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Found 20 miles from Beijing, Asia’s busiest airport offers easy entry to Beijing and other locations nearby. Public buses and faster express buses run between the airport and Beijing, while trains arrive in the city even faster, taking just 20 minutes. However, the best way to access other locations in the area is with car rental in Beijing Airport, with central Beijing a 20-minute drive to the southwest.
Who to Book With
Car hire suppliers have counters in terminals 2 and 3. International supplier Avis as well as Chinese firms Shou qi car rental, China auto rental and Top one auto rental can be found in the Auto Leasing Service area in Terminal 2, while Hertz has a counter in the Auto Leasing Service hall in Terminal 3.
Need to Know Essentials
The following documents are needed at vehicle collection:
- Both parts of your UK licence
- A passport to verify your ID
- The credit card that was used to make the reservation
- Proof of booking
Driving in China can be chaotic, with major cities congested though road conditions are good. Some motorways are toll routes though around the capital city, all routes are toll-free. Signage in popular cities is in English, while in the countryside it is non-existent. Parking restrictions are enforced with warnings given for violations followed by a hefty fine. Credit cards are not well liked in China outside of major hotels and restaurants, so petrol stations expect payment only in cash.
Self-drive is a quick and comfortable way to access the city from the airport. Trains arrive into the city just as fast, while public buses are cheaper but much slower. Shuttle buses are also available but stop running by 23:00, leaving expensive taxis the only other option for late arrivals.
The Beijing Subway’s Airport Express trains operate between terminals 2 and 3, and the city’s Sanyuanqiao and Dongzhimen subway stations. These two stations connect passengers to other metro lines, giving access to the entire city. Trains run between 06:21 and 10:51 from Terminal 3 and between 06:35 and 11:10 from Terminal 2. A one-way journey costs around £2.50.
Taxi stops occur between gates 3 and 5 outside of Terminal 1, outside gates 3 to 7 of Terminal 2, and at the exit of Terminal 3. Taxi rates increase between 23:00 and 05:00.
Beijing Airport to central Beijing is around £10
Bus tickets for the Beijing Airport Shuttle Bus to Beijing can be purchased in each terminal. There are nine bus routes, with the most common being the number 1 that takes passengers from the airport to Guiyou Shopping Mall, the number 2 that goes to the Civil Aviation Building, the number 3 that serves Beijing Railway Station and the number 4 which takes passengers to Gongzhufen. Buses run every 15 minutes and a single journey costs around £1.50. Shuttle buses also operate between the airport and Tianjin, Qinhuangdao and Tanggu.
A free shuttle bus connects the airport’s 3 terminals. Terminal 1, the smallest of the three terminals, serves HNA Group domestic flights, while Terminal 2 serves domestic travel with China Southern and Eastern Airlines, Air Koryo and Skyteam, as well as international flights. Terminal 3, the largest of the three, is the base of Air China, and most One World and Star Alliance carriers operate from here. Flights arrive here from all over the globe, giving the airport an annual passenger throughput of over 78 million.
There are three car parks on site, with one dedicated to each terminal. All car parks are accessible from their dedicated terminal on foot. Garage T1 has the cheapest tariffs, at around £5 per day, while tariffs at garages T2 and T3 are around £8 a day.
Wireless internet can be accessed free of charge in all three terminals. In addition, work stations with internet access are located in the Business Centre in Terminal 3.
There are information desks at Terminal 1 central hall on 2F, Terminal 2 central area on 1F and 2F, and in the entrance hall of Terminal 3.
Call Centre: +86 10 6454 1100
The airport offers plenty of obstacle-free facilities, including ramps, low counters, lifts and washrooms. Shuttle buses between terminals are wheelchair-friendly and electric trucks are available in Terminal 3 for passengers with reduced mobility. To avail of assistance, go to any information desk or the BCIA Customer Service Center.
Restaurants and Bars
All three terminals have a Chinese restaurant, while Terminal 3 also has a Pizza Hut and a Kenny Rogers Roasters. Each terminal has a variety of cafés and both Chinese and Western fast food options. Passengers using terminals 2 and 3 will find a cocktail lounge in each of these terminals.
Red Carpet Lounge
BGS Premium Lounge
Air China Business Class Lounge
BGS Premium Lounge
Air China First and Business Class Lounge
Air China Business Class Lounge
Air China First Class Lounge
Business Traveller's Lounge
Money and ATMs
ATMs are available in Terminal 1’s 2F Departures hall and near Gate 2, while in Terminal 2, they can be found in the Departures area, the International Baggage Claim area and the International Arrivals hall. Terminal 3 has ATMs in the Arrival hall, the lounge areas and near the security area. There are bank branches in terminals 2 and 3 that offer a variety of services, including cashing traveller’s cheques and currency exchange, while currency exchange counters can be found in all three terminals.
Shopping is available in all three terminals, with everything from jewellery to toys stocked. Duty-free alcohol, tobacco, jewellery, cosmetics and handbags are available in terminals 2 and 3, while jewellery is featured in Eva Jewellery (Terminal 1) and China Red (Terminal 2). Speciality food products are featured at Yushiyuan (Terminal 1) and Quanjude (Terminal 3), while local handicrafts are available at Tibetan Artefacts (terminals 2 and 3). Known fashion brands such as Ferragamo, Bvgari, Burberry and Lacoste also have presence.
The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).