Beijing Transportation

Beijing Transportation is convenient. Beijing is the mainland's most important air, rail and road hub because it has China's largest airport and is one of the centers of the country's rail network, and many national highways and expressways radiate out here. The urban transportation system is perfect. However, as a metropolis in a densely populated country, the traffic in the downtown area is a little heavy, especially during the rush hours at 8:00 and 18:00. During this time, traffic jams are common and can cause serious delays. When traveling in Beijing, try to avoid taking buses or taxis at this time of day, as it can eat up your limited vacation time. To ease the traffic pressure, the local government has taken many measures, including encouraging people to travel on public transport, implementing a license plate lottery system, and restricting traffic by odd-even license plates.

How to Get to Beijing

Beijing has extremely convenient traffic, and various modes of transportation is serving tourists at home and abroad. The main modes of transportation to Beijing include plane, train and coach.

By Air

Beijing Capital International Airport, one of the largest airports in the world, is the main center of Air China. It is located in Chaoyang district, 25 kilometers away from the urban area of Beijing. With the most air routes in China, it is very convenient to arrive or depart. Almost all domestic and international flights in Beijing stop and take off at Beijing capital international airport. On March 2, 1958, the airport was officially put into use. By the end of 2016, Beijing capital international airport had 6 base airlines, including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Capital Airlines and SF Airlines. Xiamen airlines has set up a branch in Chaoyang district of Beijing. By December 2018, there are 132 domestic air routes including Xi'an, Shanghai, Sanya and Guiyang, as well as 120 international and regional air routes including Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, America, Moscow, Hong Kong, Macau and Taipei, covering major cities in China's provinces, as well as major countries and regions around the world. Read More: Airlines in China

Beijing has also other six airports, including Beijing Nanyuan Airport, Beijing Liangxiang Airport, Beijing Xijiao Airport, Beijing Shahe Airport and Beijing Badaling airport, and Beijing Daxing International Airport(opened to traffic on September 30, 2019). In addition to Nanyuan airport (the base airport of China united airlines) and Beijing Daxing international airport are civil and military airports, other airports are military airports. 

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Airport Transportation

By Road

The airport is connected to Beijing downtown by the Beijing airport expressway, which only takes about 40 minutes to reach if the road condition is good.

By Subway

The city has also a Beijing subway airport line completed and opened in 2008, which takes about 15 minutes to reach terminal 2 at Beijing capital international airport from Dongzhimen in the downtown. The airport metro has four stations: Dongzhimen station (you can transfer to Beijing subway line 2, Beijing subway line 13 here), Sanyuanqiao station (you can transfer to Beijing subway line 10 here), capital international airport terminal 2 station and capital international airport terminal 3 station.

By Airport Bus

Airport buses in Beijing include urban airport bus, inter-provincial bus and airport express lines. The airport bus to urban area has 19 day shift lines and 2 night shift lines(Xidan night line and Gongzhufen night line), which costs 20-30 yuan, and takes half to one hour. Passengers can take inter-provincial buses at Gate 1 of ground floor, terminal 3 and Gate 15 of ground floor, terminal 2. And inter-provincial buses can take you to Tianjin, QinhuangdaoLangfang, Baoding, Tangshan