Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport is China's busiest and most important international airport.

Airport Code: PEK

 Location: West Jichang Road, Shunyi District, 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) northeast of the city center.

 Three Terminals: T1 is closed at present; T2 for domestic and international flights; T3 for domestic and international flights

Passenger Guide

 Time for Taking Flights:
→ Arrive at the airport 2-3.5 hours before flight departure
→ Close Time for Check-in:
T2: Domestic Flight: 30-45 mins. before take-off; International Flight: 40-60 mins. before take-off
T3: Domestic Flight: 45 mins. before take-off; International Flight: 60-75 mins. before take-off
→ Close Time for Boarding: Domestic & International Flight: 20 mins. before take-off
T2: Domestic Flight: 10 mins. before take-off; International Flight: 10-20 mins. before take-off
T3: Domestic & International Flight: 10-15 mins. before take-off

  How to Travel between Capital Airport & Downtown Beijing (↓details underneath): Airport Shuttle Bus, Airport Express Train + Subway, Taxi

  Transfer Guide in Beijing Capital Airport:
→ Minimum Connection Time: D refers to Domestic; I refers to International
Transfer to the Same Terminal: D ⇒ D: 60 mins. in T2 & T3   D ⇔ I: 120 mins.   I ⇒ I: 100 mins. in T2; 60 mins. in T3
Transfer between Two Terminals: D ⇒ D: 120 mins.   D ⇔ I: 160 mins.   I ⇒ I: 120 mins.

 Transport between Terminals:
24-Hour Free Terminal Shuttle:
Gate 5 on 1F of T3 → Departure Floor of T2
Gate 7 of Arrival Floor of T2 → Departure Floor of T3
Frequency: 10-15 minutes

Map of Beijing Capital Airport
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Beijing Capital Airport
Check-in Counters
at PEK

Notice on Visa-Free Policy

All international transit passengers can stay in the airport's transit area for a 24-Hour Direct Transit without going through border inspections. Both the arrival and connecting flights need to be international. Since December 28th, 2017, passport holders of 53 countries and regions are granted a 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit when taking an international transfer via Capital Airport. International passengers are allowed to travel within Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei during the 144 hours.
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 Visa Office
Location: T2 & T3: East side of International Restrict Area on 3F
Service Hours: 24 hours
Hotline: 86-010-64532939

Beijing Capital Airport Beijing Capital Airport

Terminal 1 of Capital Airport

T1 is temporarily closed.

T2 operates domestic and international flights.

Departure Hall: 2F
Arrival Hall: 1F, 3F

 Domestic Airlines: Air Guilin (JT), JiangXi Airlines (RY), Sichuan Airlines (3U), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), Hainan Airlines (HU), China Eastern Airliens (MU), Hongkong Airlines (HX), Grand China Airlines Domestic (CN), Lucky Air (8L)

 Air Travel (A6), Sky Angkor Airlines (ZA), Jeju Air (7C), Mahan Air (W5), AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES CJSC (J2), JSC Airline Taimyr (Y7), Asia Airlines (D7), Cebu Pacific Air (5J), Delta Air Lines (DL), Korean Airlines (KE), Airfrance (AF), Uzbekistan Airlines (HY), Klm Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Air Astana (KC), Air Koryo (JS), PIA (PK), Garuda Indonesia Airlines (GA), Sri Lanka Airlines (UL), Turkmenistan Airlines (T5), Vietnam Airlines (VN), Air Algerie (AH), Hongkong Airlines (HX)

T3-C & T3-D for domestic flights; T3-E for international flights.

Departure Hall: 3F of T3-C, 2F & 3F of T3-D, 2F of T3-E
Arrival Hall: 2F of T3-C, 3F of T3-E

 Domestic Airlines: Donghai Airlines (DZ), Kunming Airlines (KY), Zhejiang Loong Airlines (GJ), Qingdao Airlines (QW), Tibet Airlines (TV), Da Lian Airlines (CA), Shandong Airlines (SC), China Airlines (CI)

 Air Travel (A6), Sky Angkor Airlines (ZA), Jeju Air (7C), Mahan Air (W5), AZERBAIJAN AIRLINES CJSC (J2), JSC Airline Taimyr (Y7), Asia Airlines (D7), Cebu Pacific Air (5J), Delta Air Lines (DL), Korean Airlines (KE), Airfrance (AF), Uzbekistan Airlines (HY), Klm Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Air Astana (KC), Air Koryo (JS), PIA (PK), Garuda Indonesia Airlines (GA), Sri Lanka Airlines (UL), Turkmenistan Airlines (T5), Vietnam Airlines (VN), Air Algerie (AH), Hongkong Airlines (HX)

How to Travel from Capital Airport to Downtown Beijing (Forbidden City)

Airport Express Train+Subway Taxi Airport Shuttle Bus
Airport Express → Line 2 →Line 1 → East Tian'anmen Flexible route up to you. Beijing West Railway Line → East Qianmen
06:22 – 23:10 24 hours 07:30 ~ 23:30
60–80 min 70–90 min 90–100 min
CNY28 CNY150-250 CNY30

 See more How to Get from Beijing South Railway Station to Capital Airport
Beijing Airport Express Train
Airport Express Train
Beijing Capital Airport shuttle bus map
Capital Airport Shuttle Bus Map

 Route: T2 – T3 – Sanyuanqiao – Dongzhimen
 Operating Hours: T2: 06:36 to 23:10; T3: 06:22 to 22:52; Dongzhimen: 06:00 to 22:30
 Frequency: 10 minutes
 Single Journey Time: T3 → Dongzhimen: 30 minutes; Dongzhimen →T3: 16 minutes;
T2 → Dongzhimen: 21 minutes; Dongzhimen →T2: 35 minutes
 Ticket Fare: CNY 25/person
 Boarding Sites: T2: B2 of Parking Garage No. 2; T3: 2F of Parking Garage No. 3

1. Sanyuanqiao is the transfer station to subway line 10.
2. Dongzhimen is the transfer station to subway line 2 and line 13.

Official Taxi Stands:
T2: Outside Gate 5 to 9 on 1F
T3: B1
Hotline: T2: 010-64596539; T3: 010-64558892
 Tip: Traffic jams are common in Beijing, and especially during peak hours from 07:00 to 9:00 and 17:00 to 19:00.

Reference Taxi Fare:

Destination Fare Time
Forbidden City / Tiananmen Square CNY 150-250 70-90 mins.
Wangfujing Street CNY 120-250 50-80 mins.
Badaling Great Wall CNY 270-400 70-100 mins.
Mutianyu Great Wall CNY 250-500 75-100 mins.
Bird's Nest / Water Cube CNY 130-200 40-80 mins.
Beijing Railway Station CNY 130-200 50-80 mins.
West Railway Station CNY 160-330 70-100 mins.
South Railway Station CNY 160-270 70-90 mins.
North Railway Station CNY 130-230 50-80 mins.

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Beijing Capital Airport Shuttle Bus – 5 Lines to Downtown Beijing & 1 Line to Langfang

No. Destination
Line 1 Cherry Garden
Line 2 Shunyi Vocational Training School
Line 3 Travel Sky High (Tech Industrial Park)
Line 5 West Jiangzhouying Village
Line 6 Beishicao
Line 7 Zhangzhen
Line 8 Longwantun
Line 9 Wuxiongsi
Line 10 Shunyi International School
Line 11 Cherry Garden
Line 13 Hualikan

Facilities & Services of Beijing Capital Airport

Left Luggage:

Location: T2: beside Gate 10 of Departure Hall on 2F (+86 010-64598152); T3: East & West public space of Arrival Hall on 2F of T3-C (+86 010-64558579/010-64558580)
Carton and other staff: (one day price for one piece of baggage, by length+width+height)
≦65cm: CNY20; 65 – 115cm: CNY30; 115 – 180cm: CNY40; ≧180cm: CNY60;
Trolley Case: (one day price for one piece of baggage, by length+width+height)
≦115cm: CNY30; ≧115cm: CNY40;

Money Exchange:

T2: ICE: International Departure Hall on 2F
Travelex: Opposite to Gate No. 12, 2F;
Beijing United Money Exchange: outside of International Arrival Exit  

T3: ICE: Outside Exit B on 2F of T3-C
Beijing United Money Exchange: public area on 4F of T3-C; International Departure Hall on 2F of T3-E

Airport Free WIFI:

Passengers need to use the passport to get a username and password from the self-service machines to connect the 'Airport-Free-Wifi-New' and access the internet inside T2 and T3.

Hourly Lounge:

T3: Boarding Gate E10, International Departure Hall

24-Hour Free Terminal Shuttle
24-Hour Free Terminal Shuttle
Beijing Airport Express Train Terminus
Airport Express Train Terminus

Further Reading:
Beijing Daxing International Airport: Located about 53 kilometers (33 miles) south of Beijing city center, the airport releases the burden of Capital Airport.

- Last updated on Jul. 03, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Capital International Airport
Asked by Simon from SWITZERLAND | Sep. 28, 2023 00:07Reply
smoking area PEK terminal 3
I wonder if there is a smoking area in PEK Terminal 3 after security? - thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Paul | Sep. 28, 2023 02:05

I know there is a smoking area in T2, so there is should one in T3. You may ask staff where it is.
Asked by Riz from SWEDEN | Jul. 03, 2023 06:40Reply
Regarding transfer
Hi, what is the requirements for transfer/ transit to Beijing airport from Philippines and have connecting fligth via air china to Sweden?

Answers (1)
Answered by Eric | Jul. 03, 2023 20:48

Suppose you hold a Sweden passport, you will be eligible for 24-hour or 144-hour visa free transit. Just show your passport and flight ticket to Sweden, you will be allowed to transfer freely. Also, do a self-testing antigen adn take a photo of it, just in case the airport staff ask for it.
Asked by Jafar from CHINA | Dec. 18, 2020 20:36Reply
Arrival special services of Beijing Capital Airport
Hi, my wife has to travel from Pakistan to China with two kids; my son is 2.5 years old and daughter is 1.3 years old. So we are looking for some services for their handling. How to book/order?
Answers (3)
Answered by Zoe | Dec. 20, 2020 18:57

As I know, you need to dial the service call and ask for help. The number is 010-96158. In addition, you can ask help for the airport staff when you arriving there.
Answered by Jafar | Dec. 20, 2020 23:46

Thank you for your kind response. I want to know how to ask airport staff? Is their any email I'd or contact number so that we could book before the arrival. This will save us from any inconveniences. Thanking you in anticipation.
Answered by Ava | Dec. 24, 2020 18:54

You can try to dial 010-96158.
Asked by Didi Strauss from SOUTH AFRICA | Feb. 13, 2020 21:04Reply
I would like to book a ticket, for 22 February 2020. Is your flights still operational at PEK?
I would like to book a ticket, for 22 February 2020. Is your flights still operational?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew from GERMANY | Feb. 15, 2020 16:45

The airport is operated normally. For the flights, you are suggested to contact the airlines to confirm the information.
Asked by Zakir Fanuswala from USA | Jan. 02, 2020 16:37Reply
Traveling from Bombay to New York at Beijing Capital Airport
We are traveling from Bombay by air China and have 1 hour 15min and have a connecting flight to New York by the same airline If the flight from Bombay is delayed and are not able to catch the connecting flight will the airlines make alternate arrangement for us ? We are senior citizens
Answers (1)
Answered by Fiona from SINGAPORE | Jan. 05, 2020 19:10

Yes, you don't need to worry if you take connecting flight.
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