Beijing Capital International airport is the main international airport servicing Beijing city. It is about 30kms northeast of Beijing city centre in the Chaoyang District. The airport is a state controlled and operated by Beijing Capital International Airport Company. The airport has been rising on the busiest airport list for quite a while and is now considered the second busiest airport in the world after Atlanta airport. With so many people travelling to and from Beijing for both business and pleasure, it is a busy airport, but it is well organised and easy to get around. In 2008, they opened a new terminal which is the 2nd largest terminal and 5th largest building in the world.
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Beijing Airport currently has a number of car rental providers operating from the airport itself. They are Avis, TopOne Auto Rental, Anji Auto Rental, Shou Qi Car Rental and China Auto Rental and Hertz. While you may not be familiar with the name of these car rental companies, they are very reputable and for example, China Auto Rental is the leading car rental service provider in China. So do not fear, you are in good hands whichever provider you choose. Car Booker works with both Avis and Hertz from Beijing airport, we compare their prices and deals to get you the very price for you chosen car class and your car rental needs.
There is an Airport Express line of the subway which goes from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 and then takes passengers to Dongzhimen via Sanyuanqiao. It takes 20 minutes from the city centre. Or you can opt for a shuttle bus; there are currently nine routes in operation bringing you to locations including; downtown area, such as Xidan, Railway Station, West Railway Station, Nanyuan Airport and others. For other cities, there are Airport Intercity Buses. And driving to or from the airport is straight forward; there are four expressways leading to the airport; two running directly from north eastern Beijing to the airport and two others connecting with nearby highways.
The simple answer is … there are too many to mention, so here are a few highlights for Beijing: the Forbidden city, the nearby Shichahai Lakes, the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananem Square, Lama Temple, Ming Tombs and Beijing Zoo. So if you are driving, how far away are you from everything; Downtown Beijing (30 km), Changping (42 km), Huairou (50 km) , Miyun (60 km), Pinggu (58 km), Jixian (79 km), Dachang (52 km), Xianghe (65 km) and Langfang (73 km). But remember if your plan is to see further afield in China, it will probably require a combination of internal flights and a rental car to ensure that you can experience what you want from China.