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is served by international
carriers. Travelers will be able to stay in touch with the world
via multimedia payphones conveniently located throughout the terminal.
A phone card, available at airport counters, is required to make calls.
There are no English-language travel books or maps available at the
airport, but tourist information and maps can be found at the front
desks of most hotels.
Free baggage carts are available on the concourse outside the departure
hall. There are no porters at the airport. The airport offers Smarte
Locke lockers for passengers to store their baggage. The lockers are
located on the second level. Bags may be stored from an hour to seven
days. There are 12 ATMs and four auto cash exchange machines
conveniently located throughout the terminal.
Travelers departing Beijing on an international flight must pay a RMB90
airport construction tax. Those flying to domestic destinations must
pay RMB50. Payment must be made at counters in the departure area prior
to checking-in for your flight. Keep your receipt.
The airport is 26 kilometers, or 40 minutes, from the center of
Beijing. Modes of transport (available during normal flight arrival and
departure times) include:
The airport bus is available on the lower level just outside the
Arrivals area. There is just one government-run airport bus shuttle.
Many hotels run their own airport shuttle bus services.
Available on the lower level just outside the Arrivals area. There is
no real difference between the various taxi companies in Beijing.
When arriving at the airport, AVOID drivers who approach you
in the terminal or outside the terminal as these are almost always
price-gaugers, who will ask triple or more the actual price. There is a
taxi line just outside the terminal. Drivers should use their meter;
make sure that the driver puts down the flag, as some drivers will say
they forgot and ask for a ridiculous amount of money.
The cost to midtown Beijing is normally around RMB70 depending on the
type of taxi, plus RMB15 for the highway toll. There is no need to tip
taxi drivers in Beijing unless they render extra assistance with bags,
The Beijing subway is possibly the best way to get around Beijing.
There are currently five main lines and one other that goes wandering
off through the Northern suburbs. The Beijing subway is extremely
cheap, very rarely out of service, and the speed puts
Beijing’s buses to shame. All this leads to its one
disadvantage – horrendous crowds.
Beijing taxis are a really good way to get around and mercifully cheap.
The flagfall fare is 10Y and a further 2.0Y or 1.6Y per km thereafter
depending on the type of taxi. The rate per km is indicated by sticker
in the back window, rates go up 20% at night.
Beijing buses are slow, old and crowded and the roads are choked with
traffic. One of the few advantages of taking a bus in Beijing is that
you can have fun counting the number of old ladies who pass you as you
wait for hour after hour in traffic jams. Not only are
Beijing’s buses overcrowded and slow, but you face the added
problem of all the destinations being written in Chinese.
For decades the bicycle was king in Beijing, and it’s still a
very good way to get round. The city’s dead flat and there
are very good bicycle lanes. Beijing’s car drivers are
perhaps not the most considerate, but this drawback is made up for by
safety in numbers – there are still loads of cyclists in
Beijing. Bicycles can be hired from most budget hotels and there are
bike lots (sometimes with an attendant) everywhere you look. You can
expect to pay anything from 10-50Y for one day’s hire and
you’ll have to leave a deposit.
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