Airports in Beijing
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. Passengers transiting through Beijing International are certain to notice the beauty of the airport. 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 17 miles (28km) north of Beijing.
Getting to the city
Beijing's transport system was revamped for the 2008 Olympic Games, which included opening a rapid transit line connecting terminals 2 and 3 of Beijing Capital Airport with the Dongzhimen subway station in the heart of the city. Travel time from Dongzhimen to T3 is around 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes or so to arrive at T2. Shuttle buses run regularly to the city centre (about 45 minutes), 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. Arrivals should also ensure that the metre is in use, as taxi drivers will often try and charge a set, exorbitant fee. Travelling time to the city by car is about an hour.
Local time is GMT +8.
Tel: +86 (0)10 6454 1100
Beijing International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.
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