Arriving in Beijing!
Flying across the world to a country such as China for the first time could be exiting, breathtaking, along with negative emotions such as nervousness and the feeling of being lost. In this article, we will try to save you from some stress and hassle having landed after many hours of tiresome flying.
After crossing the border protection, you will hop onto an inside tram within Terminal 3 towards the luggage claim area. (Yes, the airport is humongous).
Follow the signs towards the luggage claim area, it’s a ways away but don’t worry, as everybody will be walking towards that same direction.
After you have collected your luggage, follow the signs to exit the facility.
If you have arranged to get picked up, this is where he or she will be waiting for you.
- If Beijing isn’t your final destination, we would sincerely hope for your sake that your connecting flight take
s place within Terminal 3 (we strongly recommend you to ensure this when you purchase your ticket). Go right as you leave the welcome area, take either the elevator or escalator up to the main platform, locate your airline checking booth to complete your checking process.
- Locate and enter the national flight entrance and be on your way onto your connecting flight. If your connecting flight doesn’t take place in Terminal 3, it should then be in Terminal 2. (Terminal 3– international flight / national flights, Terminal 2 – Strictly national flights). To get there, you would be required to take either the airport shuttle, or the airport subway.
To the Beijing shuttle bus
Go left as you leave the welcome area, follow the signs and take either the elevator or the moving walkway downstairs. These buses should be free of charge running every 15min. (takes approximately 20min to get to Terminal 2)
To the Beijing Airport Subway
We don’t actually recommend you to take the subway to Terminal 2 as it would cost you 25RMB/3.5USD,
but in case you are in risk of missing your connecting flight it would definitely be an option to consider.As you leave the welcome area, walk straight and slightly left across to the other side of the building , take the moving walk way within the passag
e towards the airport subway. The subway consists of 4 stops, Terminal 3, Terminal 1/2, SanYuanqiao, and Dongzhimen. We don’t recommend first comers to take the Airport Subway into the city of Beijing due to later complications, not to mention the Cab fare fees are really affordable in China.
Beijing Taxi – Beijing Cab
We strongly recommend you to take the cab the first time you are in Beijing. (Hell, I’m still doing it) As it isn’t nearly as expensive as it is say in the USA. The maximum you would pay is maybe around 20 USD, and that is from one end of the city to the other.
To catch a Cab you would need to take the same way as you would to go to the airport subway, make a left at the subway station and take either the elevator or escalator on the left hand side downstairs. Follow the Taxi signs and stand in line for your Cab.
Cab Lingo: Nihao, qin dai wo qu_________“你好，请带我去___________” —– “Hello, Please take me to_________________” followed by the name of the Hotel /Location you want him to take you to. The Cab drivers in Beijing are generally very reliable and friendly, they would recommend you to a different driver in case they don’t know the location you are looking for!
About the complications I have mentioned about taking the subway, feel free to check out “The subway system in China”.