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Beijing offers many optional vehicles both for locals and visitors to get around the city or leave for other destinations at will. The city now has a greatly improved transport system, though traffic jams may happen at peak times. Here we provide as much transport information as we could for your convenience, to make your Beijing tour more comfortable.  

 Get to or out of the City
By Air
Beijing has two airports, namely, Capital Intentional Airport featuring international and domestic flights, and Nanyuan Airport featuring only domestic flights.

By Train
When your trip is long, traveling by train is quite cheap and safe, but takes more time of course.

By Coach
This is a more convenient and easier way for a relative short trip. There are more than ten long distance bus stations in the city and some small ones in the suburbs.

Tianjin Port
Tianjin Port with three domestic-scheduled ship lines and two international scheduled ship lines provide an alternative for tourists to leave for other destination by sea.

 Get around the City
Rickshaw
Taking a rickshaw is unexpectedly more expensive than taking a taxi, but allows tourists a unique view of the ancient Beijing.

Waterway
Now, three waterways are available for tourists, and the boats are in service from April to October every year, which provide another way of exploring the city.

Tourist Bus
Tourist buses are special public buses tailored for tourists who want to go directly to scenic spots.

Tourist Train
Tourist trains are always fast, inexpensive and efficient, taking passengers directly to the desired tourist attractions located in suburban districts.

Taxi
The taxi is the most direct way to get the feel for the city and definitely a better choice for tourists who are not familiar with the city.

Subway
There are now 17 existing metro lines traversing the city.

Public Bus
Traveling by public bus in Beijing is very cheap. Many buses announce the stop names in both Chinese and English, so you may have a try to take a bus.

Bicycle
The bicycle is a good way for you to get around Beijing, as it is environmentally friendly and provides healthy exercise.

Recommended Tour Itineraries:
Beijing One-Day Tours: 5 itineraries for you to choose.
Beijing Two-Day Tours: 2 itineraries to visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Badaling Great Wall, etc.
4-Day Beijing Travel: to the most popular attractions in the city.

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Comments and Questions

If I want to go from the Lake View Renaissance Hotel Tianjin to the Silk street Market Beijing and the surrounding area around the silk street market what would be the best way??

Reply12/8/2017 7:15:04 PMTasha,   United States

Lisa :12/10/2017 10:12:39 PM

You can take a taxi to Tianjin Railway Station with CNY25, and catch a high speed train to Beijing South in 40min. Then take local subway line 4 to Xuanwumen and change to line 2 to Jianguomen. Leave from exit B and walk east to the street. You may also visit Temple of Heaven, and Forbidden City, which can be easily reached by subway.

Hi,We are arriving Beijing past midnight.Can you advise what is the best way to get to Qian Men?Can we catch uber/ only taxi?

Reply11/13/2017 3:37:16 AMMike,   Australia

Yoyo :12/3/2017 7:34:53 PM

Apart from taxi which takes 50min and costs CNY110 or so, you can use shuttle bus Xidan Night Line, running till the arrvival of the last domestic flight. Get off at Xidan, then take a taxi to Qianmen within 10min.

Hi,We are arriving Beijing T3 at 0020 hours.We are staying at King's Joy hotel in Qian Men.Can you please advise what is the best transport to get to the hotel?

Reply11/8/2017 1:43:26 AMMike,   Australia

Ellen :12/1/2017 12:53:23 AM

You can take shuttle bus Xidan night line to Beijing Railway Station and catch a taxi to the hotel within 10min.

I will be arriving to Beijing international airport around 5pm on a weekday. What is the best way to get to Kings Joy Hotel? Thank you

Reply10/17/2017 11:02:08 AMLisa,   Canada

Oliver ( Brazil ) :10/30/2017 1:25:48 AM

You can take Airport Express Train to Dongzhimen, then change to subway line 2 to get off at Yonghe Lamastery. Walk out from exit G and you can walk to the hotel in 5min. This can be the best way, because your arriving time will meet the afternoon rush hours. Don't use shuttle bus or taxi in case of traffic jam.

Hi , We are arriving Bejing Capital Airport T3 terminal PM 16:30 ,We are stay Inner Mongoli Grand Hotel , Where can get Taxi and can I easily find Taxi to go Hotel ? I'm looking forward to kindl reply

Reply10/3/2017 10:57:44 PMsitki,   Cyprus

Alice :10/12/2017 6:48:30 PM

Official Taxi Stands are outside Gate no. 1, 1F, T1; outside Gate no. 5-9, 1F, T2; outside of the terminal building of T3. You need to line up and take one and it may cost CNY90 or so. Also you may meet the afternoon rush hours.

I'd recommend you take subway. Take Airport Express to Dongzhimen and transfer to line 2 to Jianguomen. Then take line 1 to Dongdan. Leave from exit D and you can walk to the hotel within 5min.

Greetings! We will arrive at Beijing Nan (South) Station at 15:55. What is the best way to get to our hotel: 161 Wangfujing Hotel

Reply9/12/2017 2:12:26 PMCy,   Canada

Lexi :9/12/2017 7:10:16 PM

Subway is suggested. Take line 14 at South Railway Station and transfer to line 5 at Puhuangyu. You need to get off at Dongsi. Get out from exit C or D and walk south for 5min or so to reach your hotel.

Hi,Am arriving in Capital Airport and need to get to our Airbnb which is very close to the national art museum of china. Any suggestions as to best way to get there? Many thanks!

Reply9/7/2017 4:05:32 AMRobert Moore,   United Kingdom

Sally :9/7/2017 6:12:26 PM

I suggest you take Airport Express Train to Sanyuanqiao, where you can change to subway line 10 to Hujialou. After that, take subway line 6 to Dongsi. Get out from exit E and walk west for 5min or so to reach your destination. Transfer between subway lines can be very easy. No worry!

I will be arriving into PEK at 11:30am on a wednesday. Which way would be faster to get to Tianmen square, taxi or airport express?I depart from PEK at 6pm so need to go to the airport at 3:30. what will be faster at that time, taxi or aiport express? Thanks

Reply8/18/2017 3:21:10 PMKien,   Canada

Sara :8/22/2017 1:00:38 AM

Subway is suggested. Take airport express train to Dongzhimen and change to subway line 2. You need to get off at Qianmen. Leave from exit A and you can walk to the Tiananmen Square in 5min.

I hope you don't take the round trip in a day, or your timing can be quite tight. Then to get back to PEK, you can use the same way.

I have an 8 hour layover in Beijing and would like to see the great wall for a couple hours. I arrive in PEK at 0500 and figure it will take an hour to get out of the airport. Would it be hard to find a taxi at 0630 to take me to the great wall? I hear that some parts don''t open until later in the morning. How hard will it be to get a taxi for return to the airport so that i can be there by 1100? A private tour is expensive for one person and i think it will be easier to pay for a taxi to and from.Any suggestions?

Reply8/1/2017 1:26:03 PMT,   United States

Ian :8/13/2017 8:34:54 PM

It is not very hard to get a taxi that time, but a round trip to Great Wall (Mutianyu Section can be proper) may cost a lot, CNY800 or so. If you worry it is hard to grab a taxi, book one by calling 96103 in advance.

Sometimes, the driver may charge more. A half day private tour for Great Wall doesn't charge a lot. For your convenience, joing a tour can be a better choice. If you are interested, Beingtrip is suggested. You may contact by travel@travelchinaguide.com!

Hi, We are staying at Beijing 161 Wangfujing Hotel and arriving 0005hrs. could you please tell me how to get there and how much by taxi per person.

Reply7/28/2017 5:43:19 AMCLAVEL PRITCHARD,   Australia

Peter :8/13/2017 8:38:59 PM

You may take shuttle bus Line 2 Night Line and get off at Yabao Road (CNY30, 50min). Then take a taxi to your hotel with the fare of around CNY15. The shuttle bus won't end until the arrival of the last flight, so you can surely catch it.

If taking a taxi for a direct travel, it may cost CNY100-120.
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