Information & Facts
Taxis from Beijing Capital International Airport are metered and
should be about US$12 to most hotels but fees vary. Tips are not
expected. The 17 miles (28km) should take about 40 minutes to
drive. Avoid taxi drivers that approach customers and instead wait
in the taxi line and insist on using the meter.
The parking garage is located close to Terminal 3, and is
connected to the terminal building by means of an underground
walkway. There is also an airport subway, linking the parking
garage to the terminals. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes;
and thereafter, RMB 6 for the first hour, and RMB 5 for every
subsequent 30 minutes. The maximum daily charge is RMB 80 for the
first two days, and RMB 50 per day from the third day onwards.
Car rental is available at the airport.
Beijing's transport system was revamped for the 2008 Olympic
Games. Shuttle buses run regularly to the city centre (about 45
minutes), Beijing Railway Station and major hotels. Metered taxis
are also available, but it is recommended that passengers have
their destination written in Chinese to avoid confusion. Travelling
time to the city is about an hour.
¥90 (international flights), ¥50
There are several bureaux de change, a bank and ATMs, as well as
telephones, tourist information, numerous shops and duty free, and
a business centre with internet access. A food corridor provides a
range of eating and drinking options, while an entertainment centre
offers everything from films to Chinese massage. Facilities for the
disabled are good, but passengers should contact their airlines in
advance for more information. Smoking is banned throughout the
The official language is Mandarin Chinese, but there are
hundreds of local dialects.
The currency used in China is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY). The Yuan
is divided into 10 chiao/jiao or 100 fen. Make sure you exchange
your leftover Yuan before returning home because this currency can
be exchanged only within China's borders. Travellers cheques,
preferably in US Dollars, and foreign cash can be exchanged in
cities at the Bank of China. Banks are closed weekends. The larger
hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners
will accept most western currencies for purchases. Major credit
cards are accepted in the main cities at various establishments,
but outside the major cities acceptance is limited. ATMs are scarce
outside the main cities.
A shuttle bus service runs between the two terminals.
Local time is GMT +8.