Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

(北京首都国际机场)
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Shùnyì, 北京市
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  • Lover of Life
    "Be careful it's so easy to loose the connecting flight here."(25 Tips)
    Michaela W.
    "Wifi hard to find but China blocks a lot of sites anyway!"(18 Tips)
    J T.
    "You can get a free wifi code if you scan your passport"(26 Tips)
    Jack K.
    "The international departure area could use some improvement."(12 Tips)
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  • Lufthansa
    LufthansaDecember 5, 2014
    Did you know: the airport Peking is the longest building in the world - measuring 3250 meters from end to end. It also is the second largest passenger airport after Atlanta.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Brommabo
    BrommaboSeptember 9, 2016
    At terminal 3 bagage claim China Mobile have a outlet where you can buy sim card for reasonable price. Possible to choice between domestic and card as work international.
  • Cynthia O.
    Cynthia O.August 1, 2013
    The wifi kiosks that everyone is talking about—scan your passport for free wifi access!
  • @HungryEditor B.
    @HungryEditor Ben SetiawanSeptember 29, 2015
    Pro tip...make sure to take out your chargers, electric cords, keys, coins & place them in a separate bin at security. It'll save you a few minutes from having to rescan your bags.📱🔌💰🔋🔑
  • Piter P.
    Piter PenJuly 31, 2016
    Use simle green/brown yellow taxi downstairs only 70-100 yuan to city center. Private taxi is more than 300 yuan. Check the taximeter is started in the moment of departure
  • Erman
    ErmanJuly 2, 2016
    Massive airport, but i liked the layout and the atmosphere. Make sure to try the Thai restaurant. Perfumes at the duty free are reasonably priced..
  • Lexandra H.
    Lexandra HeinigerDecember 17, 2014
    From the first sight Terminal is clean and nice, but you'll find few surprises: it is pretty hard to connect to wifi, no western food, all the eating places are closed in a night time.
  • judy
    judyOctober 9, 2014
    Quick tips for the domestic terminal: 1) free wifi for 4 hrs - same code for multiple devices. 2) Starbucks in the basement for semi comfy chairs, but no extra power is visible.
  • Alison M.
    Alison McAfeeJanuary 10, 2015
    The reclining chairs at gate E36 are the best place to nap. Warm and sunny with a nice view on clear days.
  • Christian K.
    Christian KatarnSeptember 22, 2014
    Massive but easy, futuristic but without forgetting the past. The new terminal designed by Sir Norman Foster is a state-of-the-art masterpiece. Free wifi and showers. But... Lighters are not allowed
  • Song L.
    Song LiFebruary 25, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    If you are arriving call a car with Uber or Didi, and go from Departures Level, especially in the late evening.
  • Zo-Ee C.
    Zo-Ee CheeJune 27, 2014
    Phone battery packs and chargers aren't allowed in your carry-on luggage so make sure that you either pull them out before the security check and show it to them or stick it in your check-in luggage!
  • Jimmy T.
    Jimmy TanJune 21, 2013
    Get your prepaid simcard from the kiosks found at the arrival hall. Upon checking in, expect to spend 30-45 minutes at the immigration and customs area. Thus allocate ample time before your flight.
  • John Paul N.
    John Paul NanongAugust 7, 2014
    Beautiful courteous airport employees, especially this girl who pushes mom on her wheelchair, so polite.
  • Miggu
    MigguNovember 9, 2014
    Very modern airport. The toilets were ultra clean . Important tip : If you are arriving here from overseas make sure you carry a byro or some pen to write on the arrival document . They don't have one
  • Kai C.
    Kai CaoAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Welcome to Beijing! If you have a Discover card, simply use it like a local card issued by UnionPay anywhere in mainland China. No foreign transaction fee, no dynamic currency conversion fee.
  • Brunold L.
    Brunold LoidlMay 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    There is a post office one level below arrivel - its very convenient and cheap to mail things you brought with you by plane. They have also packing service
  • Katya
    KatyaJune 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty modern and well functioning airport. Be prepared for a long walk to the departure/arrival area of you are parking at the parking lot in T3.
  • Simple Discoveries
    With classic Beijing traffic, it can take you a good 45 minutes to hour to reach the city (or get to the airport), so give yourself time.
  • Tai San C.
    Tai San ChenApril 29, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Welcome to People's Republic of China! Without Facebook, Instagram and Google.
    Upvoted Aug 20
  • Tudose I.
    Tudose IonelaMay 17
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're a smoker, too bad. There is no smoking area and make sure you don't have any of your favorite lighters with you.They will take it at the security screening.Also not that many choices to eat.
    Upvoted Aug 2
  • Michaela W.
    Strangely quiet when we were connecting there. Wifi hard to find but China blocks a lot of sites anyway!
    Upvoted Aug 20
  • Catherine G.
    You need to go through security again when doing a transfer. Also if you need to section A; great spot to sleep.
  • Teemu L.
    Teemu LipponenDecember 16, 2012
    When looking for a restaurant, prefer the ones that have the most local people eating there. WiFi works quite good, but it's not easy to login to the western some services. Got to be creative.
  • Yaou Z.
    Yaou ZhangJune 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Go and buy a lottery ticket if your flight departure from T3 without any delay. Endless waiting on my ass in the craft.
  • Jack K.
    Jack K.June 13, 2016
    The international departure area could use some improvement. Large screens to notify which flights are checking in at which gate numbers.
  • Luke J.
    Luke JohnsonFebruary 6
    If possible, avoid flying through Beijing if you are on an international flight. I always try to fly through Hong Kong or directly from the city I live in to my international destination.
  • Felipe B.
    Felipe BoaventuraApril 22, 2013
    The airport is huge, add time for the transits. Take care with taxis, communist drivers love money. A taxi to the central area cannot cost more then 100 yuans / 15 dollars.
  • A.T.
    A.T.February 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    YOUR LIGHTER WILL BE CONFISCATED at the security checkpoint so make sure you are not carrying your favorite one with you. Smoking area has there own cigarette-lightening device...
  • Emil Carlo
    Emil CarloAugust 4, 2013
    Lots of scammers especially at Longmai Mingshi, beside the herbal facilty. A man will pose as son of the owner of the shop and give you big discounts on very expensive items. Do not be fooled.
  • Alex A.
    Alex ADSJuly 19, 2014
    Pop in your passport in one of the dozen machines giving free wifi codes throughout all the airport. Most shops close early at night.
  • MetroSeeker.com
    MetroSeeker.comOctober 3, 2011
    Caffeine purveyors at T1 2F include: ACTING and Coolava who both accept ¥ and $; Queens and UBC only accept ¥. Starbucks is at T1 1F and also only accepts ¥.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WongAugust 30, 2015
    Be prepared to have your passport and boarding pass check 4 times. Final queueing for x-ray can be chaotic - expect at least 30 mins. Didn't see s business class fast track???
  • Paul A.
    Paul ArkDecember 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    X-ray scanners can't properly scan bags w/o removing each piece of electronic equipment first, incl. cords, earphones & plugs. Pack accessories up in a smaller baggie to get through more efficiently
  • F J.
    F JDecember 4, 2014
    Gimpo/Korea and Haneda/Japan are so much nicer with great food/beverage options and english speakers with a smile not staff/security who play games and we-chat on their phones. :/
    Downvoted Jun 27
  • Mark R.
    Mark ReberJune 24, 2012
    A lot of people doing a lot of things very quickly with a purpose. I am impressed. Unlike the Honolulu airport, the fried rice here does taste like spam.
  • Tracey T.
    Tracey TanMarch 12, 2014
    Before landing at PEK, make sure you have brought with you a face mask, very handy! Esp when smog is very thick and low visibility around the city.
  • Loes D.
    Loes DeraedemaekerMarch 22, 2015
    The Chinese are very organized people, but such nitpickers at security, had to take out the smallest thing of liqued out of my bag.
  • Scooter T.
    Scooter ThompsonJune 27
    Been here 50+ times
    The currency exchange places are reasonable. Not like other Asian currency exchanges like those in Japan that extract huge fees!
  • Andy C.
    Andy ChongNovember 24, 2013
    Connect to Free Airport Wi-Fi and use this code "jwf" at the lower part of web log on page to use Wi-Fi without having the scan your passport
  • 橙 郭.
    橙 郭May 10, 2016
    Free WIFI! Free Hot water, clean environment, the cheapest ever sunset tax-free shop !
  • Lufthansa
    LufthansaJanuary 3, 2013
    The street Nanluogu Xiang is about 700 years old, now with its small boutiques, street cafés and bars it is a popular meeting point for Beijing's creative scene and a real attraction for tourists.
  • Allison V.
    Allison VellaOctober 21, 2012
    This airport, or at least T3, lacks good ways to waste time during a layover. Free wifi but connecting is a pain and facebook's inaccessible (so really what's the point?). It is also freezing in here!
  • Mark V.
    Mark VitazkoFebruary 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Scan your passport at a WiFi kiosk to get online. Use the access code as your password to log-in (no need to add phone number).
  • MC T.
    MC TMay 23, 2013
    They have an hourly lounge on the 2nd floor of terminal 3, u can rent a place to rest and shower by the hour
  • PH
    PHMarch 1, 2015
    A very big airport. Ground staffs were not in the good mood when I checked in. Try speak in Mandarin if you can.
  • An X.
    An XiaoFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Take the airport express into the city and catch a cab at Sanyuanqiao or Dizhimen. It's only 25 CNY and well worth the incredible view of Beijing coming in.
  • Jonas R.
    Jonas RotachSeptember 16, 2014
    A Taxi to the city center costs around 100 RMB and can take up to 40 minutes due to traffic
  • Nelson Z.
    Nelson ZhaoJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Free WiFi (SSID: AIRPORT-WiFi-FREE) available. Apply for access with your local mobile phone number online or with your passport/id at counter.
  • JK
    JKFebruary 6, 2016
    This airport is very big with multiple terminals. Reserve some times for yourself
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