The Airport Shuttle bus is a slightly cheaper (but also less convenient) option than the Beijing Airport Express Train. There are 16 different airport shuttle routes to different parts of the city, and the journey takes about 50 minutes, depending on your destination.
A one-way ticket costs between ¥15–¥30.
The shuttle buses run every 10-30 minutes.
You can check the details of each route from the Beijing Capital Airport Shuttle website.
• Line 3 is the most convenient route to central Beijing, as it travels through the city center and terminates at Beijing Zhan, the main central railway station in Beijing.
• Even cheaper (but also even less convenient and slightly more complicated, especially coming from the center to the airport), a public bus route, nr. 359, connects PEK Airport with downtown Beijing. The 359 will take you to Dongzhimen Station, connecting with metro lines 2 and 13. The service runs from 5:20 AM–10:00 PM. A one-way ticket costs ¥16.
The Beijing Airport Express Train will take you from the airport to central Beijing (Dongzhimen Station) in about 30 minutes.
A one-way ticket costs ¥25. There is both a ticketing office and a vending machine at each station on the line. Make sure to keep your ticket on you, as this must be shown when exiting the train station.
The train runs from 6:21 AM–10:51 PM from Terminal 3, and 6:35 AM–11:10 PM from Terminal 2.
You can board the Express Train in Terminals 2 and 3. If your flight should land in Terminal 1, you can take a free terminal shuttle to T2. You can also go by foot through the corridor connecting T1 and T2; the walk takes about 5 minutes.
Departing from T3, the train then stops in T2, next calling at Sanyuanqiao Station (connection to metro line 10) and finally at Dongzhimen Station (connection to metro lines 2 and 13).
If your flight lands in T1, avoid taking the train to get to T2/3, as it will cost you a whole journey's ticket; use the free shuttle service instead - the shuttle trip between terminals takes about 10 minutes, with departures every 10 minutes in the daytime, and every 30 minutes from 11:00 PM–6:00 AM.
PEK Airport is located 30 km from Beijing city.
Taxis are the only option at night-time, and the average trip takes about 40 minutes (although congestion is very common in Beijing, and often results in longer travel times).
A trip from the airport to downtown Beijing should cost around ¥70-120, depending on your final destination, plus a ¥10 airport express way toll.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
• Do make sure that the driver uses the taxi meter, as not using one is a common trick some drivers will use to rip off tourists.
• Taxi drivers rarely speak English, so be sure to carry your hotel's phone number and address written in Chinese.
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