Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) Information
The city's primary international gateway is the Beijing Capital International Airport, China's busiest and the world's second-busiest air facility. With close to 80 million passengers travelling through its terminals every year, Beijing's airport is virtually a city in itself.
A new terminal was added for the 2008 Summer Olympics, bringing the total number of terminals here to three. The new Terminal 3, designed with lots of windows and arching steel and glass, is the world's second-largest terminal by space (and the world's fifth-largest building). Inside all three of the airport's terminals, passengers will find a bewildering array of amenities and services, and plenty of space to move around.
Air China is the main carrier based here, taking up nearly all of the space in Terminal 2 and providing flights to more than 130 domestic and 40 international destinations. Most other global airlines are also represented at Beijing's airport, ensuring plenty of travel options to every corner of the planet.
Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
Address: Airport Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100621, China, CN
Tel: +86 10 6456 3220
The Beijing Capital International Airport is located 27 km / 17 miles north-east of the city's downtown core. The airport is situated in the Chaoyang district, which is surrounded by the suburbs of Shunyi, Shunihsien and also Kailiying.
Beijing Capital International Airport Guide
- T1 Travelex currency exchange kiosks and ATMs are conveniently located in all three terminals
- AIRCO convenience stores can be found all over the airport, while Terminal 3 contains the Global Kitchen with over 70 food stalls selling food from around the world
- Shopping options cover the entire spectrum, from travel sundries and duty free goods to fashion and electronics
- Le SPA offers relaxing massages and other health treatments
- Wireless Internet is available in much of the complex
- The Business Centre gives travellers a place to work
- The Hourly Lounge serves as a short-term hotel in Terminal 1
- An inter-terminal train helps passengers travel between all three terminals
- A 24-hour parking service is available by the hour or long term
Cars and Taxis
Four express tollways offer access to the Beijing Capital International Airport from all corners of the city. Two of the tollways run from north-eastern Beijing, while the other two (the Northern Airport Line and the Southern Airport Line) connect with nearby highways. Rental cars are available, although it should be noted that travellers must possess a Chinese driving license to rent a car. Thus, most rental cars include a local driver. Taxi services are, of course, also available.
Six shuttle bus routes run to various points around the city, such as the Beijing Railway Station, Nanyuan Airport, Xidan and Fangzhuang. Once inside the city, taxis can be used to reach your final destination.
Travellers can use Beijing subway's Airport Express Line to get from the city stations of Sanyuanqiao and Dongzhimen to both Terminals 2 and 3. This ride takes about 20 minutes.