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Beijing Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Beijing Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

no matter where I tried to get some shut-eye, even if I was sleeping sat upright, a member of airport staff would shake me and declare 'no sleeping! - Clipsham

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Beijing Airport.

What to Expect

  • This is a huge, modern airport with plenty of amenities and lots of travellers all night long.
  • There are three terminals, and signs make it easy to navigate. T1 is small and houses some domestic flights. T2 is new, and houses a mix of domestic and international flights. T3 is the largest and newest terminal, opening in 2008, with one main concourse area, T3C, and two satellite ones, T3D and T3E.
  • Shuttle buses connect all three main terminals Landside.
  • Even though it’s a huge international hub, many travellers report a major language barrier with airport staff and security. However, overhead announcements are made in both Chinese and English.
  • Security checkpoints can be very slow and busy, so arrive at the airport with more than enough time to get to your gate!
  • Several eateries and bars are open 24-hours. See Food / Drinks in the airport guide below.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Airport staff are generally tolerant of overnight sleepers.
  • T3 is the most comfortable terminal to catch some sleep overnight. Plenty of seating, though the benches are often wooden, and only chairs with armrests are padded. Get creative.
  • Many travellers suggest the Burger King in the mezzanine level of T3 - its couches are comfortable and they are tolerant of sleepers.
  • Landside, there are a lot of benches that have no armrests, so head to the A/B counters and the L/K counters. It’s crowded, so grab a seat when you can! (Traveller, November 2011).
  • As a busy airport, come prepared for noise and light - bring earplugs and sleep mask/eyeshades.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, several hotels are located inside and near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class travelers can buy a pass and relax in many airport lounges; showers are available in some. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

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Beijing Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Beijing Airport does not appeal to you, there are many hotels near the airport:

  • In AirportHourly Hotel - Inside the terminal, there are "hourly lounges" which feature standard rooms with bathrooms. Locations: Terminal 1, Airside, 3F, West Side of Gate 8 • Terminal 2, Domestic Arrivals, B1, between Gate D5 and D6 • Terminal 2, International Arrivals, B1, between Gate D2 and D3 • Terminal 3, Landside, 2F, West Side of Arrivals Hall - T3E. According to a reviewer in July 2017, the rates were RMB 500 (Terminal 2, 4-6 hours for a single standard with bathroom) • 380RMB (Terminal 2, 4-5 hours for a single standard without bathroom) • 300RMB (Terminal 1 - shared room without bathroom). Showers are 50RMB per person.
  • In Transit GoSleep Pods - Sleeping chair/pod equipped with a cover to block light/noise and storage under the seat to secure personal items. Electronic devices can be recharged inside the unit. Pods can be used for 1 hour or longer. Location: Terminal 2, Airside, near Gate 31.
  • Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Hotel - (1 minute from the airport) Free 24-hour shuttle bus runs 6:00AM to 12:59AM from Terminal 3/Gate 5 (every 20 min) and Terminal 2/Gate 3 (every 30 min). Contact hotel in advance for pick up from 1:00AM to 6:00AM. » Check Rates
  • Capital Airport Hotel - (1km from the airport) Free airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Days Hotel Beijing New Exhibition Center - (2.1km from airport) Free airport shuttle departs on a schedule. » Check Rates
  • Ibis Beijing Capital Airport Hotel - (Less than 1.5 miles from the airport) Free airport shuttle from 5:00AM to midnight. Must contact hotel in advance to arrange pick up. » Check Rates
  • Cordis Hotel Beijing Airport - (1 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs 24 hours a day: Terminal 3, go to 2nd lane of Gate No. 5, ground floor, runs every 20 mins. Terminals 1 & 2 go to Gate No. 3, ground floor of T2, runs every 30 mins. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Beijing Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Beijing Airport. Connect to the “AIRPORT-FREE-WiFi” network. You will need a Chinese mobile phone number in order to receive your User ID and password via SMS, or you can scan your passport information at any information desk in order to receive your User ID and password. Boingo account holders should be able to automatically access Boingo hotspots in the airport.

Workstations with internet access are available at the Business Center in Terminal 3, Airside.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Art in the Airport - Art, breathtaking themes, interactive displays, and live entertainment acts are on display throughout the airport. Airplane-shaped bench seating, lush garden areas, water features, a “Starry Night”-themed corridor, and more make Beijing Airport a fun and interesting place to explore! Check out a performance of the Staff Art Troupe, live at T3-E Fountain daily from 10:00AM - 2:00PM, or feed the beautiful fish at two indoor gardens (Suzhou Garden and Royal Garden) at T3-E, daily from 9:00AM - 3:00PM. Fish food provided free of charge at the gardens.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
  • Baggage Carts - Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge throughout the airport.
  • Banking Services - Bank of China, China Construction Bank, and Agricultural Bank operate full-service branches on the 2nd and 4th floors of Terminal 3. Hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM.
  • Business Center - Printing, faxing, computers with internet access, mobile charging and more are available in the airport’s business centers. There are three locations: T1, airside, Floor 2, near Gate 2 (Hours: 7:00AM - 9:30PM) • T2, airside, Floor 2, near Gate 14 (Hours: 6:30AM - 9:30PM) • T3, landside, Floor 4, Check-in Area (Hours: 6:00AM - 9:00PM).
  • Children's Play Area - Several areas have been set up for children to burn off some stea, before their flights:
    »   Terminal 1: A forest and jungle-themed playground is available in the Eastern Gallery.
    »   Terminal 2: Comfy sofas and a large toy are available at kid-friendly mini lounges available throughout T2. You can find them in these locations: International Departures Gate 13 • Domestic Gates 21, 24, 26, and 34.
    »   Terminal 3: Colorful climbing toys are available at a car and turtle-themed playground located near Gate C09, and at a panda-themed playground near Gate E21. Young children will enjoy the digital interactive zone at Gate C04, while a digital interactive zone for all ages is available at Gate C08.
  • Currency Exchange - Currency exchange agencies are located throughout all three terminals, with most locations open 24 hours.
  • Drinking Water - Thirsty? Drinking water dispensers are available free of charge. The machines provide cold, warm and hot water (some with disposable cups). Location: throughout all terminals.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty-free shopping is available in the International waiting areas of Terminals 2 and 3. A wide variety of retails shops selling souvenirs, local specialties, teas and more are available in all three terminals.
  • Dressing Rooms - The Luggage Claim Lobby has six dressing rooms equipped with mirrors, tables, chairs and additional amenities to make changing clothes quick and easy. Three locations: T1, 1st Floor, west of the Luggage Claim Hall in the Quarantine Area • T2, Luggage Claim Hall, east of Carousel 14 • T2, International Luggage Claim Hall, near Carousel 4 • T3-C, south of East Luggage Claim Hall • T3-C, south of West Luggage Claim Hall • T3-C, south of International Luggage Claim Hall.
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
    »   Terminal 1: Comfort Garden • KFC • Starbucks • Urban Food Market
    »   Terminal 2: Acasia Deli Cafe • Costa Coffee • Du Hsiao Yueh • Grab & Fly • Heineken • Kafelaku Coffee • KFC • Lei Cafe • Qing Feng • Starbucks (2 locations) • Urban Food Market • YAng Guo Fu • Yoshinoya (2 locations)
    »   Terminal 3: Ajisen Ramen • C. Straits Cafe • Costa Coffee (2 locations) • Crystal Jade Kitchen 2 locations) • Gourmet Noodle House • Lei Cafe • McDonalds • O’Leary’s • Paris Baguette •Starbucks (3 locations) • Thai Express (2 locations) • UBC Coffee • Zkungfu
    »   Vending machines are available throughout the airport.
  • Gardens - There are two gardens with ponds. The staff will hand out fish food for travellers to feed the fish. Location: Terminal 3, E Suzhou Garden and Royal Garden. Feeding time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Left luggage storage is available at a rate of RMB20 - 50 per 24-hour period, per piece of luggage (rate depends on size). Three locations: T1, corridor between T1 and T2 • T2, Arrival Hall, 1st Floor, Gate 9 • T2, Departures Hall, 2nd Floor, Gates 8 and 10 • T3-C, landside, east side of Arrival Hall, 2nd Floor • T3-C, landside, west side of Arrival Hall, 2nd Floor. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Luggage Wrapping - Available for RMB30 per piece of luggage. Location and hours: unknown.
  • Massage - Le SPA offers Chinese foot massage. Location: T3, Domestic Departures, Gate 28 Hours: 7:00AM - 11:30PM
  • Mobile Charging - There are free power outlets located throughout the terminals and lockable charging spots where you can insert your device and come back later when the device is charged. Location: Terminal 3, Domestic Departures, Boarding Gates C8 and C30.
  • Post Office - China Post offers postal services, along with newspapers and books for purchase. Two locations: T2, Departure Hall, 1st Floor, Gate 2 • T3, east of the Arrivals Hall, 1st Floor. Hours: 7:00AM - 8:00PM.
  • Rest Zones - Several areas have been set up for travellers to relax in between flights.
    »   T2 “Window Lounge”: Relax among the china doll trees in one of six comfy lounge chairs, as you watch planes take off and land through a panoramic 10 meter window. This cozy, carpeted area is located in T2, airside, between Gates 36 - 39.
    »   T2 “Brilliant Colors Lounge”: Take a rest on comfy seating amidst the colorful grid art of Piet Mondrian. Location: T2, airside, Gate 23 (Domestic).
    »   T2 “Oasis Lounge”: Mobile-charging, comfy couches, and TVs are available in this carpeted, green-toned waiting lounge. Location: T2, airside, Transfer Hall on F1.
    »   T3 “Digital Forest Lounge”: This eco-themed lounge has comfy leather chairs, power sockets with USB ports, interactive photography equipment, e-book devices, and more. Location: Airside at Domestic Gate C10.
    »   T3 “Tulip Lounge”: A whimsical tulip-themed lounge with four functional zones, where you can relax in a cozy lounge chair, charge your devices, chat with friends in eggshell-shaped chairs, or buy snacks, juices, and WiFi access. Location: Airside at Domestic Gate C30.
  • Showers - A reader tells us there are two free showers in the E Gate Terminal. One is located between the Bally and Montblanc stores.  The other is between the Ferragamo and Hugo Boss stores.  The shower is said to be roomy and has a storage locker and good water pressure.  You can also find showers in the hourly lounges. [ see Airport Hotels above ]. In July 2016, a reviewer told us that shower-only service is available in Terminal 2, Domestic Arrivals, B1, between Gate D5 and D6. The rate is 50RMB.
  • Swimming Pool - While not on airport grounds, a free 24-hour shuttle bus will take you to the Hilton Beijing Airport, where you can use the fitness center, spa and indoor heated swimming pool. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes to go to T3 (Gate 5 on ground floor), and every 30 minutes to go to T1 and T2, stopping to pick up passengers at T2 (Gate 7 on ground floor). Shuttle service between 11:30PM - 7:00AM must be requested in advance.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airlines

As of March 2018, Beijing airport is served by the following airlines: Cambodia Angkor Air • Air Leisure • Capital Airlines International • Nordwind Airlines • VIM Airlines • Tajik Air • Donghai Airlines • Fuzhou Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • Jeju Air • Hebei Airlines • Qingdao Airlines • Dynamic Airways • Hawaiian Airlines • Yakutia Airlines • Asia Airlines • LOT • Air China • Swiss • Di Lian Airlines • Shandong Airlines • Asiana Airlines • Air Canada • United Airlines • ANA • Turkish Airlines • EgyptAir • Thai Airways International • Singapore Airlines • Finnair • Cathay Pacific • Qantas • British Airways • Japan Airlines • Dragonair • Emirates Airlines • Israel Airlines • Qatar Airlines • S7 Airlines • Air Macau • China Airlines • Etihad Airways • Delta • Cebu Pacific • Xiamen Airlines • Korean Airlines • Turkmenistan Airlines • Air Algerie • Hong Kong Airlines • Capital Airlines • Tianjin Airlines • Spring Airlines • PIA • Air Astana.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Numerous local city buses and interprovincial coaches are available to passengers needing rides to and from the airport. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Beijing Airport website.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service for their guests. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details: Capital Airport International HotelCITIC Hotel Beijing AirportCrowne Plaza Beijing International AirportDays Hotel Beijing New Exhibition CenterDays Inn Business Place Longwan BeijingEastern Air HotelHilton Beijing Capital AirportCordis Hotel Beijing Capital Airport.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

Passengers can travel between the terminals via free shuttle bus service. Buses run 24 hours a day, as often as every 10 minutes during peak times.

Taxi

Taxi ranks are located at Terminal 1 (Gate 1, outside on F1), Terminal 2 (Gates 5 - 9 on F1) and Terminal 3 (follow signs).

Train

The Airport Express railway runs between Terminals 2 and 3, and Dongzhimen and Sanyuanqiao Metro stations in 10 - 12 minute intervals daily from 6:00AM - 11:00PM. There are Airport Express stations located in Terminal 2 (B2 of Parking Garage 2) and Terminal 3 (F2 of Parking Garage 3). At the time of this January 2018 update, a one-way ticket is ¥25.

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Last Updated: 29 March 2018

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