The Beijing Capital International Airport is located is located 25km (15.5 miles) from the downtown or city center of Beijing. It is one of the worlds largest and busiest airport handling some 95 million passengers every year. On this page we will outline how to get to and from the airport plus some key tips.
The Beijing Capital International Airport, or BCIA, has three terminals
- Terminal 1 serves the domestic routes of Hainan Airlines
- Terminal 2 serves China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, select SkyTeam, American Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, also other domestic and international flights.
- Terminal 3 serves Air China, Star Alliance, select Oneworld members plus Skyteam members Alitalia and China Airlines for international and some domestic flights
Free Cross Terminal Shuttle Service between T1, T2, and T3
Gate 5 F1 of T3 -> Departure floor of T2 -> Departure floor of T1 -> Gate 7 of Arrival floor of T2 -> Gate 7 Arrival floor of T1 -> Departure floor of T3
Airport Fast Facts
- Chinese Name: 北京首都国际机场
- Airport Codes: IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA
- Address: West Jichang Road, Shunyi District, Beijing, China
- Hub for: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines
- Free WiFi: “AIRPORT-FREE-WiFi” network, if you don’t have a Chinese mobile, head to any information desk with your passport which they scan and then allow access.
- There are an abundant range of Chinese/Western cafe/food stalls
- Coffee shops are easy to find inc. Starbucks
- in the T3 International and T3 Domestic areas you’ll find a large array of luxury brand stores
- Mobile charging stations are located throughout the airport
- ATM machines are in T1, T2, and T3 for withdrawing local currency. There are also easy to find Travelex money exchange service centers.
- Official website: en.bcia.com.cn
- Open hours: Beijing Capital Airport is open 24 hours
Transfers to and from Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA)
Example journey comparison BCIA to Beijing city center (Wangfujing Street)
|Journey Method||Fare Est.||Time Est.|
|Taxi||100-115 RMB||60-80 mins.|
|Airport Bus Line 10||25 RMB||60-80 mins.|
|Airport Express + Subway||29 RMB||60 mins.|
|Airport Express + Taxi||40 RMB||45-55 mins.|
Airport Express Train (北京地铁机场线/机场快轨)
The Airport Express Train is a speedy service that connects the airport to the city’s Subway network. You can board the Airport Express at Terminal 2 and 3. Those using Terminal 1 can walk to Terminal 2 (5 min via hallway) or take the free Cross Terminal Shuttle.
The Airport Express stops at Sanyuanqiao (三元桥站) where you can transfer to subway line 10 and Dongzhimen Station (东直门) where you can transfer to subway line 2 and line 13, or take a taxi. See Beijing Subway Guide and Map.
Tickets are easily purchased at counters near the train entry or via dual language ticket machines which accept RMB notes and coins. You can also use Yikatong card (local transport card).
- from T2: 06:36 to 23:10
- from T3: 06:22 to 22:52
- from Dongzhimen Station (to BCIA): 06:00 to 22:30
- from Sanyuanqiao Station (to BCIA): 06:04 to 22:34
Frequency: 10 minutes
Ticket Fare: 25 RMB flat rate
- T3 to Dongzhimen: 40 minutes
- Dongzhimen to T3: 32 minutes
- T2 to Dongzhimen: 35 minutes
- Dongzhimen to T2: 39 minutes
- once you arrive at Dongzhimen or Sanyuanqiao you then need to buy a ticket for your onward journey on the subway system.
- the Beijing Subway system is often crowded especially during morning and afternoon peaks, large amounts of luggage will be difficult and be aware of subway luggage rules see more.
T1: Outside Gate 1 on 1F
T2: Outside Gate 5 to 9 on 1F
T3: outside of Arrival Hall on B1
|Beijing Airport to||Fare Est.||Time Est.|
|Forbidden City / Tiananmen Square||115-130 RMB||80-90 mins.|
|Wangfujing Street||100-115 RMB||70-80 mins.|
|Bird’s Nest / Water Cube||90-105 RMB||75-85 mins.|
|Beijing Railway Station||100-115 RMB||70-80 mins.|
|Beijing West Railway Station||105-125 RMB||80-90 mins.|
|Beijing South Railway Station||110-130 RMB||75-85 mins.|
|Beijing North Railway Station||85-100 RMB||65-80 mins.|
Beijing Airport Bus (机场巴士)
Beijing Capital Airport Shuttle Bus to Downtown Beijing
|T3 – T2 – T1 –Sanyuan Bridge – Liangma Bridge – Baijiazhuang – Dabeiyao (Guomao) – Panjiayuan – Shilihe (Kingwing Hot Spring International Hotel) – Fangzhuang||7:00 – 1:00|
|Fangzhuang (South of the East Entrance to Sports Park of Fangzhuang) – Dabeiyao (Southern Airlines Pearl Hotel) – T2 – T1 – T3||5:10-21:00|
|2||Beijing South Railway Station Line
|T3 – T2 – T1 – Xidan[RMB 30] — Xuanwumen[RMB 30] — Zixin T-junction North [RMB 30] — Beijing South Railway Station[RMB 30]||7:00–24:00|
|Beijing South Railway Station[RMB 30] — Xidan[RMB 30] — T2 — T1 — T3||5:10–21:00|
|2 (Night Bus)||Beijing South Railway Station Line
|T3 — T2 — T1 — Sanyuanqiao[RMB 20] — Dongzhimen Transport Hub[RMB 30] — Dongsishitiao Bridge[RMB 30] — Chaoyangmen[RMB 30] — Yabaolu[RMB 30] — Beijing Railway Station[RMB 30] — Beijing International Hotel[RMB 30] — South of Xidan Intersection [RMB 30]||24:00 to the last domestic arrival|
|3||Beijing Railway Station
|T3 – T2 – T1 – Dongzhimen – Dongsishitiao Bridge – Chaoyangmen – Yabao Road– Beijing International Hotel – Beijing Railway Station||7:00–24:00|
|Beijing Railway Station(Beijing Railway Station East Street) – International Hotel – Dongzhimen (Newsstand, south of the road, 50m east of the bridge) – Landmark Tower (West Gate) – T2 – T1 – T3||5:10–21:00|
|T3 – T2 – T1 – China International Exhibition Center – Xibahe – Anzhen Bridge – Madian Bridge – Beitaipingzhuang – Jimen Bridge – Friendship Hotel – Suzhou Bridge – Zizhu Bridge – Hangtian Bridge – Gongzhufen (Xinxing Hotel)||6:00–half hour past last arrival of the day|
|Gongzhufen (Xinxing Hotel) – Friendship Hotel (Air Ticket Office at the north gate) – Beitaipingzhuang (50m east of the intersection) – Anzhen Stop (under the flyover east of Puppet Theater) – Xibahe (Ticket Office of Shenzhen Airlines) – T2 – T1 – T3||4:30 – after half an hour of the last domestic flight.|
|T3 – T2 – T1 – Xiaoying – Asian Games Village (Anhui Bridge) – Xueyuan Bridge – Zhongguancun (Fourth Bridge)||6:50–The next day 1:00 (Low Season 24:00) Every 30 minutes.|
|Zhongguancun (Fourth Bridge) – Beihang University (north gate) – Huixin West Street (Under the Bridge of Huixin West Street, East of Anhui Plaza) – T2 – T1 – T3||5:10–22:00 Every 30 minutes. Buses depart when fully seated.|
|6||Asian Games Village
|T3 – T2 – T1 – Guangshun North Street – Huguang Middle Street – Yuhuili – Beiyuanludatun – Datun – Olympic Village(In front of the Gate to the Olympic Village by University of Chinese Academy of Sciences) – Best Western OL Stadium Hotel Beijing (former Labor Building)||8:00–21:00 Every 40 minutes. Buses depart when fully seated.|
|Best Western OL Stadium Hotel Beijing (former Labor Building) – CAS Institute of Geography (by Nangounihe Bus Stop) – Datun – Beiyuanludatun (by the Bus Stop opposite to Shiteng Business Hotel) – Gate A to the Fourth Zone of Wangjing West Garden – Wangjing Garden West Zone – T2 – T1 – T3||6:00–19:10 Every 40 minutes. Buses depart when fully seated.|
|7||Beijing West Railway Station
|T3 – T2 – T1 – Chaoyanggongyuan Bridge (50m south of the Bridge) – Tonghuihe North Road (By the East of the New BTV Building) –In front of Beijing Energy Investment Holding Co., Ltd – Guangqumen (200m north of the west side of the intersection) – Ciqikou (100m north of the west side of the intersection) – Zhushikou (100m north of the east side of the intersection) – Caishikou (100m north of the west side of the intersection) – Guang’anmenwai (500m north of the west side of the Bridge) – West Railway Station (Zhongyan Hotel)||7:00–The next day1:00(Low Season 24:00) Every 30 minutes. Buses depart when fully seated.(High Season: March 1- October 26, Spring Festival. )|
|Zhongyan Hotel (South Square of Beijing West Railway Station) – Guang’anmen (50m south of the east side of Baiguanglu Beikou) – Ciqikou (100m south of the west side of the intersection) – Chaoyanggongyuan Bridge (beside the bus stop at the east side road, north of the Bridge) – T2 – T1 – T3||4:50–22:00 Every 30 minutes. Buses depart when fully seated.|
|T3 – T2 – T1 – Baifang (Tiantong Dongyuan) – Tiantong Xiyuan Zone 1 (North Gate) – Huilongguan East Street – Huilongguan West Street – Huilongguan – Shangdi Information Industry Development Area (Holiday Inn Express)||9:00–22:40 Every 40 minutes. Buses depart when fully seated.|
|Shangdi Information Industry Development Area (2. Holiday Inn Express) – Xisanqi (beside Xin Long Building) – Longze Station (Light Rail Line 13) – Longhuayuan (Longhuayuan Bus Stop, south side of Huilongguan West Street) – Juzhen Community – Tiantong Xiyuan Zone 1 (North Gate) – Baifang (Tiantong Dongyuan) – T2 – T1 – T3||5:10–20:50 every 40 minutes. Buses depart when full.|
|T2 – T1 – T3 – Beiguan (opposite the Qitian Leyuan) – West Street – Beiyuan – Cuiping (Xinhualian Jiayuan) – Sunflower Hotel||7:00–24:00|
|Sunflower Hotel in Tongzhou District – Cuiping Beili (west gate) – Beiyuan (east of subway station) – Beiguan (east of the road 300 meters south of Beiguan Bridge, Huangmuchang bus stop ) – T3 – T2 – T1||5:30–21:00 every 40 minutes. Buses depart when full.|
|10||Wangfujing Jinbao Street
|T3 – T2 – T1 – Jinbao Street(Regent Hotel)[RMB 25] — Goldfish alley (Peace Hotel)[RMB 25] — Wangfujing Street (family Imperial-Court Hotel)[RMB 25] — the Overseas Chinese Building[RMB 25]||9:00-21:00 Airport shuttles depart every 60 minutes or earlier when full.|
|Jinbao Street(Regent Hotel)[RMB 25] — Goldfish alley (Peace Hotel)[RMB 25] — Wangfujing Street (family Imperial-Court Hotel)[RMB 25] — the Overseas Chinese Building[RMB 25] — T2 — T1 — T3||7:00-19:00 Airport shuttles depart every 60 minutes or earlier when full.|
|T2 –T1 – T3 to Nanyuan Airport||18:00|
|Nanyuan Airport to T2 –T1 – T3||11:00 a.m. to 20:00. Depart every 60 minutes and when bus is full|
|T2 –T1 – T3 – Wukesong Bridge North[RMB 30] — Lugu (Yuanyang Shanshui)[RMB 30] — Wanda Realm [RMB 30] — Shijingshan (Mercure Wanshang Beijing) [RMB 30]||7:30-22:00 Every 30 minutes. Buses depart when fully seated.|
|Shijingshan (Mercure Wanshang Beijing) [RMB 30] — Wanda Realm [RMB 30] –Lugu (Yuanyang Shanshui)[RMB 30] – T2 – T1 – T3||5:30-20:00 Every 30 minutes. Buses depart when fully seated.|
|T2 –T1 – T3 – Shou’er Tiancheng (Zhugedian) [RMB30] — Meilin Community [RMB30] — Xinghe Haoyue Community [RMB30] — Yanjing Xincheng Community [RMB30] — Yihua Community [RMB30] — Beijing College of Social Administration [RMB30] — Transportation Management Institute [RMB30] — Dongmao Square [RMB30]||7:40 a.m. to 23:00, depart every 40 minutes and when bus is full.|
|Dongmao Square [RMB30] — Yihua Community [RMB30] — Yanjing Xincheng Community [RMB30] — Xinghe Haoyue Community [RMB30] — Shou’er Tiancheng (Zhugedian) [RMB30] — T3 — T2 — T1||5:30 a.m. to 20:40, depart every 40 minutes and when bus is full.|
|T2 –T1 – T3 – Beikong Science & Technology Plaza [RMB30] — Jingkeyuan East [RMB30] — Shuiguan Xincun North [RMB30] — Changping Central Park [RMB30] — Changping North Railway Station [RMB30]||7:15 a.m. to 22:15, depart every 60 minutes and when bus is full.|
|Changping North Railway Station [RMB30] — Shuiguan Xincun North [RMB30] — SINOPEC Research Institute of Petroleum Processing [RMB30] — T3 — T1||5:00 a.m. to 20:00, depart every 60 minutes and when bus is full.|
|Night Bus Express||Night Bus Express
|T1 – urban area (one-way), the uniform price of each station in the urban area is 50 yuan/person||21:00 – 04:00|
Airport Bus route Map
Airport coaches to other cities and provinces
- T1: Gate No. 7 (inside) on F1
- T2: Gate No.11 (outside) on F1
- T3: Gate No.7 or No.9 (Outside) on F1
|Route Name||Timetable||Price||One-way time|
|Airport coaches – Tianjin||regular departures from 6.30 to 23.00||82 RMB||2 hours and a half|
|Provincial Bus – Qinhuangdao||regular departures from 9.30 to 21.00||140 RMB||4 hours|
|Provincial Bus – Tanggu||not running|
|Provincial Bus – Langfang||regular departures from 9.15 to 20.30||45 RMB||2 hours|
|Provincial Bus – Baoding||6 departures daily from 10.10 to 20.30||100 RMB||3 hours|
|Provincial Bus – Tangshan||regular departures from 7.30 to 23.00||100 RMB||3 hours|
|Provincial Bus – Cangzhou||Two departures at 14.45 and 18.00||100 RMB||3 hours and a half|
|Provincial Bus – Chifeng||Two departures at 12.00 and 15.30||150 RMB||5 hours and a half|
Visa on Arrival (VOA) and Transit Without Visa (TWOV) at BCIA
24-hour visa-free transit rule – All international transit passengers with onward international flights departing within 24hrs can stay in the airport’s transit area without going through border inspections. If you want to transit to another airport in China and then onwards internationally within 24hr, you can also do this, but you need to apply for the temporary entry permit upon arrival.
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit (TWOV) – Passport holders of 53 countries and regions are granted a 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit when taking an international transfer via Capital Airport. International passengers are allowed to travel within Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei during the 144 hours.
There is also a free left-luggage counter for those with a 144-hour TWOV located at the counter between Gate 8 and Gate 10 in Terminal 2, and the counter on the east of Exit A of the arrival hall on the second floor of Terminal 3.
Visa Office is located on T2 & T3 3 floor, East side of International Restrict Area and operates 24hrs.
Places to stay at Beijing Capital Airport
The 5-star Hilton Beijing is just a minute by shuttle bus from Beijing Capital Airport and Beijing Airport Rail Link. They offer swimming pool, spa, fitness center, sauna, massage, and five onsite restaurants. They also offer family rooms.
The 5-star Crowne Plaza Beijing International Airport offers rooms with 37-inch flat-screen TVs and amenities such as swimming pool, and fitness center. They provide a free scheduled airport pickup service. Onsite they offer buffet breakfast, a Chinese restaurant, and a Japanese restaurant. There are also several cafes and eateries nearby.
The 5-Star Cordis Langham Place is 500 metres from Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3, they offer 24 hour stay options, and also family rooms. They offer 24 hr free airport shuttle. There are two restaurants onsite and 24 hr fitness center.
More airport hotel picks
Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal maps