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Getting to Beijing
 
 
 

By Air

Beijing Capital International Airport is the main airport serving the capital city and one of the busiest airports in the world, being the primary hub of Air China and China Xinhua Airlines. Situated 27 km (17 mi) northeast of Beijing, the airport has direct flights to many destinations worldwide, as well as servicing countless domestic routes.

Terminal 1 is mainly used for domestic China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines flights, while the newer Terminal 2 caters to all other airlines' domestic and international flights. Airlines operating at Beijing Airport's Terminal 2 include Air China, Air Canada, British Airways, Air France, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Emirates, United Airlines and Japan Airlines. A third terminal is under construction.

A rail link providing travel between the airport and the city centre is scheduled to open in time for the 2008 Olympic Games. Until its completion, passengers can travel from Beijing Airport to different parts of the city using public bus transport and taxis. The Airport Expressway allows easy access to the airport from downtown for just a small toll fee. The second Airport Expressway offers a road connection from the east, while the Northern Airport Line comes in from the northwest, and the Litian Expressway from the east.

By Rail

Beijing and Beijing West railway stations receive most major international train services, while two smaller stations – Beijing North and Beijing South railway stations, also receive some long distance train services from Inner Mongolia. High-speed train transport is available between Beijing and Shanghai, while regular international services travel from as far away as Laos, Russia, Nepal and Kazakhstan. Beijing is situated along the Trans-Siberian Railway, which offers service to London via the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian routes. Beijing Train Station (Beijing Zhan), the central station, is located at Jianguomen within the Second Ring Road.

By Road

Long-distance buses travel from most major cities to Beijing. However, the cheaper buses take highway routes, which can make the journey very lengthy.

Most of the buses from the long distance bus stations will be regular or express buses, which take the expressways; cost from ¥200-600 per trip, have comfy seats, and most rides do not take more than 6-12 hours, but sleeper buses are also available. Sleeper buses, with bunk beds in rows, average about ¥100 per trip, but many go really slowly up hills, avoid expressways, stop at every city or town, provide "meals" which you have to pay extra for, take the potholed National roads to save money, and a bus ride can take up to 24 hours. The average speed is only 40 km/hr on the moderately fast sleeper buses, and the range could be from 25 to 60 km/hr.

 

 
 

 



 


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