Beijing Capital International Airport (T1)

Beijing , CN


Getting around the airport

Three separate terminal buildings

Beijing Capital International Airport lies 32km north-east of the city centre, and is the world's second busiest airport. It has three terminals, in separate buildings (though a walkway links Terminals 1 and 2):

  • Terminal 1: is the smallest terminal and operates domestic flights by Fuzhou Airlines, Grand China Airlines Domestic, Capital Airlines, Hainan Airlines Domestic, Tianjin Airlines, Spring Airlines Co., Ltd., Lucky Air Company Limited
  • Terminal 2: international and domestic flights of these 35 airlines:
    Capital Airlines International Flights, Nordwind Airlines, VIM AIRLINES, UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES, Jeju Air, Hebei Airelines, Dynamic Airways, Air Algerie, AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES, JSC Airline Taimyr, Yukutia Airlines, Air Leisure, China Southern Airlines, Asia Airlines, JSC Aurora Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Shanghai Airlines, Tajik Air, Sky Angkor Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Russian International Airlines, Garuda Indonesia Airlines, Mega Global Air Services (Maldives) Pvt. Ltd., Chongqing Airlines, Hainan Airlines International, China Eastern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Korean Airlines, Hongkong Airlines, Air France, Uzbekistan Airlines, Klm Royal Dutch Airlines, Air Astana, Air Koryo, Iran National Airlines, Sri Lanka Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, Vietnam Airlines

  • Terminal 3: is the main terminal, serving International and domestic flights. It has three concourses:
    Terminal 3C/color blue: domestic flights
    Terminal 3D/color green: domestic flights of Air China
    Terminal 3E/color yellow: international flights. North side: gates from E20 to E36, South side: gates from E1 to E19
    It's a huge terminal - the second largest in the world - meaning you'll need some help getting around!
    To travel between Terminal 3C and 3E, you can take the automated people mover train. The 2km journey takes two minutes and trains run every six minutes.

Travelling between terminals
Distances between Beijing’s Terminals are large. It is strongly recommended to have enough time to go from one terminal to another.
You can take a free shuttle bus between all three terminals. Shuttles leave roughly every 10 minutes from 06:00-23:00, and every 30 minutes from 01:00-05:00. Stops are located  at Terminal 1, level 1, outside Gate 7. Terminal 2, level 1, outside Gate 7. Terminal 3, level 1, Gate 5

Terminals 1 and 2 lie close together, and there's a walkway between them, requiring a walk of around 10-15 minutes.

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Visa-free travel

For 72-hour stopover

If you’re from one of these countries, you don't need to get a visa in advance for trips less than 72 hours. Print out the details of your connecting flight and fill in an Arrival Form to enjoy visa-free travel for 72 hours in China. Other cities offer visas on arrival, for a fee, but this service is offered free to facilitate the travel of international visitors. Be aware that you must fly out of the same airport you flew into.

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Many lounges operated by local airlines

There are many lounges in Beijing airport, though most of them are operated by local Chinese or Asian airlines.

Terminal 3E

  • BCAT Lounge, after security, across from Gate E10. Opening hours: 24 hours
  • BGS Premier Lounge, after security, opposite Gate E19, proceed up to the Mezzanine Level.
  • Dragonair and Cathay Pacific Lounge
  • The Emirates Lounge
  • Air China International Business Class Lounge
    Opening hours: 6:00-22:00 daily
  • Air China International First Class Lounge
    Opening hours: 6:00-22:00 daily
  • BGS Premier Lounge (Level 3, near Gate E19)
  • Business Traveler's Lounge
    Airside, across from Gate E10
    Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Terminal 3D

  • Air China First and Business Class Lounge
    Domestic, airside, Gate D10
    Opening hours: 6:00-20:00 daily

Terminal 3C

  • Air China Transit Lounge
  • Golden Century Lounge
  • Sichuan Airlines First Class Lounge
  • Air China Domestic First & Business Class Lounge

Terminal 2

  • BGS Premier Lounge, after security, next to Gate 5. Opening hours: 05:00-02:00 daily.
  • China Southern Sky Pearl Lounge
  • China Eastern Domestic First Class Lounge
  • China Southern First Class Lounge
  • China Eastern Domestic Apron Lounge
  • China Southern First & Business Class VIP Lounge
  • Air China Business Class Lounge (Opening hours: 6:00-22:00 daily)
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Car rental

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Rental cars for international guests are not common in China. Driving requires a Chinese license which can be hard to get and traffic in China is often considered dangerous. Therefore there is no specific rental car center.

However there is a AVIS rental station in a hotel next to the airport:

Jinjiang Inn Hotel, Room 8012, Shunyi, Beijing, 101304, CN
Hours: 09:00-21:00 daily

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