch with the Airport of Beijing, please, take note of the following:
Airport’s telephone number: (010) 6456 3220 or 4247 or 3604
Airport’s fax number: (010) 6457 0487
Airport’s homepage: www.bcia.com.cn
Airport’s E-mail: email@example.com
Airport’s tourist information (Arrivals lounge): (010) 6456 4227 or 6456 3220
Airport’s hotel booking assistance (Arrivals hall): (010) 6459 8145
Left luggage facilities in both arrival and departure halls: (010) 6459 8151
If you depart Beijing on an international flight you must pay a RMB90 airport construction tax (eh, eh, eh, thanks for your support, come again).
If you will take a domestic flight you must pay RMB50.
Payment is done at counters in the departure area prior to checking-in. And don’t forget, keep your receipt.
out of south 4th ring road, there is another airport of Beijing named Nan Yuan airport, only few airplane land there, an airline company named Lian He flies there, it was said that the pilot of Lian He airline is the retired airforce pilot, soooooo when you take this plane, you will feel like airforce man, haha.
it'e about 20 km from Tian An Men
The airport buses are cheap (Y16), clean and very comfortable. You will need to push your way on in order to get ahead of all of the Chinese trying to push ahead of you, but once you're on it's very easy. They didn't announce the stops in English so count how many stops there are and get off at the appropriate place.
Here are the routes:
Capital Airport - Fangzhuang
Capital Airport - Xidan
Capital Airport - Beijing Railway Station
Capital Airport - Gongzhufen
Capital Airport - Zhongguancun
You can catch a bus from the airport into Downtown Beijing from the airport for a very cheap price. I took a bus from the airport to a stop near the Forbidden City (Xidan) for 16 yuan (which was about $2 in early 2006).
Check out: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/beijing/0201030149.html for more info.
Air-conditioned services, run by two different companies, leave from in front of the domestic arrivals area. The Airport Shuttle Bus runs three routes; the most useful, Line A, runs 24 hours a day, departing every 15 minutes from 8am to 10pm, less frequently through the night. The fare is ¥16 ($2). Destinations include San Yuan Qiao (near the Hilton and Sheraton hotels), the Dong Zhi Men and Dong Si Shi Tiao metro stations, Beijing Railway Station, the CAAC ticket office in Xi Dan, and Hangtian Qiao (near the Marriott West). Lines A, B, C, and D all pass through San Yuan Qiao, but only Line A lets off passengers at a location convenient for picking up taxis to continue to other destinations. Most hotels in the center of the city can be reached by taxi for under ¥20 ($2.50) from there. The Civil Aviation Traveler Regular Bus, to the left of the exit, runs the same routes, but it also offers stops at the CAAC ticket office at the north end of Wangfujing Dajie.
Once you arrive in Beijing Capital Airport (PEK).... cleared customs, etc.... go outside, walk to your right and look for counter with lady selling tickets for 16 yuan (about US$2.00) and take bus to Aviation Building, near Xidan subway stop.... on Xi Chang'An Jie (you'll pass Tiananmen Gate on your way there)...
Look for the subway entrance (when you look at Aviation Building -- subway entrance will be towards your left), pay 3 yuan and get going!
This is the most affordable way.. if you have time and don't want to pay US$20.00 and above....
* The same goes if you want to return to the Airport....
be carefull to go to the international airport you need more time than you think occassionally.
from downtown it can take if unfortenate up till 3hrs by car to the airport.
you can better stay night before flight to nearer hotels to the airport.
have a good flight.
The ongoing changes at Beijing Airport continue. The latest little unannounced change is that China Eastern no longer shares domestic check-in counters with Air China in rows F and G.
China Eastern (MU) now uses a brand new row of check-in desks along the front wall of the terminal,. You don't "go through the gap" but check-in opposite the gap. (Regular users will know what I mean, but a number of people have queued at the usual F and G counters only to be redirected to the new counters back out on the main concourse.
In most countries, you *can* check in with an e-ticket at any desk, although there are usually also special kiosks or check-in desks as well.
In China, you *must* use special e-ticket check-in desks. Don't bother queueing up at normal check-in counters...they will make you go to the special counter.
At Beijing airport, for Air China domestic flights, use counters G01 to G03 if you have an e-ticket.
As the new airport metro line is now starting to be constructed, the extension of the Airport Expressway down to Dongzhimen is being dug up and there is a lot of construction traffic day and night. This is adding to the journey if you are heading out to the airport from within the Second Ring Road area .
There are bus service in airport to the city. When you walk out from international arrival, you can see there are several buses there. The ticket price is 16RMB comparing with taxi, about 100RMB.
Of course, when you are leaving, you may also take the bus from city to airport.
Here is the link for map and service:
Shuttle Bus at Beijing Airport
Map of the Shuttle bus route