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Beijing Layover

| January 21, 2015

Stuck on a Beijing layover at the Beijing Capital International Airport? The Beijing Airport is located roughly 20 miles from Beijing’s city center, which makes it an accessible destination for those stuck on a long layover. If you are trying to decide if you can leave the airport during your Beijing layover, click here for useful tips.
Beijing Layover things to do
The Beijing airport is considered the largest in the world, and if you’re stuck in the airport during your layover, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do to keep you busy. The Beijing Capital International Airport has 3 terminals with terminal 1 and 2 having shops and restaurants. For more information regarding shopping at the Beijing Airport during your layover, click here.

There are plenty of options for you to dine and eat at the airport during your stopover. For more information on bars and restaurants, click here. The airport also offers you facilities like banks, smoking room, public telephone, free charging powers, dressing rooms, nursing rooms and kids activity zone. You can find different ATMs including the Standard Chartered, Bank of China, HSBC, Citibank, and Hang Seng Bank for currency exchange during your stopover. For more information regarding bank locations, click here.

The Beijing Capital International Airport hosts a Pay In Lounge, which is a great destination for long layover. The lounge offers facilities like TV, drinks and snacks, Internet, and comfortable single and double rooms to unwind. For information, click here.

The airport has a number of Activity Rooms for kids, located at all the terminals, which offers toys, games and cartoons. The nursing rooms provide comfortable rooms for mothers and kids, ideal for rest, feeding and changing. The rooms are found at all terminals, and are well equipped with basins, infant care tables, chairs and simple entertainment facilities for small children. Some of the other commercial services include battery car, business center, porter service, hotel reservation, digital service and leisure, automatic vending, self service card sale, currency exchange, mobile rental and baggage packing.

The airport also has special service center for pregnant women, sick, handicapped and people with special needs. The center offers free wheelchairs and offers free skycap service along with trolleys, escorts, battery powered carts and paging service.

If you’re looking to ditch your bags while you explore, the airport offers Left Luggage counters at all the three terminals. You can leave your luggage for few hours to few days.

If you arrive in Beijing on your layover at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels near the airport, and here’s also a full list of Beijing hotels at varying price points.

To leave the airport and travel into Beijing, the airport offers metered taxis outside each terminal and travel time to downtown Beijing is roughly 40 minutes. If you don’t speak the language, it is advised to have the destination you want to be taken to written in Chinese or marked on a map. Car rentals are available through Beijing Air Tongli Car Rental Co. Ltd, located in the Arrival hall, first floor of terminal 2. The airport is well connected through public transport such as the Beijing Airport Express Train, which runs every 15 minutes, and there is also an airport shuttle bus. Private transfers can also be booked.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Beijing Layover:

Beijing Tours

For a selection of Beijing tours, including walking tours, day trips, travel passes, night tours, food tours, historical, heritage and cultural tours, food, wine and bar tours, bus tours, cooking classes, spa tours, shows, concerts, sporting events and much more, click here! You can also book a tour to fly to Xian for the

The Great Wall Of China

The Great Wall of China is magnificent and one of the wonders of the world. Located in the northern part of Beijing, the Great Wall is 600 km long with 8 sections that include Badaling, Juyongguan, Huanghuacheng, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai. The highest section is about 15 meters high and all the sections are well preserved from the Ming dynasty. If your layover time at Beijing airport is equal or more than 4 hours, you can take Beijing airport layover tours to the Great Wall, or select from these Great Wall tours.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is a large square situated in the heart of Beijing that has become a popular destination due to political rallies and its rich history. Combine it with other historical sights in these tours.

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is spread over an area of 74 acres and is considered to be the largest palace complex in the world. The palace is from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and was built in 1420 and has become one of Beijing’s most popular tourist attractions.

Imperial Gardens

Beijing is full of luxurious and magnificent gardens and parks. Some of the parks that you can visit during your stopover are Beihei Park, Yuetan Park, Ritan Park.

Extended Day Trips

If you’re stuck on a Beijing layover for a number of days, you can look into day trips outside Beijing, including the Xi’an in One Day, a day trip from Beijing by airplane plus a private tour of the UNESCO-listed terracotta warriors and highlights of the Old City of Xi’an.

Have any Beijing Layover suggestions? Leave a comment below on your Beijing Layover!

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  1. Polypropylene : says:

    i always get my hotel reservations in advance specially during peak seasons*~*

  2. John Ferry says:

    Another site, http://www.fodors.com, had a comment from someone saying there is at Beijing Airport a visa office leading to customs. And, if a person will be in airport less than 24 hours and shows his onward plane ticket, the office will stamp a visa allowing him to leave the airport. I should be there less than 14 hours on Aug 4. Any comments on this visa office?

  3. Beijing Insider 2015 says:

    Beijing is in the process of approving an underground highway system. The project will consist of two tunnels each 10 lanes each way. The project will start construction in late 2016. We are going to have several large condo towers going in soon the government stated. There will be 40 towers. The smallest tower will be 80 floors while the largest will be 140 floors. In 2017 we will start construction of 6 Nuclear reactors in and near Beijing. We would like to add 5 million more residents in the next 10 years.

  4. Alton Chapman says:

    Hello! We have a 4 hour 20 min layover in Beijing and would love a chance to see the Great Wall. Can you help us make this happen? We arrive from Houston (IAH) to Beijing (PEK)
    Thu, Apr 30, 2015
    1:00 AM – Fri, May 1, 4:50 AM
    Air China 99


    • Julie says:

      Alton, do you mean a 27 hour and 50 minute layover? 4 hours would not be enough time to leave the airport and come back again.

      • gloria says:

        hello! I also have a 4hr 20 min layover… i’m aware it is not enough to leave the airport because everything is at least 20 miles away but could you suggest anything nearby or things to do in the airport? thank you! traveling late september/early october

        • Jack says:

          Hi Gloria

          just wondering what have you done during your 4hr visit? i will be coming for 4hr during summer ~

  5. Marilyn says:

    Hi! I have 10 hours layover Anyone suggest to do around close to the airport and did they have a close train to go around

  6. Mayra says:

    I have a 9 hour layover would like to see the Great Wall and take pictures not necessarily a big tour 30 mins and on would be great!!

    Is it possible considering traffic??

  7. Rosita says:

    Is a 15 hour layover enough time to explore the city at least for a little bit?

  8. glaine says:

    Hi. I have 20hours layover in China. I am Philippine nationality. Is it possible to leave the airport? What are the requirements. Thanks.

  9. Cathy says:

    Hello! We have a 17 hour 20 min layover in Beijing and would love a chance to see the Great Wall.Is that possible?
    We arrive from Singapore to Beijing
    arrival in Beijing 3:40pm
    departure : 930am the next day

  10. Stephen says:

    Hi Guys & Girls,

    I have a layover of 7 hours. Could somebody tell me, would it be possible to get to The Great Wall and back to the airport to make my connecting flight. Please bear in mind that I’ll have to check back in for my connecting flight.

    Thanks in advance ????

  11. Gaurish says:

    I had 14 hours layover at PEK. I was not allowed to leave the airport. Staff here just try to avoid all the questions. Very bad experIence. I also had worst flight experience of my life with air china.

  12. Danielle says:

    i have a 20 hour layover in beijing in september on my way to ghangzhou and i was wonder what is the best places to visit while im on my layover because i do not want to be stuck in a airport for 20 hours, please assist

  13. Lily says:

    having a overnight layover in Beijing, do you need visas to leave the airport, and come back?

  14. Alex says:

    We are looking at flights to Auckland, and our layover is 13hrs I thinks. Are we able to come out the airport and do a bit of sight seeing? eg Great Wall Of China, would we needs visas to come out the airport etc.

    • Nicky says:

      What happened , did you get to leave the airport to see the wall it get a hotel room for rest and shower?
      I am travelling from Rome to Auckland with 2 long flights and this layover in the middle.
      Any advice would be great!

  15. Diannah Anne Zendon says:

    Good day maam/sir:

    Philippines to Beijing : Arrival at 10:40am
    Beijing to Chicago: Departure at 4:10pm

    May I ask if I can still take a quick city tour with a 5 hour lay over? If so, where is this tourist spot? How long will it take? Would it be enough including passing the immigration or checkin in?

  16. Rena Shah says:


    I have a 11 hour layover at the Beijing airport on November 15, 2016. Is it possible for me to join any group visiting the Great Wall and any other attractions I may be able to fit in my layover. I am a student traveling alone.

    Thank you,

  17. John says:

    I have just a 2.5 hour layover in Beijing on my way from Japan to Los Angeles. I’ve never been to China but want to do something just so I can get that stamp in my passport and legitimately be able to say I have been to China. That could be simply exit, go have lunch for an hour, and head back.

    In Japan, people often take just an hour to go from Narita Airport to somewhere nearby, do a little shopping, and then head back to the next plane. Can I do that in Beijing?

    I am, by the way, more than somewhat familiar with Chinese culture and language, so this wouldn’t be some dumb guailo up to no good.